Spare a thought for the two drivers involved in this accident! Fortunatley no injuries were incurred, not physical anyway.
Next month the UK exemption for the plating and inspection of larger truck mounted lifts and cranes on commercial chassis comes to an end. The change means that cranes or large platforms mounted on standard HGV type chassis will need to be subject to an official safety and roadworthiness inspection and a plate fitted, the first time the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) comes due after May 19th 2018. Until the renewal date arrives, all such vehicles must carry proof that they have received a safety inspection’ - please be aware that this is different to a general maintenance inspection and it must be completed by a competent/qualified person. The completed safety inspection documentation must evidence that the vehicle is fully roadworthy.
The test certificate must be available for inspection by enforcement authorities if required. When the VED becomes due, the vehicle must be plated and subjected to a formal road worthiness (MOT) inspection.
All Terrain and Rough Terrain or other cranes and platforms on custom chassis - are exempt – a custom chassis is recognised by such things as the driver’s cab being single width, or low level, so that the crane boom can pass alongside or over the top of the cab for road travel and or have special tyres – large diameter super singles.
From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales.
This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely. Learner drivers will need to be:-
- accompanied by an approved driving instructor
- driving a car fitted with dual controls
Any motorways lessons will be voluntary.
It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them. The change only applies to learner drivers of cars. Learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed on motorways and trainee driving instructors won’t be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway.
Please remember that until the law changes, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.
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