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.
How the change will work.
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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From Monday 5 March 2018, DVSA traffic examiners will start issuing on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days.
In a single roadside check, DVSA traffic examiners will issue fines for up to 5 drivers’ hours offences. It means you could be fined up to £1,500 in a single check if you’ve consistently broken the rules. It won’t matter if the offences took place in Great Britain or elsewhere.
The rules will also apply to drivers who don’t live in Great Britain. However, they’ll need to pay any fines immediately, before being allowed to continue their journey. DVSA will immobilise their vehicle until they pay. Fines to deter drivers from not resting properly As well as giving fines to drivers for recent offences, DVSA traffic examiners have started issuing fines to deal with drivers who don’t properly rest.
Since 1 November 2017, DVSA has started to fine drivers up to £300 if they spend their full weekly rest break in their vehicle in places where it causes a problem. For example, if a lorry driver spends their full break in the cab of their lorry in a layby.
Illegal parking, noise and litter nuisance spending the weekly rest break in the cab can:
contribute to drivers not properly resting
expose drivers to poor living conditions
It can also cause problems in local communities. In some areas, lorry drivers have parked illegally or inappropriately while taking the 45-hour break, and have caused residents to complain about noise, litter and anti-social behaviour.
During 2016, authorities in Kent took action against 3,700 lorry drivers for parking illegally or inappropriately.
Targeting problem areas:
DVSA traffic examiners will target places where this is causing the biggest problems, such as residential areas and laybys. DVSA will also work with its counterparts in other countries to deal with overseas operators whose drivers regularly do this.
Devastating consequences of driving tired
Crashes involving tired lorry drivers can be devastating. Almost a quarter of injuries in accidents involving lorries are fatal or serious. About 40% of sleep-related accidents involve commercial vehicles. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), driving while tired may be responsible for:
1 in 5 of all accidents
up to a quarter of serious and fatal crashes
6,300 drivers’ hours fines were given to lorry drivers by DVSA between April 2015 and March 2016
Source: Vehicle enforcement data for Great Britain
In addition to the devastation caused to families and communities, road collisions cost the economy an estimated £16.3 billion a year, and add pressure on the NHS and emergency services.
Protecting you from unsafe drivers and vehicles DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said: DVSA’s priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles. These tougher fines will help us to take stronger action against any drivers or operators who break drivers’ hours rules and will help make our roads safer. There’s no excuse for driving while tired. The results of falling asleep at the wheel of 40 tonne lorry can be devastating to families and communities. Any drivers breaking these rules is putting other road users at risk and could face losing their licence and livelihood.
James Firth, the Freight Transport Association’s Head of Licensing Policy and Compliance Information, said: For some years, DVSA officers have been virtually powerless to take effective action against non-UK HGV drivers who may have committed a string of offences in the days and weeks before the vehicle is stopped. These new powers mean the enforcement authorities will be more able - and more likely - to take action against all drivers who are found to have repeatedly flouted these critical road safety laws.