HGV, FTA, Trucking news
As we enter the middle of September 2017 and we look back and look at today, we also look into the distant future to see where trucking has been, and where it will truly be!
In the past year the Brexit situation has been the word on every ones lips, the changes that will be, and the changes that may not. Soon we will find out what the government has to offer, by way of law changes and what will affect this sector.
I have no doubt that the laws that have already been passed will stay and the European laws will transfer easily into UK Law. The positive takeaway from this is that the UK will not roll over easily and a battle that still awaits is certainly on the cards. Hopefully the future will be stamped with a positive, and an easily identifiable legislation, that allows companies to ease there way through Europe, and the changes that are put in place do not affect UK based companies in a negative way.
In previous blogs I have talked about the simulated driving experience that the government intend to roll out onto our roads in order to save money and time. While this technology is in the testing phase, the question still remains, how will this affect UK based companies, and will there be a further qualification and/or training requirements that businesses would need to implement for their employees?
Can you see this making difference?
My first thought is that of danger – one driver having the control of three vehicles that could be potentially weighing 18 tonnes each. This type of situation worries me greatly and until testing is completed and the government’s approval stamp is on it, we will not know what the future holds…
Government News, (new rules and fines)
On the www.gov.uk website earlier this month, it was exclaimed that further fines would be introduced for truck drivers who break the law regarding break and tiredness.
They have said the following;
If you drive a lorry, you must follow rules on how many hours you can drive and the breaks you need to take.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can fine drivers up to £300 if they’re caught breaking the rules. They can also be prosecuted or have their vehicle immobilised.
At the moment, DVSA can only fine drivers for:
- offences committed that day
- ongoing offences, like manipulating tachograph records, which record drivers’ hours
Drivers will be fined for older offences
DVSA traffic examiners will be given new powers to issue on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days.
In a single roadside check, DVSA traffic examiners will be able to 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.
When the rules will change
The exact date the rules will change will be confirmed nearer the time.
The change will be well-publicised so drivers and vehicle operators are fully aware of the penalties.
Guidance about drivers’ hours rules will also be updated.
Fines to deter drivers from not resting properly
As well as giving fines to drivers for recent offences, DVSA traffic examiners will start issuing fines to deal with drivers who don’t properly rest.
Lorry, bus and coach drivers must take a 45-hour rest break at least every fortnight.
From 1 November 2017, DVSA will start 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 lay-by.
As it stands, most companies already adhere to drivers hours and the rules surrounding rest periods, however, this is another way to catch you out, so ensure that proper rest periods are taken and taken in the appropriate way.