Roadside Emissions Testing by the DVSA
From August 2017, roadside checks of lorries carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will include an emissions check.
DVSA will be targeting lorry drivers and operators who try to cheat vehicle emissions. The new checks will target those who break the law and will help to improve air quality.
This included looking at ways to reduce emissions produced by vehicles, including those used commercially. A final plan will be published by 31 July.
Fraudulent emissions readings
DVSA’s enforcement staff, and their European counterparts, have found evidence that drivers and operators use emissions cheat devices to cut the cost of operating. These include:
• using devices designed to stop emissions control systems from working
• removing the diesel particulate filter or trap
• using cheap, fake emission reduction devices or diesel exhaust fluid
• using illegal engine modifications which result in excessive emissions
• removing or bypassing the exhaust gas recirculation valve
Taking action against emission cheats
DVSA enforcement officers will give the driver and operator 10 days to fix the emissions system if they find a vehicle with tampered emissions readings.
If the emissions system isn’t fixed within 10 days, DVSA will issue a fine and stop the vehicle being used on the road.
DVSA enforcement staff can insist that a vehicle be taken off the road immediately if they find a driver or operator is repeatedly offending.
Working with the EU
DVSA will investigate all Great Britain operators cheating emissions and pass the findings to the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain, who have the power to remove operator licenses.
DVSA will also continue to work with their counterpart agencies across Europe, and further afield, to make sure that all offences committed by non-Great Britain haulers are dealt with locally
Salvage Code of Practice Soft Launch.
Well readers, the revised salvage code of practice had its "soft launch" yesterday so that industry can be "ready for it"....Ready for what I ask myself, a non legislative gentleman's agreement that is dangerous to the industry financially and just dangerous (Potentially) to the public. Written by the Insurers for the insurers totally ignoring all previous owners of the code.
Not supported by the BVSF, MVDA, MCIA to name a few.
The BVSF has received an "offer of dialogue" with the co-writers in the last 24 hours but, to be honest if they have soft launched a document will they really want to substantially alter it in an attempt to gain some support from the industry it affects...I think probably not although I would add that we would happily meet with them if the meeting was considered worthwhile.
In the light of this announcement the BVSF have prepared a media pack showing what the ill conceived, poorly written document really means for both industry and the public alike.and this will be issued to the media in the month leading up to the alleged launch date of 1st October. (A number of print houses have already requested the information)
Furthermore the Federation will be offering any member a Categorisation confirmation checking service, totally free of charge in the instance of a suspicion of "commercial categorisation".
Full report in the up and coming magazine
THE BVSF HAVE JUST BEEN INVITED TO A MEETING OF THE ENGINEERING SUBCOMMITTEE AT THATCHAM REGARDING OUR “CONCERNS” WITH THE CODE. SADLY NOT UNTIL SEPTEMBER BUT THIS WILL NOT STOP THE BVSF MEDIA PACKAGE BEING ISSUED AS PREVIOUSLY ADVISED.
The BVSF have been advised of a Consultation that is running until late March this year relating to....
broadening the UK definition of a motor vehicle and extending the insurance requirement beyond roads and other public places. This could mean users of motor vehicles (including trailers) would be required to have third party insurance on private land.
This consultation has been brought about due to an incident elsewhere in the EU and the subsequent actions of the commission. Of course, the UK is leaving the EU but we have to abide by decisions made until we actually leave unfortunately. Had this incident occurred in the UK it would have been covered under the Public Liability section of members insurance policy so in theory at least it wouldn't have been a problem
Currently as it stands members of the BVSF do not need to separately insure their fork lift trucks or similar machinery as they have cover for these vehicles on their private land via the public liability insurance they have in place The only time they need to insure items such as fork lift trucks or other machinery would be if they were used on roads or public places such as their car parks To separately insure every "vehicle" as is one of the options being considered on site would not be practical for our members and financially would be potentially crippling and almost impossible to police.
It is clear that a great deal of thought needs to be applied to the answer to this consultation and rest assured that this will be done. We can't sadly just say "we don't agree" and hope the problem goes away !!!
Roger West AMIMI
The BVSF have recently received information via email from the EA concerning the cessation of OPRA and the introduction of Performance Based Regulation. Obviously BVSF will feed into the consultation when we are able. However, should any individual companies wish to comment then may I respectfully suggest that these comments are forwarded to the BVSF offices in the first instance so that they can be collated into one cohesive document.
From Sunday 1st January 2017,
You must send technical applications for the HGV, PSV, trailer and Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) through GOV.UK
Any applications sent by email from 1 January 2017 won’t be processed.
Applying online should speed up the whole process for you.
Read the recent blog post about changes for submitting technical applications to find out how to: