Preventing lorries being used as weapons (‘VAWS’)

Countering Vehicle as a Weapon: Best Practice Guidance for Goods Vehicle Operators and Drivers has just been released by the UK Department for Transport and addresses VAW attacks, writes Tim Norris of Ashtons LegalSolicitors.  

VAW stands for ‘Vehicle as a Weapon’.  Such an attack requires relatively low-level preparation and little or no training but is potentially devastating in its impact. The guidance categorises all goods vehicles within that term to include anything from a small van to a large lorry.  

Best Practice Guidance covers:

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Driver CPC – two months to go for the deadline of 9 September 2019

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Only 2 months to go for professional truck, bus and coach drivers’ to complete their Driver CPC training before the September deadline.

All drivers need to make sure they’ve completed 7 hours of periodic training by 9 September 2019.

 

Check how much training your driver/drivers’ have done

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IVECO S-WAY launched

YOUR HOME FROM HOME

With a brand-new cab, outstanding fuel efficiency and advanced technology & connectivity, the IVECO S-WAY truck is a complete transport solution designed to provide excellent life on board conditions to drivers and offerings a winning solution to owners by enhancing their competitiveness and Total Cost of Ownership.

It is set to be the aspirational truck of every driver: designed around their needs, the new cab is spacious, rich in comfort features and advanced technologies. It truly is your home from home. IVECO S-WAY is a 100% connected truck which opens a new era in fleet management and onboard living. Its advanced connectivity ensures that drivers are always in contact with their fleet manager, IVECO support specialists and the IVECO dealer network so that they’re never alone on the road.

IVECO S-WAY. DRIVE THE NEW WAY

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Enforcement of road transport rules must be a top priority for the EU after elections

In light of the European elections, IRU and ETF – the EU social partners for Road Transport – call on the European Commission and Parliament to put enforcement at the top of the EU transport agenda for the next legislative term.

Enforcement is the mechanism by which authorities ensure that rules are being followed and applied. In mobile services like road transport, it can be difficult for inspectors to keep track of activity, but the digitalisation of enforcement will be a game changer. New technologies will make it easier to ensure fair and efficient implementation of the European rules applicable to commercial road transport operators and drivers, which could offer a better functioning EU road transport and logistics market. Through digitalisation and the use of widely interoperable data platforms and risk-rating systems, enforcement could better target threats and risks and therefore become more efficient.

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EU Court issues warning to employers on working time rules

European Court reminds employers to properly record working time

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) last week delivered its judgment in a working time dispute between a Spanish trade union and Deutsche Bank.

The decision serves as a warning to employers to make sure employees’ working time is properly recorded and that employees take adequate rest breaks.

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With the new EU rules for cabin camping: ‘Fines for cabin camping only in the act’

Fines for cabin camping only in the act

With the new rules for cabin camping, truck drivers do not have to prove that they have spent the normal weekly rest (the 45-hour rest) outside the cabin. That is what the German branch organization DSLV says.

According to DSLV, the European Commission wrote this to the IRU.Enforcement officers are not allowed to ask drivers for proof that the 45-hour rest was not spent in the cabin. An invoice from a hotel or other proof is therefore no longer necessary’

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Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in commercial vehicles

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Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and the advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in new vehicles as from May 2022 and as from May 2024 for existing models.

  • Cars, vans, trucks and buses to be equipped with advanced safety features
  • Cyclists and pedestrians will be better protected
  • In 2018, 25 100 people died in accidents on EU roads

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Truck cabin camping is no longer there

Cabin camping is no longer there

Truck cabin camping, spending 45 hours of rest (or longer) in the cabin, is banned by the European Parliament, even if it happens in a secure parking place. That is one of the results of the vote that the EP held on Thursday about the Mobility Package.

“We can see that the European Parliament understands some aspects that have helped the market, but limits the necessary flexibility to others”

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Spain: First € 2000 fine for taking 45h regular weekly rest in the cabin

EU Transport ministers agree on social standards for professional truck and bus/coach drivers
The fine, issued by the Government of Cantabria in March 2019 provided that during a routine check a weekly rest equal to or more than 45 hours was made in inside the vehicle.
The particularity of the case is that the driver previously took a regular 45-hour rest in Italy, without providing any evidence of staying in a hotel. Subsequently, in Spain, the driver was taking another weekly rest in the cabin, also exceeding 45 hours and without presenting evidence of staying in a hotel.

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The number of alcohol and drug offences among truck and coach drivers has doubled since 2018 across Europe

From 19 to 24 February, a Europe-wide TISPOL enforcement operation focusing on trucks and buses took place. The safety of commercial goods and passenger transport was central to the operation, which involved coordinated police controls in 29 participating  countries.

According to the latest results from 20 countries, 103,515 trucks and 18,047 buses were checked.

More than 33,000 violations were found (trucks: 30,014, buses: 3,371)

There were 2,092 occasions where a vehicle was prohibited from travelling any further due to its dangerous condition (2,046 trucks and 46 buses).

On average, violations or faults were found in 29% of trucks and 18% of buses.

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Europan Transport Operators ‘Hurry up with that Mobility Package!’

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Eight European transport organizations want the European Parliament to finally decide on essential parts of the Mobility Package. This must be done before the European elections in May.

The letter to the European Parliament was signed by Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung (BGL – Germany), Fédération Nationale des Transports Routiers (FNTR – France), Nordic Logistic Association (NLA – Scandinavia), SKAL (Finnish Transport and Logistics – Finland), ALT (Finnish Employers’ Federation of Road Transport – Finland), Swedish Association of Road Transport Companies (SÅ – Sweden), Norwegian Road Transport Association (NLF – Norway) and Danish Transport and Logistics (DTL – Denmark.)

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Mandatory speed limiters to be fitted to all new cars in Europe within three years

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The European Parliament has agreed that all new cars will be fitted with speed limiters. The move is part of a series of measures backed by MEPs  to make a variety of safety systems compulsory. The intelligent speed assistance (ISA) systems will use road sign recognition or GPS data to determine local speed limits and limit a vehicle’s speed to within that.

The mandatory fitting of ISA was approved by MEPs following proposals by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).  ETSC says that making speed limiters mandatory will reduce traffic collisions by 30 per cent and could save 25,000 lives within 15 years of being introduced.

Under the proposal, all new cars sold from 2022 will be required to have ISA.

Report on speeding and the vital role of in-vehicle technology

Reducing Speeding in Europe

Speeding remains a significant problem in many European countries according to new research published yesterday by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). The findings come ahead of an important vote in the European Parliament on Thursday on the future mandatory in-vehicle safety technologies.

Some of the countries with the best safety records in Europe have lower standard speed limits on rural roads, including Sweden at 70km/h with 27 deaths per million inhabitants. Norway (26), Switzerland (26), Denmark (37) and the Netherlands (37) all set the limit at 80km/h.

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Just 60 trucks allowed to cross the Irish border after Brexit

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According to a representative of the Freight Transport Association (FTA), Seamus Leheny, said that many trucks coming from Northern Ireland will not be able to travel into the Republic after Brexit?

Currently, 13,000 trucks cross the border from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland every day but according to some in the industry and as reported on in the Belfast Telegraph, only 60 lorries will be allowed to cross if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead. Seamus Leheny said:

“It’s to stop the European market being flooded by hauliers from other countries who could possibly do it cheaper and undermine the internal market,”

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European drivers may be wary of cars that stop them from speeding

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Fully automated driving may be years away, but a new EU law being debated by legislators would mandate some semi-autonomous features in new cars, such as intelligent speed assistance. And the auto industry is worried about driver backlash.

In the 1970s, as the technology to automate vehicle transmission started being deployed on a wide scale in the United States, Europeans said no thank you.

Forty years later, that reticence to give up control over shifting gears has remained in Europe, where automatic cars make up only 20% of vehicles on the road today. Contrast that to the US, where 96% of vehicles are automatic.

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