The European Professional Driver Association (EPDA) www.EPDA.ie recommends a number of Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) Centres all around Ireland.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 409,300 vehicles to customers worldwide from January until the end of October, a decrease of 0.4 percent compared to the same period in 2017. This is primarily due to temporary delivery delays caused by the WLTP certifications in Europe, but also to the persistently volatile market situations in Turkey and Mexico.
Today (October 15th), a new harmonized set of fuel labels will appear across Europe. They will give drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles wherever they travel in the EU, helping them avoid misfuelling and informing on the environmental impact of their choice.
Alternative fuels can help reduce Europe’s air quality problems, much of which is caused by transport emissions. However, the growing diversity of fuels available on the European market means that drivers, businesses and fuel station operators need clearer information on fuels sold at filling stations From now on, when customers arrive at a public filling station of any Member State, they will notice new EU-wide harmonized fuel symbols on fuel dispensers and fuel nozzles. The same harmonized, easy-to-read, clear and simple labels will also be compulsory for newly produced vehicles and will be shown on the fuel-filler caps. These new labels do not replace existing names and brands of fuels, nor quality, safety, and performance recommendations. The labels are based on industry standards and have been developed by European standardization bodies with the participation of industry, consumer and civil society representatives.
The World Professional Driver Championships 2018, held in Ghent, Belgium from September 27th to 30th September 2018 and Ireland’s professional drivers have taken on the best in the world.
For the first time, Ireland was represented by a team of five who compete against twenty-two other countries. The competition tests the knowledge as well as the driving skills of the drivers. An Eco driving section is also being contested for in their C+E section by Team Ireland.
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The Volvo Group continues its far-reaching drive to develop next-generation transport solutions. The latest examples include a system in which autonomous electric vehicles are coordinated to ensure as efficient, and safe goods transport as possible, as well as a new electric compact wheel loader concept.
On September 12 the new goods transport solution was unveiled for the first time in connection with the Volvo Group’s Innovation Summit in Berlin. It consists of autonomous electric vehicles that are wirelessly connected to a transport control centre.
The brand’s new flagship.
Just in time for the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, which is taking place in Hanover, Germany, from 20 to 27 September 2018, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is unveiling the brand’s new flagship to the world’s press at the Premiere Night. Mercedes-Benz is showcasing a truck which immediately attracts everybody’s attention due to its new, characteristic light signature along the top of the headlamps and its futuristic-looking MirrorCam.
The new Actros is a truck featuring pioneering innovations in series production which immediately pay off. The vehicle increases efficiency for business owners and comfort for drivers to a previously unattained level: fuel consumption has fallen noticeably while safety and vehicle availability has been increased further.
A tram driver has lost an unfair dismissal claim against Transdev, the operator of the LUAS tram network following an investigation into his activity outside work. Transdev used the services of a private investigator to confirm that the aggrieved employee had been driving a taxi licensed to his wife.
Every motorist stopped by officers from three forces in September will be required to read a number plate from 20m away.
Anyone who fails will have their driving licence immediately revoked.
Data from the tests will be used to improve understanding of the extent of poor driver vision.
The initiative is being run by forces in Thames Valley, Hampshire and the West Midlands, and is supported by road safety charity Brake and optician firm Vision Express.
You cannot make a move without a tachograph – anyone who has experience with heavy transport knows this. How to deal with failures? What to do when such an incident happens on the road? What if the problem appears in the headquarters? What steps should be taken and by whom?
Tachograph failures do not happen often, but when they do occur, they cause a lot of trouble. The tachograph is the most important device in the driver’s cabin because it records all events, such as driving time, rests or other work.
The new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo has clearly won the current IBC comparison test of touring coaches of the popular 13-meter class. The surprise: the Irizar i6S moves to number two and beat the revamped MAN Lion’s Coach C, even in the cost section.
The advantage of the Mercedes is not only safety. With the proven systems such as the active impact protection FCG or innovations such as ABA4 with pedestrian detection and the turn-off assistant, Sideguard Assist offers the Mercedes, which will come to the roads as an eye-catching safety coach and yes simply significantly more than all competitors.
The Labour Court has ordered an employer to pay a former business development executive €7,500 for persistent breaches of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 (the Act). With many employers now arming their workforces with mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, a culture of requiring employees to be available round the clock has developed. The decision of the Labour Court reaffirms that the onus is squarely on employers to ensure that staff are not required to work more than the statutory maximum of 48 hours per week.
Message for all Passenger Transport Operator please tell all your professional drivers that the DQC renewal occurs on 10th September 2018 for Professional Bus Drivers.
The Driver Education Section in the RSA have put measures in place so that all qualified compliant professional drivers – i.e. those who have completed the required number of DCPC training modules (5 for bus /truck or 6 for bus & truck – dual-qualified professional drivers with C and D driving license) will automatically receive their Driver Qualification Card in advance of the due date.
MEPs rejected proposed amendments to the “Mobility Package” road haulage reform proposals and referred them back to the Transport Committee for reconsideration.
In a vote on Wednesday (04 July 2018), the Full House rejected Transport Committee amendments to the proposals on updating drivers’ rest time rules, cabotage and posting of drivers and referred them back to the committee for further consideration, in accordance with Rule 59(4) of Parliament’s rules of procedure.
The proposals on the posting of drivers, drivers’ rest periods and access to the occupation of road transport operator and to the road haulage market are part of the “Mobility Package” tabled by the EU Commission in May 2017.
(source: News European Parliment)
As the country enjoys blue skies, unbroken sunshine and near-record temperatures, it seems a lot of the hard-working people of Ireland are wondering what temperature the mercury must hit for it to be legally too hot to work?! Employers will likewise be curious to know how the extraordinarily hot temperatures impact on their legal duty to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees at work.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has ignored industry calls and gone ahead with making central London an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) – requiring Euro 6 for coaches and buses – in just 10 months time.
And, he has confirmed that the ULEZ will be extended to cover all of London inside the North and South Circular Roads from 25 October 2021.
From 8 April 2019, all coaches and buses that are not Euro 6 will have to pay a £100 daily charge to enter the ULEZ. This is on top of the current £200 Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge for non-compliant vehicles. Also, this charge will be increased to £300 per day from 26 October 2020 for Euro 3 or older. Euro 4 and Euro 5 vehicles will have to pay £100 per day.
DAF’s new XF/CF truck range has been elected International Truck of the Year for 2018 by a jury of 23 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing 23 major trucking magazines from throughout Europe.
The prestigious award was handed over to Preston Feight, President of DAF Trucks, during the press day of the Solutrans Commercial Vehicle Show in Lyon, France.
With a winning score of 104 votes, in a neck-to-neck competition, the new Dutch heavy-duty truck range fought off the strong challenge posed by Iveco’s Stralis NP long-haul 460 HP natural-gas engine model which was second, and Scania’s XT construction range, which finished in third place.
More flexible rest regulations for truck drivers and further liberalization of cabotage. These are the two most important changes that the European Parliament is expected to approve.
The Transport Committee of the European Parliament (TRAN) agreed on Monday on new rules for the working conditions of truck drivers. It concerns the reform proposals of the European Commission within the framework of the first mobility package. EU rules on posted workers based on the principle of equal pay for equal work should apply to cabotage journeys, as approved. For drivers delivering goods to another Member State, the same rules should apply as for drivers in the host country.
From Monday 4 June 2018, you’ll start to see learner drivers having motorway driving lessons in England, Scotland and Wales.
As professional drivers and operators, you rely on the motorway network to help transport goods or passengers across Great Britain. So, I want to explain how the rules work, the benefits for learner drivers, and how this will ultimately benefit you.
The European Parliament’s revision of the Eurovignette Directive is an opportunity to establish a fair road user charging system, which guarantees a level playing field between different modes, and reinvests revenue in the sector to incentivise cleaner, more efficient road transport.
IRU shares its vision with the European Commission on the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework and calls for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds to be earmarked for road transport projects.
IRU strongly supports the EU financing instrument but eschews the allocation of funds away from the road transport sector.