UK Drivers’ hours fines: changes from 5 March 2018

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
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.

Traffic examiners will issue fines for up to 5 drivers’ hour’s offences in a single check.

The change was first announced in September 2017, and we’re now able to confirm the start date.

Find out more about the changes to drivers’ hour’s fines.

EU Commission publishes ROADSEC Security Toolkit to address the growing threats of Cargo Crime, Stowaways and Terrorism

EU Commission

The European Commission’s new ROADSEC Security Toolkit is now available to download, providing clear operational guidance to help truck drivers, transport companies and other key stakeholders address the threats of cargo theft, stowaway entry to trucks, and terrorism on European roads.

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France: Speed Limited will be reduced to 80km/h on country roads

France: Tempo 80 on country roads
France: Tempo 80 on country roads

France reduces the speed limit to 80km/h on rural roads. The measure is one point in the catalogue of measures presented by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. The goal is to reduce the number of fatal accidents.

According to the French Ministry of Transport, in recent years there has been an increase of serious fatalities in French roads. France wants to take action against this trend. Following a meeting of the Standing Governmental Committee on Road Safety, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the following measures:

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One in 12 lorries is fitted with emission fraud device

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One in 12 commercial vehicles checked by DVSA examiners is fitted with an emission fraud device, the agency has revealed.

And following a series of roadside checks, DVSA examiners are now inspecting more than 100 operators’ vehicle fleets for emission cheat devices. It said that some of the companies being inspected operate up to 80 vehicles.

The DVSA found that the most common type of device found is an ‘emulator’, which stops the lorry’s existing emissions control system from working. The aim is to save money on maintenance and repairs.

Examiners checked 3,735 lorries between August and November and 293 of them had been fitted with fraud devices.

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Are you driving under influence of drugs because you have the flu?

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under influenza

 

The number of flu cases expected to rise in the coming week’s drivers are being reminded to think road safety.

Many drivers are putting themselves at risk every winter by taking cough and cold remedies that could make them unsafe on the roads, road safety professionals have warned.

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European cities and automobile manufacturers kick off dialogue on urban vehicle access regulations

How do we get urban transport to work
How do we get urban transport to work

Brussels, 5 December 2017 – Today representatives from European cities and automobile manufacturers came together for the first time in order to explore solutions to the challenges of increasing urban road traffic.

The main purpose of this workshop, which gathered more than 70 stakeholders involved in urban mobility, was to exchange views, experiences and different perspectives on urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs), which are becoming more widespread throughout the EU. As well as cities and auto manufacturers, representatives of regions, research organisations, transport operators, motorists, shippers and retailers were present.

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Market surveillance to EU tire label: Not all offered commercial vehicle tires are as economical as stated.

Components of a truck tire
Components of a truck tire

Market surveillance to EU tire label: Not all offered commercial vehicle tires are as economical as stated.

Many commercial vehicle tires are obviously worse than the EU tire label identifies. This is pointed out by the German Rubber Industry Association (wdk) together with the EU market surveillance authorities, just under one-fifth of the tires tested were inferior to the rolling resistance efficiency class specified by the manufacturer or importer.

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Belgium introduces further environmental zones

Belgium introduces further environmental zones
Belgium introduces further environmental zones

In Antwerp, the environmental zone already applies. Now Brussels is catching up and will close vehicles of the Euro emission standard 0 and 1 from traffic on 1 January 2018. Foreign vehicles must register individually for each city. On the homepage, www.lez-belgium.be drivers will find all information about the registration and the respective environmental zones.

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Making passengers part of the fight against climate change

Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe
Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe

Stephan Anemüller (MSc Public Transport Management), Spokesperson for Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe, details how an advertising campaign around the effects of climate change has encouraged Cologne’s citizens to adopt public transit methods…

What can we do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change? This was the question posed to each UN member in attendance at COP23 a fortnight ago, the 23rd Annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, and a question that KVB, Cologne’s public transit authority, is taking seriously.

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Intelligent Transport Conference 2017: top five lessons for urban transport

Intelligent Transport Conference 2017
Intelligent Transport Conference 2017

With the Intelligent Transport Conference finished for another year, we take a look at the top five lessons to be learnt in the urban transport industry…

The passenger comes first: these are the words that were at the very heart of the discussion in every aspect of this year’s Intelligent Transport Conference.

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Fercam orders Tesla Electric Truck and reveals purchase price

Fercam oders Tesla Electric Truck and reveals purchase price
Fercam orders Tesla Electric Truck and reveals purchase price

The South Tyrolean transport and logistics company has reserved the semi-truck available from 2019 according to the manufacturer’s specifications and intends to use it in European long-distance traffic. The electric semi-trailer from California is said to cost around $ 250,000.

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When the board takes a summer escape

King of the Road
King of the Road

FLORIAN ENGEL, from Austria’s 1TRUCK magazine, heads to the Austrian Alps with two distant cousins for a very different comparative test – the Scania S730 V8 meets the Bentley Bentayga V8 Diesel

Just like the emperors of former ages, we rekindle the tradition of summer vacations in the mountains with this truly refreshing comparison test. What was good enough for kings and queens is perfect for the “King of the Road” – and its duel with the most powerful European diesel SUV…

We invited the Scania S730, 2017 Truck of the Year, and its “cousin” (both brands are owned by the Volkswagen Group – ed.) the Bentley Bentayga Diesel, to the famous ski resort Kitzbühel for a big showdown!

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Commercial drivers driving in the UK – don’t get hit by a £1500 Drivers’ Hours fine

Drivers’ hours: changes to fines for commercial drivers
Drivers’ hours: changes to fines for commercial drivers

Changes relating to the fixed penalties issued by both, DVSA and police officers for drivers’ hours and tachograph offences are due to be made soon.

Firstly, the maximum number of different offences for which fixed penalties can be issued on a single occasion will rise to 5.

Secondly and arguably more significant, penalties will also be issued that include previous offences committed during the previous 28 days.

Read moreCommercial drivers driving in the UK – don’t get hit by a £1500 Drivers’ Hours fine

What will stop these self-driving lorries colliding?

Scania believes 5G could improve communications between "platooning" lorries
Scania believes 5G could improve communications between “platooning” lorries

What impact could 5G – the new high-speed mobile technology being trialled around the world – have on the way we work and play?

Swedish transport company Scania believes lorries could use far less fuel if they drove much closer together, controlled by wirelessly communicating onboard computers.

Read moreWhat will stop these self-driving lorries colliding?

These nine tips for diesel saving should be familiar to every driver

These nine tips for diesel saving should be familiar to every driver
These nine tips for diesel saving should be familiar to every driver

Around 25 percent of the operational costs for a truck is attributable to fuel consumption. Driving in a professional manner will not only save on fuel and vehicle maintenance costs but also reduce the risk of accidents. A good reason to pay attention to how drivers behave. These tips should be given to your drivers.

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IVECO Launch New Daily Blue Power Vehicles

Develop your business in urban areas with no limitations

IVECO Launch New Daily Blue Power Vehicles
IVECO Launch New Daily Blue Power Vehicles

IVECO, the vehicle manufacturer has released the Daily Blue Power range of vehicles. This new range has been designed to be well suited to urban and suburban operations. The vehicles that have been manufactured by IVECO can be used to access all city centres at any time of day, which could mean that transport operators could be made less restricted by the constraints of environmental regulation put into place. IVECO has developed the Daily Blue Power family with a mixture of technology as well as low emissions and environmental impact. The vehicles also offer operators a high level of performance and efficiency.

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UK driver hours regulation – changes to fines for commercial drivers

Drivers’ hours: changes to fines for commercial drivers
Drivers’ hours: changes to fines for commercial drivers

Rules will be changed so lorry, bus and coach drivers who drive tired will be fined for every time they’ve done it in the last 28 days.

If you drive a lorry, bus or coach, 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

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