The DQC renewal occurs on 10th September 2018 for Professional Bus Drivers

DQC
DQC

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.

The first batch of DQC where processed this week (06 July 2018) and approximately 7,000 cards are in the process of been send to the first group of qualified drivers.

Asked your professional drivers to go to “My CPC” on the RSA website and check that your details are correct, address, email and phone numbers.

Remember he/she cannot drive with an “Out of Date” DQC, fines are € 500 to € 1500 for drivers and € 500 to € 5000 for Companies.

The design for Go Ahead’s buses on the 24 Dublin routes

Go Ahead unveiled the design for buses along 24 privately-run public routes in Dublin

Go Ahead Dublin Buses
Go Ahead Dublin Buses – Paul Hosford/TheJournal.ie

British transport company Go Ahead signed a contract to operate the routes in April and today unveiled both its buses and depot in Ballymount.

The first Go Ahead buses will hit Dublin’s streets on 9 September when a new route – the 175 – will run from Citywest to UCD. The 45A, 75, 184, 63, 185, 111 and 59 routes will switch to Go Ahead from 7 October, with the 7A, 102, 33A, 220, 33B and 104 switching on 118 November. From 20 January next year the 18, 76, 239, 270, 238, 76A,236, 17, 114 and 161 routes will change.

Read moreThe design for Go Ahead’s buses on the 24 Dublin routes

MEPs return mobility package proposals to committee for further consideration

heavy traffic moving at speed on the motorway

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)

Great Responsibility Comes With Great Heat

heatwave

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. 

Read moreGreat Responsibility Comes With Great Heat

London – ULEZ to go ahead in 10 months and be expanded in 2021

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.

Read moreLondon – ULEZ to go ahead in 10 months and be expanded in 2021

European Parliament Transport Committee (TRAN) agrees on mobility package

camera european parliament strasbourg

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.

Read moreEuropean Parliament Transport Committee (TRAN) agrees on mobility package

Plaxton adds to coach range with double deck and low entry Panther LE

Plaxton Panorama double deck coach
Plaxton Panorama double deck coach

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has unveiled two new coach models in its Plaxton line-up. The Panther LE is an innovative low entry vehicle that combines bus accessibility with coach comfort, while the versatile Panorama double-decker is built for high capacity, luxury travel. With these new additions, Plaxton now offers a full range from midi-coaches to double deckers – ensuring that more than ever, whatever operators’ requirements, the answer is Plaxton.

Read morePlaxton adds to coach range with double deck and low entry Panther LE

UK Learner drivers on motorways: what lorry and coach drivers need to know

Learner drivers on motorways
Learner drivers on motorways

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.

Read moreUK Learner drivers on motorways: what lorry and coach drivers need to know

Eurovignette: We calls for level playing field and reinvestment into road

eurovignette
eurovignette

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.

Read moreEurovignette: We calls for level playing field and reinvestment into road

EU funding should focus on enabling cleaner and safer road transport

trucks highway green landscape
trucks highway green landscape

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.

Read moreEU funding should focus on enabling cleaner and safer road transport

Mobility Package 3: Greater uptake of new technologies will support more efficient, greener and safer road transport

 

Trucks
Trucks

We welcome the publication of the last part of the European Commission’s Mobility Package. The new legislative proposals on CO2 standards for Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDVs), road safety and the digitalisation of freight transport documents are a welcome push for the further modernisation of the EU road transport industry.

Read moreMobility Package 3: Greater uptake of new technologies will support more efficient, greener and safer road transport

France: Scam discovered at the Digital Tachograph

digitacho
digitacho

During a routine check at the end of March by the Regional Department for Spatial Planning, Environment and Housing (Dreal) in the Center-Val de Loire department, officials discovered a form of electronic tachograph fraud that had previously been unknown in France. It was discovered by a stopped truck of a Polish transporter, whose tachograph registered a rest period during the current journey. The difference between the number of kilometres travelled and the remaining data stored by the device made the inspectors suspicious.

Read moreFrance: Scam discovered at the Digital Tachograph

Police Luxembourg goes electric

Tesla Model S Police Car
Tesla Model S Police Car

At the end of April, two Tesla Model S was being put into service by the Police Luxembourg.

Electric vehicles will be more and more present on our roads in the future. It is a less known technology that will raise new challenges. A key question is whether such vehicles are suitable for use by administrations, especially in law enforcement. The Police Luxembourg has a very good organized maintenance service, to follow this project closely and make an in-depth analysis.

Read morePolice Luxembourg goes electric

European Parliament votes to modernise training for driver cpc

driver cpc
The European Parliament overwhelmingly adopted the proposal improving the training of professional drivers during its plenary session in Strasbourg today.

The Commission had proposed to enhance rules on professional drivers’ training to improve road safety standards in February 2017, as a revision to Directive 2003/59/EC.

Read moreEuropean Parliament votes to modernise training for driver cpc

The list of deadly sins for a transport operator

heavy traffic moving at speed on the motorway

To pursue the occupation of road transport operator is in Regulation EC 1071/2009 and in force since December 2011, it continues to apply.
The new Regulation EU 2016/403 supplements the list of “Deadly Sins” and divide the violations into new categories and type, in force since January 2017

Read moreThe list of deadly sins for a transport operator

Fines totalling €11,000 for two road passenger bus operators for breach of road safety regulations

Dublin Coach
Dublin Coach

Following investigations by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), both Citi Bus Limited and Last Bus Limited of Moorhill House, Brannockstown, Co Kildare trading as Dublin Coach were before Naas District Court for breaches of tachograph and drivers’ hour’s regulations.  Both companies operate a road passenger business.

Read moreFines totalling €11,000 for two road passenger bus operators for breach of road safety regulations

France: police slap four drivers with €50 vouchers for good driving…

Police in Dordogne hand out €50 petrol vouchers to four considerate drivers

Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie

Four drivers in Dordogne were pulled over by police – and given a €50 voucher for petrol as a reward for good driving. All four were French living in the department.

It was part of an initiative set up by the local Prefecture, Gendarmerie and the France Bleu Périgord radio station and followed a government announcement in January, which included ways to reward good drivers among a series of measures to reduce fatalities on France’s roads. 

Read moreFrance: police slap four drivers with €50 vouchers for good driving…