Updates to Brake Performance Testing

In a recent warning issued by the Office of The Traffic Commissioner and the DVSA; both bodies have warned that operators need to change and improve their approach to brake performance testing.

As outlined in the recent edition of the DVSA’s ‘Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness‘, it is clearly stated that a metered assessment of both vehicle and trailer performance is required during each safety inspection.

The guide further outlines that in order to measure the individual brake performance and overall brake efficiencies, that a calibrated roller brake tester should be used. However, concessions are made for vehicles without a trailer to have their overall brake efficiencies to be tested by an approved and calibrated roller brake test.

The guide outlines the best practice of using a vehicle or trailer in a laden state, in order to achieve the most meaningful and accurate results.

Furthermore, it goes on to state that if these tests cannot be carried out during a safety inspection; then the vehicle’s braking performance must be checked using a road test. Such tests would need to be carried out under safe, controlled conditions; the safety inspection sheet would also need to clearly state that a road test was used.

Fitness to drive legal update

On the 1st January 2018 DVLA released an update ‘Assessing Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Medical Professionals’.

This guide covers changes on advice given on insulin-treated diabetes, neurological disorders, cardio-vascular disorders, diabetes mellitus and visual disorders.

For more information; please see the following links:
Information for Medical Professionals
Information for Non-Specialists.

The cost of compliance and cleaner city air

What might we expect in the wake of last month’s High Court ruling, which found against the government’s current clean air strategy? The legally binding outcome, which is not being appealed, compels ministers to come up with a new plan to radically reduce NOx pollution. And fast. But planning is one thing: delivering it equitably, even painlessly, is quite another.

There’s more. The FTA (Freight Transport Association) and others were concerned that DEFRA’s (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) now discredited clean air strategy already went too far. Their concern: in the absence of adequate, sensibly priced CAZ (clean air zone) compliant Euro 6 vehicles – especially vans – many fleet operators would simply be forced out of their markets.
Now, however, campaign group ClientEarth and the court are likely to force DEFRA to concede twice, even three times the number of CAZs previously proposed. And it would be no surprise to see the due-date brought forward to 2018, instead of 2019 or 2020. If both turn out to be the case (and there are few alternatives to appeasing the judiciary and the populace), the future looks anything but festive.
Something has to give. And that something surely ought to be ministers’ resistance to putting their hands in their pockets. Yes, that means taxpayers’ money. But, given that most fleet operators are hardly flush with cash to accelerate vehicle renewal cycles, how else might they rise to this challenge which inevitably affects us all?

As we go to press, ministers are silent. But nothing short of a national scrappage scheme for, say, pre-Euro 3 trucks, buses, vans – and cars – will cut the mustard. That and serious incentives to encourage uptake of alternative transport fuels, such as gas, dual-fuel diesel and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), hybrids and full electrics.

Brian Tinhman

Transport Engineer Publication

Dead Angle Mirror

EU Directive 2007/38/EC relates to the retrofitting of mirrors to heavy goods vehicles registered in the European Union and requires vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to be retrofitted with proper devices in order to improve the driver’s field of vision and increase vehicle safety.
The new directive applies to all commercial vehicles above 3.5t registered after Jan 1st 2000.
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6 tips to avoid expensive legal advice

If you need legal advice for your business or personal matters, hiring quality and professional lawyers may cost you lot of money. But, it is always advisable to opt for quality legal services. here are some tips that will help you to avoid high cost of legal advice. If you belong to the low-income group, you can make use of large network of legal aid programs that operates on federal agents. You can use these programs and get free legal advice for your problem.

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