The traffic commissioners (TCs) and the DVSA have urged operators to improve their approach to brake testing and maintenance after the DVSA revealed a quarter of defective trucks had a brake issue. The TCs said brake defects and shortcomings in brake maintenance procedures are appearing “far too frequently” at public inquiries, with some operators failing to carry out testing at the required frequency, or at all. According to the DVSA, more than one in 10 UK- and overseas-registered HGVs stopped […]
The time limit for downloading data from a digital tachograph is to be extended from the current 56 days to 90 days by the end of this year, the DfT has confirmed.
The DVSA has outlined a fundamental shift in its approach, which will see it move from a culture of enforcement towards a focus on compliance.
Whatever their personal opinion of the traffic commissioners (TCs), most operators would agree they collectively perform a vital role in keeping the public and industry safe from rogue operators. But one commissioner in particular, Beverley Bell, was among the first to attempt to change the way the TCs are portrayed, and as she prepares to step down from her role and hand over to East of England TC Richard Turfitt, has helped shape the way the transport industry is regulated.