Operators could face severe delays in getting new trucks registered this autumn as new EC rules on vehicle type approval kick in, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has warned. From 29 October, vehicles over 3.5 tonnes GVW built in more than one stage will come into scope of the new rules, obliging vehicle suppliers to get either EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval or National Small Series Type Approval from the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), or to seek […]
1) Alastair Peoples, chief executive, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) The merger of the DSA and Vosa into one single agency, due for completion by 1 April 2014, is creating a 4,600-strong organisation, with annual turnover of £400m and responsibility for setting, testing and enforcing driver and vehicle standards in Great Britain.
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.
The DVSA is introducing a new payment portal for fixed penalty roadside fines this month to replace chip and PIN payments.