HGV driving tests began again this week in England, with Wales choosing to restart them on 27 July. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that as the country recovers from Covid-19 it could now open up its services to get the economy moving again. Driver training and theory tests for HGVs in England recommenced on 4 July. Examiners will end a vocational test early if a candidate commits either a serious or dangerous fault or a total of 16 driver faults. […]
In my archive, I have a Commercial Motor road test cutting, unusually with an accompanying video, dated 15 December 1996. It is of a back-to-back road test of two identically laden ERF EC12s belonging to BOC Distribution, carried out by Toby Clark, then vehicles editor and me, then engineering editor.
Government plans to make HGV drivers bear the greatest responsibility for road safety have been condemned as “extremely dangerous” by the RHA this week.
The DVSA has now confirmed that it does approve of the new design of load restraint for the upper deck of double-deck curtainsiders developed by a Road Haulage Association (RHA)-led working group with input from various vehicle operators and trailer manufacturer Montracon.