Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiners found 293 trucks fitted with emissions cheat devices at roadside checks between August and November 2017. Cheat devices give false emissions readings which can result in the release of excessive emissions into the atmosphere.
The check, which targeted 3,735 trucks at a number of locations across the country, resulted in offending drivers and operators being given 10 days to fix the emissions system, or face both a £300 fine and having their vehicle(s) taken off the road.
It also sparked more than 100 operators’ fleets being inspected for further emission cheat devices. DVSA is passing its findings to the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain, who have the power to revoke an operator’s licence.
With poor air quality the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, we all have a responsibility to minimise our environmental impact – a core value of the FORS Standard with many of its requirements addressing the issue at FORS Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Members are reminded of the purpose of FORS requirement M11 ‘Tyre and fuel management’ which is “to ensure that there is a high level of safety, efficiency and environmental performance relating to the management and use of tyres and fuels.” FORS Professional, the dedicated FORS training programme, also provides a number of resources to help members, ranging from classroom training such as LoCITY Driving, to eLearning modules and toolkits.