Raise 40 mph limit for HGV’s to 45 mph (on a trail basis)

The 40 mph limit for goods vehicles is outdated – They have air-brakes now and with disc brakes using ABS, EBS and some have engine brakes and retarders.

There is also an environmental issue here as you are not quite able to achieve top gear at 40 mph. Raising it to 45 mph would save fuel and reduce the frustration of the following car drivers as their speedo's would read 50 mph.

It would also stop/ reduce the crazy overtaking manoeuvres.

Why is this idea important?

The 40 mph limit for goods vehicles is outdated – They have air-brakes now and with disc brakes using ABS, EBS and some have engine brakes and retarders.

There is also an environmental issue here as you are not quite able to achieve top gear at 40 mph. Raising it to 45 mph would save fuel and reduce the frustration of the following car drivers as their speedo's would read 50 mph.

It would also stop/ reduce the crazy overtaking manoeuvres.

Everyone should pass the same HGV test to get Licence to drive on UK roads.

When I worked in retail a few years ago, a lot of the HGV delivery drivers where agency drivers from Poland. And what I noticed was, they all had trouble turning their waggons to our delivery entrance. They all tried cutting corners as if driving a car, and they all kept getting stuck! I had to physically walk them along the road and tell them exactly where to start their turn in order to get round the corner. They didn't have a clue!!

I mentioned this to one of the English drivers and he informed me that the Polish drivers had never past HGV driving tests. They where all driving HGV waggons on agracultural licences. Seems if you can get a licence to drive a tractor or other farm vehicle in Poland, then that qualifies you to drive a HGV in this country.

So scrap the law that allows this to happen and make everyone pass the same tests.

Why is this idea important?

When I worked in retail a few years ago, a lot of the HGV delivery drivers where agency drivers from Poland. And what I noticed was, they all had trouble turning their waggons to our delivery entrance. They all tried cutting corners as if driving a car, and they all kept getting stuck! I had to physically walk them along the road and tell them exactly where to start their turn in order to get round the corner. They didn't have a clue!!

I mentioned this to one of the English drivers and he informed me that the Polish drivers had never past HGV driving tests. They where all driving HGV waggons on agracultural licences. Seems if you can get a licence to drive a tractor or other farm vehicle in Poland, then that qualifies you to drive a HGV in this country.

So scrap the law that allows this to happen and make everyone pass the same tests.

Drivers Certificate of Professional Competence and WTD.

Repeal the [European] law that states that drivers of commercial vehicles should be in possession of a Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC), and the Drivers Working Time Directive.

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These laws are both nonsense. Driving laws dictate that to drive a commercial vehicle extra training and testing must be undertaken. This testing proves that the driver is capable of driving a larger vehicle safely on our roads. The DCPC adds yet another level of bureaucracy to the most heavily regulated industry in the country. For specific types of loads the onus should be on the employer to ensure that his employees are sufficiently trained to do the job, with proper penalties in place if they fail.

 

As it stands the requirement to gain the DCPC is usually on the driver which on top of the cost of obtaining his licence and the cost of regular medicals adds up to yet another tax to do his job. The fact that the DCPC has an 'attendance only' requirement with no pass or fail mark, suggests that it is only a money making scheme for training companies.

 

The WTD for drivers is another example of bureaucracy for bureaucracy's sake. The current tachograph laws have worked for years to control the amount of time drivers can both drive and work and how often they should take breaks.

 

Both these laws are ridiculous in the extreme and do nothing to improve road safety or the working conditions of professional drivers.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the [European] law that states that drivers of commercial vehicles should be in possession of a Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC), and the Drivers Working Time Directive.

.

These laws are both nonsense. Driving laws dictate that to drive a commercial vehicle extra training and testing must be undertaken. This testing proves that the driver is capable of driving a larger vehicle safely on our roads. The DCPC adds yet another level of bureaucracy to the most heavily regulated industry in the country. For specific types of loads the onus should be on the employer to ensure that his employees are sufficiently trained to do the job, with proper penalties in place if they fail.

 

As it stands the requirement to gain the DCPC is usually on the driver which on top of the cost of obtaining his licence and the cost of regular medicals adds up to yet another tax to do his job. The fact that the DCPC has an 'attendance only' requirement with no pass or fail mark, suggests that it is only a money making scheme for training companies.

 

The WTD for drivers is another example of bureaucracy for bureaucracy's sake. The current tachograph laws have worked for years to control the amount of time drivers can both drive and work and how often they should take breaks.

 

Both these laws are ridiculous in the extreme and do nothing to improve road safety or the working conditions of professional drivers.

Scrap differential speed limits for goods vehicles

Scrap the different speed limits that apply to goods vehicles over 2T and 7.5T on all classes of road. The speed limit will be harmonised for all vehicles.

Why is this idea important?

Scrap the different speed limits that apply to goods vehicles over 2T and 7.5T on all classes of road. The speed limit will be harmonised for all vehicles.