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The 40 mph limit for goods vehicles is outdated – They have air-brakes now and with disc brakes using ABS, EBS and some have engine brakes and retarders.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The 40 mph limit for goods vehicles is outdated – They have air-brakes now and with disc brakes using ABS, EBS and some have engine brakes and retarders.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

Mark All Bridge Heights in Metres

Make it a legal requirement for all bridges to be marked in Metres….contentious I know and I speak as an arch-Eurosceptic. Currently some bridges are marked in feet and inches, others in metres and some in both. There is no consistency. The result is bridge strikes.

It should alos be a requirement for a driver to know his vehicle height IN METRES

Alternatively it could be made a legal requirement for all bridges to be marked in both imperial and metric

Why is this idea important?

Make it a legal requirement for all bridges to be marked in Metres….contentious I know and I speak as an arch-Eurosceptic. Currently some bridges are marked in feet and inches, others in metres and some in both. There is no consistency. The result is bridge strikes.

It should alos be a requirement for a driver to know his vehicle height IN METRES

Alternatively it could be made a legal requirement for all bridges to be marked in both imperial and metric

Reduce the powers of VOSA

It is a ridiculous situation where at a road side vehicle check a motor mechanic can decide if a driver will receive a fine or points.It should only be the police who can do this.It is all getting very Stalinistic .They have VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT printed on their vans.The only ones who should be enforcing any thing is the police and customs not motor mechanics.It's getting to the stage now where anyone can fine you.Big brother is watching.  

Why is this idea important?

It is a ridiculous situation where at a road side vehicle check a motor mechanic can decide if a driver will receive a fine or points.It should only be the police who can do this.It is all getting very Stalinistic .They have VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT printed on their vans.The only ones who should be enforcing any thing is the police and customs not motor mechanics.It's getting to the stage now where anyone can fine you.Big brother is watching.  

Drivers CPC regulations

The current regulation for HGV drivers to take a drivers cpc should be dropped. HGV drivers know how to do their jobs without putting more red tape in their way. We do not need to pass a course to tell us what our maximum weight and lenght should be. All this is covered in the current driving test, which is already one of the toughest in the world. I think it is about time we were allowed to get on with our jobs without more pressure, there is enough of that just trying to earn a living.

Why is this idea important?

The current regulation for HGV drivers to take a drivers cpc should be dropped. HGV drivers know how to do their jobs without putting more red tape in their way. We do not need to pass a course to tell us what our maximum weight and lenght should be. All this is covered in the current driving test, which is already one of the toughest in the world. I think it is about time we were allowed to get on with our jobs without more pressure, there is enough of that just trying to earn a living.