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.

Scrap VED

I sugest we scrap the collection of road tax and collect the missing income ont fuel duty – this passes the cost onto all users as those who do not tax their vehicle would still need fuel , so cannot escape the duty – also the more miles you drive the higher your cost which is a fairer system. It would also concentrate our minds on the real need for unnecessary journeys.

The Insurance /mot document relating to this vehicle should be displayed on the windscreen, failure to do so would alert the authorities of possible no -insurance, and unsuitable vehicles on the road, a far worse crime than no  licence duty.

Why is this idea important?

I sugest we scrap the collection of road tax and collect the missing income ont fuel duty – this passes the cost onto all users as those who do not tax their vehicle would still need fuel , so cannot escape the duty – also the more miles you drive the higher your cost which is a fairer system. It would also concentrate our minds on the real need for unnecessary journeys.

The Insurance /mot document relating to this vehicle should be displayed on the windscreen, failure to do so would alert the authorities of possible no -insurance, and unsuitable vehicles on the road, a far worse crime than no  licence duty.

HGV Single carriage way speed restriction.

Currently HGV's are required to not exceed 40mph on single carriageway roads, which causes car drivers to attempt overtaking. As this occurs IN BOTH DIRECTIONS at the same time many head-on accidents occur, causing death, injury, and road closures.

If the speed was raised for HGV's and lowered for all other vehicles to 50mph, overtaking would not be necessary, and the overtaking would diminsh, thereby saving lives, and permitting the road to function more safely, with much less cost to the emergency services, and a reduction in road closure.

If this were implemented as a change to the 'National Speed Limit', it would be made at a very minimal cost.

Why is this idea important?

Currently HGV's are required to not exceed 40mph on single carriageway roads, which causes car drivers to attempt overtaking. As this occurs IN BOTH DIRECTIONS at the same time many head-on accidents occur, causing death, injury, and road closures.

If the speed was raised for HGV's and lowered for all other vehicles to 50mph, overtaking would not be necessary, and the overtaking would diminsh, thereby saving lives, and permitting the road to function more safely, with much less cost to the emergency services, and a reduction in road closure.

If this were implemented as a change to the 'National Speed Limit', it would be made at a very minimal cost.

Penalise Companies as well as HGV Drivers

Companies employing drivers are not held responsible if their drivers commit driving offences, and yet tmany companies pressure employees to go faster, with bigger loads, and at times bully and harrass their drivers into illeagal use of tacho's.  Whilst the obvious answer is for drivers not to break the law, this is easier said than done when it is made plain that the drivers job is at risk.

Drivers should be penalized but I would like to see fines levied agains the companies in an effort to ensure they support drivers health and safety. 

I didn't vote for a coalition and doubt that any good will come of this website but hope to be proved wrong

Why is this idea important?

Companies employing drivers are not held responsible if their drivers commit driving offences, and yet tmany companies pressure employees to go faster, with bigger loads, and at times bully and harrass their drivers into illeagal use of tacho's.  Whilst the obvious answer is for drivers not to break the law, this is easier said than done when it is made plain that the drivers job is at risk.

Drivers should be penalized but I would like to see fines levied agains the companies in an effort to ensure they support drivers health and safety. 

I didn't vote for a coalition and doubt that any good will come of this website but hope to be proved wrong

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.

Amend the working time directive applying to private hgv drivers

Amend the working time directive to exclude private HGV's

The current working time directive does not allow people to persue their hobby at the weekend if the following apply:

1. They work full time

2 They need to drive a lorry at the weekend for hobbies such as horse driving trials, motor sport, transporting steam engines, or classic farm machinery. etc

The directive says that even working in an office means that you cannot drive an HGV at the weekend. However a professional lorry driver driving all week can drive any other vehicle all weekend.

This is unfair  and unreasonable to not allow people to get out from the office and enjoy something special to them. It is unreasonable that a professional lorry driver can drive other vehicles of their own choice.

Why is this idea important?

Amend the working time directive to exclude private HGV's

The current working time directive does not allow people to persue their hobby at the weekend if the following apply:

1. They work full time

2 They need to drive a lorry at the weekend for hobbies such as horse driving trials, motor sport, transporting steam engines, or classic farm machinery. etc

The directive says that even working in an office means that you cannot drive an HGV at the weekend. However a professional lorry driver driving all week can drive any other vehicle all weekend.

This is unfair  and unreasonable to not allow people to get out from the office and enjoy something special to them. It is unreasonable that a professional lorry driver can drive other vehicles of their own choice.

Drivers CPC

Dear Sir,

 

Firstly I would like to thank you for the opportunity to submit an idea.  This is a refreshing idea from the new coalition government.

 

I would like to bring to your attention an item of increased legislation that is of little or no use, and are of considerable cost to local business.

 

The item is that of Driver CPC’s. 

 

Recently the Government has introduced a new requirement for HGV drivers to undergo 5 days of training over the next 5 years.  This is required for them to obtain drivers CPC.  Without the drivers CPC the driver will no longer be able to work as a HGV driver.  There is no exam at the end of the training and could not be as a considerable quantity of the drivers attending these courses do not have English as their first language.  I would also like to point out that if these driver’s are not to the correct standard to past their test in the first place why are we giving them a HGV licence.  This ongoing assessment is of little or no use as it does not improve in any way the driver’s ability to drive.  It is however of considerable cost in inconvenience to business.

Why is this idea important?

Dear Sir,

 

Firstly I would like to thank you for the opportunity to submit an idea.  This is a refreshing idea from the new coalition government.

 

I would like to bring to your attention an item of increased legislation that is of little or no use, and are of considerable cost to local business.

 

The item is that of Driver CPC’s. 

 

Recently the Government has introduced a new requirement for HGV drivers to undergo 5 days of training over the next 5 years.  This is required for them to obtain drivers CPC.  Without the drivers CPC the driver will no longer be able to work as a HGV driver.  There is no exam at the end of the training and could not be as a considerable quantity of the drivers attending these courses do not have English as their first language.  I would also like to point out that if these driver’s are not to the correct standard to past their test in the first place why are we giving them a HGV licence.  This ongoing assessment is of little or no use as it does not improve in any way the driver’s ability to drive.  It is however of considerable cost in inconvenience to business.

HGV 40mph Speed Limit

The 40mph single carriageway is choking the country.

I live in rural Lincolshire, where huge amounts of the nation's food is produced and the road are coking with slow moving HGVs. This annoys drivers and causes them to make risky overtaking manouvers and this is happening all over the nation.

I'm not sure if this rule was introduced to reduce accidents or reduce emissions, but I can't see that it's affecting either.

The speed limit should be increased to 60mph, but even 50mph would make a huge difference and get the traffic moving everywhere.

Why is this idea important?

The 40mph single carriageway is choking the country.

I live in rural Lincolshire, where huge amounts of the nation's food is produced and the road are coking with slow moving HGVs. This annoys drivers and causes them to make risky overtaking manouvers and this is happening all over the nation.

I'm not sure if this rule was introduced to reduce accidents or reduce emissions, but I can't see that it's affecting either.

The speed limit should be increased to 60mph, but even 50mph would make a huge difference and get the traffic moving everywhere.

Noise polluting reversing alarms on heavy goods vehicles

Amend the "Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) 1986" legislation mandating the operation of an audible warning devices on reversing vehicles.

These audible warning devices do little for safety but create a cacophony of undesirable noise pollution.

Such devices presume an unwitting person will stand clear. However, if they miss the lorry movement and its engine noise they’ll be oblivious to a loud bleeper, won’t they?

Instead, legislate to install high mounted rear facing camera on heavy vehicles with restricted rear vision so the driver can properly see obstructions.

Why is this idea important?

Amend the "Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) 1986" legislation mandating the operation of an audible warning devices on reversing vehicles.

These audible warning devices do little for safety but create a cacophony of undesirable noise pollution.

Such devices presume an unwitting person will stand clear. However, if they miss the lorry movement and its engine noise they’ll be oblivious to a loud bleeper, won’t they?

Instead, legislate to install high mounted rear facing camera on heavy vehicles with restricted rear vision so the driver can properly see obstructions.

Exemption from LEZ for private HGV’s

The LEZ has meant that many equestrian 'hobbyists' have either had to give up or severely adjust their activities due to the LEZ. Also, equestrian centres within the LEZ are affected too.

Why is this idea important?

The LEZ has meant that many equestrian 'hobbyists' have either had to give up or severely adjust their activities due to the LEZ. Also, equestrian centres within the LEZ are affected too.

Remove A-Road 40Mph Speed Restriction for Lorries on 60 Mph Zones

As an example of Health & Safety gone mad or whatever it is, please can we remove the 40Mph A-Road speed Restriction for Lorries on 60 Mph zones.

Not only does this bunch traffic up, it frustrates drivers who are perfectly safe/entitled to do 60Mph, but can’t because they are stuck behind a lorry.  On these A-Roads there are 30 and 40 Mph restrictions in place to slow all traffic down to safe speeds in more hazardous areas, so all traffic has to conform to these restrictions already.

By having roads where Lorries travel at significantly different speeds to cars, it encourages risky overtaking, which in itself is very dangerous.  This is not to mention the misery it causes car drivers on the way to work, which in the current economic climate, is a misery we can actually do something about!

Why is this idea important?

As an example of Health & Safety gone mad or whatever it is, please can we remove the 40Mph A-Road speed Restriction for Lorries on 60 Mph zones.

Not only does this bunch traffic up, it frustrates drivers who are perfectly safe/entitled to do 60Mph, but can’t because they are stuck behind a lorry.  On these A-Roads there are 30 and 40 Mph restrictions in place to slow all traffic down to safe speeds in more hazardous areas, so all traffic has to conform to these restrictions already.

By having roads where Lorries travel at significantly different speeds to cars, it encourages risky overtaking, which in itself is very dangerous.  This is not to mention the misery it causes car drivers on the way to work, which in the current economic climate, is a misery we can actually do something about!

European Directives which impact on SMEs

 

To create a Small Business European Task Force to ensure legislation which could impact on SMEs is effectively monitored and engaged with from the outset.

Why is this idea important?

 

To create a Small Business European Task Force to ensure legislation which could impact on SMEs is effectively monitored and engaged with from the outset.