Drivers against cabotage infringements join forces

Barry Proctor Services MD Barry Proctor has teamed up with international HGV driver Mark Smith to launch a Facebook campaign to gather evidence about foreign-registered hauliers suspected of breaking cabotage regulations.

Launched on 10 August, the UK Transport & Haulage Companies Against EU Cabotage page had nearly 800 members in the first 48 hours, with examples of suspected cabotage rule-breaking posted online.

Proctor (pictured) told Commercial Motor magazine:“Cabotage rules allow foreign hauliers to do three internal journeys in seven days and then they must return.

“However, my drivers tell me that this isn’t happening.”

He said he hoped the site would provide the necessary evidence to take to the Road Haulage Association (RHA), thus enabling the issue to be raised with the DVSA, as he did not believe enforcement officers were targeting the correct vehicles.

He added that, in his experience, drivers were the best source of information about what is happening on the roads, so it was essential to get their backing with regards to of the campaign. “These things need investigating,” said Proctor.

The Road Haulage Association told CM that it had been made aware of the site’s launch and was supportive of its aims and would wait to see what evidence would be forthcoming.