Changes to Driver CPC exemptions to come in this month

The DfT is to further relax exemptions to the Driver CPC rules for those whose main activity does not require driving an HGV, bringing the UK into line with EU regulations.

The amended regulations also allow drivers to use a truck with an automatic gearbox when taking a Driver CPC practical test, and will come into effect on 25 January.

The DfT is extending the radius a vehicle can be driven without the driver holding a Driver CPC from 50km to 100km, provided the vehicle is unladen and is driven by a person who only drives trucks from “time to time”, such as a valet or mechanic. This aligns UK law with the EU, which introduced the increased distance limit in 2014.

Since 2013 such drivers have been exempt from the requirement to hold a Driver CPC, provided they drive the vehicle no more than 50km and carry only the equipment needed to carry out their work. The DfT said this limit was originally selected to be consistent with the exemption from drivers' hours rules, but this was extended to 100km last March.

The requirement for vehicles used in a Driver CPC practical test to have a minimum of eight forward gears has also been removed by the amendment, which was laid before parliament in December.

Since January 2014 learner drivers have been able to take their practical driving test in an automatic vehicle.

Concrete company fined after worker struck by sideloader

A concrete panel manufacturer has been ordered to pay £28,579 in fines and costs after a worker was knocked off a vehicle by a sideloader while loading at its premises.In August 2014, a subcontractor working for Langar, Nottinghamshire-based Unbrako Precast Concrete suffered a broken collar bone, fractures to both shoulders, and two broken ribs when he fell while loading freestanding concrete units onto his vehicle.

Fraikin selects Carrier for rental fleet investment

Carrier Transicold is supplying the refrigeration units for more than 30 new temperature-controlled vehicles joining the Fraikin rental fleet.The deal includes a total of 20 Xarios 200, 300 and 500 systems, and 11 multi-temperature Supra 750 MT and 1150 MT units.A batch of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter light commercial vehicles are fitted with Xarios 200 and 300 units while Iveco Eurocargo rigid trucks are fitted with the more powerful Xarios 500 systems.

60 second law update: load security

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), issues with load security cause around 1,200 injuries a year and cost businesses millions of pounds in replacing damaged goods.   

Bell: you can’t blame the boss when you’re caught breaking driving laws

Professional drivers should not use the excuse that they were simply following an operator’s orders if they’re caught breaking driving laws, senior traffic commissioner Beverley Bell has said. In the revised Senior Traffic Commissioner’s Statutory Document on Vocational Driver Conduct, those wishing to become HGV drivers are also reminded that they are expected to fully acquaint themselves with relevant legislation before applying to become professionals.

New truck registrations up 27% in 2015

The SMMT has said it expects the number of new trucks registered in 2016 to ‘level off slightly’ in the wake of bumper figures for 2015.Some 44,063 trucks above 6 tonne GVW were registered last year, a 27.1% rise on the 34,672 registered in 2014 and coming close to topping the record 49,430 trucks registered in 2013 ahead of the introduction of Euro-6.

Avery departs Schmitz Cargobull for Montracon

Montracon has appointed former Schmitz Cargobull (UK) boss Paul Avery as its new MD.Avery, 49, joined Schmitz Cargobull (UK) 24 years ago, and was involved in design, engineering, research and development as well as general management before becoming MD in the UK.Along the way he graduated in mechanical engineering and business management.

Freight in the City Spring Summit to focus on the northern powerhouse

The Freight in the City Spring Summit will take place in Manchester on 3 March and focus on what the government’s northern powerhouse strategy means for urban logistics in the north of England.Following on from its successful Expo at Alexandra Palace in London last October, this is the first Freight in the City event to take place outside the South East and is free to attend.