DVSA swoop on dozens of vans with mechanical defects

The DVSA said it would continue to pursue LCV drivers who put lives at risk, after a road safety operation in the Midlands found 24 vans with mechanical defects.

The operation at Birmingham’s Wholesale Market earlier this month involved checks by agency officers on vehicles entering the Noble Way market. Of the 24 vans flouting the rules, 14 were prevented from driving until their serious defects were fixed and 10 LCVs were overweight. In addition, one HGV did not have a tachograph fitted.

The DVSA also said it would be taking further action after finding the driver of a five-tonne van did not hold the appropriate driving licence and the vehicle did not have the required O-licence and tachograph fitted.

The enforcement agency said an estimated 300 vans enter the Birmingham market site every morning to buy and sell wholesale goods.

Laura Great-Rex, DVSA head of enforcement delivery, said: “DVSA’s priority is protecting everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles. Many of the vehicles we found to have problems during this Birmingham operation had major mechanical defects or were dangerously overweight. We will always pursue van and lorry drivers who recklessly put the lives of other road users at risk.”

Last year, road transport lawyer Laura Newton raised concerns about overloaded vans and the lack of training by drivers (CM 11 June 2020).

Newell & Wright’s new Truck Generation MAN TGXs deliver "unbelievable" fuel economy


Newell & Wright’s first new Truck Generation MAN TGX is proving to be the most fuel-efficient truck on the haulier’s 120-strong predominantly Mercedes-Benz and MAN fleet.

Commenting on the First Edition 510hp flagship, which has just been joined by 10 470hp variants (pictured), Newell & Wright Group operations director Stephen Newell, says: “The fuel return we have had has been unbelievable. The best we previously had on the fleet was the mirrorless Actros, but this is beating it by the best part of 1mpg. We’re getting double figures, which is unbelievable on containers, and that’s a 510. They tell me the 470s should be better.”

The trucks, which have been purchased outright and will be maintained in-house from the outset, will be double-shifted for the first five years. Then they will run on single shifts for the next few years, by which time they are likely to have covered in the region of 1.3 million km.

Newell says the new MAN’s have gone down well with the drivers too. “They absolutely love them, and the feedback is all positive,” he says. “They reckon the interiors are more welcoming, better built, and quieter than the Mercedes’.”

He adds: “We have run MANs for a long time, and have had the good times and the bad times. But theTGX3 is unbelievable, and I have no doubt that it will sell.”