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FTA critical of mayor's move to make HGVs retrofit extra nearside cab windows

The FTA has criticised a TfL consultation launched today (22 January) that proposes HGVs entering the capital should be retrofitted with additional nearside window panels in the cab’s door.TfL estimates the cost of each window to be between £1,000 and £1,500, but said the measure will help lorry drivers get better direct vision of cyclists on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Two firms fined after driver suffers severe head injuries

Two companies have admitted breaching health and safety regulations after a truck driver suffered serious head injuries when he fell during a loading operation. Mold Magistrates’ Court was told that a driver employed by Hughes Specialised Transport was knocked to the ground while helping load large coils of insulated pipe onto a curtain-sided trailer in August 2013. The incident occurred at customer Rehau’s site in Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd.

Director disqualified for ignoring O-licence terms

West Midlands traffic commissioner (TC) Nick Jones has disqualified a haulage director for two years after she breached an O-licence condition that prohibited two people from having a role in managing the business.Rebecca Large, director of MJ Hire & Sales was disqualified from holding a transport manager position in the EU for two years and lost her repute. The company had its O-licence revoked following a public inquiry (PI) in October.

Hauliers disqualified for 10 years

Two former haulage bosses have been disqualified from acting as directors for 10 years for causing their company to be convicted of criminal offences, including using a forged O-licence disc with the intention to deceive.

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.