Devon and Cornwall crack down finds 1,000 LGV driver offences

Over 1,000 offences were found by police and the DVSA (formerly Vosa and the DSA) in a crackdown on rogue hauliers in Devon and Cornwall.

Some 376 commercial vehicle drivers were stopped for a total of 1,164 offences as part of Operation Fatigue, which spanned across three weeks in November and December.

The majority of offences were dealt with by fixed penalty notice, and Devon and Cornwall Police said £34,410 was raised in fines.

Some vehicles were immobilised until fines were paid or they had taken their rest breaks.

Head of roads policing Inspector Richard Pryce said both UK and foreign-registered vehicles were stopped in the operation for offences such as tachograph falsification and insecure loads. He was unable to reveal to Commercialmotor.com how many of the vehicles were foreign-registered.

“This operation has demonstrated that we are prepared to act and I am hopeful that as a result hauliers will make a conscious effort to improve their adherence to the law to make our roads safer for the public,” said Pryce.

Changes to LGV driving tests delayed

Changes to allow drivers who pass their practical test in an LGV with an automatic gearbox to receive manual entitlement have been delayed until next month.

The DVSA (formerly Vosa and the Driving Standards Agency) has said the change in legislation will not come into effect until sometime in February, instead of earlier this month as anticipated.

The changes will remove the requirement for vehicles presented at a practical test to have a minimum of eight forward gears.

Those who already hold a licence with manual entitlement for a car, bus, or truck with or without a trailer, will also receive manual entitlement if they take their LGV test in an automatic vehicle. Existing drivers can also apply to receive the manual entitlement on their LGV licence.