EU legislation to remain post-Brexit, say experts

The upcoming Brexit will not mean the end of EU-legislation such as the Driver CPC in the UK, according to industry experts.

Panellists at Commercial Motor’s Brexit debate earlier this week discussed the likelihood of legislation introduced by the EU being scrapped, with unanimous agreement that it was unlikely schemes such as the Working Time Directive or Driver CPC would change drastically.

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and motoring law solicitor Laura Newton said: “A lot of EU legislation has been enshrined in UK law, so unless other legislation comes along before exit day, the government won’t remove those UK regulations that have already been implemented.” 

Delegates at the event at the Scarman conference centre at Warwick University also heard from MP for Stoke-on-Trent South Rob Flello (pictured), who said that the industry needed to find a single voice on its Brexit wishes or the government would ignore its input.

Flello said: “This industry has got to have a single voice. Whatever discussions and passionate disagreements there might be, when it comes to talking to the government it’s got to speak with one voice.

“I know from years of experience that when it [the government] has more than one voice coming at it from an industry, all it does is say: ‘if you can’t agree we’ll just do what we think is right’.”

Flello added that it was critical for industry representatives to be meeting and “arguing passionately, maybe coming from opposing angles to start with, but in the end to find common ground”.

This could be achieved if the industry’s trade associations took the lead, he said.

“The associations need to be consulting their members, as they do on a regular basis,” he said, “but then they need to have meetings like today and come up with agreed positions on tachographs, drivers’ hours and Driver CPC”.

ExxonMobil launches guide to help operators slash energy costs

ExxonMobil has launched a guide to energy efficiency aimed at helping commercial fleet operators slash energy costs across their operations.

The Energy Efficiency Guide for Commercial Vehicle Fleets looks at how fleet operators can cut emissions ahead of EU plans to introduce tougher CO2 standards for new trucks by 2019.

Produced in association with the FTA, the guide looks at various ways of reducing emissions including the use of alternative fuels and fully synthetic lubricants, driver training and improved aerodynamics.

Advice includes using drag reducing devices on HGVs which research shows can cut fuel consumption by up to 9% on a large truck doing an annual mileage of 80,000 miles.

The guide also recommends the use of fully synthetic lubricants, pointing to research which saw ExxonMobil team up with Nordic haulage company SPF Danmark to trial fully-synthetic lubricants in place of conventional mineral based products in the engine, transmission and rear axle of the company’s Scania trucks.

During the trial, SPF Danmark saw fuel consumption cut by 3.4% compared to the previous eight months’ consumption figures.