More BioDiesel Nonsense

If that Lord High Priest of Grumpiness, Viscount Weatherly, DSO, Bart is allowed to vent his prejudices within the halls of Roadtransport.com - mostly, but not, I suspect, uniquely concerning oversized American pick up trucks, - then I feel it only reasonable to kick off with one of my own pet hates.Bio Fuels. A nonsense if ever there was one, and yet touted by those who should know better as being the saving of us all. This is unalloyed, abject, ocean-going tripe of the highest order, and one is forced to wonder what sort of diseased logic allows the subject to be taken seriously.Bio Diesel costs more energy to produce than it actually provides the end user. Don’t take my word for it – have a look here - and note the numbers. And this chap seems to know what he's talking about as well. For a cold scientific analysis of the whole business, have a look here. Bio Fuels are a scam; discussion of the same takes peoples’ minds off the key issue, which is the fast approaching end of accessible oil. We should not be trying to save the world with a soybean; we should be attempting to work out some coherent policy that will allow transport to continue during a time of declining oil stocks. BioDiesel is no more than Snake Oil for the 21st Century.Here is the latest manifestation of this gonadery – this time it’s DaimlerChrysler - but be assured that the rest of the OEMs will continue spouting drivel about the same. Talk about fiddling while Rome burns.

DVLA classifies sleep apnoea as 'disabling'

Driver jobs could be at risk as the DVLA has confirmed it considers sleep apnoea syndrome a "disabling medical condition".

A spokesman says a driving licence will be revoked if the DVLA "is not satisfied that treatment is both effective and well tolerated", but a licence can be reinstated once satisfactory control is achieved and confirmed by medical enquiry from a consultant or specialist.

Drivers will normally be issued with a licence valid initially for one year to allow for periodic review.

Many believe that drivers who suspect they suffer from sleep apnoea, which occurs when the muscles holding the throat relax and block the airway preventing proper sleep, are too scared to come forward for fear they will lose their jobs.

The DVLA's stance has been supported by the first stage of a recent employment tribunal in Aberdeen. It ruled that a lorry driver suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea should be considered disabled.

Driver George Webster, who suffered from the condition and worked for ARR Craib Transport, can now pursue his disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claims after being sacked by the company.

ARR Craib Transport argues that Webster was not disabled.

However a "sleep expert" has criticised the tribunal's conclusions. Professor Jim Horne from the Sleep Research Centre at Lough-borough University says that obstructive sleep apnoea is a "treatable condition" and that lorry drivers can return to work.

He points out that the condition is associated with heavy snoring and being overweight - having a collar size of more than 18 inches puts someone at risk.

"Is being fat a disability?" Horne asks.