Operators and drivers each face £1,000 Driver CPC fine

Employers and drivers each face a £1,000 fine if they are found to be driving without their Driver Qualification Card (DQC), the Driving Standards Agency has warned.

In association with the DSA, Vosa has begun handling out leaflets at enforcement checks clarifying the legal position around Driver CPC and the requirement to have a DQC with you at all times.

It clearly states that both the operator and driver face a fine if the driver can not produce his DQC when requested to do so by Vosa officials.

It means all new drivers must ensure they have their DQC on them at all times when working.

Drivers with grandfather rights (those driving before September 2009), which have until September 2014 to complete 35 hours of mandatory periodic training, will need to carry their cards after this deadline.

Karen Crispe, MD at Tachodisc, says: “Until now it has been unclear as to what penalties will surround Driver CPC after the 2014 enforcement deadline.  

“The DSA announcement that both drivers and employers face fines of up to £1,000 each if a driver does not carry a DQC card whilst driving sends out a strong message – it enforces the seriousness of Driver CPC.  With employers at risk too, the responsibility for completing 35 hours of training cannot just lie with the driver anymore.”   

Muldoon brings lightweight trailer to the UK market

Dungannon-based body and trailer manufacturer Muldoon launched a lightweight bulk trailer with a new combination tail door in the UK market at Tip-Ex 2011.

The 6.2-tonne unladen tipping trailer has a Domex steel chassis and aluminium body, and is tapered three inches on both sides.

It is 500kg lighter than its predecessor, says company director Justin Muldoon, and the tapered design helps discharge contents more easily.

The rear door can be hinged from the top or open like a barn door, allowing the driver to deliver difficult loads more easily and offers improved safety.

Muldoon is also keen to exploit the mooted longer trailer market with its tried and tested Sidewinder Positive Rear Steer system.

Consultation by the government over 15.65m articulated trailers, 2.05m longer than existing ones, is continuing. Muldoon has been at the heart of the process for more than two years.

"We are ready to sell the Sidewinder rear-steer trailer; the kits are ready to go. The steering mechanism is proven technology over the past 15 years. We have completed our testing," he says.

Muldoon's 15.65m trailer puts the first two axles together, mounted forward of the rear of the trailer, with the third axle, the Sidewinder at the rear allowing the trailer to remain within the same turning circle radius as a standard 13.6m trailer, he adds.