Out now: Commercial Motor 29 October issue with special guest editor
This week's issue of Commercial Motor is available now. Our special guest editor, former DVSA boss Alastair Peoples, brings you a selection of features and interviews on subjects close to his heart. Regular CM editor Will Shiers spoke to Alastair about his time at the DVSA, the problems he faced, and what he thinks is next for the association.
Also in this week's issue:
- RHA says the driver shortage is reaching crisis point
- We investigate the ever-increasing waitimg times for HGV driving tests and the effect its having on businesses
- We take a look at the issues surrounding load restraint and how operators can ensure their deliveries arrive safe and in one piece
- What is earned recognition? What abuot remote enforcement? We answer all your burning questions about the DVSA's new approach to freight enforcement and compliance
- Middlesex firm made to pay more than £20,000 in fines after worker was hit by eversing forklift
And don't forget to pick up your copy of the souvenir issue of Truck magazine, available at a newsagents near you.
Drivers offered anonymous sleep apnoea test
Drivers who fear they have a medical condition that stops them breathing in their sleep are being offered an anonymous test that will diagnose the disorder and offer advice.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS) can leave sufferers feeling chronically tired, preventing them from remaining alert and increasing the chances of a road traffic accident.
It is thought to affect as many as 40,000 commercial vehicle drivers.
However, concerns have been raised that professional drivers who suspect they have the condition are not seeking treatment because they think they will lose their licence.
Now a specialist hospital in Cambridgeshire has teamed up with Snorer.com to provide an anonymous service for people to be treated for OSAS.
The Anonymous Sleep Apnoea Process uses monitoring equipment overnight in the privacy of a patient’s own home.
Specialist sleep consultants at Papworth Hospital then analyse the test results and provide a diagnosis, NHS treatment or advice.
Dr Ian Smith, director of Papworth Hospital’s respiratory support and sleep centre said: “We know that treating sleep apnoea can greatly improve quality of life and reduce the risk of accidents, especially on the roads.
“We hope that by providing an anonymous service we will be able to reach another group of patients and give them the opportunity to be treated for their own sake, but also for the benefit of us all through making our roads safer.”