Out now: Commercial Motor 5 June - with free World Cup wall chart!

What does Volvo’s 750hp Euro-6 FH16 have to offer? Find out in this week’s issue of Commercial Motor, which is out today (5 June), where we take the UK’s first out for a spin.

Also in this week’s issue:

  • Where would the haulage industry be without the Tautliner? We pay homage to the man who invented it- Gerald Broadbent.
  • CM explains the various methods of compiling all the information you need before buying a used truck.
  • Compulsory purchase orders can harm your business, but can also mean a new start.
  • With the Driver CPC deadline fast approaching, CM reveals that some trainers have been offered bribes for the qualification.
  • In the news: a transport manager loses his repute for failing to ensure that his drivers begin their Driver CPC training, foreign HGVs account for only 10% of accidents in Kent, and a Department of the Environment official admits that Northern Ireland has no levy enforcement in place.

This week’s issue also comes with a free World Cup wall chart inside, plus hundreds of used trucks and trailers on offer. Get yours at a newsagent or MSA today, or why not subscribe?

DVSA consultation on ATF contract will address lack of flexibility, ATF Association is told

The ATF Operators Association (ATFOA) has learnt that the DVSA is planning to launch a consultation looking at the terms and conditions of the ATF contract.

Launched in early 2010, the ATF contract is approaching its five year existence which is when Vosa stated it would review the contract.

At a meeting last month with Alex Fiddes, DVSA chief operating officer vehicle testing & enforcement, ATFOA president Steven Smith was told that a new contract would be written but all ATFs "need to respond to the consultation" when it is released.

A lack of flexibility in the ATF regime remains a key concern for ATF operators. At the most recent ATFOA members meeting, ATF operators stated that they wanted to have a clear contractual agreement with DVSA around the timings of tests.

Specifically, ATF operators said they wanted to be able to request additional testers from DVSA at a shorter time frame than the current eight weeks notice.
They also want written into the contract a provision that if there is any time left over in the DVSA tester's 420 minute session, that the tester must start the next piece of work.

"In the consultation we will get an opportunity to request such terms regarding 420 minutes, " confirmed Smith.

Another key topic of discussion at the meeting was a call for a body, such as the Freight Transport Association or Road Haulage Association, to employ testing staff that ATFs could contract to carry out tests, instead of DVSA "

It is free to join the ATF Operators association.To register, go to: atfa.co.uk