TC Kevin Rooney issues stern Driver CPC warning

A transport manager has lost his repute indefinitely for failing to make sure that his drivers had started their Driver CPC training, resulting in high levels of drivers’ hours infringements.

Speaking at Tip-ex and Tank-ex 2014 last week, North East traffic commissioner (TC) Kevin Rooney said he had also curtailed the operator’s licence from 22 to 11 trucks for two weeks so the drivers could be taken off the road and get their training.

“At a public inquiry three weeks ago, the transport manager had done nothing on Driver CPC, so I curtailed the licence and disqualified the transport manager indefinitely,” said Rooney. “The lack of training had led to the drivers’ hours infringements.”

Rooney said it was unacceptable for transport managers to expect drivers to do the Driver CPC training in their own time.

In 2013, 127 transport managers lost their repute and 16 had their competence withdrawn, effectively disqualifying them from working as a transport manager for a given period, until they had fulfilled the conditions imposed by the TC or in the worst cases indefinitely.

In February, Transport for London’s industrial HGV Task Force prosecuted Sutton, Surrey-based Dave Mundy Strip-Out after one of its drivers was found working without the required Driver CPC training.

The driver received a £400 fine in what was believed to be the first case where a firm has been prosecuted for not having the relevant Driver CPC qualification.

DVSA recently conceded it didn't know how many Drivers would need to complete the Driver CPC within the next few months.

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Over 400 FPNs issued to foreign trucks since HGV levy introduction

Operators have attracted more than than £100,000 of fines for non-payment of the HGV Road User Levy since its introduction in April, the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed.?

Since it came into force over 400 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) have been issued to trucks that have not paid the levy.?

During its first month over 4,000 trucks were checked and those who had not paid were issued with a £300 on-the-spot fine.?

The figures, revealed in the DfT’s latest HGV Levy bulletin, also reveal that around 96% of foreign HGVs entering the UK six weeks after the tax was introduced are now compliant, with 97,000 trucks registered under the levy scheme.?

Last month DVSA chief executive Alastair Peoples said a significant amount of the fines had been issued to Irish hauliers, shortly before it was revealed that the levy was not being effectively enforced in Northern Ireland.?

Transport secretary Robert Goodwill has suggested that the government is considering making some roads that border the Republic of Ireland exempt from the levy.

“These exemptions are a practical measure meaning that vehicles entering Northern Ireland for a short distance do not have to pay the levy, and exempting them simplifies enforcement,” he said, responding to a parliamentary question.

See our HGV Road User Levy guide for more.