A third of DVSA stops in 2015 lead to prohibitions

Almost a third of trucks and trailers stopped and checked by the DVSA last year were issued with a prohibition for a mechanical defect.

Prohibition figures released following a freedom of information request by Commercialmotor.com show that 31% of the 51,079 HGV and trailer checks carried out last year resulted in a PG9 being given to the operator.

Of the 15,815 PG9s issued between 1 January and 31 December 2015, 7,384 (46.7%) were immediate prohibitions, which are handed out for the most serious mechanical problems and often require the truck to be immobilised. The number of delayed prohibitions issued totalled 8,431 (53.3%).

The highest prohibition rate as a percentage of vehicles stopped was achieved by London’s Industrial HGV Task Force, an enforcement initiative carried out by the DVSA, Metropolitan Police and City of London Police. It issued 1,221 mechanical prohibitions on 2,345 checks (52%); 52.5% of trucks and 
47.3% of trailers stopped by 
the Task Force had a defect of some sort.

Checks in the Hertfordshire, Essex and Bedfordshire region achieved the lowest prohibition rate. Just 653 (24.5%) of the 2,658 checks uncovered a mechanical defect. Just under a quarter (23.4%) of the HGVs examined were given a PG9 in this region, while 26.9% of trailers were defective.

The enforcement agency’s Cumbria, Lancashire and Tyne and Tees enforcement office checked the most trucks and trailers for roadworthiness issues – 6,993 checks (4,703 HGVs and 2,290 trailers). It also handed out the greatest number of prohibitions to trucks (920), 
690 of which were immediate. Checks in the region achieved the highest number of immediate prohibitions for trailers: 513 were handed out, compared to 407 delayed prohibitions.

Central London was the worst area for immediate prohibitions given to trucks: 806 of the 1,122 prohibitions issued to HGVs last year were immediate, compared to 316 delayed prohibitions.

RHA prepares to fire up next generation with National Lorry Week

Firing up the next generation of industry talent is the key aim of the next month’s RHA National Lorry Week, taking place 19-24 September.

The second National Lorry Week is focusing on widening the industry’s talent pool in light of dwindling driver numbers and a need for more people in other key roles such as transport managers.  

The RHA said it has had an “incredible response” from its members taking part in the event, with many planning to scale up their events from its inaugural year.

PJ and J Dearden is teaming up with other local hauliers to host a family fun day in aid of Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance, which will be opened by local MP Marcus Fysh with the Mayor of Chard also set to attend.

RHA national chairman Jim French said: “We’ve had an incredible response from our members for this year’s Love the Lorry week. The whole industry recognises the fact that we need to fire-up the next generation and show them the opportunities that are open to them.

“This industry is going through a period of renewal and we need more drivers; women as well as men. 

But French added that drivers aren’t the only workers the RHA wants to draw in with National Lorry Week: “We need warehouse operatives, mechanics, technicians, IT specialists, transport managers and marketing experts. The haulage and logistics industry has something for everyone.”

The trade association will also hold a parliamentary reception as part of National Lorry Week, to raise awareness of the industry’s needs among MPs and senior civil servants.