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Archive for March , 2012
The Vehicle Operator and Services Agency (VOSA) is introducing training for enforcement examiners with a focused approach on securing of loads, enabling them to identify high-risk loads. This will be rolled out from April 2012. The aim is to promote clarity and consistency for operators in enforcement of load securing. The initiative has been in development for some time, following a campaign in early 2010 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and VOSA when enforcement examiners inspected the loads of vehicles to ensure that they were being transported securely. Similar spot checks took place in early 2009. Both campaigns highlighted concern that significant numbers of vehicles were found to have loads which were not sufficiently restrained.
HMRC have agreed the tax free driver allowance for 2012.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation on a proposed road user charging scheme for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) of 12 tonnes and over. The proposal’s primary objective is to ensure fairer arrangements for UK hauliers. UK-registered HGVs already pay tolls or user charges on motorways and other roads in most EU Member States. As most foreign operators currently purchase their HGVs’ fuel outside the UK, they therefore contribute nothing towards the cost of our roads.