Thursday, 28 November 2013

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to replace VOSA and DSA . . .


Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to replace VOSA and DSA

A new agency with responsibility for maintaining driver and vehicle standards has been launched today (Thursday 28 November 2013).

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will replace the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Driving Standards Agency with responsibilities for setting, testing and enforcing driver and vehicle standards in Great Britain.

There will be a gradual introduction of the new agency name ahead of the formal launch in April 2014, with no change to the level or quality of services during the transition period.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Initial Driver CPC Training . . .

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Driving in icy and snowy weather


Driving in icy and snowy weather

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is essential reading for everyone.

Rule 228

In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather. DO NOT drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey. Take an emergency kit of de-icer and ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots, first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel, together with a warm drink and emergency food in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down.

Rule 229

Before you set off

  • you MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows
  • you MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible
  • make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly
  • remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users
  • check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted.

Rule 230

When driving in icy or snowy weather

  • drive with care, even if the roads have been treated
  • keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads
  • take care when overtaking vehicles spreading salt or other de-icer, particularly if you are riding a motorcycle or cycle
  • watch out for snowploughs which may throw out snow on either side. Do not overtake them unless the lane you intend to use has been cleared
  • be prepared for the road conditions to change over relatively short distances
  • listen to travel bulletins and take note of variable message signs that may provide information about weather, road and traffic conditions ahead.

Rule 231

Drive extremely carefully when the roads are icy. Avoid sudden actions as these could cause loss of control. You should

  • drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate and brake very gently
  • drive particularly slowly on bends where loss of control is more likely. Brake progressively on the straight before you reach a bend. Having slowed down, steer smoothly round the bend, avoiding sudden actions
  • check your grip on the road surface when there is snow or ice by choosing a safe place to brake gently. If the steering feels unresponsive this may indicate ice and your vehicle losing its grip on the road. When travelling on ice, tyres make virtually no noise

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Friday, 15 November 2013

HGV and PSV Industry News: Transport Manager Acquired Rights, Driver CPC exemptions, OCRS

Transport Manager Acquired Rights – Deadline to apply is 20 November 2013

Transport Managers who hold a Grandfather Rights – or GFR – certificate have until 20 November 2013 to apply for their new Acquired Rights certificate. Transport Managers who have passed a Certificate of Professional Competence – CPC - exam do not need to apply for Acquired Rights.

Clarification of Driver CPC exemptions take effect

Regulations came into effect Wednesday 13 November which clarify the exemptions from the requirement to hold Driver CPC for those who occasionally drive lorries, buses or coaches as part of their work but never carry passengers or goods for hire or reward.

These exemptions apply to around 76,000 people - mainly mechanics, valets and fitters. The driving they do is exempt from Driver CPC as long as all of the following apply:

• no goods or passengers are being carried
• the vehicle isn't being used for hire or reward
• driving lorries or buses isn't the driver's main job
• the vehicle is being used within a 50 kilometre radius of the driver's base.

There's also an exemption for drivers of vehicles driving to or from a pre-arranged appointment at a VOSA test centre or Authorised Testing Facility (ATF).

With these regulations now in force VOSA will not pursue or issue fines or penalties to these drivers for Driver CPC infringements.

Do you know your OCRS?

VOSA uses the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) system to help us work more efficiently and effectively. We gather information from the vehicles we test and at roadside encounters to rate an operator's risk of working outside the rules.

Operators can access their score online. The information you can get about your OCRS will help you to see where you can make improvements to your score and reduce your risk of getting stopped at the roadside.

Signing up to access your risk score and manage your commercial vehicle compliance is easy.

As well as accessing your risk score, you can also:
monitor the annual test pass rates of your vehicles identify causes of vehicle test failuressee information on roadside encounters, for example when one of your vehicles is stopped by a VOSA enforcement officer.

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