Whether you are just a regular driver or you’re a professional, you may have heard that the amount of emissions and air pollution caused by vehicles is something many are talking about right now. Most government agencies are exploring how the country as a whole can reduce the amount of pollution being generated and making vehicles that are eco-friendly. One of the biggest areas of pollution are the cars on the road. Because of this reason, there are a number of new measures being put in place to help enforcement agencies catch any motorists who are trying to avoid the new guidelines.
In August 2017, the way in which roadside checks are going to be done will change. The new guidelines say that emissions cheat devices will be checked on HGV vehicles when receiving a roadside check. DVSA will be focusing on finding those who are trying to cheat the regulations and they hope that doing so will significantly impact the quality of pollution within the UK.
Although some of the changes that have already been made are believed to have improved Britain’s air quality, they have not had much effect on reducing nitrogen dioxide. This is a great concern because it has been proven that illnesses from this type of poor air quality lead to health problems. There are almost 10,000 deaths each year that are believed to be linked to the poor air quality and particularly to nitrogen dioxide levels. For this reason, reducing those chemicals is a primary focus.
Emission Systems That Are Fraudulent
Investigations done by the DSVA and other European agencies have found that there are a lot of HGV drivers that are using cheat devices on their HGVs. They use these devices to cut overall expenses. Some of these devices completely stop any emission control systems from doing their job and others are used to remove the filter or trap for diesel.
Some are using diesel exhaust fluid which helps to lower emissions on the reports and others are using a fake exhaust reduction device. These people are choosing to modify their vehicle to give false emission reports instead of using devices that actually reduce them. “Any professional HGV driver is strongly advised to never do this” advises HGV driver training expert at HGV Training Centre. Unfortunately, however, it’s becoming a common practice. It’s common enough that the DVSA believes it is necessary to do these checks.
Whenever a DVSA representative pulls over an HGV, they will give them a number of vehicle checks. Starting in August of 2017, there will be a check for emissions cheat devices that are added to the other checks already being done. This check is to help ensure that the vehicle is fully up to code. If any device or emissions problem is detected, the driver will be held responsible. The driver will have 10 days to fix any of the problems found and to remove any devices that shouldn’t be there. If those problems are not fixed in the time frame given, then the driver will receive substantial fines. The vehicle will not be able to be used until the issues are fixed. Any repeat offenders can be removed from the road completely.
One of the key points to understand is that it’s not the owner of the vehicle that will be found at fault but the driver if there are any cheat devices found. It is the operator of the vehicle who is responsible for operating a vehicle that is in compliance. When you are driving a vehicle you are the one who is responsible for its safety and for making sure that it meets all requirements under the law. Beginning from the first day of August, you should make certain to check for any of these devices before you begin your trip.
Once these new checks begin to be made it is likely that the agency overseeing it will come down hard on anyone found out of compliance. For this reason, an HGV driver is well advised to make absolutely certain that the HGV they drive meets all requirements.