Fleets – Are You A Risk To Other Road Users?
Tommy Reid, BHIB Fleet and Haulage Specialist, writes: –
“The Driver and Vehicle Standards agency claims that About 10,000 haulage operators are on a “red list” because of the risk they pose to other road users.
Our “Staying Legal – Driver Basics” leaflet provides some basic but important information that can help you minimise or eliminate those risks within your Fleets and your own businesses.
According to the DVSA, hauliers / Fleet Operators are failing to ensure adequate maintenance and safety, or to monitor drivers’ hours.
Over the last two years about 18,000 Vehicles have been stopped. Only one in five complied with safety rules.
Depending on the severity of the defect, a vehicle can be immobilised until repaired, or the operator is given a deadline to arrange adequate repairs.
Hauliers running HGVs within their fleets, who are involved in serious or repeated breaches of their licence conditions are referred to traffic commissioners, who can suspend or revoke a licence and disqualify the directors of the company from seeking a new one..
Failure to ensure adequate maintenance and safety procedures are in place can have catastrophic effects
- In February 2015, due to negligence, the brakes of a tipper truck failed on a steep hill in Bath. The vehicle careered out of control and killed four people, the Director was jailed for 7 and a half years.
The Freight Transport Association conceded there were “too many” haulage operators who did not comply with the safety regulations.
Please click here to view and download our “Staying Legal – Driver Basics” leaflet which has been put together courtesy of the DVSA – this covers the basic rules of compliance for HGV drivers and how you can stay legal. It contains information on drivers’ hours, the condition of your vehicle and your responsibilities as an HGV driver. All simple advice but could prove priceless to fleet operators.”
BHIB specialise in providing insurance solutions to the Haulage and transport industry and you can be reassured that keeping you on the road is our passion. To learn how we can help you and your business, contact Tommy Reid today