Roadside Emissions Tests for HGV’s

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Starting August 2017, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have announced that they will start commencing with roadside emissions checks on lorries.

These checks are a part of a renewed effort to crack down on lorry drivers who try to avoid vehicle emissions regulations, and hope to improve the quality of air by making sure pollution regulations are not impeded on. Common problematic trucks are those that are not always best maintained and carry heavy weight such us Skip Lorries or Tipper Trucks.

This comes after a plan created May 2017 by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which aimed to also tackle emissions issues by reducing nitrogen dioxide levels throughout the UK.

Part of the plan contained reevaluating the ways in which we can reduce the amount of emissions produced by vehicles and in particular, larger commercial vehicles.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have stated that their final plan and proposal will be published by the 31st July.

The crackdown comes after new evidence has come to light from the DVSA’s enforcement department and their European counterparts have found continual evidence of emission cheat devises on those who operate large vehicles. The cheat devises are used to keep costs lost, and to avoid being detected by standard emissions checks.

Such devices include:

  • using devices designed to stop emissions control systems from working
  • removing the diesel particulate filter or trap
  • using cheap, fake emission reduction devices or diesel exhaust fluid
  • using illegal engine modifications which result in excessive emissions
  • removing or bypassing the exhaust gas recirculation valve

If a roadside emissions test is failed, the DVSA have reported that its enforcement officers will give the driver and operator of the vehicle 10 days to correct the issue in the emissions system. If this does not happen, then a fine will be issued on behalf of the DVSA and the vehicle will no longer be allowed on the road.

We advice you make contact with your HGV Insurance company to see if protection against such incidents can be added to your policy.

DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said: DVSA’s priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles. We are committed to taking dangerous vehicles off Britain’s roads and this new initiative to target emissions fraud is a key part of that. Anyone who flouts the law is putting other road users, and the quality of our air, at risk. We won’t hesitate to take these drivers, operators and vehicles off our roads.”