Devastating consequences of driving tired Crashes involving tired lorry drivers can be devastating. Almost a quarter of injuries in accidents involving lorries are fatal or serious. About 40% of sleep-related accidents involve commercial vehicles.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), driving while tired may be responsible for:
1 in 5 of all accidents
up to a quarter of serious and fatal crashes
DVSA issued 6,300 drivers’ hours fines to lorry drivers by between April 2015 and March 2016.
Category B Learner drivers will be allowed on motorways from 2018
Learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls from 2018.
Any motorways lessons will be voluntary. It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson.
Always keep to the legal speed limit for the road you are using. Speed limits for cars & vans when towing caravans or trailers.
30mph applies on all roads with street lighting unless signs show otherwise.
50mph applies on single carriageways unless signs show otherwise.
60mph applies on dual carriageways and motorways
It should be remembered that you must not travel in the right-hand lane of a motorway, with three lanes or more, if you are driving a vehicle drawing a trailer.
The Road Haulage Association, which represents the delivery industry, says the sector needs 60,000 more drivers. While the number of large vehicles on the road has remained relatively steady, they are being used more frequently.
Jack Semple, director of policy for the RHA, said tens of thousands of eastern European drivers had been drafted in to make up for the shortfall at home. “The UK has been under-investing in driver training for a decade. Our drivers are getting old. We’ve had a let-off with the recession and the relaxation of the retirement age past 65, but the shortfall is increasing,” he said.
Paul Satoor has taken up the role of Chief Executive to replace Alistair Peoples until a permanent successor can be found, Paul had previously held the position as Deputy Chief Executive since March this year, and prior to that a role as Director of Organisational Development and strategy at the DVSA.
The Department for Transport has confirmed the date at which it wants to raise the truck speed limit on single carriageway roads to 50 mph and on dual carriageways to 60 mph.
The date for the increase has now been set at April 6 2015. The increase is being debated in the Commons later today but that is highly unlikely to affect the decision.
Wishing all customers old and new a Happy Prosperous and Healthy New Year for 2015
Transport Minister Claire Perry has announced today that the government plans to raise the speed limit for lorries travelling on dual carriageways from 50 mph to 60 mph.
Today’s announcement will ensure that as of 6 April 2015, lorry drivers have speed limits that are better suited to a modern transport network.
The changes to speed limits will update previous regulations dating back to the 1980s.
As part of our continued commitment to provide the right training environment and give our trainees the best possible chance of a first time pass we have a New Daf LF250 Euro 6 with AS Tronic Auto on order to be available for courses from January 2015. This will have the latest Daf Driver Performance monitoring system fitted.
From the 1st October 2014 the cost of LGV Theory exams will fall to:
module 1 Hazard Perception: £12.00
module 1 Multiple Choice £28.00
Module 2 Driver CPC case studies £24.00