Checks for commercial vehicles

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LARGE commercial vehicles will have to undergo annual road inspections from early next year, Driver and Vehicle Standards has said.

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The Infrastructure Department plans to introduce a Vehicle Operator Licensing Scheme to set a basic standard of maintenance as well as inspections that should be expected for large commercial vehicles and has been working with the industry to formulate the scheme.

However, before that scheme is rolled out, DVS will implement annual roadworthiness inspections (ARI) early next year. Initially these tests – which will cost £175 – will be compulsory for all commercial vehicles over 7.5 tonnes.

ARI will then be extended to vehicles that fall into the over 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes category in 2019. Those that pass will be issued with a Certificate of Compliance which will be valid for 12 months.

DVS has said that there are no current plans to extend testing to cars.

Infrastructure Minister Eddie Noel said: ‘Unfortunately, road checks have uncovered some commercial vehicles in a very poor and dangerous condition. We cannot allow this to continue. We have been talking to the industry, where there has been significant support for this initiative. Those operators who take care of their vehicles will not find the scheme onerous.’

Commercial vehicle operator Brian Hall of AAL Recycling welcomed the changes.

He said: ‘Operator licencing will contribute positively towards safety on the Island’s roads and will provide a structure for the overall improvement of haulage fleets.’

Yan Skinner from Norman Ltd added: ‘Normans Ltd are looking to the introduction of the operator licence as it will create a level playing field for all operators and goods vehicles.’


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