The DVSA has announced that more than 100 haulage operators were found to have lorries fitted with emissions cheat devices at roadside checks between August and November 2017.
They searched 3,735 HGVs across five locations, and 293 were found to be fitted with equipment that can give false emissions. Drivers and operators were given ten days to fix their emissions system, or face a £300 fine and the prospect of their vehicle being taken off the road.
Hauliers who flout the law are not only damaging air quality, but harm the reputation of the haulage sector. “It’s completely unacceptable to falsify emissions readings,” RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said. “The industry is making great strides in helping reduce harmful toxins through the adoption greener vehicles and technologies, so we take a very dim view of the few who use emulators and other methods to cheat the system.”
The Traffic Commissioners of Great Britain have the power to take away an operator’s licence, so it’s not worth the risk. “For the short-term savings a haulier may enjoy by illegally modifying their lorry, in the long-term it would cost them a lot more if they lose their O-licence,” Richard Burnett added. “So we hope this news deters others from following suit.”
In March 2017, the RHA echoed calls from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association for the European Commission and national governments to take action against suppliers and users of devices that bypass emission control systems on trucks. However, it remains disappointed that they are still easily available online and reiterates the message to the EC and governments that they need to address this issue urgently by making it difficult for would-be cheats to have the means to falsify readings.