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Mixer sector special status to be reviewed, says DfT

  • 03 March 2014
  • By Robin Meczes

The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed two consultations that will include consideration of the special status enjoyed by the volumetric mixer sector are to take place.

The consultations will look at the exemptions in place for certain vehicles, including such mixers, from operator licensing and plating and testing regulations, a DfT spokesman told CM.

It’s not yet clear when the consultations will take place, or for how long they have been planned, but the DfT’s confirmation comes after a hearing on cycle safety earlier this month by the Commons Select Committee for transport, at which concerns over the status of volumetric mixers were raised.

The committee queried why volumetric mixer trucks were still regarded as engineering plant rather than HGVs, thus falling outside a number of the rules and regulations applying to other vehicles – including the requirements for regular safety inspections and for an annual vehicle test.

In response, DVSA (formerly Vosa and the DSA) chief operating officer for vehicle testing and enforcement Alex Fiddes said such vehicles could reasonably be treated like other HGVs. Because of their engineering plant status, volumetric mixers pay a lower level of VED than a regular 32-tonne tipper and can also be run legally on rebated fuel.

According to the DfT spokesman, volumetric mixers are only “a small component of the goods vehicle fleet” , with figures from various sources indicating there are “between 700 and 2,000 such vehicles” on the UK’s roads.


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