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HGV Task Force moves in on 600 unsafe hauliers

  • 07 March 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

London’s dedicated Industrial HGV Task Force has issued more than 600 prohibitions to hauliers for having unroadworthy vehicles since the unit was launched four months ago.

Figures released to show that poor vehicle condition and mechanical defects are the biggest problems facing enforcers as they step up their targeting of the construction and waste sector.

Since 1 October 2013, the task force has stopped 1,512 vehicles, of which 410 (27%) were satisfactory. Drivers hours’ breaches were the second biggest problem, with 450 prohibitions and verbal warnings issued. Out of the 19 vehicles seized by the unit, 15 were HGVs, of which 12 work in construction and waste.

The task force is a joint venture between Transport for London (TfL), DVSA and the police and is made up of 16 staff.
A TfL spokeswoman said a number of cases had been submitted to the traffic commissioner for offences relating to drivers’ hours, insecure loads, roadworthiness infringements and driving without the required Driver CPC.

The task force has already prosecuted a haulier after one of its drivers was found working without the required Driver CPC.

“The unit targets operators through intelligence-led operations,” said the spokeswoman. “This includes the use of ANPR data, operator history, OCRS and ad hoc intelligence. Its activities are focused on vehicles involved in the construction and waste industry due to their representation in cyclist killed and seriously injured statistics.”


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