Recent enforcement action taken by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, and subsequent regulatory action taken by Traffic Commissioners, is proportionate and appropriate according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA)’s UK Road Freight Council.
At the FTA’s quarterly meeting of members’ representatives in London today (8 May 2018), the Council recognised the severity of the offence of tampering with the vehicle’s exhaust emission control system and issued the following statement:
“DVSA and the Traffic Commissioners are acting in a responsible and proportionate way on behalf of the sector to clamp down on those whose illegal actions are bringing the logistics industry into disrepute. Freight operators are one of the most highly regulated businesses in the world, and the actions of a very small minority are causing the Traffic Commissioners to question the repute of all operator licence holders, which cannot be allowed to continue.
“The logistics industry has made significant investment in the development of cleaner vehicles, including diesel, to reach the point that the Euro VI standard is now contributing to the improvement of air quality across the country. Wilful defiance and evasion of these standards have no place in the modern logistics industry.”
Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.