The DVSA has announced that starting in August, roadside checks will include emissions tests to target lorry drivers and operators who are trying to cheat the system to make it seem like their emission levels are at an acceptable level.
The DVSA has evidence that drivers and operators have been removing the diesel particulate filter or trap; using cheap, fake emissions reduction devices; fitting illegal engine modifications which lead to excessive emissions; and removing the exhaust gas recirculation valve. They’ve also been using devices designed to stop emissions control systems from working.
The DVSA’s enforcement officers will have powers to either hand out an immediate prohibition, or alternatively allow 10 days to fix the emission system. If the faulty system is not fixed within the 10 days given, then operators will be issued with a fine, and the vehicle will be taken off the road. All evidence will also be passed to the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain, who have the power to remove Operator Licences.
The DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said “DVSA’s priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles. We are committed to taking dangerous vehicles off Britain’s roads and this new initiative to target emissions fraud is a key part of that.” He added that the DVSA “won’t hesitate to take these drivers, operators, and vehicles off our roads.”
This action follows a report published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which looked at ways to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels across the UK.