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New licensing laws will not be introduced for LCV operators


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New licensing laws will not be introduced for LCV operators

Vans owners of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) will not need to worry about new licensing laws.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has confirmed that the Government will not be putting any regulations in place that would be similar to those faced by HGV operators.

The DVSA had been entrusted to find a solution to offenders that were abiding by current laws related to LCVs.

But the agency, which replaced the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) earlier this year, has stated that there will be no fresh legislation and the Government wants to continue using the existing regulations. 

This includes issues such as van roadworthiness, vans that have been overloaded and towing infringements. The DVSA has upped its inspections of vans and says it wants to try and educate LCVs drivers but will, otherwise, issue fines of up to £200 per offence to drivers.

The organisations claims that LCVs are involved in double the amount of accidents compared to heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). LCV's have a MOT failure rate of 17 per cent more than cars at 50 per cent compared to 33 per cent.

Roadside checks by the DVSA also reported that LCVs are overweight three-quarters of the time Windscreen and wipers, tyres, engine and exhaust, road wheels and hubs, and transmission were the most common issues with vans according to the DVSA's effectiveness report.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) supports the DVSA's approach to educating LCV's drivers and launched a driver passport scheme earlier this year to help raise the standards and improve safety. 

The passport programme includes proof that the driver is qualified to drive a LCV van, state an agreed minimum level of driver training and create a formal qualification. It would then be left for the fleet van company to add any of its own in-house training if required.

With the Government refraining from introducing new legislation for LCVs, it is being recommended that fleet operators and van owners follow the FTA's guidelines to avoid any action from the DVSA that check a van and discover that it breaks the rules.

If you sell your van to Sell Your Jamjar, it is also important that van owners provide as much as information about the vehicle as possible, to get the best value for their van.

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