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FTA slams van tacho plan

[ May 4, 2018   //   ]

The Freight Transport Association says that a call by Brussels for a tachograph in every van in the UK to be fitted with a tachograph is unfair and will lead to more red tape. The proposal is included in the latest draft of the Mobility Package which due to be implemented before the UK leaves the EU in 2019. It would apply to commercial vehicles between 2.4 and 3.5 tonnes.

FTA deputy chief executive James Hookham, said it would have a serious impact on the working lives of those using Britain’s four million vans in their daily business:

As well as the cost and time involved, he asked: “Will small business really have the time and ability to analyse the necessary data and plan their work around so many new working time rules?  Would governments have the resources to enforce the move? The proposal is simply unenforceable, and a case of MEPs making bad decisions on the fly.”

Van operators are already facing increasing pressure due to the introduction of clean air zones around the country later this year, which could penalise operators with all but the very newest vehicles, and continued high diesel prices.

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