Ensuring roadworthiness with a TMS
09 Feb 24
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To help tackle this problem, it has been announced that HGV driving tests will become more relaxed. This would result in up to 50,000 additional HGV driving exams being offered each year, allowing drivers to obtain their licence and enter the business more rapidly.
But how exactly have the rules changed? And will they have any other secondary effects on the industry? Find out in this week’s blog.
Although this move has been welcomed by certain trade associations, some are worried that shortening and simplifying driving tests may compromise road safety. The new regulations would result in people who had sat a single test being allowed to drive the largest articulated lorries.
Considering how difficult it is to reverse a 55ft trailer into a loading bay for an inexperienced driver, the industry-wide safety concerns are perhaps well-placed. In response to this, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps claimed that the changes will “streamline” but not “reduce the rigour of the test”.
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