by Russell Bruce
The UK government has drawn up a plan to increase the number of heavy vehicle drivers. Instead of 2 tests 3 weeks apart, only 1 test is now recommended. The return exercise element will be removed for rigid and articulated truck drivers.
Taken directly below UK government website
“Up to 50,000 more HGV driving tests will be offered each year thanks to government action to streamline the testing process and tackle the worldwide truck driver shortage.
“HGV driving tests will be overhauled, meaning drivers will only need to take 1 test instead of 2 separate tests (3 weeks apart) to drive both a stationary and articulated truck. This will result in approximately 20,000 more HGV driving tests each year, and drivers’ licenses will be renewed. It means they can buy and enter the industry faster.
“Reverses will also be shortened by removing the ‘reverse exercise’ element – and the ‘disconnect and re-engage’ exercise for vehicles with trailers and testing separately by a third party. This part of the test is performed in an off-road maneuvering area and takes a significant amount of time. Testing such maneuvers separately will waste the examiner’s time, so they can run another full test each day.
“Car drivers will no longer need to take another test to tow a trailer or caravan, which will allow about 30,000 more HGV driving tests to be done each year.
“This new legislationn It replaces previous EU regulations that the UK no longer has to use.”
in the ministry Declaration Transport Minister Grant Shapps said: “The standard of driving required to drive an HGV will not be affected and road safety will continue to be of paramount importance. Any driver who does not demonstrate the highest level of qualification will not be granted a license.”
Yes true. This is a typical Conservative government response – less regulation, lower standards, and getting rid of onerous EU regulatory requirements.
Big question. What does the insurance industry do with lower standards that always come with higher risks?