Roadside checks to catch emissions cheats
From August 2017, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will use emissions cheat devices during their roadside checks of trucks to catch those who break the law.
This action from the DVSA aims at improving air quality. In May 2017, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published a document on reducing nitrogen dioxide in the UK by focusing on all vehicles, including those commercially used.
DVSA enforcement staff found evidence of the use of emissions cheat devices to cut operating costs, including: the use of devices designed to stop emissions control systems from working or removing the diesel particulate filter or the exhaust gas recirculation valve, amongst many others.
"DVSA enforcement staff found evidence of the use of emissions cheat devices to cut operating costs..."
Following their roadside checks, DVSA will provide 10 days to the operator or driver to fix the emission system if it has been tampered with. If not, the driver or operator will be fined and prohibited to use its vehicle on the road.
Results of the DVSA's investigations in Great Britain will be shared with the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain, who have the power to remove operator licences. A collaboration with European counterparts will also enable the DVSA to make sure that all offences committed by non-Great Britain hauliers are dealt with locally.
For more information, visit Gov.UK.