In an attempt to reduce harmful emissions produced by vehicles, the DVSA have pledged to put a stop to lorry drivers and operators who are trying to cheat the system.
It’s been found that drivers are tampering with their diesel emission control systems and using bogus emission devices modifications to cut operating costs. Some hacks include:
- Using devices designed to stop emissions control systems from working
- Removing the diesel particulate filter or trap
- Removing the exhaust gas recirculation valve
- Using cheap, fake emission reduction devices or diesel exhaust fluid
- Using illegal engine modifications which result in excessive emissions
The plan will consist of new roadside checks that target those who break the law. If a vehicle is found with tampered emissions readings, the DVSA enforcement officers will give the driver and operator 10 days to fix the emissions system. Any driver who fails to fix it within this period will be issued a fine and repeat offenders risk having their vehicles taken off the road completely.
DVSA chief executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said: “Anyone who flouts the law is putting other road users, and the quality of our air, at risk. We won’t hesitate to take these drivers, operators and vehicles off our roads.”
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs published a draft plan in May to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels in the UK and improve air quality, and these road checks will be a step in the right direction in minimising pollution. A final plan is set to be published by 31 July.
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