Figures published by the DVSA show that one in every 12 lorries stopped during August to November last year were found to have emissions cheat devices.
Following an announced crackdown on rogue operators, consisting of roadside searches, the DVSA found the following:
8.5% of UK mainland registered vehicles contained a cheat device
5% of vehicles from outside the UK contained a cheat device
20% of vehicles from Northern Ireland fitted with a cheat device
Hauliers were given 10 days to remove the device or be given a fine of £300.
“Welcome steps to identify emissions cheats”
Gareth Llewellyn, Chief Executive of the DVSA said: “DVSA’s priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles. We are committed to taking dangerous lorries off Britain’s roads. Stopping emissions fraud is a vital part of that.
“Anyone who flouts the law is putting the quality of our air and the health of vulnerable people, at risk. We won’t hesitate to take action against these drivers, operators and vehicles.”
Meanwhile, Richard Turfitt, Senior Traffic Commissioner welcomed the news: “Use of these devices threatens to undercut responsible and compliant operators as well as damaging the environment and public health
“We will look to take action wherever an operator seeks an unfair and illegal advantage over the rest of industry.”
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