This evening, BBC Radio 4 airs its File on 4 programme: Rogue Hauliers.
It will focus on the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) claim that 10,000 operators are on a ‘red list’ because of their potential road safety threat to other users.
If the DVSA’s figures are correct, it means that 1 in every 8 operators poses a current risk.
Failings include inadequate maintenance and lack of drivers’ hours monitoring.
“Ripe for Review”
Speaking to the File on 4 programme, Gareth Llewellyn, chief executive of the DVSA admits their penalties for persistent offenders are “ripe for review”.
The government department currently uses a traffic light system for determining the safe performance of operators.
“If you are serially non-compliant and operate vehicles that routinely put the public at risk, there’s a great likelihood that you will not go to jail and I do not think that is correct,” said Llewellyn.
The programme shares other opinions from industry bodies including the Freight Transport Association (FTA). While they agree that there are too many operators not complying with safety regulations, they also believe that the ‘red list’ highlighted the DVSA’s lack of enforcement.
You can catch up with File on 4’s: Rogue Hauliers on I Player Radio here.