Cleaner air thanks to emissions enforcement on lorries with cheat devices

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This was the announcement from The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recently. After the successful pilot programme which saw the DVSA catch 449 emission cheats, the nationwide rollout is now underway.

A working emissions control system helps break harmful emissions down and can cut a vehicle’s harmful emissions by as much as 95%. However, there are cheat devices out there such as AdBlue emulators which give false emission readings, meaning truck could produce up to 20 times more dangerous emissions without being detected.

10 days grace

Drivers caught with an emissions cheat device or a faulty emissions control system have 10 days to remove the device and repair their emissions system.

Failure to repair the system or continued use of the cheating devices, can result in a £300 fine and the vehicle removed from the road immediately.

DVSA will then carry out a follow-up investigation with the operator. DVSA can refer its findings to the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain, who have the power to strip a company of its licence to operate.

Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief executive, said:

“DVSA’s priority is protecting the public from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

A vehicle doesn’t have to be falling apart to be unsafe – any driver or operator who uses cheat devices to get around emissions rules is putting the health of the entire nation at risk.

DVSA will take the strongest possible action against anyone who tries to cheat emissions rules.”

These enforcements are part of both the Clear Air Strategy from Defra and the Road to Zero strategy by the Dep of Transport.

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