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London Lorries Not Legally Compliant Says TfL

Lawyer Warns Operators To be Aware Of OCRS Score And Take Action


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According to figures published this week by Transport for London (TfL), the majority of lorries that are stopped by the police on the city’s streets are not compliant with the law.
Established in May this year, the TfL funded City of London Police Commercial Vehicle Unit has announced that in its first month of operation, 95 of the 136 lorries that it stopped were subsequently taken off the road for non-compliance or safety reasons.
Amongst the identified issues discovered in the intelligence led operation were a lack of insurance, not accurately recording driver hours, driving without the appropriate licence, unsafe tyres and unsafe loads.
According to the unit’s data, 28 Roadworthiness Prohibitions were issued along with 60 Fixed Penalty Notices.
Inspector David Aspinall of City of London Police Inspector, commented:

“The new Commercial Vehicle Unit is committed to making the City of London a safer place for people to come visit, work and live. The team will target those operators and vehicles within the commercial sector who do not comply with the regulations in place that are designed for the safety of others.

“'Working with Transport for London and the DVSA has already shown the benefits of a true partnership approach to dealing with Operators who are prepared to take risks with the safety of others. We look forward to developing this partnership further and working more closely with key stakeholders to encourage operators to become compliant or remove them from the road.”

Expert Opinion
“It is of course in everyone’s interests for the streets to be safe. Operators need to ensure that their vehicles are fully compliant with up to date safety standards and that their drivers are meeting the legal requirements in terms of their own driving and the vehicle’s, including road worthiness.”

“There is clearly a targeted initiative being operated and funded by Transport for London, most likely using the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) as a guide to target which vehicles to pull over. As well as the obvious safety concerns, the costs to a business of vehicles being taken off the road and the subsequent enforcement action taken can be substantial.

“Operators should ensure that they are aware of their OCRS and deal with any issues flagged immediately to ensure they are neither a target nor an offender.”

Emma Windle, Senior Associate Solicitor