Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) is holding an open day where commercial vehicle operators are invited to find out about the new Commercial Vehicle Operator Licensing scheme.
The aim of vehicle operator licensing is to set a basic standard for the maintenance and inspections expected for commercial vehicles. Poor maintenance can lead to excess exhaust emissions and to vehicles becoming unroadworthy.
Before the introduction of the full scheme, an annual roadworthiness inspection has been introduced for commercially-operated goods vehicles. In January this year, DVS introduced inspections for commercial vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes. From May next year, these inspections will be extended to include commercial vehicles of 3.5 tonnes or more.
The drop-in information session on Thursday, 18 October, is a chance for anyone affected to find out more about the scheme. The event is from 9am to 5pm at the RJA&HS.
Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Kevin Lewis, said: “This is the next step in an important scheme to make sure that commercial vehicles on our roads are roadworthy. We want to create a well-managed, safe and sustainable industry and bring Jersey in line with the UK and the continent.
“Keeping commercial vehicles in a good condition is vital. Poor maintenance can increase a vehicle’s exhaust emissions, leading to a negative impact on the environment. Unroadworthy vehicles also threaten the safety of Jersey’s roads.”
The full scheme will also make sure that operators have procedures in place to regularly check and maintain their vehicles.
More information is available on gov.je or by calling Nigel Le Maistre on +44(0)1534 448 631.
States of Jersey Press Release.