Britain will benefit from cleaner air thanks to a nationwide rollout of emissions enforcement starting this past weekend (Saturday 1 September) The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced.
DVSA enforcement staff across Great Britain will be checking lorries for emissions cheat devices that can mean a lorry produces up to 20 times more dangerous emissions.
This follows a successful year-long pilot that saw DVSA enforcement staff catch 449 emission cheats during roadside enforcement checks at 5 sites across the country.
DVSA Chief Executive Gareth Llewellyn said:
“DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe vehicles and drivers.
“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.”
Emissions cheat devices are used to allow a vehicle to run without a working AdBlue system. AdBlue is used to break harmful emissions down into simple oxygen and nitrogen, rendering them harmless. A working AdBlue system can cut a vehicle’s harmful emissions by as much as 95%.
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.
If they continue to use a device or fail to repair the system, they could get a £300 fixed penalty fine and have their vehicle immediately taken off the road.
DVSA will then conduct a follow up investigation with the operator and may refer its findings to the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain, who have the power to strip a company of its licence to operate.