FTA updates driver handbooks

FTA updates driver handbooks

To help drivers do their job safely and responsibly, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has updated its two popular drivers’ handbooks – one for HGV drivers and one for van drivers – with key, up to the minute compliance information.

The HGV Drivers’ Handbook, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, covers staying legal, driving best practice, looking after yourself, what to do when things go wrong and driving abroad. There is also an HGV driver’s walk around check pull-out.

Key updates include information on fines for drivers spending a weekly rest in the cab whilst in ‘inappropriate’ parking places, changes to the way DVSA will collect fines at the roadside, the introduction of smart tachographs, and much more.

The Van Drivers’ Handbook, sponsored by Van Excellence Platinum Partner Mercedes Benz Vans and Gold Partners Bott Ltd, Brigade Electronics, Hertz, Lex Autolease and Quartix, is an essential guide to ensuring the safe, legal and efficient operation of vans and light commercial vehicles.

It contains practical advice and information and covers topics such as legal requirements, defensive driving, safe use of vehicles, drivers’ hours and records, driving licences and offences, speed limits and much more. Key updates in this edition include the addition of information on alternatively fuelled vans and the ability for a category B driver to drive up to 4.25t, and additional contact information for the Northern Ireland Office, with contact numbers and opening times added for driver licensing purposes.

The FTA comments: “Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc.

“A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.”

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