WATCH THAT HGV DRIVER !!
I can't for the life of me, see how that under the "Health and Safety Gestapo" and eu sponsored "Road Traffic Acts" - that the new rules are made for safer driving. I have to spend up to £500 to obtain a "Certificate of Professional Competence" - (a certificate that up till now, only Transport Office Managers required.) - to allegedly show that i am competent to carry out my job of HGV Class One Lorry Driver - a job I have been doing for THIRTY YEARS. - - - At the same time - whilst we are allowed to reduce our rest periods from 11 hours to 9 hours - three times a week - we are not now required to "pay back" the rest hours borrowed, by the end of the following week!! So now, with unscrupulous bosses - you have a TIRED driver of a 44 Ton vehicle driving around with six hours less rest EVERY week !
Personally, I won't reduce my rest anymore - but at least i'm a safe driver.
The new Electronic Digital Tachograph - I'm supposed to keep my eyes on the road - obviously (!) - but this new device is rigged to the vehicle speed limiter of 56mph. The law was not altered for HGV's on the motorway - so I can legally travel at 60mph - especially when travelling downhill with a load. The new vehicles generally won't let you go over 60mph anyway - manufactures specs - but if i travel at 57 - or over, for more than 15 seconds - the Digital Device starts FLASHING!! The device is usually installed in the bulwark just above the drivers head, so the flashing is a distraction - and the only way to turn it off, IS TO LOOK UP - LOCATE THE BUTTON, PRESS IT - AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SPEEDING!!!
So now I haven't got my eyes on the road - PLUS I only have one hand on the steering wheel !! And these guys go ballistic if you drink a cup of coffee!!!
These are the same guys, ( I think ) who say that my vehicle is my work place so i'm not allowed to smoke in the cab.
Now, don't go all "Anti-smoking" on me - I've heard all the arguements - and I agree, its bad for you! Now, brown having put 20p on a packet, (that packet lasting me longer than a guy who drinks!), SPECIFICALLY to contribute to the NHS - how come some hospitals are starting to ban smokers from having operations until they've quit??? - Get my drift? - I'd have thought I would have had some kind of priority at the hospital because of my extra contribution!! - - -- Getting back to the point. - - - smoking in the cab. I'm not generally allowed to have any passengers - and i've got both windows open - then, to my amazement, there's a few cars overtaking me, windows UP - kids in the back, and both parents in the front smoking their heads off !! Now, who's harming who??
There is usually a bunk bed in my cab - so is the cab my work place or my home? As the foreign driver is over here working - does the same apply to him?? - some of them bring their families over for a trip!
I've said it before, - it won't be long before you are breaking one "law" to comply with another!