If you happen to be a standard or professional car driver that keeps up to date with the latest news, you are probably already aware the air pollution and emissions have become one of the more popular topics of today. As our atmosphere continues to decrease, we are always in search of the latest innovative methods to decrease the pollution that we create and ways to become a lot more eco-friendly. Due to the fact that most of the pollution we create comes from the vehicles on the roads, it comes as no surprise that this happens to be one of the main focuses. Today, there are new measures that have been implemented to catch the motorists who are avoiding the latest emissions guidelines.
About the Roadside Checks Changes
In August 2017, new changes will be implemented in the way the roadside checks are conducted on HGVs, coaches and lorries. The DVSA issued new guidelines that state that “new emissions cheat devices” are now included in all the roadside checks in regards to the HGV vehicles. “The DVSA will target operators that are attempting to cheat on their vehicle-emission regulations, those who abide by the law will not have to worry,” assures a spokesperson for HGV Training Prices. The department has hopes that they will be able to target these individuals. In this way, there can be significant improvements made to the air-quality as well as decrease the nitrogen-dioxide levels in the UK.
While the efforts implemented over the last few years has resulted in improvements in air-quality levels in Britain, there are still struggles present in lowering quantities of nitrogen-dioxide. This specific pollutant is linked to a number of health issues along with air-quality related diseases and illnesses, which is why it is so important to decrease this particular level. With more than 9,400 deaths each year associated with air-quality illnesses in just London alone, along with road traffic which is recognised as contributing a minimum of 50% of these nitrogen-dioxide levels, reduction of this particular chemical is one of the driving factors.
Fraudulent Emissions Systems
Over the last several years, a number of research teams from the DSVA enforcement staff along with their European counterparts found that a large amount of the HGV drivers use emission “cheat” devices in their HGVs, with the main goal of cutting operational costs. A few of these devices that have been found include:
- Devices that have been designed to inhibit the “inbuilt emissions control systems” from operating correctly
- Removal of a diesel particulate trap or filter
- Using fake or cheap exhaust-reduction devices or the use of diesel exhaust-fluid in order to reduce the emissions reports
- The installation of engine modifications that are illegal, these often results in emissions that are excessive opposed to the use of devices that reduce them
- Bypassing or the removal of the exhaust gas “recirculation valve.”
Of course, any professional HGV driver should not consider conducting any of these cheats, especially when the vehicle that they drive … Read More