Routine checks by DVSA for lorry emission cheats at the roadsideSeptember 3, 2018 6:01 pm
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have announced that from now on their Vehicle Examiners will routinely check lorries they stop at the roadside for emissions cheat devices.
Penalties for using a cheat device
Vehicles that are caught with an emissions cheat device fitted, or a faulty emissions control system, will need to have the device removed within 10 days, or the emission system repaired, if the driver and the operator are to avoid further action being taken.
If the vehicle continues to be used with the cheat device fitted, or with a faulty fuel system, the driver can be fined £300.00 and the vehicle taken off the road.
DVSA will then carry out a follow-up investigation with the operator and they may refer theirs findings to the Traffic Commissioner.
How the cheat devices work
Cheat devices cut the cost of operating by avoiding the need for the vehicle to use ‘ad-blue’, while giving a false emissions reading. This can result in the vehicle releasing higher levels of emissions into the atmosphere than would be the case if the vehicle was being operated legally.
Some of the ways that are known to be used to cheat the rules include:
- using devices designed to stop emissions control systems from working
- removing the diesel particulate filter or trap from the vehicle
- using cheap, fake emission reduction devices, or diesel exhaust fluid
- using illegal engine modifications, which result in excessive emissions
- removing or bypassing the exhaust gas re-circulation valve.
Poor air quality is alleged by various bodies to be the largest environmental risk to public health across the UK.
Poor air quality has been proven to have more severe effects on vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, children and people already suffering from pre-existing lung and heart conditions.
Conditions that can be made worse by air pollution include:
- chronic bronchitis
- chronic heart disease
Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive, said:
DVSA’s priority is protecting the public from unsafe drivers and vehicles.
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.
The information above was circulated by DVSA on 3 September 2018.