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THE EU HAS agreed to bring in new rules affecting how often vehicles in member states have to be tested for roadworthiness.
The key proposals require that heavier CVs (N2, N3) and heavy trailers (03, 04) — as well as taxis, ambulances, buses and coaches — must have roadworthiness checks made one year after the first registration date, and then each year subsequently.
For light CVs (M1 and Ni), the test must take place four years after the first registration date, and every two years thereafter.
The rules are aimed at improving road safety, reducing emissions caused by poor vehicle maintenance, and ensuring fair competition.
THE ROAD Haulage Association is urging the government to do more to tackle the problem of slow payments to haulage businesses. It said prompt payment for subcontractors should be required on government contracts and the largest companies should be required to state their payment policy in their annual report and accounts, along with what they actually do in terms of third-party payments during the accounting period.
THE FREIGHT Transport Association's (FTA) penalty charge notices (PCNs) survey has revealed a 50% increase in the number of PCNs being issued in London. The FTA PCN Survey 2012 found that 27 companies surveyed had paid £2.9m in fines.