RHA wants crackdown on emissions cheats

After Monday’s Channel 4 Dispatches programme on widespread computerised emissions truck cheating, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has called for a government investigation into the use of fuel cheat devices on commercial delivery vehicles.

While not a fan of emissions regulations the RHA however has condemned any attempts by logistics and delivery companies to break the law. “There is growing evidence from our members that technical problems have arisen concerning the emission equipment on some HGVs,” said Richard Burnett, RHA chief executive. “This has led to frustration for some haulage firms who have resorted to inappropriate solutions, which are, of course, wrong.

“We welcome the news that the Department for Transport is to commission a research project to review in-service emissions testing and equipment but this has now become a time critical issue.

“We are calling for an urgent, collaborative investigation by the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency, the Department for Transport and the Traffic Commissioners to establish exactly which vehicles are being modified, and why.

The RHA statement concluded, “As soon as the information becomes available we can begin to effectively address the problem. In addition, this will help and support those operators who are having difficulty with the emission systems of some lorries.”