The Metropolitan Police Commercial Vehicle Unit will be offering a free-of-charge safety and compliance surgery for operators and drivers at this year’s Freight in the City Expo.
Officers will be on hand at the urban-logistics themed event to provide guidance on a number of common challenges that operators face delivering into busy cities.
Advice will be available on topics including:
- Drivers’ hours and tachograph use including the operators responsibilities in relation to record keeping.
- CPC obligations, operator and vehicle obligations under Construction & Use plus Road Traffic Legislation, and potential draft legislation that may impact hauliers.
- TfL initiatives within London, such as Safer Lorry Scheme, Clocs and the Direct Vision Standard.
- The effect of Thames Tideway and Heathrow Airport construction projects on HGV use and congestion.
- Road traffic collision advice and general policing matters.
Sergeant Wayne Watling will also be taking part in the conference programme to talk about some of the key work taking place around London to protect operators from the threat of terrorist and security incidents.
He will look at current Metropolitan Police initiatives to improve the security of HGVs and operating centres in and around the capital, as well as offering sensible advice for drivers to limit the risk in the event of a vehicle hijack and to ensure they always park securely.
Freight in the City takes place on 7 November at London’s Alexandra Palace. It is free to attend and combines a packed seminar programme focused on urban logistics best practice, with a large exhibition of vehicles, technology and services for city operations.