By Frank Hovis
As Hungary got their own thread so does Poland deserve one for this.
I had missed that they have shrugged off the EU threats and made the changes their elected politicians wanted to make to the legal system;; the story is dated 20 Dec and I don't recall seeing it posted also reference was made in the Brexit thread.
The EU has threatened them with all sorts for this which have never been enforced upon any EU member country.
And Hungary is backing them. Brilliant.
France Strategie, a think tank attached to the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has proposed that the European Union seize the freehold on all land and charge property owners an annual rent. The freeholds would be used to improve the debt position and the rents would bring in an income.
I suppose this is similar to a LVT?
Utter nonsense, you may think, well both President Macron and his wife Brigitte, have recently sold their houses.
French civil servants have long been keen on introducing an LVT.
Well we knew it was happening and many innocent families have been wiped out by these illegal drivers on the road. Make no mistake this is a deliberate action.
More than 440 lorries crossing into the UK last year were found with manipulated tachographs, Britain's road regulator has said.
Tachographs are on-board digital recorders which keep track of the number of hours a driver has been on the road.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency believes a further 400 drivers were cheating, some using sophisticated "interrupters" to switch off the lorries' tachographs, but couldn't prove it.
The DVSA suspects that haulage bosses could be behind the use of the devices because they are complicated to install and are often found in more than one lorry from the same company.
"The results of falling asleep at the wheel of 44-tonne lorry can be devastating to families and communities," a spokeswoman said.
"Anything that means a driver can drive tired and we might not know about it or stop it is a worry. That's what we are here for, to keep the roads safe."
The DVSA carried out 223,000 roadside checks between April 2016 and March 2017.
5 live Investigates discovered there was a 21% increase in the number of drivers found with manipulated tachographs during that period compared with the previous year.
The tachograph interrupters are being used mainly by European drivers who cross into the UK.
One Bulgarian driver discovered with a manipulated tachograph in north Wales in March had driven 23 hours non-stop.
There is added danger because the interrupters disable a lorry's advanced braking systems and speedometers when they are being used.
The Department for Transport said there were 400,000 HGVs licensed in the UK at the end of 2016 and estimates there are 20,000 foreign registered HGVs in the UK at any given time.
Dean Allan's mother, Diana, was killed by a driver who ploughed into the back of her car when he fell asleep at the wheel of his lorry.
Claudiu-Ioan Almasan was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving. He had not been been driving over his permitted hours nor had he cheated his tachograph when he hit Mrs Allan's car, but he had stayed up late on the night before the crash.
"He was waiting for a phone call from his wife in another country and he'd stayed up late that evening to take the call, but he started his shift early the next morning," said Mr Allan.
"He didn't deliberately set out to do what he did on the day - he was too tired. "
Local investigations suggest the use of the interrupters is higher than that found by the DVSA.
Sgt Steve Warren has been involved in a recent operation which arrested and charged 22 drivers who had been using the devices in Nottinghamshire.
"Unfortunately, some of these drivers are not earning a lot of money," he said. "And they are telling us they are getting pressure from the company to use the device. I think they are readily available now and there are a lot more fitted to the vehicles."
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