March 2016
To avoid a turnover it is best to check out the following:

  1. Ensure that you are fit to drive
  2. Ensure that you carry out a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle
  3. Ensure that your load is properly secured
  4. Ensure that you do not exceed the speed limit
  5. Do not allow distractions such as mobile phones or navigation screens cause distraction.
  6. Adjust speed to compensate for poor road surface and weather conditions. 

All Drivers must pay particular attention to speed limits. While 30 kph may seem too slow for some vehicles, it is very important that all Drivers observe the speed limit regardless of the vehicle they are driving. This will deter inexperienced HGV Drivers from feeling that they are holding up traffic by driving at what seems such a slow speed.
Most drivers operating around the M50, Red Cow (Junction 8), Liffey Valley (Junction 7), Blanchardstown (Junction 6) and Finglas (Junction 5) have difficulty driving at the reduced speed limits. It is a daily occurrence that the vast majority of drivers excessively speed in these 50 kph & 30 kph zones.
The risk of overturning or shedding a load as a result of speed is eliminated if Drivers observe the maximum speed limits. Blaming the road design is no excuse, across Europe there are similar road junctions to those on the M50 that require reduced speed controls to ensure against vehicle turnovers and load shedding. 
All Drivers should observe and not speed in these very dangerous areas. Please remember to respect those Divers who are prone to load shedding or overturn by not overtaking them or driving closely behind them while they are in these reduced speed zones.

February 26th 2016

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute pioneered the naturalistic driving study, a method which involves putting volunteer participants in vehicles fitted with unobtrusive instrumentation which include cameras, sensors, and radar, that continuously collect real-world driver performance and behaviour data, from the time the drivers turn on the ignition to the time they turn it off. Using this method of research, the Institute have recently published some results that when you read them you say, “well I can see how that may be the case” however on reflection you can see that the results are actually quite shocking.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Research Report

Drivers increase their crash risk nearly tenfold when they get behind the wheel while observably angry, sad, crying, or emotionally agitated, according to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers. They also reported that drivers more than double their crash risk when they choose to engage in distracting activities that require them to take their eyes off the road, such as using a handheld cell phone, reading or writing, or using touchscreen menus on a vehicle instrument pane. And, according to the institute’s research, drivers engage in some type of distracting activity more than 50 percent of the time they are driving.

“These findings are important because we see a younger population of drivers, particularly teens, who are more prone to engaging in distracting activities while driving,” said Tom Dingus, lead author of the study and director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. “Our analysis shows that, if we take no steps in the near future to limit the number of distracting activities in a vehicle, those who represent the next generation of drivers will only continue to be at greater risk of a crash.”

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers used results from the Second Strategic Highway Research Program Naturalistic Driving Study, the largest light-vehicle naturalistic driving study ever conducted with more than 3,500 participants across six data collection sites in the United States.

The study represents the largest naturalistic crash database available to date, with more than 1,600 verified crash events ranging in severity from low, such as tire and curb strikes, to severe, including police-reportable crashes.

January 28th 2016

It has been reported that the Road Safety Authority (RSA) wants the Government to consider graduated fines for speeding motorists based on an ability to pay.

Moyagh Murdock, the RSA’s chief executive said last month that the agency plans to submit a proposal on graduated fines to the Department of Transport as part of a wider series of measures designed to combat drivers who repeatedly breach road traffic laws. 

Part of the reason for seeking higher fines for wealthier drivers was research carried out on behalf of the RSA which showed more affluent drivers had a higher than average predisposition to violate road safety rules.

Interestingly the Finnish have a system where they link fines to income. In a much publicised case last February when, Reima Kuisla, a wealthy businessman was fined EUR 54,024 for travelling at 103km/h in an 80km/h zone. The fine was calculated based on his 2013 tax return which showed a EUR 6.5 million income for that year. If that’s the case drivers on minimum wage here will see the cost of your speeding fine double, while those of you on more than minimum wage might consider a new line of work. 


Container Turnover M50 Red Cow North


Cement Mixer M50 Red Cow


Picture Courtesy of the RSA


M1 South Bound
Fines in Finland are based on earnings. The more you earn the more you pay. would this system work in Ireland? If you have an opinion check put it up on the blog page now….BLOG

​January 11th 2016 

​Our deepest sympathies go out to the Families, Friends and Colleagues of the two Drivers who lost their lives so tragically this morning in Co. Monaghan. They were the sole occupants of the Rigid and Artic which collided on the N2 Between Castleblyaney and Carrickmacross at approximately 06.00 this morning.

A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Carrickmacross Garda Station on 042-969-0190, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.


A Tragic Loss Of Two Drivers Lives

Don’t Get Blown Away With the Arrival of Winter

Desmond has heralded the arrival of the 2015 winter season and with that the Professional Driver must make sure that the necessary precautions are taken to ensure that the job is done in a safe and efficient way.
For the Professional Driver harsh driving conditions are both physically and mentally demanding. There are a number of concerns for Drivers but the main one for most Professional Drivers is when to go and when to stay put. While the RSA and the AA will tell you to use ‘Caution’ and ‘Only travel when it is absolutely necessary’ Professional Drivers are very aware of their responsibility to ensure that if they do travel that they take all of the necessary precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of other road users. The pressures on the driver can be great, they are aware that raw materials have to get to factories ensure that they remain open and that fuel deliveries, essential food deliveries, milk collections and the like have to be made regardless of weather conditions. The onus is on the Professional Driver to make the travel call. However can it be a little unfair to place such a responsibility on the individual driver to make that call?
The Professional Driver is not just concerned about the Driving conditions that effect the stability of their vehicle on the road but they are also aware of the conditions that other roads users are. It is not alone the driving conditions that the Driver has to cope with but they have to cope with the loading and unloading of goods in these conditions. They also have to make decisions as to where to park up for breaks and daily rest to keep compliant with Drivers Hours regulations.

10 Top Tips For Professional Drivers

  1. Be prepared for the unexpected. You might have to stay out longer than planned so make sure you have the water and food to sustain you in the event of you getting held up in an isolated area. Pack extra clothing in the event of you getting very wet while loading or outside.
  2. Keeping you speed down will increase vehicle stability and reduce fuel consumption.
  3. Its wind gusting that destabilises you vehicle.  Exposed areas, such as on high ground or bridges are more susceptible to wind gusting. And you can get caught out very quickly. Always keep both hands on the wheel and reduce speed in these areas.
  4. While high sides vehicles are more difficult to manage in high wind conditions. Drivers of Car Transporters are only too aware of the damage that debris from trees and roof tops can do to shiny new cars.  
  5. When driving on very wet roads make sure that you keep your wheel spray low by decreasing speed. This will stop the spray from reducing the visibility of other motorists. Remember not all drivers on the road are accomplished, there are plenty of inexperienced and novice drivers out there.
  6. Make sure you have good visibility and that you can also be clearly seen by other road users. This might mean packing extra cleaning cloth to keep side markings, light lenses and mirrors clean.
  7. In built up areas you have to give extra room for cyclists and pedestrians to make mistakes, they can easily be blown off course so give them plenty of room.
  8. When opening cab doors or trailer doors be mindful of wind direction and wind force. Once a strong wind gets hold of a door you may not be able to stop it from moving. It is essential that you secure trainer and body doors firmly when opened.  Again extras caution should be taken when loading and unloading any item with a large surface area. Particularly dangerous are curtain siders when they are unsecured and the wind starts blowing them about.  They will easily take a person off their feet or knock them to the ground.   
  9. Remember outside noise levels increase substantially in the wet. You won’t hear normal engine, transmission or tyre noise. Therefore extra attention should be paid to your instrument readings, oil pressure, turbo pressure, engine temperature, transmission oil temp and any other dial or digital readings that are available to you. When out side your vehicle, check wheel hubs for signs of over heating.  
  10. Remember its better to arrive at your delivery or collection depot later than scheduled than to arrive at your life’s final destination earlier than planned!  

​Kerry 2014
Truck Blown off the Road

Scotland 2013
Police at the scene where a lorry driver died after his HGV toppled on to a number of cars on the A801 in West Lothian as winds brought disruption

​Donegal 2008
The 40-foot truck crashed sideways off the road into a field on the N15, just south of Ballintra, midway between Donegal town and Ballyshannon, at 9.50am.

England and Wales introduce new anti-drug driving laws

Beginning on March the 2nd, new anti-drug driving laws which make it a criminal offense to drive whilst under the influence of drugs come into effect in England and Wales. The new law makes it significantly easier to secure prosecution by removing the need to prove impairment.

Approximately 200 deaths a year occur in the UK as a result of drug driving. This law defines the limits for many prescribed drugs that can effect driving, which clarifies the position for drivers who take certain medications. It is important to be aware that many over-the-counter and prescription medications can impair a driver’s ability to react and increase drowsiness making them unfit to drive and a danger on the road. Before taking any medication, it is of huge importance that drivers ask the pharmacist or doctor if the medication can effect driving ability and that they always read the label.

Ireland, UK and Denmark postpone implementation of cross border traffic penalty laws for 2 years


Brussels -The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and TISPOL – the European Traffic Police Network welcome today’s European Parliament vote to approve a new law enabling police to enforce penalties on foreign motorists who break traffic rules.

Non-resident drivers account for approximately 5% of road traffic in the EU but are responsible for 15% of speeding offences, according to European Commission figures. The law is expected to save at least 400 lives a year.

The new rules cover offences including speeding, drink driving, using a mobile phone at the wheel and ignoring red lights.

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said:
“Today’s vote will help put an end to the injustice of foreign drivers escaping traffic penalties while locals get punished for the same offence. This is a long overdue change. The deterrent effect is important, knowing that you can be caught plays a key role in preventing dangerous driving.”

The law will come into effect in most EU countries later this year; Denmark, Ireland and the UK will have two additional years. Those three countries opted-out of an earlier version of the rules, but agreed to back a new proposal after the European Court of Justice ruled last year that the legal basis had to be changed. The rules are also set to be reviewed in 2016.

TISPOL General Secretary Ruth Purdie commented:
“The next step will be to improve enforcement of traffic laws across the EU, starting with minimum standards for large-scale, regular and visible police enforcement actions on the three main causes of death: speeding, failure to wear a seat belt and drink driving.”

The European Parliament’s vote is the culmination of a seven-year legislative process and today’s positive result is thanks in no small part to several MEPs who have fought tirelessly for stronger enforcement of road safety rules across the EU. Inés Ayala Sender, a Spanish MEP, deserves particular credit for shepherding this law through the EU decision-making process since it was first proposed in 2008.


5th December 2014
From 8 December a number of new offences incurring penalty points and fixed charges will be introduced and there will be amendments to some existing offences. Drivers should be aware that if you receive 12 points your licence will be taken.  Be informed and review the amendments, also print off a copy and have it displayed in your work place. A copy of the new offences can be viewed here.
New Penalty Points December 2014


    28th August 2013
    Artic catches fire on M50.
    A driver had a lucky escape when his R420 caught fire on the M50 today. Emergency services were quickly on the scene. The cab was quickly engulfed and thankfully no other road users were injured. The cause of the fire is as of yet unknown but the Fire Service will be carrying out a full investigation . The three lanes of the motorway were closed until fire crews got the blaze under control. 

    An accident in Co. Offaly claims the life of a Truck Driver

    23rd August 2013

    A 50 year old driver lost his life today when his articulated truck left the road.  There are no reports of any other vehicle being involved. The truck left the Bracknagh to Monasterevin Road (L1002) at approximately 8.00am this morning, Friday, August 23. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. 
    The road was closed and Garda Accident Investigators are conducting a forensic examination at the scene.

    Cyclist Killed in Blackrock Co. Dublin
    15th august 2013
    A tragic accident this morning has cost the life of a young cyclist in
    Dublin. A truck delivering for Superquinn operated by Wincanton was involved. The circumstances surrounding the accident are not yet clear. Members of the EPDA would like to send out their deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of the young woman.

    HGV and coach drivers must take extra care when in the vicinity on
    cyclists. It is especially important that drivers give adequate room so as
    cyclists can avoid hazards that they encounter but may not be seen by the HGV or Coach driver, such as glass or small pot holes.

    Cyclists are increasing in numbers on the city’s streets and since the introduction of the free city bicycle rental scheme large numbers of
     city dwellers and tourists are using the service. Some cyclists can be from
    countries where they drive on the right which can lead to confusion for some when manoeuvring. Drivers must make allowances for cyclists as they are the most venerable of road users. Give them a wide berth and have an anti contact plan in place when ion the vicinity of cyclists.     

    National Transport Authority launches Luas Cross City website
    16th May 2013

    National Transport Authority launches Luas Cross City website

    The National Transport Authority today (May 16, 2013) launched the new Luas project information and updates website – for the public, for businesses and for visitors.

    The site has been designed to carry increasing amounts of detail as the project progresses, with an easy-to-use Search function so users find what they’re looking for easily and without delay.

    The National Transport Authority and the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) will be working with businesses, the public and local interest groups throughout the project, and the new website will help us deliver key information to commuters, customers or tourists as the project progresses.  The site will also provide a channel for people to raise their queries or concerns, and we will be able to provide information as required.

    Throughout the four year programme,  all public bodies involved in this project  are committed to ensure that our Capital’s vitality and vigour is maintained and enhanced in every way possible; a project website supports this integrated approach. Dublin City Council will play a key role given their overall remit as a local authority.  The National Transport Authority and the City Council will shortly appoint a joint Luas Cross City Communications Director to ensure close liaison with city stakeholders. Dublin Bus, who are in contract with the National Transport Authority for the delivery of transport services, also has a key role to play in serving the city throughout the construction period. Significant advance planning has been completed on the re-organisation of bus services to maintain the quality of service that customers expect.  Plans are also in place to accommodate deliveries to businesses and efficient car movements throughout the city while the works are on-going.  An Garda Síochána are at the heart of all this traffic management planning.

    10th April 2013
    News from one of our members. A driver working for a well known
    Dublin haulier was detained by police in the UK today for talking on a phone while driving. The incident occurred in Manchester at 11.30am today when the driver was observed by a patrol car talking on a mobile phone. When the driver was stopped he denied that he was on the phone however the officer was having none of it and arrested him. The driver had to leave his vehicle and the company were informed of the situation. They made immediate arrangements to fly a driver out to take charge of the vehicle. The driver is facing a court appearance and a hefty fine.
    Driving while on the mobile phone is now being seen as a very serious offence and as any professional driver knows, you are breaking the law, risking your job and more importantly risking the lives of yourself and others if you use a mobile phone while driving.     

    This is the dramatic moment a driver found himself balanced on
    the edge of a bridge on the M6 in the UK. The Fridge loaded with tinned food was dangerously close to falling off the M6, after it left the main carriageway travelling northbound at Calthwaite, Cumbria UK.

    The road beneath the bridge was closed by nearby workers. This was a very close shave for both the driver of the HGV and passersby. Nobody was injured in the accident, but the air ambulance attended the scene to check on the driver, who was taken to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, for a check-up. Police are still investigating how the incident occurred and we are not sure at this point if any other vehicles were involved. 


    On Board Computing has made major advances in the past few years. The advantage of knowing how a vehicle is performing is of great benefit to the driver and the operator. With sophisticated monitoring software delivering in time operational results via dashboard display are drivers trained in how to read the information in a safe way? Or are these results distractive and dangerous? The introduction of individual driver fuel performance graphs can be very beneficial to the reduction in fuel consumption performance of the business however are some of these schemes poorly taught out? and do they leave some drivers at a disadvantage? We will look at such schemes and look to you to provide your opinion on what aspects of such systems work and don’t work for the professional driver. Please provide your views to us and we will use it to prepare the do’s and don’ts of telematics. To provide your views please click the following link…


    In 2009 and 2010 many drivers experienced driving conditions as never before. There are signals coming from the weather experts that such conditions could visit our shores again this winter. What did we learn from the last time and what precautions should we take to reduce the risks associated with driving in such conditions. Should night heaters be mandatory in vehicles operated at night? Are drivers trained to drive in poor winter conditions? When should you not drive? Have a look at the Health & Safety section to see what professional drivers are doing to reduce the risks associated with driving in poor weather conditions.


    Digital Tachograph Cards have been a very positive development in regulating
    driver’s hours. We are seeing cases of drivers finding that they unable to drive
    because they are not managing their cardscorrectly. The legislation can be
    interpreted to deny the driver the right to drive. Is there a problem here?
    For professional drivers this is a very big problem here and we will discuss
    a particular case in detail on the forum. Follow the discussion here…….

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    Professional Drivers welcomed the introduction of the Drivers CPC but are we getting
    value for our time and money. How have you benefited from the training you have received?
    Have you any ideas that you would like to put forward that would make the training a more
    beneficial experience. Do drivers have into the creation of the courses? Are the courses just a
    one sided affair promoting the views of An Garda Siochana, the RSA and the HSA. Do drivers have
    an opinion and if they do who will listen? The RSA will be introducing new modules over time. It is
    important that you make your opinion known because it counts. You are the person everyone is
    concerned about and want the best for you, so let them know what your needs and your
    Have your say and visit the forum……