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New FTA Drivers’ Handbook now available

ftaThe new edition of the UK’s Freight Transport Association’s Drivers’ Handbook is now available, containing key compliance information which must be provided to all drivers of large and heavy goods vehicles.

Subjects covered in the new edition, which is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, include staying legal, driving best practice, looking after yourself, what to do when things go wrong and driving abroad.  There is also a section on useful contacts and an HGV driver’s walk-around check pull-out. 

The new edition contains the following key updates and additions:
Removal of the paper counterpart (driver licence) and how to check licence details
Changes to speed limits
Risks and penalties of using handheld devices while driving
Drug driving (illegal and medicinal) – limits and endorsements
Drink driving limits in Scotland
Dartford Crossing – free-flow system payment and operation
Major update to load security – body types, load types and defect categories
How to avoid overloading 
Tips for drivers around cyclists
Stopping illegal migrant entrants to the UK – top tips to avoid penalties
Changes to vehicle download frequency

Updated congestion charges
Updated fixed penalty charges
Changes to exemptions from EU Drivers Hours rules
The FTA Drivers’ Handbook is available from Shopfta at £6.75 a copy for FTA members and £8.00 for non-members, with substantial discounts for multiple purchases.  For further information you can log-on to or call 0044 8717 11 11 11.