UK may not recognise local HGV licences, says Environment
Tuesday 27th August 2013, 10:30AM BST.
UK AUTHORITIES could declare local Guernsey HGV licences invalid if improvements are not made to the testing area, Environment has warned.
The department’s request for a new test area missed out as one of the proposed projects for funding between 2014 and 2017 as part of the capital prioritisation programme.
Environment chief officer Steve Smith said the current testing site, opposite the St Sampson’s Douzaine Room, and regularly used as an access road to the back of Fontaines Vinery, was examined by the UK regularly.
‘For the last four to five years we’ve had the UK saying in its annual report that the site is not acceptable,’ he said.
‘Each time what we try to do is make the site more acceptable – for example, we now send an extra member of staff down during the tests to man the barrier stopping traffic. But at some point, as we saw with LVCR, there might come a point where the UK says no more and decides not to recognise our licences – that’s the risk.’