The increasing number of vehicles on the road and constantly changing regulations that need to be observed could make life increasingly complicated for the professional driver. To help them do their job safely and responsibly, FTA has updated its two popular drivers’ handbooks – one for HGV drivers and one for van drivers – with the key up to the minute compliance information which must be provided to drivers of commercial vehicles by their employer.

The HGV Drivers’ Handbook, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, covers staying legal, driving best practice, looking after yourself, what to do when things go wrong and driving abroad. There is also an HGV driver’s walk around check pull-out. Key updates include information on fines for drivers spending a weekly rest in the cab in ‘inappropriate’ parking places, changes to the way DVSA will collect fines at the roadside, the introduction of smart tachographs, and much more. 

The Van Drivers’ Handbook, sponsored by Van Excellence Platinum Partner Mercedes Benz Vans and Gold Partners Bott Ltd, Brigade Electronics, Hertz, Lex Autolease and Quartix, is an essential guide to ensuring the safe, legal and efficient operation of vans and light commercial vehicles. It contains practical advice and information and covers topics such as legal requirements, defensive driving, safe use of vehicles, drivers’ hours and records, driving licences and offences, speed limits and much more.

Key updates in this edition include the addition of information on alternatively fuelled vans and the ability for a category B driver to drive up to 4.25t, and additional contact information for the Northern Ireland Office, with contact numbers and opening times added for driver licensing purposes.

The price for the handbooks is £6.95 for FTA members and £8.00 for non-members, with substantial discounts for multiple purchases.