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Volumetric mixers have been abusing this loophole for too long and it is time the government put a stop to this.

Jim Taylor from Modern Mix is backing a government initiative to revise the licensing exemptions currently exploited by volumetric concrete trucks.

Since 2014, the Department of Transport has been gathering responses to its enquiry into Goods Vehicle Operator Licensing Exemptions and the legalities around volumetric trucks have been one of the most highly debated topics.

DfT are investigating the issue of volumetric trucks exceeding their licensed weight. With their current classification as a mobile batching plant, they are licensed up to 32 tonne. However, once loaded with raw materials, they can weight upto 46 tonne, well in excess of what they should legally be allowed to carry on the road.

DfT are taking this very seriously due to serious concerns related to road safety, especially for cyclists in the city, as well as the environment. Currently, operators are in favour of the review (16 votes in favour vs 7 votes against).

The Batched on Site Association whose membership is made up of volumetric truck drivers, says that revising the exemptions will put their members out of business. They are worried that this tightening of the regulations will mean these currently under-regulated vehicles will not be deemed roadworthy.

Roads Minister Andrew Jones stated that claims the review would wipe out thousands of jobs as completely exaggerated.

"Volumetric mixers have been abusing this loophole for too long and it is time the government put a stop to this."

Modern Mix have also identified significant quality issues related to the way volumetric trucks work, resulting in customers paying for concrete that they did not necessarily receive.

Modern Mix said goodbye to it’s last volumetric truck over two months ago and has been investing heavily in an alternative concrete technology that will meet both the DfT guidelines as well as significantly improving the quality of content produced on site.

The Government will consider the responses to their investigation over the coming months and is expected to decide if any changes will be made to current exemptions in late 2015.


Dan Storey
Modern Mix
Unit 1 Lusty Industrial Estate,
Bow, London E3 3LT
Phone: 07733 136982

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