Mobile phone law must be changed, says Transport Committee

The House of Commons investigation into the use of mobile phones and other devices whilst driving has published its recommendations, writes Tim Ridyard of Ashtons Legal. The main proposal, accepted by the Government, is that there should be created a new definition of the offence of driving while using a mobile phone or other device…. &nbs......

Taxi Licensing Update for both Drivers and Operators - February 2019

Matters you might consider and questions you may ask Is your taxi licence safe both as a driver or Operator? In other words are the local authority likely to challenge whether you are a “fit and proper person” to hold either licence? Have you considered what your liability as a Director of a Taxi Company is? Should I have CCTV in my vehicle(s)? O......

Driver CPC post EU exit – changes?

The take up of Driver CPC training (Certificate of Professional Competence) is currently said by training providers to be much lower than expected. Lorry drivers with acquired rights (because they obtained their goods licence before 10 September 2009) who must have completed their second 5-year training cycle of 35 hours’ training by 9 September 20......

BREXIT and driving in the EU post 29 March 2019

How will driver licensing work if you wish to drive within the EU after 29 March 2019 in either a professional or personal capacity? In short it will depend on ‘deal or no deal’. The current position is quite simply an uncomplicated one - your UK driver’s licence is all that is needed.As has been the case for decades you need no additional driver......

Important operator’s licence and testing changes from 1 September 2018

Changes we have flagged up in earlier posts this year are now in force through the Goods and Motor Vehicles (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018 and make the following changes: Important change to existing exemption Goods vehicles that carry goods to process on site, including volumetric cement mixers, are now brought into the op......

What if your employee driver has lost their licence to drive – but you don’t know?

Recent coverage of the appalling M1 minibus fatal crash has led to debate about employers not being informed when their employee drivers have lost their driving licence. In this case in March 2018, one driver was jailed for 14 years for causing death by dangerous driving and the other driver received 40 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to......

Driving a larger vehicle on your cat b (‘car’) driving licence

Soon it may be possible to drive vans up to 4.25 tonnes maximum authorised mass (mam) on a Category B driving licence – but only if they are alternatively-fuelled. Currently 3.5 tonnes is the limit for that type of licence. (‘Mam’ is defined as ‘the weight of a vehicle or trailer including the maximum load that can be carried safely when it’s......

Increased mobile phone penalties: one year on

It is 12 months since the increase from three to six penalty points for a held-hand mobile telephone or a hand-held device offence, with a fixed penalty offer raised from £100 to £200. What impact has this had? When the increased power was introduced it had certain consequences:- greater likelihood of “totting up” (accumulating 12 or more penalty......

Operator licensing & other changes to go ahead

The Department of Transport has confirmed various changes relating to operator licensing, electric goods vans and mobile batching plant that will be of interest to the transport, van fleet and construction sectors. This follows consultation over a long period. The headline developments are:- Only mobile plant vehicles that do not carry goods (incl......

Drivers' hours: sharp increase in roadside fines to come into force

Two changes relating to fixed penalty offers issued by DVSA and police for tachograph and drivers’ hours offences are soon to be made: The maximum number of different offences for which fixed penalties can be offered on one occasion will rise from 3 to 5.The offences for which penalties can be issued will include “historical” offences. The commen......

Car licence holders to drive heavier vehicles – but only if low emission technology used

The Department for Transport has announced proposals that may benefit businesses that operate van fleets as well as private individuals. Those operating vans commercially need to monitor this development as it will be relevant to driver recruitment, driver licensing and vehicle / fleet acquisition. As part of the overall plan to address the need f......

Speeding fines set to rise

From 24 April 2017 some drivers can expect to receive significantly higher fines for speeding.  The changes relate to more serious speeding offences and come as the result of changes in the sentencing guidelines rather than in UK road traffic laws. The maximum fine for speeding will remain at £1,000 (or £2,500 for motorway offences). In addit......

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