Worry in the transport sector about recruitment

Road Transport and Logistics business owners and managers are concerned about the continuing shortage in the number of drivers, according to a straw poll taken at an event for the transport sector in Ipswich today. Over two thirds of delegates raised their hands when asked if they had seen a deterioration in driver recruitment in the past thre......

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......

Public safety: diesel emissions cheating no different to tachograph fiddling

The Channel 4 Dispatches investigation aired on 9 April reported on a recent trend in the road transport sector: interference with lorries' exhaust control systems that are in place to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) which are harmful to health. This worrying development is being actively policed by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (......

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......

Drivers’ hours: 'historical' offence penalties from 5 March 2018

Revised rules mean that police and DVSA examiners will be able to issue up to five fixed penalty offers to commercial drivers for drivers’ hours breaches that will now include ‘historical offences’ i.e. they will cover not only offences committed or being committed on the occasion of the roadside stop, but also earlier offences i.e. those committed......

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......

Drivers’ hours offences – greater enforcement powers from March 2018

Revised rules mean that police and DVSA examiners will be able to issue fixed penalty offers to commercial drivers for drivers’ hours breaches that are ‘historical offences’ i.e. they will cover not only offences committed or being committed on the occasion of the roadside stop, but also earlier offences, such as those committed in the 28-day perio......

Automated vehicles, ‘driverless cars’ & remote control parking and motorway assist – two December 2017 updates

The Law Commission has announced ‘automated vehicles’ as one of 14 areas of the law viewed as requiring review and reform. This is unsurprising given the changes to society the new technology will bring. The Law Commission is a statutory body that looks at areas requiring reform or simplification and makes recommendations, where necessary. Regardi......

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......

Goods and passenger drivers’ hours: changes relating to rests and fixed penalties

A change to the enforcement approach relating to weekly rests and where they can be taken came into force on 1 November 2017. Separately, a change in the scope of offences for which a fixed penalty can be issued has been announced and is due to come into force soon on a date to be announced. For how long can drivers take weekly rests in their cabs......

Automated vehicles: but what about insurance?

Vehicles known as “automated vehicles” are ones where a driver can hand over control to the vehicle. The vehicle is then driven by the on-board technology. This may be for part of, or for the whole of, the journey. As the technology is developed we will see greater use of automated vehicles, not least where the driving is fully automated. Entire jo......

New careless driving offence and life sentences for some fatal driving offences

The Ministry of Justice has announced its intention to make two changes to the law relating to serious and fatal road traffic offences (16 October 2017): • a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving • increasing the maximum term of imprisonment from 14 years to life for offences of a) causing death by dangerous driving and b) d......

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