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......

Truck cartel update: now scania is fined €880 million for participating in the cartel

Following the July 2016 decision to impose fines totalling almost €3 billion on MAN, DAF, Daimler, Iveco and Volvo/Renault, the European Commission has imposed a fine of €880 523 000 on Scania for breach of EU antitrust rules. This is because ‘It colluded for 14 years with five other truck manufacturers on truck pricing and on passing on the costs......

Testing, testing… numerous types of hgv (and fast tractors) to lose exemptions

If it’s grey and has a trunk then it’s probably an elephant – even if you call it a giraffe, a lion or a leopard. And so it is with HGVs – following a consultation the Government has announced (14 September) that numerous types of vehicles which are to all intents and purposes heavy goods vehicles should be subject to the same roadworthiness testi......

Brake testing: getting it right!

An area where many operators of goods vehicles continue not to be non-compliant is in the area of brake testing. Of concern is the fact that some maintenance providers do not also fully understand these requirements. As long ago as 2014, the DVSA published its Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness both for goods and passenger carrying vehicles. Its......

Thousands of goods vehicle operators entitled to compensation

Ashtons Legal are urging people who bought, leased or purchased new or used goods vehicles or small trucks weighing six tonne upwards to get in touch as they may be entitled to compensation. In July 2016 the European Commission found that MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF had broken EU Anti-Trust Rules through colluding for a pe......

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......

New emissions crackdown on rogue goods operators

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced additional roadside checks on lorries stopped from August 2017 - emissions will be now investigated as it seeks to avoid operators circumventing the rules to reduce pollutants. There are a number of mechanisms for minimising adverse emissions: for example AdBlue is used in diesel vehicles......

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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