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......

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......

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