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Driving home for Christmas? Make sure your vehicle is Winter ready

Slade have made their annual return to our radios and there’s a festive chill in the air. The shops are stocked with toys, gift sets and our favourite seasonal foods and everyone is just that little bit merrier knowing that the holiday season is upon us! On the run up to Christmas …


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Authorities call for urgent change of attitude to brake testing

Brake performance testing plays a key part in an operator’s vehicle maintenance regime, yet industry regulators are increasingly finding that many licence holders barely meet the minimum standards of these checks. As a result the DVSA and Traffic Commissioners of Great Britain are now urging the industry to change its …


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Make eye tests mandatory for motorists every ten years argue experts

Experts at the Association of Optometrists (AoP) have warned that current laws on vision requirements for drivers are insufficient and motorists should be made to have an eye test every ten years. Current laws in the UK just require learner drivers to read a number plate on a parked car …


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Avoiding HGV incidents on the highway

Statistics in the news this week published by Highways England show that there were 75,371 incidents involving HGVs above 3.5 tonnes in 2015, an increased figure from previous years. We’ve had a look at the various causes of these incidents and the precautions you can take to avoid them. Load …


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One in Three Motorists Facing Fines

Earlier this month we read that a recent study has found that one in three British motorists is fined every year. As many as 12 million drivers receive a penalty notice each year which equates to about one penalty notice issued every 2.5 seconds! This shocking figure is in addition …


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DVSA clarifies enforcement of weekly rest rules

Over the last few years, we have seen countries including France, Belgium and Germany introduce a ban on drivers taking their weekly rest in their vehicle. This has not been as a result of change of legislation, but interpretation of the existing rules. DVSA has recently confirmed that the UK …


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Life sentences for motorists who cause death by dangerous driving

Causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving while drunk or on drugs will now carry the top-level punishment of life imprisonment. The previous maximum was 14 years. These sentences will be available in the more serious cases involving use of mobile phones, speeding or street racing …


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Putting the brakes on self-employed drivers

Uber seems to be going through the wars at the moment for many reasons, but the first blow came when the courts found that their drivers were employees rather than being self-employed. Whilst Uber was licking its wounds, Addison Lee (a competitor of Uber) were rubbing their hands- until yesterday …


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Mobile Phones Whilst Driving – Dos and Don’ts

As a society, I am sure we can all put our hands up and agree that we have become addicted to our mobile phones! However, these devices are a massive cause of danger when behind the wheel. A split second distraction caused by our beloved devices, such as call, text …


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Drink driving laws and misconceptions

Drink driving has been at the forefront of news stories this week following football star Wayne Rooney’s arrest in the early hours of last Friday morning. Speculation has been rife about the type of penalty he will face if found guilty, how much he may have drunk and why he …


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