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Mobile phone prosecutions fall by a third since tougher penalties introduced

Figures have recently been released showing that the number of people caught using a mobile phone whilst driving has dropped by 1/3 since the new tougher penalties came into force. In March 2017, the penalty rose from £100 and 3 points to £200 and 6 points. If the case proceeds …


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Drink driving offences: What are the penalties?

Drink driving has again been at the forefront of news stories following TV favourite Ant McPartlin, better known as Ant from Ant and Dec, arrested after a collision involving three vehicles, causing minor injuries. Now it has hit the headlines that his court hearing date has been adjourned. We had …


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HGV levy changes announced to incentivise use of cleaner lorries

Ministers last week announced plans to encourage the use of clean lorries by changing the rates paid by haulage operators, so that lorries which meet the Euro VI emissions standard will be eligible for a 10% reduction of the current Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) levy. As of February 2019 the …


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Driver CPC-Have you completed the required training?

Driver CPC training is a customary part of professional driving for anyone driving a lorry, coach or bus and ensures a proficient level of driving by commercial drivers, yet a new survey has revealed that only 24% of drivers have completed the 35 hours training required of them by 2019, …


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One Year on from New Tougher Penalties for Phone use- How are we doing?

On 1 March last year tough new penalties for mobile phone use were introduced doubling the penalty to 6 penalty points and a £200 fine. As a nation we now have some of the highest fines in Europe associated with mobile phone use at the wheel. Although stats for mobile …


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Introduction of smart tachographs confirmed for 2019

The introduction of smart tachographs in new vehicles has been confirmed for June 2019. Over six million trucks and buses across the EU are fitted with tachographs, and it is hoped that the new smart devices will reduce the administrative process and tampering of current digital tachographs. Existing digital tachographs …


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Tougher new laws touted for new drivers

Last week, following questions from Labour MPs in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Theresa May suggested that the Government could revisit plans for a graduated licence whereby new drivers would be subject to strict restrictions during the first two years on the road. Currently the laws relating to new …


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DVSA gain the power to issue on the spot fines increases

As of 1st February, DVSA officers now have the power to issue up to 5 fixed penalties at the roadside for offences over the last 28 days. A single fixed penalty is charged at £300 meaning that £1500 can be imposed on a single occasion. Although the new powers came …


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The Facts Surrounding a Revocation of a Driving Licence on Medical Grounds

The Secretary of State for Transport has the power to grant, refuse or revoke a driving licence depending on the physical and mental fitness of the driver. All decisions in relation to assessing this are carried out through the DVLA and, as such decisions have the potential to seriously impact …


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Department for Transport confirm MOT test will stay at three years

A car’s first MOT test will stay at three years as confirmed by the Department for Transport yesterday following a public consultation to gauge the opinion about extending a car’s first roadworthiness test to four years. Since 1967, the law has been that all new cars must undergo an MOT …


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