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New Drug Driving Laws for Scotland

Probably due to pressure from the British Medical Association, Scotland intends to introduce drug-driving limits and roadside testing in 2019. The Scottish government has been criticised for being ‘behind the curve’ and not dealing with drivers that take drugs in the same way England and Wales did two years ago. …


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Warnings over Scam DVLA Messages

An increase in scam attempts by people purporting to be from the DVLA has led to warnings about giving personal details away without checking. The licensing agency warned in June 2016 that emails, texts and telephone calls claiming to be from them were being received by the public. But there …


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May revealed as top month for catching drink-driving motorists

Figures obtained from police forces show that May is the top month for catching drink drivers, with nearly one in six stopped found to be over the limit. This might come as a surprise, but perhaps even more surprising is how proportionately few drivers are caught drunk in December, indicating …


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DVLA Disclosure Guidance Updated

As reported earlier this month, the General Medical Council (GMC) has now revised its confidentiality guidance in relation to reporting concerns to the DVLA. The GMC says doctors owe a duty of confidentiality to their patients, but it adds: “They also have a wider duty to protect and promote the …


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Richard Turfitt Appointed as Senior Traffic Commissioner

Richard Turfitt has been appointed as the new Senior Traffic Commissioner by Transport Minister John Hayes. Currently the Traffic Commissioner for the East of England, he will begin his new role on 1 June 2017, taking over from the current Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell. Richard Turfitt, said: “I am …


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Driving Test Changes to Drive Down Deaths

Road collisions are the biggest killer of young people, which is why the driving test is being overhauled. From December, candidates will be required to follow directions from a sat nav, seeing as research shows 52% of drivers are now using one in their vehicle. The independent driving part of …


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Cross-border chaos under new directive on EU driving offences

Next month, the principle of cross-border law enforcement is put into practice when EU member states have to share information on drivers relating to traffic offences. The Cross Border Enforcement Directive gives European governments the power to access information on the owner of an offending car. It covers eight offences: …


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Call for mandatory medical disclosures to the DVLA after fatal road accidents

You get an eye test and the results reveal that your sight is poor, even with glasses, and the optometrist or doctor tells you to stop driving immediately and inform the DVLA. What do you do? For the vast majority, the answer is obvious. You stop driving. But a couple …


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Overhaul of Motoring Offence Sentencing Guidelines

Sentencing Guidelines are produced by the Sentencing Council who produce appropriate sentencing ranges for offences in accordance with the maximum penalty set out in the relevant legislation.  These guidelines must be followed by the Courts unless it can be shown that it is not in the interests of justice to …


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Speeding Fines Will Increase in April

In less than a month drivers responsible for the most serious speeding offences will face much harsher penalties for their actions. Currently, the limit for speeding fines is 100% of a driver’s weekly wage, up to £1,000 (or £2,500 if they are caught on a motorway). This upper limit will …


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