The welcome publication of the Senior Traffic Commissioner’s statutory guidance and directions documents is providing clarity and understanding on a host of areas relating to operator licensing.
One such area is the practice of lending, or hiring out, of operator licences.
In recent years there have been a few high profile cases of companies and individuals indulging in this illegal practice and the STC’s document on Good Repute and Fitness explains that scams like these will not be tolerated. Read Full Article »
How old is your driving licence? If you are in possession of a pink, durable photo card you’re probably thinking it’s quite new and something that can sit forgotten in your wallet or purse until you need to prove your identity.
Except these photo card licences expire like your other debit, credit and store cards and so does the embarrassing mug shot attached to it. Read Full Article »
Anyone who has tried selling their motor privately will recognise the situation. You get a call from an interested party and then they turn up at your house and begin staring thoughtfully at the vehicle for sale.After a while they ask if they can take it for a spin, which is a reasonable request seeing as you’re potentially and hopefully going to be taking a wad of cash off them.
Perhaps you ask if they have a valid drivers’ licence, or you might even pluck up the courage to ask for their car keys as a deposit while they take your once-cherished motor out of your sight. But how many people have demanded some form of identification before allowing this stranger to zoom off down the road? Read Full Article »
A government idea that is branded a “populist gimmick” is part and parcel of Westminster life and is normally shrugged off with a tight lipped smile and a few examples of where the opposition has also dipped its own toes into the tempting waters of public popularity.
But when the people making the point are medical experts writing a punchy editorial in the British Medical Journal, the weight of the accusation will hang much more heavily over Transport Ministers. Read Full Article »
This year sees the end of motor insurers using gender as a rating tool after a European Court of Justice ruling last March.
As previously blogged, this is likely to mean some (mainly young) women’s premiums will increase in order to fall into line with the rate men pay on average.
But premiums have risen anyway for everyone over the last few years, mainly because of the number and value of personal injury claims. Read Full Article »