The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain are calling on truck, bus and coach operators to prioritise their approach to compliance – and make sure that they are getting the basics right.
Points, Lies and Prison
One of the most serious offences that can come before a court is 'perverting the course of justice', this is because it strikes at the very heart of the justice system.
Due to its seriousness, immediate custody almost always follows, yet there are a surprising number of people who commit this offence, thinking that they will easily get away with it.
We Don't Stop for Christmas
As businesses prepare for Christmas, it is customary to inform clients of seasonal opening hours. For many, it will simply be a case of announcing the days on which the business will be closed, but for us, the position is a little more complicated than that.
If you need urgent assistance with a motoring or transport law related issue, any time of day or night, we have a team of people to assist, you can contact us by calling free on 0800 304 7740
Commercial Vehicle Operators - 2018 Financial Levels
The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has today (7 December 2017) confirmed that operator licence applications and continuations will now be processed against the 2018 financial levels.
Winter is Here - Keep Legal on the Road
As the first of the Winter weather descends upon us it is important to bear in mind a number of road traffic laws that have extra significance at this time of year.
Mini Motos and Quad Bikes - The Law
As Christmas is coming many parents may be considering getting their children off road bikes such as a mini moto or quad bike. Before they do they should be aware of the law covering the use of these vehicles.
None for the Road
Christmas is upon us and the party season is underway.
This time also coincides with a national police initiative concerning drink driving, as forces across the country prepare for a spike in the numbers of those tested and arrested for drink and drug driving offences.
Driving Disqualification - Get Your Licence Back
In some instances, it is possible to apply to a court and ask that a driving ban is ended early.
Therefore, if your circumstances have changed since being disqualified, it is worth discussing with one of our criminal law specialists whether or not you can take advantage of this legal provision.
Changes to the Driving Test Come into Force on 4th December 2017
The Driving Test is set to change on 4 December 2017. The 4 changes are being brought into place to update the skills required by new drivers as they embark on a lifetime of driving. People who have passed their test some time ago often comment that they would struggle to pass the test if they resat it.
Time to Test the Brakes
In December 2016 two men were convicted of manslaughter following an avoidable brake failure that resulted in the deaths of four people, including a young girl.
Neither of the men drove the vehicle, but they were ultimately responsible, as the haulage boss and mechanic. One was sentenced to 7 ½ years, the other to 5 years and 3 months imprisonment.
The case provides a stark reminder of the duty owed by vehicle operators, and one might have hoped that such cases would materially change behaviour.
A year on, it would appear that the situation has not improved as expected, and the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain this week called upon operators to change their approach to brake performance testing.