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DVSA Penalties - be aware

This is a REMINDER that it is the responsibility of all Drivers of Goods Vehicles to keep within the rules where ever possible, you can only use an excuse for going over the rules if it is a genuine emergency, this is if it would have affected the health and safety of either yourself/your load or the general public, there...

Learner Drivers on Motorways

From 2018, learner drivers will be allowed on the motorways, under the supervision of a qualified driving instructor and in a dual control car.  This will not apply to learner motorcyclists. It will be voluntary and carried out at the discretion of the driving instructor, if they believe the learner to be competent at that level.  It will not form part...

Changes to Commercial Drivers Hours

Currently, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can only fine commercial drivers on the day the offence is committed and for ongoing offences (such as tampering with Tachographs). However, new laws mean that drivers can be fined for any offences that have occurred in the last 28 days, regardless of whether they are in Great Britain or anywhere else.  There...

Weekly Rest Period Details from the EU

A new statement has been issued by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice regarding the 45-hour weekend break taken by EU drivers.  The break cannot be counted as a 'rest' period for tachograph and EU drivers' hours regulations if it has be be taken in the vehicle.  A 45-hour 'rest' period should be in a hotel/motel room...

Safe Driving when using Mobile Phones

Be Aware Mobile phones are part of our lives now and consequently, there has been an increase in accidents related to mobile phone usage whilst driving.  From 1st March 2017, the penalties are doubling to 6 points on your license and £200 in fines. Sadly though, it appears that quite a high proportion of drivers are not even aware of these...