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Road Transport News – Increased Fixed Penalties for Mobile Phones

The fixed penalties for hand held mobile phones have now changed from 1 March 2017. The fine for use of a mobile phone has now increased to £200 from £100 and the penalty points has increased from 3 to 6. … Continue reading

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Road Transport News – Revocation of Operator Licence for Wolverhampton Operator

Bushbury Plant and Tool Hire, who are a plant and tool hire firm, has been banned from operating HGVs for a year. West Midlands Traffic Commissioner, Nick Denton, described its vehicle maintenance procedures as “one of the worst he had … Continue reading

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Road Transport News – Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) Changes

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have now introduced significant changes to the OCRS system. New Combined Score The operators combined roadworthiness and traffic scores will appear in OCRS reports although operators can still view the individual scores. Straight to … Continue reading

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Road Transport News – ADR 2017

ADR 2017: European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road In January 2017 the latest edition of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road, or ADR for short, is introduced. Since its … Continue reading

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Road Transport News – Guidance for Vocational Drivers

DVLA have published new vocational drivers’ guidance and the following link will take you to the website to print off the guide. It has been published in association with the Department of Transport, Traffic Commissioners, Freight Transport Association and other … Continue reading

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Road Transport News – Senior Traffic Commissioner’s Statutory Documents

These Statutory Documents have been updated and republished and take effect from 1 January 2017. The Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain, Beverley Bell said, “The changes to the statutory documents are designed to streamline processes, extend delegation to our … Continue reading

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Road Transport News – Operator Licensing Financial Standing Increases 2017

As from 1 January 2017 the levels of financial resources that vehicle operator licence applicants and operators need to show will increase. Traffic Commissioners must be satisfied that vehicle operators have enough financial resources to run their business and maintain … Continue reading

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Road Transport News – Traffic Commissioners’ Annual Reports 2015–16

The 2015 -16 Traffic Commissioners’ annual reports are published. Their mission is stated as “ …to promote safe, fair, efficient and reliable passenger and goods transport through effective and efficient licensing and regulation of the commercial vehicle industry”. The foreword … Continue reading

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Corporate Directorships – A change overdue?

Section 87 of The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 seeks to introduce a new section 156A into the Companies Act 2006. This provides that company directors must be natural persons and bans the appointment of any new corporate … Continue reading

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Road Transport News – Don’t text and drive

On 12 August 2015 on the A31 a Ford transit van driven by Christopher Gard, age 30, collided with a cyclist called Lee Martin. Sadly, Mr Martin died from his injuries. Mr Gard was texting at the time and this … Continue reading

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