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Drivers’ hours rules need to be clearer

A lack of clear guidance on how operators can manage and comply with drivers’ hours rules means enforcement authorities could be breaching government guidelines, according to a transport lawyer. James Backhouse, at Backhouse Jones, said many of the issues drivers and hauliers face in trying to follow drivers’ hours regulations would be improved if proper […]

Call for mandatory breath-test locks in HGVs across Europe

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has called for mandatory alcohol interlocks to be fitted on HGVs and lorries, as well as being retrofitted to cars used by repeat drink-driving offenders, to reduce deaths caused by drink-driving. In a major road safety package announced last month, the French government said all repeat drink-driving offenders would […]

Safety Offences Lead To Loss Of O-Licence

STAFFORDSHIRE HAULIER Clay Transport (Tamworth) has had its O-licence revoked and its sole director, Stephen Clay, has been disqualified for five years after a string of safety-related offences. The firms transport manager Paul Martin Phillips also lost his good repute. At a public enquiry, traffic commissioner for the West Midlands Nick Denton heard the DVSA […]

Share Driving Licence validity changes to 21 days

Since the abolition of the counterpart on 8th June 2015, the DVLA have offered the Share Driving Licence service. The service, although still in its beta testing stage, has been used over 1.4 million times since 8th June and currently has a customer satisfaction rating of 87.2%. However its seems that DVLA are listening to […]

Paper Counterpart abolition plans delayed

The DVLA appears to have postponed its plans to abolish the driving licence paper-counterpart from January after concerns were raised that the new system would introduce unnecessary complexities for business. According to the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed the delay in an informal exchange with the association earlier this week […]