NEW sentencing guidelines to allow courts to impose much stiffer sentences for those found guilty of dangerous driving will be heading for parliament soon. Following a public consultation the Ministry of Justice has announced new sentencing guidelines, which include possible life sentences for causing by death by dangerous driving, as well as a new offence of causing serious injury by [...]
MANY people don’t know that careless driving actually consists of two separate offences – driving without due care and attention and driving without reasonable consideration for other road users and pedestrians. What you need to know about careless driving is the court has to find that you didn’t show the same degree of skill and care that would be expected [...]
Using mobile phones while driving: penalties It is against the law to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving any vehicle. This includes using it to read a map or check a text as well as take or make a call The penalties for driving carelessly or dangerously when using a handheld or hands-free phone can include disqualification, a large fine and [...]
Van legal checklist Make sure the driver is entitled to drive a van including Category B vans for up to 3.5 tonnes Check the maximum weight that is stamped on your van’s identification plate and make sure that your load does not exceed this amount at any time Ensure all loads are strapped correctly in place during transit Make sure [...]
Unfortunately it is no surprise to see mobile phones topping the list as the number one driving distraction SMALLER business van fleets are putting safety on the back seat and not being proactive to protect themselves from potentially huge claims, according to a survey. Brake and Licence Bureau questioned 228 fleets about driver education and the topics they [...]
No Matter how much van makers try to find new ingenious ways to transport large items, the roof rack will always be king VAN manufacturers are coming up with some ingenious ways of transporting long loads nowadays. Overhanging loads – what you need to know Up to 1m - no markings required 1m – 2m – ends must [...]
Mercedes are urging all van operators to check if staff have done their CPC training and thus are legal to drive Mercedes Vans is urging all van drivers in the UK to check out the facts around Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) requirements, before venturing out on the roads. The deadline for all drivers operating an LGV over 3.5 [...]
No CPC training? Expect a big fine then TRADES and small van fleet operators, with vans over 3.5 tonnes need to register quickly, to avoid falling foul of new legislation on Driver CPC training. The deadline for Driver CPC, for professional lorry drivers is 9 September 2014. What is Driver CPC I hear you ask and why do [...]
In all of the cases of causing death by dangerous driving analysed by the IAM, those convicted were found to have lost concentration due to using their mobile phone MOST people believe that using a mobile 'phone while driving is unsafe – yet, since 2006, 750,000 fixed-penalty notices have been issued for this offence. Road safety charity the [...]
Poor lane discipline could soon lead to a £100 fine and three penalty points THOSE irritating motorway middle-lane hoggers who hold you up on the way to a job will now risk a £100 fine and three penalty points following the introduction of new rules on careless driving. Poor lane discipline adds to the problem of traffic flow, [...]
Too many points on your licence means disqualification - no joke if you drive as part of your job THE UK driving licence system works on a points basis - too many points, and a driver can get disqualified for a while. Not so good if driving is vital to making a living. If you are convicted of [...]
Over-zealous traffic wardens will write tickets during deliveries VAN operators in London are being hounded by parking wardens working for cash squeezed London councils happy to plaster van windscreens with yellow penalty charge notices (PCNs): parking tickets to most of us. As if things aren't tough enough for small business, London's boroughs inflicted a punishing 50% increase in [...]
Mobile phone use is the biggest offender, and it's worst of all in London.
Pressure on drivers to get the job done, and keep customers informed all contribute.
Family BBQ occasions are the typical events where a van driver can unintentionally drink a beer too many and land themselves over the drink drive limit VAN operators should be reminding their drivers of the dangers of drink-driving during June. And tradesmen you should be reminding yourself of the dangers. More sociable behaviour across the summer months is [...]