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New sentencing guidelines for dangerous and careless driving offences

By |2017-10-16T10:46:24+01:00October 16th, 2017|Driving offences, Van Law, Van News|

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 [...]

What you need to know about careless driving

By |2017-08-04T09:19:29+01:00August 3rd, 2017|Driving offences, Van Law|

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 [...]

The law on driving and mobile phones gets tougher

By |2016-09-20T15:14:32+01:00September 20th, 2016|Driving offences, Van Law, Van News|

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 [...]

Don’t let your vans drag your business down and cost you £££s

By |2015-08-11T10:03:36+01:00August 11th, 2015|Driving offences, Van Law|

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 [...]

Safety first…second. Or not at all?

By |2015-11-13T18:09:05+00:00December 2nd, 2014|Driving offences, Van Law|

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 [...]

Mercedes Vans urges UK van drivers to check they’re legal to drive

By |2014-09-17T06:17:23+01:00September 17th, 2014|Driving licences, Driving offences, Van Law, Van News|

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 [...]

CPC completion deadline looming for small van fleet operators

By |2014-08-05T12:57:36+01:00August 5th, 2014|Driving licences, Driving offences, Van Law, Van News|

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 [...]

IAM calls for tougher mobile phone penalties

By |2015-11-13T18:28:19+00:00September 18th, 2013|Driving offences, Van News|

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 [...]

New driving offence targets middle-lane hogs and tailgaters

By |2013-06-05T18:58:22+01:00June 5th, 2013|Driving offences, Van Law, Van News|

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, [...]

Small businesses punished as London parking tickets jump 50%

By |2013-02-05T16:23:12+00:00February 5th, 2013|Driving offences, Van Law, Van News|

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 [...]

Van drivers should be aware of the dangers of social drinking and driving

By |2015-11-13T21:48:03+00:00June 14th, 2011|Driving offences, Van Law|

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 [...]

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