HGV driver was unaware of lost licence!
Posted by AndrewT on 21st Oct 2014
HGV driver who had no licence was three times over drink-drive limit. This is a sad and unusual case of a HGV driver caught driving when he was three times over the drink driving limit and he didn’t e … Read more
EU Drivers’ hours compliance – A summary guide for new drivers and operators
Posted by AndrewT on 21st Oct 2014
All professional LGV, bus and coach drivers are governed complex rules concerning the use of the vehicle tachograph and their drivers’ hours. This summary guide provides a basic overview for drivers … Read more
Suspended prison sentences for drivers convicted of tachograph fraud
Posted by AndrewT on 16th Oct 2014
Four drivers pleaded guilty and were convicted at Newry Crown Court in Northern Ireland for offences connected to fraud and forgery of tachograph records. Prison sentences from 5 to 11 months, suspend … Read more
Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) overview for HGV, bus and coach drivers
Posted by AndrewT on 17th Sep 2014
The deadline for HGV drivers with acquired rights to finish their first 35 hours of Driver CPC periodic training expired on 10 Sept 2014. Driver CPC was first introduced in 2008 for bus and coach driv … Read more
Driver CPC on target – panic over?
Posted by AndrewT on 12th Aug 2014
It appears that the vast majority of drivers will have completed their 35 hours’ Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) training by the September 10 deadline. It was estimated that betwee … Read more
HGV operator fined £1,900 for drivers' hours offences in Northern Ireland
Posted by AndrewT on 29th Jul 2014
Eight charges relating to HGV drivers who failed to take the required daily rest resulted in a fine of £1,900 for a County Antrim-based HGV operator following an intelligence-led investigation by the … Read more
Revised DVSA Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness
Posted by AndrewT on 24th Jul 2014
According to the VOSA Effectiveness Report in 2012/13, 144,472 mechanical checks were conducted resulting in 56,144 prohibitions (38.9%). The top prohibition defects include all the basics such as Br … Read more
Belgian authorities to clamp down on weekend rest taken in cabs?
Posted by AndrewT on 15th Jul 2014
The Belgian authorities may be taking a stricter approach to drivers taking their normal 45-hour weekend rest period in their own cab and France may also adopt the same approach. From 21 June, any dri … Read more
Updated rules and guidance on drivers' hours
Posted by AndrewT on 28th May 2014
Drivers’ hours rules and guidance have been updated on GOV.UK. If you drive a goods vehicle or a passenger-carrying vehicle you must follow the rules on the number of hours you can drive and the brea … Read more
Hauliers disqualified for misleading authorities
Posted by AndrewT on 23rd May 2014
Nick Jones, The West Midlands Traffic Commissioner, has disqualified two haulage firms following investigations by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for drivers' hours offences and unlice … Read more
Campaign for tougher sentences wins MP an award – What does this mean for professional drivers?
Posted by AndrewT on 16th May 2014
Richard Graham, MP was given a national road safety award by the charity Brake and Direct Line Group for his campaign for tougher sentences for disqualified, unlicensed and uninsured drivers that kill … Read more
Who are the real beneficiaries from the HGV Road User Levy?
Posted by AndrewT on 14th Apr 2014
The Department for Transport (DfT) revealed that almost 150 fines were issued to road transport operators for not paying the HGV Road User Levy in the first week of its existence. On day one alone £20 … Read more
Drivers’ hours exemptions for utility service maintenance
Posted by AndrewT on 9th Apr 2014
Some vehicles used in connection with sewerage, flood protection, water, gas and electricity maintenance may be exempt from the EC drivers’ hours rules. For vehicles to qualify for the exemption they … Read more