Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Official Highway Code: alcohol


The Official Highway Code: alcohol


The Highway Code applies to 
England, Scotland and Wales 
and is essential reading for 

Rule 95

Do not drink and drive as it will seriously affect your judgement and abilities. You MUST NOT drive with a breath alcohol level higher than 35 microgrammes/100 millilitres of breath or a blood alcohol level of more than 80 milligrammes/100 millilitres of blood. Alcohol will:

  • give a false sense of confidence.
  • reduce co-ordination and slow down reactions.
  • affect judgement of speed, distance and risk.
  • reduce your driving ability, even if you’re below the legal limit.
  • take time to leave your body; you may be unfit to drive in the evening after drinking at lunchtime, or in the morning after drinking the previous evening.
The best solution is not to drink at all when planning to drive because any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely. If you are going to drink, arrange another means of transport.

Law RTA 1988 sects 4, 5 & 11(2)

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Monday, 16 December 2013

Transport Manager Acquired Rights


Transport Manager Acquired Rights

Any Transport Managers who missed the 20 November deadline to apply for their new Acquired Rights certificate should, visit GOV.UK for further information.

Transport Managers who have passed a Certificate of Professional Competence – CPC – exam do not need to apply for Acquired Rights. 

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Address-free driver tachograph cards


Address-free driver tachograph cards

DVLA is improving the process for commercial drivers who need to change the address on their driving licence and driver tachograph card. From December 2013, if you move home and need to change the address on your driving licence, your tachograph card record will update automatically.

Any cards issued by DVLA from December 2013 will be a new card without an address.

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Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency named


Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency named

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency name was announced on 28 November and replaces the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and the Driving Standards Agency with responsibilities for setting, testing and enforcing driver and vehicle standards in Great Britain.

The new agency name will be introduced gradually, ahead of the formal launch in April 2014, with no change to the level or quality of services during the transition period.

You can read the full announcement from the Department for Transport on GOV.UK.

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Monday, 9 December 2013

DVLA cuts unnecessary red tape for motorists

Motorists will no longer need motor insurance policies to be checked when getting their vehicle tax.

The change, announced today by Roads Minister Robert Goodwill, is part of a package of measures to get rid of unnecessary red tape.

The changes, which come into force from 16 December 2013, also mean that motorists will only need to tell DVLA once when they declare their vehicle off the road. Currently, motorists who make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) have to renew their SORN every year. Last year, around 4 million SORNs were made, with over 1 million of those repeat renewals.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said:

“We want to make it as easy as possible for motorists to access government services.”

“Getting rid of needless bits of paper, making changes to free up motorists’ time, while saving money for the taxpayer, is all part of our commitment to get rid of unnecessary red tape.”

The changes to insurance checks have been made possible because DVLA regularly checks existing databases for insurance under Continuous Insurance Enforcement rules. DVLA’s records are compared regularly with the Motor Insurance Database to identify registered keepers of vehicles that have no insurance.

Ashton West, Chief Executive at the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) said:

“Motor insurance remains a legal requirement and these changes recognise the value and importance of the insurance records held centrally on the MID. The introduction of Continuous Insurance Enforcement in 2011 was always designed to provide a more robust and technology driven solution to ensuring that vehicles have insurance in place. The successful introduction of the new process by the DVLA and the MIB has enabled these changes to be made now, which will bring benefits to millions of motorists.”

Commenting on the changes to declaring SORN, Geoff Lancaster of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs said, “DVLA are to be congratulated for making sensible use of their technology to maintain their high standards of service while at the same time simplifying life for road users.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. Motorists must ensure that they have appropriate motor insurance in place.
  2. The Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) scheme to tackle uninsured motorists was launched in June 2011. Under the scheme it is an offence to be the keeper of an uninsured vehicle. Information is cross checked between the Motor Insurance Database (MID) and DVLA keeper records.
  3. Under CIE, keepers of vehicles which appear to be uninsured are sent reminder letters. Those who take no action receive a fixed penalty notice of £100, followed by enforcement action - wheelclamping, impounding and ultimately prosecution by the courts (the maximum fine in Court is £1,000).
  4. For the offence of driving without insurance the police can offer a fixed penalty of £200 plus six penalty points, or prosecution (maximum fine of £5,000), discretionary disqualification and mandatory endorsement of between six and eight penalty points. Since 2005 the police have had the power to seize uninsured vehicles. In 2011 they seized 140,000 vehicles.
  5. Drivers and owners can check their vehicle is on the Motor Insurance Database at www.askMID.com.
  6. The removal of the insurance check applies to motorists in GB; the removal of the need to SORN each year applies to all motorists in the UK.

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'Flash-For-Cash' warning for motorists...

A new insurance scam targeting motorists is sweeping across Britain. Beware motorists 'flashing' to allow you to pull out. criminals running 'cash- for-crash' fraud rings have employed a new tactic dubbed 'flash- for-cash'. According to an article published by the BBC, criminals are now flashing their lights to grant you right of way from a junction. However, as you exit, the driver speeds forward deliberately causing an accident.

The adoption of this new scam results in a 'your word against mine' situation when it comes to apportioning the blame in court.

This latest warning comes from Asset Protection Unit (APU), a company that assists the police and the insurance industry with fraud investigations.

The APU's Director of Investigative Services said, "By appearing to offer the right of way, the criminal simply continues the journey into a collision, holding the victim at fault for turning across from which, of course, cannot be denied under law."

Unfortunately, 'flash-for-cash' and 'cash-for-crash' incidents are not limited to those directly involved.

According to Dave Hindmarsh, a Detective Inspector from the Metropolitan Police, these scams cost insurance companies around £392m a year.

Insurers recoup their losses by adding an extra £50-£100 on every driver's premium - a financial cost for everyone. This is another example of criminal gangs becoming sophisticated by exploiting loopholes in the insurance claim system. "Never assume that flashing headlights is a signal inviting you to proceed. Use your own judgement and proceed carefully."

Highway Code . . .

The Highway Code says, "Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there. Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users. Never assume that flashing headlights is a signal inviting you to proceed. Use your own judgement and proceed carefully." One way of combating the problem is to install a 'black box' accident recording system such as those supplied by Vision Techniques. These devices are mounted on the windscreen of the vehicle and effectively act as an independent witness in the event of a collision.

For more information visit www.crashcam.co.uk.   Article from to The Mover November 2013

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to replace VOSA and DSA . . .


Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to replace VOSA and DSA

A new agency with responsibility for maintaining driver and vehicle standards has been launched today (Thursday 28 November 2013).

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will replace the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Driving Standards Agency with responsibilities for setting, testing and enforcing driver and vehicle standards in Great Britain.

There will be a gradual introduction of the new agency name ahead of the formal launch in April 2014, with no change to the level or quality of services during the transition period.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Initial Driver CPC Training . . .


EasyCPC.com now offers 5 day residential courses for periodic & initial driver CPC training. 

From just £35 per person, per day.

Free initial CPC training for parts 2 and 4 of the driver’s initial CPC test.

If you book your drivers periodic CPC training through easyCPC.com, we will train you for parts 2 & 4 of the initial drivers CPC test free of charge.

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Driving in icy and snowy weather


Driving in icy and snowy weather

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is essential reading for everyone.

Rule 228

In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather. DO NOT drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey. Take an emergency kit of de-icer and ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots, first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel, together with a warm drink and emergency food in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down.

Rule 229

Before you set off

  • you MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows
  • you MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible
  • make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly
  • remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users
  • check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted.

Rule 230

When driving in icy or snowy weather

  • drive with care, even if the roads have been treated
  • keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads
  • take care when overtaking vehicles spreading salt or other de-icer, particularly if you are riding a motorcycle or cycle
  • watch out for snowploughs which may throw out snow on either side. Do not overtake them unless the lane you intend to use has been cleared
  • be prepared for the road conditions to change over relatively short distances
  • listen to travel bulletins and take note of variable message signs that may provide information about weather, road and traffic conditions ahead.

Rule 231

Drive extremely carefully when the roads are icy. Avoid sudden actions as these could cause loss of control. You should

  • drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate and brake very gently
  • drive particularly slowly on bends where loss of control is more likely. Brake progressively on the straight before you reach a bend. Having slowed down, steer smoothly round the bend, avoiding sudden actions
  • check your grip on the road surface when there is snow or ice by choosing a safe place to brake gently. If the steering feels unresponsive this may indicate ice and your vehicle losing its grip on the road. When travelling on ice, tyres make virtually no noise

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Friday, 15 November 2013

HGV and PSV Industry News: Transport Manager Acquired Rights, Driver CPC exemptions, OCRS

Transport Manager Acquired Rights – Deadline to apply is 20 November 2013

Transport Managers who hold a Grandfather Rights – or GFR – certificate have until 20 November 2013 to apply for their new Acquired Rights certificate. Transport Managers who have passed a Certificate of Professional Competence – CPC - exam do not need to apply for Acquired Rights.

Clarification of Driver CPC exemptions take effect

Regulations came into effect Wednesday 13 November which clarify the exemptions from the requirement to hold Driver CPC for those who occasionally drive lorries, buses or coaches as part of their work but never carry passengers or goods for hire or reward.

These exemptions apply to around 76,000 people - mainly mechanics, valets and fitters. The driving they do is exempt from Driver CPC as long as all of the following apply:

• no goods or passengers are being carried
• the vehicle isn't being used for hire or reward
• driving lorries or buses isn't the driver's main job
• the vehicle is being used within a 50 kilometre radius of the driver's base.

There's also an exemption for drivers of vehicles driving to or from a pre-arranged appointment at a VOSA test centre or Authorised Testing Facility (ATF).

With these regulations now in force VOSA will not pursue or issue fines or penalties to these drivers for Driver CPC infringements.

Do you know your OCRS?

VOSA uses the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) system to help us work more efficiently and effectively. We gather information from the vehicles we test and at roadside encounters to rate an operator's risk of working outside the rules.

Operators can access their score online. The information you can get about your OCRS will help you to see where you can make improvements to your score and reduce your risk of getting stopped at the roadside.

Signing up to access your risk score and manage your commercial vehicle compliance is easy.

As well as accessing your risk score, you can also:
monitor the annual test pass rates of your vehicles identify causes of vehicle test failuressee information on roadside encounters, for example when one of your vehicles is stopped by a VOSA enforcement officer.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The Official Highway Code: motorcyclists and cyclists


The Official Highway Code: motorcyclists and cyclists 

Motorcyclists and cyclists 

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is essential reading for everyone. 

Rule 211

It is often difficult to see motorcyclists and cyclists, especially when they are coming up from behind, coming out of junctions, at roundabouts, overtaking you or filtering through traffic.

Always look out for them before you emerge from a junction; they could be approaching faster than you think. When turning right across a line of slow-moving or stationary traffic, look out for cyclists or motorcyclists on the inside of the traffic you are crossing.

Be especially careful when turning, and when changing direction or lane. Be sure to check mirrors and blind spots carefully.

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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Making Operator Data/OCRS Public


Making your data public

Last time we surveyed operators, we asked if providing performance information for operators and vehicles might support better compliance across the industry. Over 80% of you agreed that making this information publicly available could encourage greater levels of compliance.

We have put together a short survey that you can use to feed back your views on the data you would find useful. You can also take this opportunity to raise any questions or concerns. It's very simple and will only take a few minutes to fill out. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey – your responses will help us with our future plans.

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

VOSA launches van best practice guide

VOSA launches van best practice guide
The new van guide provides much needed advice and principles to help raise maintenance standards for the light goods vehicles (LGV) sector.

A guide for light goods vehicle (LGV) operators about running a compliant van fleet.

Your van: best practice guide PDF, 1.24MB, 12 pages

If you use assistive technology and need a version of this document in a more accessible format please email webmaster@vosa.gov.uk quoting your address, telephone number along with the title of the publication ("Your van: best practice guide").

This guide provides best practice advice for LGV operators helping them run roadworthy and cost-effective van operations.

Uncertainty surrounding the legal requirements involved in operating van andLGV fleets has led to a rise in non-compliance and VOSA advises all operators to adopt the simple advice offered by the guide.

Related document

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

VOSA and DSA to merge


VOSA and DSA to merge

Today, Roads Safety Minister Stephen Hammond announced that the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Driving Standards Agency (DSA), are to merge into a single agency which will bring together their testing and standards services.

Alastair Peoples, VOSA Chief Executive, will become Chief Executive for the two agencies and will oversee their strategic operations towards a full merger over the next year 

Rosemary Thew, DSA Chief Executive, has also announced that she will be stepping down and leaving the Civil Service on 30 June 2013. 

Commenting on the announcement, Alastair Peoples said: 
“I welcome the opportunity of working with both agencies to bring together the vital road safety services we provide. 
The aim of combining the two agencies is to remove duplication of functions, improve efficiency and give our customers a simpler framework of agencies in which to work with. I will now begin the process of working with staff and stakeholders to develop proposals to combine the work of VOSAand DSA. 
We will continue to provide a quality service and the same level of professionalism while taking forward this work”. 

No impact on our services

The changes won’t impact on:
  • the services you use that are provided by VOSA and DSA, eg vehicle tests 
  • progress of other ongoing reform programmes 

Better and more convenient services

The reforms are an outcome of the recent motoring services strategy consultation
They’re designed to offer motorists and businesses better and more convenient services, while making sure that road safety and first class customer service remain a top priority.

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Monday, 10 June 2013

Fees will rise for graduated fixed penalties


Fees will rise for graduated fixed penalties

Department for Transport have recently announced that fixed penalty levels are expected to increase from July 2013. The changes are being introduced following an extensive public consultation which took place in 2012 with the road safety groups and Police forces.

As well as affecting most motoring fixed penalties offences, graduated fixed penalties and financial deposits will also increase due to the changes. This will mainly affect commercial goods and passenger carrying vehicles, and includes offences like drivers’ hours and overloading.

The changes are as follows;

  • £30 non-endorsable fine will rise to £50 
  • A £60 endorsable and non-endorsable fine will rise to £100 
  • A £120 endorsable and non-endorsable fine will rise to £200 
  • A £200 endorsable and non-endorsable fine will rise to £300 

It is also being proposed that the new legislation will increase the maximum amount of deposit requirement that can be taken at the roadside (Applies to non-UK vehicles). Penalty points will not change.

Most penalty levels have not changed since 2000 and these changes are intended to ensure that penalties reflect the seriousness of the offence and are consistent with the penalty levels in other areas of offending.

For more information about current fixed penalty levels please see VOSA’s Guide to Graduated Fixed Penalties and Financial Deposits

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