Saturday, 31 October 2015

Highway Code: Slow-moving traffic . . .

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Slow-moving traffic 

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

Rule 151

In slow-moving traffic. You should 
  • reduce the distance between you and the vehicle ahead to maintain traffic flow 
  • never get so close to the vehicle in front that you cannot stop safely 
  • leave enough space to be able to manoeuvre if the vehicle in front breaks down or an emergency vehicle needs to get past 
  • not change lanes to the left to overtake 
  • allow access into and from side roads, as blocking these will add to congestion 
  • be aware of cyclists and motorcyclists who may be passing on either side. 








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Friday, 30 October 2015

Highway Code: Dual carriageways: lane discipline . . .

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Dual carriageways: lane discipline 

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

A dual carriageway is a road which has a central reservation to separate the carriageways. 

Rule 137

On a two-lane dual carriageway you should stay in the left-hand lane. Use the right-hand lane for overtaking or turning right. After overtaking, move back to the left-hand lane when it is safe to do so. 

Rule 138

On a three-lane dual carriageway, you may use the middle lane or the right-hand lane to overtake but return to the middle and then the left-hand lane when it is safe. 















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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Highway Code: Country roads . . .

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Country roads

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

Rule 154

Take extra care on country roads and reduce your speed at approaches to bends, which can be sharper than they appear, and at junctions and turnings, which may be partially hidden.

Be prepared for pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists, slow-moving farm vehicles or mud on the road surface.

Make sure you can stop within the distance you can see to be clear.

You should also reduce your speed where country roads enter villages.
















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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Completing O licence applications . . .

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Completing O licence applications

Cited at:
https://movingon.blog.gov.uk/completing-o-licence-applications/


Did you know that nearly 90% of operator licence applications sent to the Central Licensing Office (CLO) in Leeds are incomplete?

A recent sample of 100 applications found the most common reasons were forms not being completed in full and financial standing not being met. These aren’t the only issues for applicants. Simple things like maintenance contracts not being submitted will also cause delays to your application.

The traffic commissioners and their staff have made improvements to application forms and provided clearer guidance to avoid incomplete applications.

We’re also working to introduce new online application services that will help to reduce the number of incomplete applications submitted digitally.

In the meantime, here are some tips for completing applications:

Finances

  • make sure financial evidence is in the name of the applicant or licence holder
  • provide original documents with your application
  • if you’ve only just opened your account, get an opening statement from the bank showing the required level of money for your licence
  • make sure you’ve got enough to support the number of vehicles you have applied for

Operating Centre and Maintenance

  • If you don’t own the site, get written permission from the person who does
  • make sure your advert is published in a newspaper that can be bought in the area where your operating centre is located
  • check the advert wording is correct before sending it off to the newspaper
  • make sure your advert is placed in the newspaper within the required timescale
  • if maintenance isn’t in house then send a formal contract signed by you and the contractor to Leeds - 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS9 6NF.

Transport Manager (standard licences)

  • make sure your transport manager’s original CPC is provided with your application
  • complete the TM1 form with your transport manager
  • if your transport manager will be specified on more than one licence, set out how they will meet all their responsibilities in a separate letter

Previous history

  • tell the Traffic Commissioner about any operator licences you’ve previously held or been involved in
  • make sure you disclose any adverse financial history of other businesses you’ve owned (not just transport)
  • tell the Traffic Commissioner about any convictions and penalties for you or the business

Finally, when you’ve completed your application form, take the time to read through it again and check that you’ve completed all relevant sections.

Further guidance

You can find further information on completing operator licence application forms here:









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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Highway Code is now easier to use online . . .

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The Highway Code is now easier to use online

Cited at: https://movingon.blog.gov.uk/the-highway-code-is-now-easier-to-use-online/


Although professional drivers realise the importance of keeping up to date with the rules of the road, getting the Highway Code from the page to the road can be a challenge.

Based on research undertaken with people who use The Highway Code, DVSA has made it easier to use and share from GOV.UK. This will improve people's knowledge and change their behaviour on the road for the better and, hopefully, for life.

What we found out

Our research found that, as a result of using the Highway Code:
  • over 80% improved their knowledge
  • over 60% have used the road differently
  • nearly all would recommend the service to family and friends
  • Making changes based on the results

Using the results of the survey, we made changes so that you can:
  • link directly to any rule or other part of the code you like
  • search the code specifically, and not just the web site
  • see what’s changed, and when, and subscribe to alerts about updates
  • follow the Highway Code on Twitter, Facebook or via email news and alerts with a click from the first page
  • link straight to the legislation behind the MUST/MUST NOT rules
  • print hard copies of sections for reference offline
These changes will not just help learners, but will also ensure existing drivers, operators, instructors and trainers can keep their knowledge up to date.

Our research also helped to define and develop a new 'manual' style for government web pages that helps you see the contents of longer documents and expand the bits you need, as you need them.

Improvements like these are beginning to make a difference. Just by using the services the way you want to, you're contributing to that.

For life, not just for learners

Keeping informed of updates is now almost effortless, so you can encourage your drivers, operators and colleagues to keep informed of any changes to the Highway Code. Some of the changes made in the past year include:


To stay up to date:





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Monday, 26 October 2015

Freight enforcement partnership helping to make London’s roads safer . . .

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Freight enforcement partnership helping to make London’s roads safer

Cited at:
https://movingon.blog.gov.uk/freight-enforcement-partnership-helping-to-make-londons-roads-safer/



DVSA has joined in a partnership with Transport for London, Metropolitan Police and City of London Police with the aim of reducing the number of unsafe lorry drivers and operators on London’s roads.

Officers from each organisation will carry out joint intelligence led operations, in the form of spot checks on commercial vehicles in London.

This partnership builds on the success of the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) industrial task force, which was set up in 2013 to reduce the number of cyclist fatalities caused by HGVs.

Since the taskforce started, more than 6,030 vehicles have been targeted and stopped for offences including:
  • driving without the correct licence
  • unsafe tyres
  • not accurately recording driver hours
Peter Hearn, Head of DVSA Testing and Enforcement Policy said: “Over the past 2 years, the HGV Industrial task force has proved that working together has significant benefits. The partnership will aim to set itself stretching targets and goals, as it continues to make London`s roads safe for all users.”









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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Highway Code: Waiting and parking . . .

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Waiting and parking 

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

Rule 238 


You MUST NOT wait or park on yellow lines during the times of operation shown on nearby time plates (or zone entry signs if in a Controlled Parking Zone) – see 'Traffic signs' and 'Road markings'. Double yellow lines indicate a prohibition of waiting at any time even if there are no upright signs. You MUST NOT wait or park, or stop to set down and pick up passengers, on school entrance markings (see 'Road markings') when upright signs indicate a prohibition of stopping.

Law RTRA sects 5 & 8 















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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Highway Code: Mirrors . . .

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Mirrors 

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

Rule 161

Mirrors. All mirrors should be used effectively throughout your journey. You should use your mirrors frequently so that you always know what is behind and to each side of you use them in good time before you signal or change direction or speed be aware that mirrors do not cover all areas and there will be blind spots. 

You will need to look round and check. 

Remember: Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre 















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Friday, 23 October 2015

Highway Code: Dogs . . .

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Dogs 

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

Rule 57 


When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars. 










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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Highway Code: Wet weather . . .

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Wet weather 

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

Rule 227


Wet weather. In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads (see 'Typical stopping distances')

This is because your tyres have less grip on the road. In wet weather you should keep well back from the vehicle in front. 

This will increase your ability to see and plan ahead if the steering becomes unresponsive, it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. 

Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually the rain and spray from vehicles may make it difficult to see and be seen be aware of the dangers of spilt diesel that will make the surface very slippery (see Annex 6: Vehicle maintenance, safety and security)
take extra care around pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. 





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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Clearer information for bus and lorry drivers

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Clearer information for bus and lorry drivers 



DVSA has published new, clearer guidance for bus and lorry drivers on GOV.UK

Guide for new drivers


DVSA has rewritten the 'become a lorry or bus driver' guide to make the information easier to find. The new guide also includes more information about the Driver CPC initial qualification tests.



Information about Driver CPC


Information about Driver CPC training for qualified drivers has now also been brought together into a new guide, covering topics such as: 
  • finding training courses 
  • getting your Driver CPC card 
  • what to do if you miss your training deadline 


You can also find the Driver CPC guide by going straight to www.gov.uk/drivercpc




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