TOUGHER SENTENCES FOR DRIVING OFFENCES

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The Highway Code has recently been updated to reflect increases in the maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving from 14 years to life. Similarly, the maximum sentence for causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs has increased from 14 years to life. The minimum disqualification period for both offences has increased from a … Read More

ADVANCEMENTS IN DETECTING TACHOGRAPH OFFENCES

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Recently the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that they have begun trialling a new form of remote tachograph sensing equipment across Britain. This will make it easier for DVSA to find out which drivers are breaking the drivers’ hours rules. Broadly drivers’ hours rules place a limit of 9 hours daily for driving, with the exception that … Read More

HIGHWAY CODE UPDATED FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES

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While there are currently no self-driving vehicles listed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for use in the UK, vehicle technology is steadily advancing and it is anticipated that these could be on UK roads in the medium term. A number of vehicles do exist that include some driver assistance technology such as cruise control and lane assistance … Read More

Claims inflation and mitigating costs to your business

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The rising cost of claims is due to a number of factors. These include Brexit, fuel shortages, the increased cost of energy, the continued impact of workforce absences due to COVID-19, vehicle technology and environmental and legislative issues. More recently, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is impacting the global financial market. Specifically, claims within the automotive sector are being affected by delays … Read More

Driving Mobile Phone Regulations

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The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022 Came into force 25th March 2022 further tightening restrictions on mobile phone use at the wheel Since 2003, it has been an offence for drivers to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. Offenders can face a fixed penalty notice of £200 or a fine of up to £2,500 … Read More

Unaccompanied test drive theft on the rise

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With unaccompanied test drive theft on the rise, PIB’s Motor Trade Practice Group looks at how to mitigate risk whilst keeping customer satisfaction at the forefront. The pandemic and regulations around social distancing meant that the number of accompanied test drives decreased dramatically, whilst unaccompanied test drives increased. Even before lockdowns came into place, the trend showed that customers found … Read More

LEARNING ON THE MOTORWAY

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From June 2018 a change in the law allowed learner car drivers in England, Scotland and Wales to take driving lessons on motorways. Previously learners were only able to have motorway lessons after passing their driving test. Motorway lessons are voluntary and the learner driver needs to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor driving a car fitted with dual … Read More

TYRE BAN TEST CLARIFICATION

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New regulations came into place on 1st February 2021 which make it illegal to fit tyres aged 10 years or older to: The front axle of a goods vehicle with a maximum gross weight exceeding 3,500 kg The front axle of a bus or coach – including minibuses The rear axle of a minibus with single rear wheels fitted Following … Read More

MAKING SMART MOTORWAYS SAFER – WHAT PROGRESS?

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In March 2020 the Government published the findings of a review of safety on SMART motorways and an action plan to improve safety. Plans included: Abolishing the Dynamic Hard Shoulder type of motorway and replacing them with All Lane Running motorways by the end of March 2025, in order to reduce driver confusion. Speeding up the roll-out of ‘stopped vehicle … Read More

FEBRUARY DEADLINE ANNOUNCED FOR OLD TYRES

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We have previously reported on Government plans to improve road safety by making it illegal to fit tyres aged 10 years or older to the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches and to any wheels of minibuses. The Government recently announced that these measures will come into force from February 2021. From that date, it will become illegal to … Read More