UPDATED VEHICLE DEFECT GUIDE

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When an approved constable or Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiner finds a defect that affects roadworthiness whether during an MOT test or when they stop a vehicle at the roadside there are various actions that they can take including issuing immediate and delayed prohibition notices. What action is taken will depend on the severity of the defect, official … Read More

DISTRACTIONS ON THE ROAD: CHANGES TO MOBILE PHONE RULES

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Driving a vehicle is a hazardous task exposing the driver, any passengers, pedestrians and others in the vicinity to a number of risks as such it is important that drivers are able to concentrate on the task in hand. In a modern vehicle there are often a number of devices that could cause a distraction if not used sensibly. While … Read More

CARRYING OUT A VEHICLE WALK ROUND SAFETY CHECK

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Carrying out simple checks before a vehicle is used can be an effective way of spotting potentially dangerous issues or defects before vehicles are used and ensuring that vehicles are in good working condition. For operators of commercial vehicles making sure that drivers carry out and record daily walk round checks of their vehicles can be a requirement of the … Read More

DON’T LET YOUR VEHICLE BE USED AS A WEAPON

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In recent years there have been a number of cases around the world where commercial vehicles have been used as a weapon to injure and kill people. The Department for Transport has now published guidance for drivers and vehicle operators to protect against this threat. The guidance is broken down into three key areas: security culture, measures such as pre-employment … Read More

Highway Code updated – mind that red X

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have updated rule 258 of the Highway code to reflect recent changes in legislation affecting lane closures on SMART motorways. A signal showing a red “X” and flashing red lights indicates that a lane is closed, for example because a vehicle has broken down in that lane and has not been able to reach … Read More

MOT reminder service extended to lorries and busses

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have announced that their MOT reminder service for cars and bikes has now been extended to include lorries, buses and lorry trailers. To sign up for the service you will need the vehicle’s registration number and a mobile phone number of email address. For cars and bikes you will get a reminder one … Read More

Maintaining buses, coaches and lorries

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have recently published and updated their Guide to maintaining roadworthiness Commercial goods and passenger carrying vehicles. The guide gives advice on It includes guidance on daily checks and inspections, inspection and repair facilities, regular safety inspections, responsibilities for roadworthiness and monitoring. The latest edition has been updated to include a refreshed design, further … Read More

Designing Safe Buildings

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RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) has announced that over the next twelve months they will be developing a new mandatory test for all UK Chartered Members on health and safety and building users life safety. This is, in part, inspired by the Hackitt Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety earlier this year following the Grenfell Tower fire … Read More

Updating Road Safety Laws for Cyclists

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Between 2011 and 2016 there were 2,491 recorded collisions between cyclists and pedestrians that resulted in a pedestrian casualty, of which 20 were fatal and 546 resulted in serious injury. The Government recently announced a consultation on plans to introduce new offences of causing death or serious injury while cycling. The aim of the proposals is to achieve consistency between … Read More

Avoiding Falls From Height

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The consequences of a fall from height can be severe. Figures recently released by the HSE show that while falls from height were the most common type of fatal accident at work typically accounting for around 28% of accidental deaths, they only tend to represent around 7% of non-fatal injuries (see http://www.sigersonassociates.co.uk/news/deaths-in-the-workplace-rise). What can go wrong? Looking at some recent … Read More