Expert team of Barristers and Solicitors with years of experience in providing advice and representation in Road Transport Law.

Author Archives: Harry Bowyer

Problems Ahead for Traction Only Operators.

In recent Public Inquiries it has become apparent that the Traffic Commissioners expect more from operators who are picking up third party trailer than a mere driver walk around check. The Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness at 3.3 details what must happen between traction services and third-party trailers. In particular, “Traction […]

Posted in How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner | Comments Off on Problems Ahead for Traction Only Operators.

Remote Public Inquiry Hailed as a Success!

Remote Public Inquiries are being used by Traffic Commissioners to try to plough through the backlog created by the Covid 19 pandemic. Not every case is suitable for such a hearing and Commissioners seem to be cherry picking those that are. The signs seem to be promising that they are […]

Posted in How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner, Other Transport Matters, Public Inquiries | Comments Off on Remote Public Inquiry Hailed as a Success!

Do I Need a Transport Manager?

Who needs a Transport Manager? A transport manager is necessary if you hold a Standard National or Standard International Operator’s Licence. This is because there is a requirement to show professional competence for both types of licence. This is the same for both goods vehicles and passenger carrying vehicles, regardless […]

Posted in How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Do I Need a Transport Manager?

Using a Mobile Phone at the Wheel – DPP v Ramsey Barretto Judgement

The Appellant in this case was caught using a mobile telephone to film an accident as he was driving past. The High Court held that for the purposes of a prosecution under Section 41D of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Regulation 110 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) […]

Posted in Criminal Defence, Driver Conduct Hearings, How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner | Comments Off on Using a Mobile Phone at the Wheel – DPP v Ramsey Barretto Judgement

Continuation Fees: A Stupid Way to Lose Your Operator’s Licence

Those of you who have glanced at their Operator’s Licence might have noticed that there is a review date five years after the grant of the Licence. In order to continue the licence after that date the Operator must pay a continuation fee for the licence to continue. The Office […]

Posted in How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner | Tagged , | Comments Off on Continuation Fees: A Stupid Way to Lose Your Operator’s Licence

How Do You Deal with Drivers’ Hours Infringements? – What are Your Obligations as a Transport Manager?

Even in the best run transport business there will inevitably be occasions when drivers cut corners, make mistakes or in some cases deliberately bend the rules. This article looks at the practical processes and procedures Transport Managers and operators should have in place to: Monitor driver compliance and identify drivers’ […]

Posted in How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner, Other Transport Matters | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on How Do You Deal with Drivers’ Hours Infringements? – What are Your Obligations as a Transport Manager?

What Does Offence Code SP30 Mean?

You receive a Single Justice Procedure Notice (SJPN) or Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and see code SP30. What does this mean? Is it for exceeding a statutory speed limit on a public road or for exceeding a 30 mph limit in particular? It is a common misconception that SP30 […]

Posted in Criminal Defence | Comments Off on What Does Offence Code SP30 Mean?

Unlimited Fines Mean Unlimited Fines!

Some people may have been surprised by the £86,000 fine that Ant McPartlin received for drink driving. Level 5 fines are now unlimited for cases committed after the 13th March 2015. Defendants are sentenced according to their means which must be declared to the Magistrates on a form or, in […]

Posted in Criminal Defence | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Unlimited Fines Mean Unlimited Fines!

An Unforeseen Consequence of Being Your Own Transport Manager

If you hold an operator’s licence, there can be a number of advantages to being your own Transport Manager: You save a wage that you would otherwise have to pay. You can keep a proper overview of your drivers and their adherence to their drivers’ hours, working time and continuing […]

Posted in How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner, Public Inquiries | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on An Unforeseen Consequence of Being Your Own Transport Manager

AdBlue Cheats Face Loss of Operator’s Licence

What is Adblue? You may well have seen containers of Adblue at service stations and wondered what they were for. When a diesel engine burns diesel, a number of polluting compounds and chemicals are emitted out of the exhaust pipe and into the atmosphere. Nitrogen Oxide and Nitrogen Dioxide are […]

Posted in How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on AdBlue Cheats Face Loss of Operator’s Licence

Ask a Question

Let us know how we can help. Just provide a brief outline of your query.







Free Consultation Motoring Law