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

Tag Archives: tachograph

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 | Also tagged , , Comments Off on Unlimited Fines Mean Unlimited Fines!

5 Entirely Avoidable Mistakes Made by Too Many HGV Operators

  We take a quick look at 5 of the most common, but entirely avoidable, mistakes made by far too many HGV operators. This list has been compiled by the transport lawyers at specialist road transport law firm Smith Bowyer Clarke:   1. Trusting Your Drivers Too Much In a […]

Posted in How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner | Also tagged , , , Comments Off on 5 Entirely Avoidable Mistakes Made by Too Many HGV Operators

Tachograph Offences, Drivers’ Hours and Card-Pulling: An Essential Guide for HGV and PSV Drivers

  For many years the tachograph system has been central to the European haulage industry. Without it, the enforcement agencies (DVSA / police / Office of the Traffic Commissioner) would have no reliable or practical way of policing the rules on working time and drivers’ hours.   But what happens […]

Posted in Tachograph Offences | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Tachograph Offences, Drivers’ Hours and Card-Pulling: An Essential Guide for HGV and PSV Drivers

HELP! – The DVSA are coming to visit

  There are some things that happen, even to the best run businesses, which are less than welcome. High  up on that list must be the DVSA (formerly VOSA) announcing that they  intend  to visit your operating centre. However well-meaning, it is always a trial  when your systems are put […]

Posted in DVSA Interviews & Inspections | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on HELP! – The DVSA are coming to visit

Tachograph Offences – An all too Common Nightmare Scenario

  Consider the following scenario:   You are the operator of a small general haulage business running 6 trucks. So far business has been good to you. You employ 10 drivers and hope to increase to 8 trucks within a year or so. You are your own Transport Manager, but […]

Posted in Criminal Defence, How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner, Tachograph Offences | Also tagged , , , , , , , Comments Off on Tachograph Offences – An all too Common Nightmare Scenario

10 Clear Warning Signs That You Are Not Compliant!

  Most Operators who fall down on compliance are far too busy trying to run their business to concentrate on what allows them to have that business in the first place – their Operators’ Licence. In hindsight, the warning signs are often obvious.  The important thing is to notice them […]

Posted in How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

5 MORE Quick and Easy Ways to Lose Your Operators’ Licence

  Last month’s article “5 Quick and East Ways to Lose Your Operators’ Licence” generated a lot of positive feedback. So much so, that I’ve been asked to provide an update. With that in mind, here are: 5 MORE Quick and Easy Ways to Lose Your Operators’ Licence. This time, the […]

Posted in How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

Lives and Loads Put at Risk by a Simple Lack of Lorry Parking

  A severe shortage of lorry parking in the UK is placing the lives of lorry drivers and the public at risk, and making it easier than ever for thefts from lorries to occur.   Consider the position of a long-distance lorry driver: after driving your load for hours you […]

Posted in Other Transport Matters | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

The Traffic Commissioner’s “Seven Deadly Sins” – Have you committed any of them?

    Starting off in the haulage and road transport industry for the first time can be a daunting experience. From day one an operator is expected to be 100% compliant with the many hundreds of rules, regulations, and directions governing the operation of their vehicles. These cover everything from […]

Posted in How to Stay Compliant with the Traffic Commissioner | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

Summoned to Court for a Road Transport Offence? 5 Frequently Asked Questions

For most drivers and operators, receiving a letter summoning them to court is a frightening experience, particularly if they have never been in trouble before. The most important thing however is to remain calm and not to bury your head in the sand. Having represented clients before the criminal courts […]

Posted in Criminal Defence | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

Ask a Question

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







Free Consultation Motoring Law