New proposals will make example of HGV drivers using mobile phones

On 21 December 2015, the Department for Transport (“DfT”) made a new road safety statement which set out the government’s vision, values and priorities for improving the safety of Britain’s roads. At the top of the list were proposals for harsher penalties for dangerous in-car mobile phone use, which had been identified by the RAC as one of their greatest concerns.

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Dealing with those who phone and drive…Automatic Referral to the Traffic Commissioner

It is common knowledge that using a mobile phone or other hand-held devices whilst driving is a criminal offence. It is proven that using a using a device whilst driving is a safety risk to other road users. This risk is magnified when driving a larger vehicle, such as a lorry.

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A guide to workplace transport safety

According to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) statistics, every year there are over 5000 accidents involving workplace transport. In September 2014, the HSE released revised guidance: “a guide to workplace transport safety” to provide advice for employers on what they need to do to comply with the law.

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Our Thoughts on Boris Johnson’s Latest Cycle Safety Plans

The recent  comments of Boris Johnson and Stephen Hammond relating to the creation of a Safer Lorry Charge zone and the possible removal of exemptions (under Construction & Use legislation)  which currently mean that safety equipment does not need to be fitted on a number of HGVs including construction vehicles has promoted debate amongst the industry with people taking different views.

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Victims of crime (including injured parties in RTCs) given the right to review charging decisions

It has been announced that with immediate effect victims of crime will have the right to a review (VRR) of any decision not to prosecute the accused.

If the Crown Prosecution Service makes the decision not to bring a prosecution, or decides to terminate criminal proceedings after a charge has initially been brought, the victims, which includes bereaved families and the parents of a juvenile, can request a review of the decision. The right does not however extend to those cases not pursued by the Police or dealt with by way of an out-of-court process, such as a remedial course.

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