The Law on using Mobile Phones

6 January 2020

Vikki Woodfine, Partner at DWF Law LLP, examines the use of mobile phones while driving a coach, minibus or HGV, and looks at the double punishment imposed on professional drivers.

Driver conduct

16 July 2019

For goods and public service vehicle drivers, there can surely be no more valuable qualification than the vocational driving entitlements which enable them to drive the classes of vehicle for which they are employed. It is obvious why a lorry driver — who does not hold a licence to drive a lorry — is not an awful lot of use to an employer. The protection of that entitlement is vital to any driver — it is no exaggeration to say that their livelihood depends on it.

Low emission vehicles and environmental restrictions

28 June 2019

On 8 April 2019, the London Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) came into effect covering the same area as the Congestion Charge and with stricter emissions standards for heavy vehicles than the existing Low Emission Zone (LEZ).

The changing face of enforcement in 2019

28 May 2019

In recent years the enforcement landscape — whether we are talking in terms of prosecutions through the criminal court system or regulatory action by the Traffic Commissioners — has seen regular change and it now appears set for further revision as digitisation and new technologies take hold. Andrew Woolfall of Backhouse Jones solicitors looks proposed changes to the enforcement strategy across the commercial transport industry.