Back in March, we told you about a THINK! campaign highlighting new penalties for drivers caught using a handheld mobile phone while driving. Ultimately, you can’t concentrate on the road and use your mobile phone at the same time. So, please THINK! and put your phone away while driving.
We’re piloting the Earned Recognition concept from start to finish so that we can make sure it works before launching the full programme.
From 1 March 2017, the penalties for drivers caught using a hand-held mobile phone while driving doubled – to 6 points and a £200 fine.
It’s been a while since we last spoke about earned recognition on the blog. So I thought it would be useful to let you know what’s been happening and what we’ve got planned over the next few months.
Our stopping officers are authorised to identify and direct vehicles to check sites for further investigation. In most cases, drivers follow the instructions given by DVSA stopping vehicles. However, some choose to ignore them.
Our enforcement teams at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recently supported a major operation to target foreign criminals using the roads.
We’ve reviewed the OCRS system through our complaints and enquiries service, and from feedback from traffic and vehicle examiners. As a result, we’ve introduced some changes and operators can request a report from today (Tuesday 6 December 2016).
From today (14 November 2016), you can use the new online services to apply for and manage vehicle operator licences. You should find the redesigned services much easier to use than the old self-service system they replace.
From Wednesday 1 February 2017, we won’t be accepting any technical applications for the HGV, PSV, Trailer, Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and approval schemes by email.
Instead, you’ll need to apply online through GOV.UK.
It’s been a while since our last update on Vehicle Operator Licensing the new online system that’s replacing operator licensing self service.
In this blog we look at how we've tested the new service and what you need to do to get ready for it.
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