In late 2016, DVSA wrote to a serially non-compliant Portuguese operator, and invited them to a meeting with our enforcement staff. As a result of working with us and listening to our advice, the operator was able to avoid serious disruption to their business and continual enforcement stops.
The new vehicle operator licensing digital services let you apply for vehicle operator licences online, and manage your existing licences - find out how the services are performing, and what improvements are planned.
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.