Hello there, I’m Zoe Murray-Ross - the new Head of Enforcement for DVSA. I thought I’d introduce myself, to let you know a little bit about me and my background, and to set out what I’ll be doing at DVSA.
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.
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.
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).
Most operators are well aware of who the traffic commissioners are. But what happens when professional drivers get it wrong?