Head of Vehicle Testing Policy, Gordon Thomson, explains what we've learned since the changes came in and looks to the future.
Most of the faults our staff find at the roadside could have been easily prevented if the driver had carried out their walkaround checks. Not only could it mean avoiding prohibitions and fines, it’ll make your job and Britain’s roads safer.
Brake performance testing should be a key part of your maintenance regime that needs to happen at every safety inspection. For most of you, this is standard practice and shows that you’re committed to running your fleet compliantly and protecting other road users.
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.
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.