Safer Lorry Scheme comes into force today

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This new scheme uses a combination of powers held by these bodies to deliver a simple, quick and complete solution across all roads in London.

The scheme ensures that only lorries with basic safety equipment fitted will be allowed on London's roads. Under London's scheme, most vehicles that are currently exempt from national legislation for basic safety equipment will have to be retrofitted. This includes construction vehicles, which are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal collisions involving cyclists and more

Smoking in vehicles

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From 1 October 2015, it will be illegal to smoke in a vehicle with anyone under the age of 18 present. If a driver or another passenger is caught smoking alongside an under-18-year-old, both the driver and the smoker are liable for a £50 fine.
The law applies to drivers in both England and Wales, including those aged 17 and for those with a provisional driving licence. The law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and is on their own in the vehicle

DVLA health check system - flawed??

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Fitness-to-drive rules have been described as “open to abuse” and “not fit for purpose” after it emerged that no one has been prosecuted for giving a false declaration.
The fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the Glasgow bin lorry crash has heard claims that the driver, Harry Clarke, lied to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) about his health.
In February, prosecutors in Scotland ruled out any criminal charges against the driver, or his employer, Glasgow City Council, after deciding there was no evidence that either was to blame for the crash.
Now, the DVLA has also announced Clarke will not face any legal action after it was alleged he hadn’t disclosed health issues relating to his large goods vehicle (LGV) licence.  Read more...
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