Motorists who use phone apps to navigate the roads are warned of tough new penalties, including £200 fines A clampdown on motorists using phones to call and text that began in April also extends to using mobiles as satnavs. Though it is not illegal to run a navigation app while driving, motorists can face prosecution if they touch the device while at the wheel. Drivers who have held their licence for less than two years can be disqualified, while the maximum penalty has doubled to £200 and six points for more experienced road-users. A spokesman for the National Police Chiefs Council said: ‘If an officer determines that a driver using their satnav hindered their ability to control the car, the driver could face prosecution.’ These warnings expose inconsistencies between the more lenient penalties for using a traditional or built-in satnav and the harsher punishments involving mobile phone use. In April a report published by comparison website uSwitch found Britian had become a nation of ‘satnav junkies’, causing many motorists to drive dangerously. One in 20 drivers gets a speeding fine because of their ‘addiction’ to satnavs which show the wrong speed limit, according to the study. Motorists’ over-reliance on the devices led nearly one in five of drivers to drive ‘dangerously’. Drivers said ‘incorrect directions’ had caused them to make a U-turn or to drive the wrong way down a one way street. And around one in six of motorists say their satnav has given them the wrong speed limit while out on the road. Meanwhile a survey for Post Office Money in 2015 found 7million adults in Britain have never used a roadmap and 2.5million of these would not know how to use one. Cont…
Allowing learner drivers to have lessons on motorways will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely as far too many motorists do not. At the moment, you can only have driving lessons on motorways after you’ve passed your driving test pass plus or just lessons. The change will apply to England, Scotland and Wales. Learner drivers will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor and driving a car fitted with dual controls Any motorways lessons will be voluntary. It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson. Trainee driving instructors won’t be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway. Motorway driving will not be included in the driving test changes coming into force on 4 December 2017. The change will only apply to learner drivers of cars – learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed to have motorway lessons.
DVSA launches campaign to tackle unacceptable rise in assaults on staff
Too many DVSA employees are physically or verbally assaulted, so the agency is taking tough action against culprits.
Last year more than 300 driving examiners, vehicle testers and roadside enforcement staff suffered physical or verbal abuse while doing their jobs, an increase of more than 50% on the previous year (198).
DVSA’s 4,600 employees play a vital role in helping to keep Britain’s roads safe. They include people who test learners to make sure they can drive safely, staff who help keep vehicles safe through MOTs and annual tests and those who take unsafe drivers and vehicles off the roads.
DVSA is launching a campaign that aims to stop assaults by getting people to report them and showing what action DVSA will take. This includes:
• referring all threat, physical assault and ‘driving away’ incidents to the police
• making abusive learner drivers take their next test elsewhere
• trialling body-worn cameras for front line staff
• referring abuse from driving instructors to the Registrar; and
• including evidence of abuse from commercial drivers and operators as part of any investigation for Traffic Commissioners.
DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said: “I am immensely proud of my colleagues at DVSA, all of whom work incredibly hard to help you stay safe on Britain’s roads. We do not tolerate anyone abusing, threatening or assaulting them.
“Our message is clear – whatever has happened, don’t take it out on our staff. If you do, we’ll press for the strongest possible penalties.”
Attacks on staff range from screamed profanity and threats to kill, to damaging staff cars and offices and serious physical assaults.
Driving examiners remain the number one target sometimes suffering abuse, threats or attacks from people who fail the driving test. One learner, after committing a number of serious errors and being asked to bring the vehicle to a safe stop, resorted instead to swearing at the examiner and driving wildly across a dual carriageway. Luckily, the examiner was able to use dual controls to bring the car to a safe stop. The learner is now banned from that test centre and any future test will have to be taken under supervision.
Vehicle examiners and roadside enforcement staff are also bullied. That’s what happened recently, when a driver and operator from a Shropshire scaffolding firm made a false claim against a member of DVSA staff who had caught the firm committing tachograph offences.
The Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Nick Jones, rejected the firm’s accusation and concluded that the “appalling behaviour” of the driver had been condoned by his “irresponsible” employer and resulted in a “significantly disproportionate” complaint made against an experienced traffic examiner.
Mr Jones said: “My fellow traffic commissioners and I welcome the agency’s campaign to tackle the unacceptable abuse which staff may face whilst carrying out their professional duties
Digital driving license will appear on phone but plastc licenses stll available
The (DVSA) will test the system this September and roll it out in spring 2018 as the DVSA plans to modernise tests and to prepare for driverless cars. Searching under the dash to find your license will soon be a thing of the past. By next year motorists will be able to store digital licenses on their smartphones. The DVSA will trial the system this September and hopefully roll it out in spring 2018. CEO Mr Morley tweeted a photo of a prototype for a digital licence which showed an iPhone screen displaying the image of a licence in the Apple Pay app. Morley insists it will be ‘quick, easy and secure’ to prevent forgeries but plastic licenses will still be available. He wants the free digital service to allow people to share and validate information with ‘trusted’ third parties such as employers and insurers.
Learner drivers will be allowed on motorways from 2018
Learner drivers are going to be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor (ADI) in a car with dual controls from 2018 (date to be confirmed).
Any motorways lessons will be voluntary not mandatory And will be decided upon by the driving instructor as to when the learner driver is competent enough
Learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls from 2018.
Find out how the rules will work in the full announcement.
You can also read a blog post about how this will affect Pass Plus, what new drivers think, and what guidance will be
EXPOSED: DVLA car tax SCAM DO NOT OPEN this fraud email
DVLA has issued a warning about a car tax email scam which is circulating online
British motorists have been warned about scammers posing as the DVSA.
The email scam being sent to many UK drivers boasts that they have an unclaimed fee from an overpayment on the system. The email is also states that the refunds are time sensitive so people should ‘claim now.’
These scams mostly direct you to a page where you will be asked to provide bank details and license information. Any details could be used in fake documentation and They could use your card to purchase goods online from the information given from your driving licence.
This scam email uses DVLA logos.
A DVLA spokesperson has issued a statement to Asking the public to report phishing and not to reply or confirm their personal details or payment information. Anyone getting these should delete the message and don’t click the link.
After a series of weeks with website issues. The Dvsa web page is back up and running.
In balance to this argument, cyclists constantly run red lights. The very reason Boris Johnson’s almost identical bid failed. If cyclists obeys the Highway Code and motorised vehicle drivers have them the same respect as any other vehicle there wouldn’t be a problem.
Cyclists should be given full priority over drivers say MPs who could force motorists to give way before EVERY turn in a shake-up of road rules
A parliamentary report has suggested that cyclists should be given priority over drivers who could be forced to give way before every turn in a shake-up of road rules. Among 14 recommendations from the all-party parliamentary cycling group (APPCG), it was proposed that the Highway Code should be revised and that the driving test should be changed to help improve driver behaviour towards cyclists.
The report refers to the Turning the Corner campaign, led by British Cycling, which recommends a ‘universal’ duty to give way to cyclists and pedestrians when turning. A parliamentary report has suggested that cyclists should be given full priority over drivers who could be forced to give way before every turn in a shake-up of road rules
(Stock image) The committee, headed by MPs Ruth Cadbury and Alex Chalk, said: ‘The justice system is failing to protect cyclists, both by allowing dangerous and inconsiderate driving to go unchecked, and by letting down the victims of road crashes. ’Cyclists are too often the victims, but in a few cases they are also the perpetrators of road crime. ’Stronger legal grounding for a hierarchy of road users, in which children, pedestrians and people with disabilities take the highest priority, followed by cyclists, and finally drivers of vehicles, would help make the roads safer for everyone. In this report, the APPCG sets out fourteen recommendations for how the justice system can be improved. Among 14 recommendations from the all-party parliamentary cycling group (APPCG), it was also proposed that the Highway Code should be revised (Stock image) ’We believe that hundreds of thousands of crimes – committed by a small minority of road users – are going unrecorded by the police each year, resulting in a feeling of lawlessness and aggression that is deterring many people from cycling. ’Of our recommendations, one stands out as a priority: there has been a collapse in the number of drivers disqualified from driving. The licence to drive is a privilege, not a right.
People still think it’s ok to be under the influence as “its only weed”. Just no.
Driver sped down wrong side of the street
and crashed in front of police
A youngster who was three-times the cannabis-driving limit drove down the wrong side of the street past an off-duty traffic cop – before crashing his car in front of an off-duty PCSO coming the other way.
Swansea Magistrates Court heard the off-duty policeman – an advanced police driver of some 17-years standing – was stuck in traffic on the A4240 on the afternoon of March 15.
As he neared the Murco garage on the outskirts of the town he heard the sound of heavy revving from behind him.
A Ford Puma then passed the line of vehicles at speed, driving down the wrong side of the road towards on-coming traffic.
Sharon Anderson, prosecuting, said a PCSO was driving in the opposite direction at the time – heading for Morriston police station to start her shift – and saw the Puma driving directly towards her.
The court heard the driver of the Puma, Ashley Jordan Cann, then lost control of his car outside the Riverside pub, collided with two vehicles, and span 180 degrees in the carriageway to end up facing the way he had come.
Cann and a female passenger got out of the Puma and made-off on foot towards a nearby supermarket.
The court heard the off-duty traffic cop gave chase, and managed to catch the passenger. Cann was detained by another officer who arrived on the scene shortly afterwards. A subsequent test showed 20-year-old Cann had six micrograms of THC, the active compound in cannabis, per litre of blood – the legal limit being two micrograms. Cann, of Swansea, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving with a specified controlled drug above a specified limit, possessing cannabis, and to driving without a licence or insurance. District judge Neale Thomas, sitting at the Magistrates court, said that given the seriousness of the incident his powers of sentencing were insufficient to deal with the case, and he committed the matters to Swansea Crown Court.
Cann was given an interim driving ban until he is sentenced.
Source: Wales Online