Much of James Backhouse’s piece appears to conflate DVSA and the Traffic Commissioners (TCs) together and confuses the role of the regulators (TCs) with that of the enforcement agency (DVSA). Nonetheless, there are some points that we would like to address. Firstly, Mr Backhouse’s comments about the level of Office of the Traffic Commissioner (OTC) communications with the industry. He claims that many changes of policy adopted by DVSA and the TCs are introduced with little industry awareness. We obviously cannot […]
The widow of a man killed on the M1 when he was struck by an HGV travelling at 56mph said it wouldn’t have happened if Smart motorways hadn’t been introduced.
The chief executive of the DVSA has told an influential group of MPs that traffic commissioners should be “abolished” and operator cases pursued through the courts instead. Giving evidence to the transport select committee, which is currently investigating the work of the enforcement agency, outgoing chief Gareth Llewellyn described the TCs as “anachronistic” and said a significant amount of money could be saved by doing away with them. He said: “In the operator world there’s a group called the traffic […]
Driver who caused triple-fatal crash while trawling dating sites to have ‘lenient’ sentence reviewed
An HGV driver who killed three people when he ploughed into their vehicles on the A1 while looking at dating sites on his mobile phone is to have his sentence reviewed to determine if it was too lenient.