New UK laws
Drug driving – know the facts
On 2 March 2015, the drug driving law changed to make it easier for the police to catch and convict drug drivers. It is now an offence to drive with certain drugs above a specified level in your blood – just as it is with drink driving.
8 Illegal drugs and 8 prescription drugs including temazepam, diazepam and lorazepam are covered by the law. Visit the GOV.UK news story for further information on which prescription drugs are included.
If you’re taking medicines as directed and your driving is not impaired, then you’re not breaking the law. If you’re concerned about how your prescription drugs might affect your ability to drive, ask your doctor or a member of the pharmacy team
Driving Licence changes
From 8th June 2015, DVLA will stop issuing the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.
If as a business or organisation you need to check someone’s driving record you can do so using Share Driving Licence.
There are 2 steps to this new service.
Step 1. The driver licence holder will need to log on to our View Driving Licence service and click on Share Driving Licence. This will generate a unique one-time use access code that the driver will need to share with you, along with the last 8 digits of their driving licence number.
Here the driving licence holder will also have the option to download a summary of their driving licence information and access code.
Step 2. Once in receipt of the access code you may use this in conjunction with the last 8 digits of the driving licence number to view the latest driving licence information from the DVLA. This free, 24/7 service will be available at www.gov.uk.
Drivers with old style paper driving licences issued before 1998 can also use the Share Driving Licence service.
For more information on these changes and the abolition of the counterpart visit www.gov.uk/dvla/nomorecounterpart.
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UK Driving Laws and Corporate Manslaughter
Corporate manslaughter is a crime that is committed by a company in relation to a work-related death. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act was implemented on April 6, 2008 and will affect all companies regardless of size. The new law will mean that, organisations can be prosecuted where a safety failure is the cause of work-related deaths. (Under the new act it no longer needs to be the sole cause of death) Such cases will not be limited to fatal accidents in fixed workplaces, but will include cases of death on the road.
Driving as part of the job is the most dangerous work-related activity performed by most employees. In the UK 95% of all road accidents are caused by human error and it is estimated that a third of accidents in the UK involve someone driving for work. If found guilty an organisation could be ordered to:
- Pay an unlimited fine (In some cases where the offence is so serious an order may be made to close it down)
- Take remedial action within a specified period
- Publicise nationally full details of their conviction (at the organisation’s cost) including size of fine and remedial action
Employers can no longer pass all responsibility and blame for a fatal crash on to the driver.
- Driving - What must UK businesses do to protect themselves?
- Driver risk assessment
- Driving assessment
Research has found that the accident liability of fleet trained drivers reduces considerably compared to drivers who have not received any driver training. Additional benefits include reduced fuel consumption, and vehicle wear and tear.
Time to act now
Driving at work is a high risk activity. When things go wrong the costs can be substantial in both time and money. Ignoring Occupational Road Risk (ORR) is not a sound business decision.
We can help your company select and tailor an Occupational Road Risk programme which suits your company’s needs. Drive Plus can provide tailored Driver Assessments, Training, Occupational Road Risk Management and Consultancy services anywhere in the UK.
New road tax
From 1st April 2017
The current C02 based VED system is set to be overhauled.
The current system sees car tax increasing. The more C02 their car emits the more they will have to pay.
C02 emissions First year Standard rate
0. £0. £0
1-50. £10. £140
51-75. £25. £140
76-90. £100. £140
91-100. £120. £140
101-110. £140. £140
110-130. £160. £140
Under the new regime, only pure-electric vehicles with tailpipe C02 emissions of 0g/km will be exempt; all other vehicles will pay a flat fee of £140. For vehicles costing over £40k there is also an extra annual charge of £310, though only for the first five years.
Cars first registered before 1 April 2017 will continue to pay car tax under the old system.