December 2016 Transport Compliance News in Brief

DVSA update their online O Licence service

You can now use the new online services to apply for and manage vehicle operator licences. The services have been launched in ‘beta’. This means they’re being continually tested and improved. You should find the redesigned services much easier to use than the old self-service system they replace.

All these services work with modern browsers, and have been designed to work on desktop computers, mobile phones and tablets.

Change to issue of DQC cards

The European Commission has recently confirmed that member states should not issue Driver Qualification Cards (DQCs) with a validity period greater than five-years. Therefore, DVSA have amended the Driver CPC Recording and Evidencing system to issue drivers with one DQC valid for up to a five-year period and then issue a subsequent DQC, near to the expiry date of the driver’s existing DQC, to cover any remaining Driver CPC entitlement acquired via periodic training.

In order to reduce potential delays or disruption for drivers/operators DVSA have improved the online driver enquiry service so drivers can see when previous cards expire and when the subsequent DQCs will be issued.

It is important that drivers ensure their address details are up-to-date with DVLA; they ask that periodic trainers emphasise this to drivers when possible. DVSA believe this will make monitoring the validity, expiration periods and subsequent issue dates of replacement DQCs easier. We do not envisage that drivers will risk being without a valid DQC as a result of this change.

More information can be found here

Government confirms fine for using a mobile phone behind the wheel will double; tougher sanctions may follow

The government has confirmed plans to double fines and penalty points for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving, and warned it may introduce even tougher penalties if the problem persists.

In a document released recently the DfT said it intends to lay legislation before parliament as soon as possible to increase the fine from £100 to £200, raise penalty points from three to six for all drivers, and remove the option to take a remedial course rather than incur points.

The DfT also revealed plans to monitor driver behaviour once the tougher penalties are introduced to see whether harsher measures are needed, such as giving magistrates the power “to issue penalty points within a wider range of points if a case is referred to court”.

Earned Recognition decision expected shortly, more information to follow in the next 2 weeks

The DVSA is due to make its final decision on whether to proceed with Earned Recognition (ER) in the next two weeks. Labyrinth has been preparing for this project for several months and, assuming it goes ahead, we will be making an announcement on the future plans for SilkThread® to work seamlessly within the ER regime shortly. More information on the ER project can be found here

Traffic Commissioners Annual Report published

The latest Annual Report can be found here