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All Aboard!, Issue #001 -- Reducing Road Risk: driving under influence of drugs and alcohol
August 08, 2012

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The latest on everything in the passenger transport industry: changes in legislation, tips for road safety, CPC training dates,...

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1. Reducing Road Risk: driving under the influence of drugs

The Government has announced plans to crack down on people driving under the influence of certain drugs. New legislation will classify drug driving as a new offence. This gives police the power to prosecute without having to demonstrate that driving was impaired by drugs, as is currently the case.

Under the proposed legislation it will automatically be an offence to drive a motor vehicle if you have certain controlled drugs in your body in excess of a specified limit.

Devices to screen for drugs in the body are expected to receive type approval from the Home Office by the end of the year.

Road safety minister Mike Penning: "Drug-drivers are a deadly menace - they must be stopped and that is exactly what I intend to do. The new offence sends out a clear message that if you drive while under the influence of drugs you will not get away with it."

The penalty for the new offence will be a maximum of 6 months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000, and an automatic driving ban of at least 12 months.

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2. DVLA warns about email scam

If you receive the following email that appears to be sent by the DVLA, don't respond to it. It's a SCAM!

From: DVLA Subject: Update Your License Details

We are currrently upgrading our database and all drivers are required to update and verify there driver's license details.To complete your license verification with us, you are required to fill out the form in the link below. {Fake link}

Drivers that refuses to upgrade his or her details within two weeks of receiving this verification email will lose his or her driver's License and will have to take a fresh driving test.

We sincerely apologise for any inconviniences this might have caused you.

Thank you for your co-operation.

(c) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Swansea SA6 7JL

If you receive this email, delete it immediately.

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1. Highway Code

The Olympics are well under way and so far, London roads seem to be coping with it all.

The DSA is currently running a campaign highlighting the Highway Code. Everyone is supposed to know the Code, but most drivers never look at it again once they have their licence.

The current Olympic lanes and signage are a good illustration of how the Highway Code changes over time.

From the Highway Code:

  • Art 97. Before setting off. You should ensure that you have planned your route and allowed sufficient time.
  • Art 109. Traffic light signals and traffic signs. You MUST obey all traffic light signals and traffic signs giving orders, including temporary signals and signs. Make sure you know, understand and act on all other traffic and information signs and road markings.

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2. Recording the daily walk-around checks

Get in the habit of entering your analog chart or digital card into the tachograph as soon as you arrive by your vehicle and setting the mode switch to Other Work.

Not only is it a legal requirement to register all your activities properly, it also supports your case along with your defect sheets, should anything be found during a road-side check.

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Driver CPC Courses

Our Driver CPC training courses are designed to suit the needs of your organisation. No "one-size-fits-all", but courses tailored specifically to the passenger transport industry.

We offer the following approved courses:

  • Driver's Hours & Tachograph Use (analog & digital): the rules on driving hours, Working Time Directive and the correct use of recording equipment.
    Wed 22/8/12 - Fri 28/9/12 - Thu 18/10/12
  • Drive Safe, Stay Legal: understanding your legal obligations, defect procedures, emergency procedures.
    Thu 23/8/12 - Wed 26/9/12 - Fri 19/10/12
  • Road Risk - Drug & Alcohol Awareness: safety issues on the road, effects of fatigue, drugs and alcohol use.
    Fri 24/8/12 - Thu 27/9/12 - Wed 17/10/12
  • Eco-Driving (on the road): driving techniques to encourage fuel-efficient driving (max. 2 drivers).
    Dates on request

Available from 1 November 2012:

  • Customer Service: communication and conflict management, working relationships and practical solutions to deal with customers.
  • Eco-Driving (classroom based): reduce fuel costs, maintenance costs and accident risk.

Bespoke training for company bookings.

We deliver training on-site or at a location of your choice.

Special rates available for group or multiple course bookings. Beat the rush and book now! The deadline is approaching fast.

For enquiries and bookings: or click here for an enquiry form.

That's it for this week!

Drive safely,

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