Sills & Betteridge, an East Midlands based law firm, has launched a section of its website to help inform fleets of transport law.
The website section aims to collate and comment on the most recent reforms and legal news affecting transport and the workplace.
There have been a number of legal changes this year aimed at improving road safety including increasing penalty points for using a mobile phone and the recent announcement that drivers involved in fatal road traffic accidents will face possible life sentences.
Reforms introduced or announced this year include:
- Six penalty points for driving while using a mobile phone (this is on top of already higher fines for professional drivers caught using their phones).
- Possible life sentences in cases where a fatal RTC has occurred.
- Changes to enforcement around weekly rest periods.
- Increased powers to impose drivers hours offences committed over a 28 day period.
Andrew Kerrigan a business crime and regulatory solicitor at Sills & Betteridge, said: “Our focus on driving in a commercial context recognises that a multi disciplinary approach may be required to address regulatory, road traffic, employment law, personal injury and other areas.”