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© Les Kelly 2013 Traffic and Transport Laws of the United Kingdom
© Les Kelly 2013 Subjects Covered Road Traffic Enforcement Organisations The Highway Code Driving Licences Penalties & Endorsements Operator Licences Operator Compliance Risk Score (O.C.R.S) Vehicle Safety Legal Responsibilities Construction & Use Regulations © Les Kelly 2013
United Kingdom Battenberg Colour Recognition Police Coastguard Highways Agency VOSA Fire Ambulance Blood Rail Mountain Rescue Light Blue Dark Blue Black
© Les Kelly 2013 They have the power to stop all vehicles on the road (not just LGV or PCV) They can issue Graduated Fixed Penalty Notices (on the spot fines) of up to £200 If you think of the Traffic Commissioner as a judge, then VOSA are the equivalent of the Police There are two types of VOSA officer you may encounter on the road Traffic Officers, who are primarily concerned with O Licensing, Drivers Hours, Tachographs and Working Time compliance Vehicle Examiners, who are mainly interested in the mechanical condition of the vehicle This is why they often work together in pairs
Do you know your speed limits? Speed limits Built-up areas Single carriageway Dual carriageway Motorway Type of vehiclemph (km/h) Cars & motorcycles (including car-derived vans up to 2 tonnes maximum laden weight) 30 (48)60 (96)70 (112) Cars towing caravans or trailers (including car-derived vans and motorcycles) 30 (48)50 (80)60 (96) Buses, coaches and minibuses (not exceeding 12 metres in overall length) 30 (48)50 (80) 60 (96)70 (112) Goods vehicles (not exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) 30 (48)50 (80)60 (96) 70 (112) Goods vehicles (exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) 30 (48)40 (64)50 (80)60 (96)
© Les Kelly 2013 Remember! If your vehicle is fitted with a speed limiter or other speed restriction device the legal limit on the motorway changes to the set speed of the limiter or device So if your vehicle is set to 54 mph that is your legal limit NOT 60 or 70 mph
© Les Kelly 2013 Traffic Signs This slide will show four signs with the same symbol, however, they all mean a different thing. Can you tell what? Warning for cyclists Cycle route (must use) No cycling Cycle lane
1.New design showing a full table of categories, pictograms, start & expiry dates & any codes that apply 2.The legend that contains an explanation of each fields contents 3.Overflow of information/restriction codes © Les Kelly 2013
Drivers responsibilities under the O Licence They must be the holder of a current vocational driving licence for the class and type of vehicle to be driven They must ensure that the vehicle to be driven is in a serviceable and roadworthy condition They must comply with all regulations governing driving and the use of LGV & PCV vehicles They must comply with all regulations in respect of Drivers Hours Rules and Tachographs © Les Kelly 2013
The Operator Compliance Risk Score The colour code Grey means that the operator has not been checked on roadside for over a year Green means that the operator is compliant Amber means that the operator has some issues that need attention and may be liable to a site visit Red means that the operator has a very poor record and needs attention through site visits and reports to the traffic commissioner for public enquiry © Les Kelly 2013
The Operator Compliance Risk Score OCRS scores are; 1.Snapshots of time only 2.Recorded and kept for approximately 2 years 3.Updated on a weekly basis 4.Points based 5.A joint responsibility of the operator and the driver 6.A tool for government to regulate the transport / passenger transport industry Failure to comply with the OCRS can result in prosecution for the driver and operator, action may be taken against the operators licence and the drivers vocational licence by the Traffic Commissioner © Les Kelly 2013
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