Regulatory Offences Livelihood
Our services also extend to cover representation for regulatory offences involving those driving Heavy Goods Vehicles or Passenger Carrying Vehicles, Taxi or Hackney Carriage Licence applications or appeals, Operator’s Licence applications or disciplinary appearances before a Traffic Commissioner.
Clients involved in these industries are already aware of the complex nature of the regulatory framework governing both drivers and operators, and the strict enforcement of those rules. We appreciate that even a minor departure from the terms of your licence may result in disciplinary action, with a catastrophic effect on your livelihood either as an individual or a company.
Appearing recently before the Traffic Commissioner for the North-West sitting at Wigan, a member of our team was able to successfully avoid the suspension of an operator’s licence where the operator had failed to notify the authorities of a change in ownership of the vehicles. Instead, the operator was granted a probationary six-month licence with a further review to consider compliance.
Driverless cars were once the preserve of science-fiction films, but from January 2015 they will be a reality on the UK roads. But what about the law that currently governs road users? How will they apply to driverless cars being used on public roads?
Just because a car can be driven autonomously, this won’t mean that drivers are released from all of their obligations. The term ‘driverless vehicle’ covers all sorts of functions that already exist on many cars already – such as cruise control, automatic braking and self-parking functions.
However, the government recognises that driverless vehicles have implications for the laws and regulations governing public roads. That’s why they are currently reviewing the legal and insurance issues surrounding driverless cars. The results of this review and the regulatory changes required will be announced at the end of the year, so if you’re thinking of getting a driverless car for Christmas, make sure you also get the low down on what new laws will govern you.
There is no doubt that whilst the technological hurdles surrounding driverless cars have been overcome, the legal hurdles are yet to come! So watch this space for details.