Road Transport Prosecutions
Graduated Fixed Penalties
The fixed penalty system for vehicle-related offences, has been in force for a number of years now permitting the DVSA and the police to “graduate” the amount of the fixed penalty depending upon the circumstances or severity of the offence(s). The graduated approach applies in the case of offences connected with the operation of commercial vehicles including in cases involving breaches of the drivers’ hours rules.
But even with the introduction of graduated fixed penalties, operators will still face prosecution for serial and/or serious offences. Obtaining the right legal advice as soon as possible, including representation at any interview under caution, after an incident which is likely to give rise to just such a prosecution is an essential first step in order to protect the transport undertaking’s HGV operator’s licence – a critical part of a transport operator’s business.
The team at Pellys Transport & Regulatory Law has been specialising for over 30 years in defending HGV transport operators from prosecution in the criminal courts in relation to regulatory infringements (drivers’ hours etc.), construction and use issues (vehicles in a dangerous condition), overloading or unsafe loading, or perhaps from an accident involving injury to third parties. Investigating such cases thoroughly, and knowing when and how to use experienced experts is a key part of what we do. If you are being prosecuted or if you fear that a prosecution is being prepared against you, then call us now on 01279 818280 so we can help.