We have a range of specialisms that cover the key areas of transport law. To find out more about each area, click on a specialism below:
Fatigue in drivers is a serious matter. A tired driver can kill which is why both EC and Domestic regulations exist to govern driver's hours.
DVSA/Police Interview Advice
You may have been requested to attend an interview with the DVSA or the Police.
It is an offence for a person to drive (or attempt to drive) on a road or other public place with excess alcohol. It is also an offence to be in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol.
It is an offence for a person to drive (or attempt to drive) a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place while unfit to drive through drink or drugs. It is also an offence to be in charge of a vehicle when unfit.
Vehicles can be impounded where the DVSA have reasonable cause to suspect that a vehicle is being used illegally. You have a right to apply to a traffic commissioner for its return subject to proof that you are the lawful owner of the vehicle.
You may have to attend a public inquiry if:
- There is an issue with your application for a licence
- Someone has objected to your application for a licence or a change to your licence
- It is alleged that you haven’t kept to the conditions of your licence, eg you’ve used more vehicles than permitted
- There are environmental concerns about a goods vehicle operating centre on your licence
- Your conduct has come into question, eg you’ve been caught using a mobile phone while driving
Driver Conduct Hearings
If you have received a letter from the Traffic Commissioner requiring you to attend a driver conduct hearing, you may be wondering what to do. In this section, we try to answer the most frequently asked questions to assist you in planning for the hearing ahead and achieving the best possible outcome in the circumstances.
Traffic Commissioner Appeals
We can submit an appeal on your behalf if you believe you have been the subject of an unduly harsh or unjust outcome. This may be an appeal from a driver conduct hearing, following a Public Inquiry or an application for the return of an impounded vehicle.
Drink & Drug Driving
Making strong submissions to the Traffic Commissioner while managing the public inquiry process from start to finish.
DVSA/OTC Correspondence Advice
We are often requested to represent operators at Public Inquiry in cases where ongoing correspondence and calls between the Office of the Traffic Commissioner and the operator have not managed to resolve outstanding issue(s). We would advise all operators to involve us if they appear to have reached a stage beyond which they are not making much progress or they are not clear what is being asked of them. The most common of those is a ‘Propose to revoke’ letter or a ‘Propose to refuse’ letter.