'Death or Injury - Defective Lorries and Driving Licence Offences.'

HGV drivers face £200 fines.

Crackdown on HGV drivers driving defective vehicles

HGV drivers face £200 fines.

Our Motoring Law experts often consulted by drivers of LGVs (HGVs) who have been accused by the authorities and are facing prosecution for driving lorries that are defective and not fit to be on the road and could cause injury or death.

They have discovered that 2/3rds of lorries stopped by the police are being driven illegally or are defective in some way. This obviously has an effect on the safety of other road users. Long Goods Vehicles (also known as Heavy Goods Vehicles) are responsible for a disproportionate amount of cyclists and pedestrians killed or injured on our roads.

Fundamental faults include lack of mirrors or convex mirrors that give a wider view on blind spots and anti crush bars that are required by law. We are aware of a case where a driver of an 18 tonne defective scaffolding lorry was uninsured and driving without a proper licence.

The crackdown on dangerous HGVs without basic features began late last year, and now drivers of defective lorries face a £200 fine as part of a tightening up of road safety begun by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

The Met Police has a specialist lorries and buses unit and between January and November 2013, just under a third of 5,996 vehicles stopped were defect free and legally driven.

Our M23Law Motoring Lawyers are available to any suspect or defendant in these traffic cases, normally on a private instruction Fixed Fee basis. We defend throughout Wales & England.

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