Ashtons Legal are delighted to be joined by enforcement policy managers, Dave Wood and Mark Horton, from the DVSA to provide a topical update, including how DVSA carry out fleet and driver investigations to ensure operators have proper systems in place. The free webinar will take place on the 17th November at 10am and will include a Q&A session at the end covering all aspects of operator licencing.

Fleet inspections can be routine or be triggered by some specific event that requires an HGV or PSV operator’s licence management to be examined more closely. If there are adverse findings, this can lead to action against the licence on the part of the Traffic Commissioner.

It is vital that operators keep up-to-date and are aware of the standards to be maintained – and, crucially, know the evidence they need to prove this.

Topics covered include:

  • common reasons for DVSA investigations and visits
  • what DVSA is looking for on inspections visits
  • new format maintenance investigations and reports (MIVR)
  • common compliance failings
  • post-DVSA visit actions required of operators
  • types of action DVSA may take after inspection visits
  • how COVID has affected enforcement
  • remote enforcement & desk-based assessments
  • top 5 drivers’ hours infringements
  • what effective management systems must include
  • S-marked prohibitions
  • 10-year old tyres

Speakers announced:

Tim Ridyard

Tim is a partner at Ashtons Legal who qualified as a solicitor in 1990. Whilst he advises clients in all industry sectors his particular niche is in the field of road transport regulatory law, assisting goods and passenger operators, not least in the area of operator licensing, drivers’ hours, construction and use, maintenance, driver conduct and compliance.

He regularly represents operators and transport managers at Traffic Commissioner public inquiries as well as in the Magistrates’ Crown and Crown Court (The Office of the Traffic Commissioner for the East of England is located in Cambridge easily accessible from Ashtons Legal’s office).

Mark Horton

Mark joined DVSA back in 1997 and has worked in many enforcement operational and management roles prior to joining the policy team in 2012. He now leads a small team of policy specialists responsible for various areas of DVSA enforcement, primarily concerning traffic compliance such as driver’s hours, licensing, weighing and load security.

This year has been challenging for DVSA because of the Covid-19 pandemic with Mark and his team having to look at all aspects of DVSA roadside and operator work to make sure that Government guidelines are adhered to. The team are now turning their attention to what will happen in January when the UK leave the EU.

Dave Wood

Dave had a motor vehicle engineering and training background before joining DVSA, formally the Vehicle Inspectorate (VOSA) in 2001, as an enforcement vehicle examiner. He progressed to Senior Vehicle Examiner, which involved managing a team of enforcement examiners for over 10 years covering Staffordshire, Shropshire & the West Midlands areas.

In 2013, Dave joined the DVSA enforcement policy team as the roadworthiness enforcement policy manager.

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