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Road Transport Law

As an operator or a driver of a public service or goods vehicle you are working in one of the most heavily regulated industries in the UK.

Breaching regulations can have very serious implications for your business or your employment. Hewitts has decades of experience advising clients on transport law. Our experts can advise you on all areas of transport law from a variation of an operator’s licence, to Working Time Directive guidance all the way to representation at a public inquiry or in a criminal prosecution. We know how important your operator’s licence is to your business and every member of our team is committed to delivering effective solutions to keep all our clients on the road.

– Defence of operators/drivers accused of breaching the road traffic law and/or regulations
– Representation before the Traffic Commissioner
– Drivers’ hours and tachograph infringements
– Operator licence applications
– Impounding of vehicles

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Brian Ridley is a taxi driver in Newton Aycliffe.

When taxi driver Brian Ridley accepted a fare from two women who hailed his private hire minibus he thought nothing of it.

“I had just dropped a fare off and they knocked on my window and asked me to take them home,” he said. “I thought no more about it until a few days later when I received a letter saying they were working for the council and I had contravened the taxi licensing regulations.”

Brian, a taxi driver for 23 years who had never been in trouble before, faced a substantial fine, suspension of his PHV driver’s licence and the loss of his livelihood.

“Obviously I was very concerned,” he said, “but my solicitor was very reassuring. He put me at my ease straightaway by talking to me in language I could understand.”

When the case went to court Brian received an absolute discharge and was ordered to make a small contribution to court costs. Brian said: “It was a huge relief – and I couldn’t have done it without Hewitts. I would recommend them without hesitation.”