HGV and PSV Road Transport Solicitors
Hammond Trotter are HGV and PSV road transport solicitors. A specialist firm who deal in motoring offences and the law relating to all vehicles on the road. We handle all types of HGV, PSV and LGV legal cases from our offices in Manchester and London and are experts in helping drivers and operators facing legal problems.
We can call on over 35 years of expertise to manage any issues you face and our managing partner Martin Hammond is the current chairman of the Society of Motoring Law. If that were not enough in itself, he is also a fully licenced heavy goods driver so practical ‘on the job’ experience is built-in. We are constantly up to date on all developments in motoring law both for private users and commercial users, giving you the confidence that we can keep you on the road.
If you are a Heavy Goods Vehicle, Public Service Vehicle or Large Goods Vehicle driver or operator and need expert legal advice you can contact us using the methods above or read through the pages included in this section which have been created to try and give you a better understanding of the issues you face. Please remember that the initial advice is free and has no obligations so please feel that you can contact us without any financial outlay and in strictest confidence.
In the UK there are a range of complicated regulations governing road transport, both for haulage and passenger vehicles. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency DVSA (formerly VOSA) is the executive agency responsible for the administrating and enforcing polices of the Department for Transport. In enforcing the law they and the police initiate a number of proceedings for which can provide legal support such as:
Magistrates Court representation
Crown Court representation
Public Inquiry representation
Our specialist solicitors can help with legal advice and guidance on a number of issues affecting Heavy Goods Vehicle and Passenger Service Vehicles in a number of areas.
HGV & PSV Legal Issues We Can Advise On
In the UK there are a range of complicated regulations governing road transport, both for haulage and passenger vehicles. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency DVSA (formerly VOSA) is the executive agency responsible for the administrating and enforcing polices of the Department
Traffic Commissioner Public Inquiries
A Traffic Commissioner is appointed for an area in the UK and is responsible for the licencing and regulation of HGVs and PSVs within that area. They have the power to call public inquiries and do so to grant or refuse a HGV or PSV licence or to take action against a driver or vehicle operator. For more information see our Traffic Commissioner public enquiries page.
HGV & PSV Driver Hours Offences
Drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) and Passenger Service Vehicles (PSV) have maximum driver hours and mandatory breaks set by law. Which laws apply depends on the type of vehicle being driven and which country it is driven in. There are UK domestic laws as well as EU and AETR rules which need to be understood and followed. For more information see our driver hours offence page.
Tachograph devices are a legal requirement for HGV and PSV drivers in the European Union (EU) or in regions under the European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (AETR) Rules. They measure information on driver time, speed and distance travelled. For more information see the information on our tachograph offences page.
HGV Overloading Offences
Overloading of road transport vehicles is a serious offencewhich can cause damage to roads and infrastructure, can affect the handling and braking of the vehicle and is anti-competitive. With fines of up to £5,000 for committing an overloading offence and the potential for more serious charges it is important to business to work within the law. For more information see our HGV overloading offences page.
Driver Conduct Hearings
To drive a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) or Public Service Vehicle (PSV) you will have to meet high standards of driver conduct. In the case of Public Service Vehicles non driving conduct is also considered. Each area has its own Traffic Commissioner who adjudicates on driver conduct issues and can refuse, revoke or suspend your driving licence. These decisions are enforced by the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA).
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has been replaced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) which is an executive agency for the Department of Transport. The DVSA conducts annual and spot checks on vehicles and trailers to ensure compliance with road safety laws and environmental standards. It also deals with commercial vehicle licences, regulation and registration in support of the Traffic Commissioner. For more information see our DVSA/VOSA investigations page.
Clandestine Entrant Offences
A clandestine entrant is someone who enters the country illegally and it is illegal to aid their entrance into the country. Illegal immigrants regularly stow away on lorries and goods vehicles crossing into the UK through the Channel Tunnel or via ports and you could face a fine if they do so in one of your vehicles. For more information see our clandestine entrants page.
Insecure Load Offences
The law regarding the securing of loads for Heavy Goods Vehicles is strictly enforced and is governed by the Road Traffic Act 1991. The law also covers loading of goods vehicles, so operators need to ensure the safety of warehouse and loading staff as well as their drivers. For more information see our insecure load offences page.
HGV & PSV Fixed Penalty Notices
As with for other motoring offences drivers of HGVs and PSVs can be given Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) by the police as well as for offences specific to their vehicle or service type. For HGV and PSV drivers there are FPNs specifically addressing driver hours which can be imposed by the DVSA. For more information see our our section about Fixed Penalty Notices.
The above are some of the most common legal issues which we deal with for HGV and PSV drivers and operators. For more detailed advice and guidance contact one of our specialist HGV/PSV solicitors in our offices in London and Manchester.