DVLA scam email warning

Watch out for emails claiming to be from the DVLA asking you to verify your driving licence details via an online link – it’s a scam. The DVLA has not sent any such email, so if you get one delete it immediately.This is a copy of the email that is circulating:From: DVLA
Subject: Update Your License DetailsWe are currently upgrading our database and all drivers are required to update and verify there driver’s license details.To complete your license verification with us, you are required to fill out the form in the link below.

{Fake link}

Drivers that refuses to upgrade his or her details within two weeks of receiving this verification email will lose his or her driver’s License and will have to take a fresh driving test.

We sincerely apologise for any inconveniences this might have caused you.

Thank you for your co-operation.

(c) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Swansea SA6 7JL

Abacus says: It is important that you do not respond to these request as you identity could also be at risk along with your licence status.

New penalties to tackle careless driving

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New penalties to tackle careless driving
Careless drivers will be targeted under new proposals announced for consultation by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning.
The proposals would make fixed penalty notices available for careless driving, giving the police greater flexibility in dealing with less serious careless driving offences and freeing them from resource intensive enforcement processes.The fixed penalty will also enable the police to offer educational training as an alternative to endorsement. Drivers would still be able to appeal any decision in court.  Consultation  Major public concern

Mike Penning said:

“Careless driving is a major public concern and a cause of deaths and injuries on our roads.

“These changes support both police enforcement and, for some cases, the associated offer of educational training for motorists unaware of the full, potential consequences of driving carelessly.

“We also need to make sure that the penalties for a wide range of fixed penalty motoring offences are set at reasonable levels, consistent with the potentially severe consequences of some infringements.”

Proposed penalty

The proposed fixed penalty for careless driving will be £90 with three points on the driver’s licence. The most serious example will continue to go through court, where offenders may face higher penalties.

Other proposals

Other proposals announced for consultation today also include plans to increase the payment levels for many motoring fixed penalty offences, such as speeding, not wearing a seat belt and using a mobile phone whilst driving. The proposals would see penalties for these offences increase from £60 to £90.

Similar increases to other fixed penalties are also being considered for non-endorsable offences (such as vehicle defects) insurance offences and graduated fixed penalties (such as driver hour regulations).

Penalty levels for parking offences

There are no plans to make any changes to penalty levels for parking offences. Fixed penalty levels for most of these motoring offences have not increased since the year 2000, and are now lower than other penalties of a similar severity.

The consultation will close on 5 September 2012.

Enviromental news

Abacus Driving school has been responsible for the planting of a tree in the new Jubliee wood in Leicestershire sponsored by the Daily Mail. Under the same scheme Abacus has also been sent and is planting a Hawthorn Hedge part other shrubs in the Hillcrest Close Garden. We are hoping that this will provide more and better habitat and nesting sites for locally endanger sparrows who are on a severe decline due partly to moderns roofing design which tend to prevent there old habit of nesting in small communities in roofs. They tend to be better protected from predators this way. For more information contact RSPB.

Road works in your area?

How do you know when there are road works in your area? Well you can log on to the Highways Agency and sign up to news feeds for roads in your area and they will send you daily updates for the specific roads that you use. For an Instant Traffic check click here.   To sign up for regular road works in your area click here.

The General Highways Agency site is extremely good for finding many many other useful and interesting things to help you plan your journeys and holiday destinations. There is information on traffic cameras, how the roads are managed, up and coming road projects. Of particular interest to Abacus is the care that is now taken to protect and help the environment when building new roads and as an on going strategy. Respecting the environment is key. Some of their top Features are Environment Strategy, Environmental Tips and Schemes and Initiatives.

Traffic experiment in Tamworth

Tamworth currently operates an experimental 20 Zone around local schools. This is a scheme being tested to see if it reduces accidents around schools during the hours that children are entering and leaving schools and some colleges. You may have seen signs saying 20 when the light show. These are the amber coloured vertical lights which which traffic patrol men & women turn on when they are helping young people to cross the road. Please look out for them and do not ignore them. If the lights are not flashing the normal speed limit applies. We have seen people slowing when they just see the sign. This could cause congestion. There are unfortunately some occasions when the flashing lights have been lepton long after youngsters have gone, this something i would urge traffic patrol people to ensure is done correctly for the sake of all road users as it encourages drivers to ignore the lights when they shouldn’t. For more information on this go to Staffordshire roads.

Your comments?

If you have an opinion on the 20 Zones around schools made you would like to give Abacus some feedback on Facebook or Twitter or even LinkdenIn. We always like to know what the public think after all they are you children going to school and you as parents picking them up and dropping them off.