Report you local Potholes

Did you know that your County Council has a dedicated line for dealing with Pot Holes. You should be able to find it via the Highways Agency or your local council website. Do remember however that they will not do anything about holes that are less than a foot in diameter. They will also need the exact location so be prepared to know the road number & exact landmarks or they will not be filling in your pothole. Icy conditions like we’ve had lately will break up the roads where ice has formed in crevices. As it expands and freezes it puts pressure on tarmac hence Potholes. So do look out when the snow goes for those extra ones as it takes them along time to locate and fix many of them. If we can help to inform them it saves time and money and where and tear on your vehicle not to mention road tax & council tax.

New GOV.UK Website Trial

From 17 October, GOV.UK will be the best place to find government services and information.
GOV.UK will replace Directgov and Business Link, making it simpler, clearer and faster to find what you need from government.Content and services may look a little different to what you’re used to, but you’ll still find services and information provided by DSA.

To get an idea of how GOV.UK will work, you can use and give feedback on a trial, or ‘beta’, version of the website now.

  Try it now  

New DSA Hazard Perception clips for 2013

DRIVING STANDARDS AGENCY
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Hazard perception test clip: new example
DSA has published a new early working example of a computer-generated hazard perception test clip.
The clip has been produced by Jelly – the company that won the contract to update the hazard perception clips. This new example shows what candidates can expect to see in the test.

  Watch the clip  

The updated clips will be part of the theory test from summer 2013.

The scenarios and hazards remain the same but vehicles, fashions and backdrops will have a more modern look.

Over the coming months, DSA will be working closely with Jelly to make sure the new clips will meet quality assurance standards.

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.