Mobile Phone Loophole Closed

HSE

The government has confirmed it will close a legal loophole that allows drivers to escape prosecution for mobile phone offences.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he will tighten up the laws so that anyone behind the wheel filming or taking photographs on their mobile devices will be prosecuted.

Lawyers have successfully argued that these activities do not fit into the “interactive communication” currently outlawed by the legislation and as a result those caught doing so have escaped punishment.

The revised legislation will mean any driver caught texting, taking photos, browsing the internet or scrolling through a playlist will be prosecuted for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

The Department for Transport said the impacts of this behaviour are proven – if a driver looks at their phone for just two seconds when travelling at 30mph, whether to reply to a message or send a picture, they will travel 100 feet blind, drastically increasing the chance of accidents.

A review to tighten up the laws will be taken forward with further proposals expected to be in place by next Spring - making the offence clearer for drivers and police forces. 

Shapps said: “Drivers who use a hand-held mobile phone are hindering their ability to spot hazards and react in time – putting people’s lives at risk.”

C&W Commercials now offers recycled parts

C&W offer recycled parts service

C&W Commercials now offers customers refurbished and recycled parts which can cost up to 70% less than the factory-fresh equivalents.

Taking place within the firm’s existing premises, C&W’s company director Darren Garland, explained that it’s allocated a space within its workshop to the dismantling of vehicles. “The parts that are no good are given to local companies who will recycle them,” he said.

The Wednesbury-based company needed planning permission for the new service from Walsall Council, because the local authority needed to know that C&W was disposing of old oil, or void and defective parts taken off of trucks, in an environmentally friendly way.

Garland also said, because of the price differential, “70% of our customers are fitting recycled parts as opposed to fitting new.

“Every good part will be labelled and shelved in our centre, which specialises in recycled DAF parts. That offers savings on the price of new parts, offering businesses a cost-effective way of keeping their trucks on the road”.

Also, since the introduction of the new scheme, Garland mentioned that C&W had taken on new apprentices to help dismantle the trucks: “The best way to learn about how something works, is to take it to bits and then put it back together again. We’re hopeful that more will join in the future.”