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Drink-driving limit lowered in Northern Ireland

A tougher drink-driving limit for HGV drivers is to be enforced in Northern Ireland from 2018, bringing its policy in line with Scotland.The blood alcohol limit for vocational drivers will be lowered from the current 80mg per 100ml of blood limit that applies to all drivers, regardless of the type of driving licence they hold, to 20mg per 100ml of blood.The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, which was passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly on 12 January, removes the right of a driver to request a blood or urine sample to replace a breath test.

FTA critical of mayor's move to make HGVs retrofit extra nearside cab windows

The FTA has criticised a TfL consultation launched today (22 January) that proposes HGVs entering the capital should be retrofitted with additional nearside window panels in the cab’s door.TfL estimates the cost of each window to be between £1,000 and £1,500, but said the measure will help lorry drivers get better direct vision of cyclists on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Two firms fined after driver suffers severe head injuries

Two companies have admitted breaching health and safety regulations after a truck driver suffered serious head injuries when he fell during a loading operation. Mold Magistrates’ Court was told that a driver employed by Hughes Specialised Transport was knocked to the ground while helping load large coils of insulated pipe onto a curtain-sided trailer in August 2013. The incident occurred at customer Rehau’s site in Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd.

Director disqualified for ignoring O-licence terms

West Midlands traffic commissioner (TC) Nick Jones has disqualified a haulage director for two years after she breached an O-licence condition that prohibited two people from having a role in managing the business.Rebecca Large, director of MJ Hire & Sales was disqualified from holding a transport manager position in the EU for two years and lost her repute. The company had its O-licence revoked following a public inquiry (PI) in October.

Hauliers disqualified for 10 years

Two former haulage bosses have been disqualified from acting as directors for 10 years for causing their company to be convicted of criminal offences, including using a forged O-licence disc with the intention to deceive.