Last chance to supply evidence for road traffic law enforcement inquiry

The deadline to contribute to a parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of road traffic law enforcement is fast approaching, with Monday 12 October the last day operators and industry stakeholders can submit their views.

The Transport Committee has requested information on how effectively the government’s road safety policies are being enforced, particularly looking at how dangerous or careless driving is being tackled.

Issues covered by the inquiry will include what the industry thinks of the introduction of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for careless driving and how this power is being used; how people and technology are used to enforce the law; whether enforcement agencies have the capacity to enforce the rules on dangerous and careless driving; and what impact devolution of road traffic enforcement to local authorities has had.

The inquiry will also consider whether the introduction of the HGV Road User Levy has had an impact on enforcement against non-UK registered trucks.

In its first year, 3,000 FPNs were handed to operators who had not paid the levy, with £900,000 in fines collected.

You can respond to the inquiry via the Transport Committee’s website.

G&J Haulage goes under after losing key contract

Barnsley firm G&J Haulage (Yorkshire) has entered liquidation after losing one of its key contracts, according to Begbies Traynor.

The company was set up eight years ago, providing UK-wide haulage and storage and had contracts in the retail sector.

But fluctuating fuel prices and issues with slow payment meant the company struggled to trade and Begbies Traynor says the business, which was authorised to run 11 HGVs out of depots in Doncaster and Barnsley, became unviable when it lost a contract with one of its customers.

On 25 September 2015 Adrian Graham and Julian Pitts were appointed as joint liquidators.

In a statement, the liquidator added: “As G&J Haulage had become insolvent, Begbies Traynor advised that it be placed into creditors voluntary liquidation. It is unlikely that there will be a dividend distribution to unsecured creditors.”