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Road transport law - case studies

Recommended in the Legal 500 for our work in road transport law, our highly qualified solicitors advise, defend and represent a wide number of clients, both individuals and businesses, in the commercial road transport law area. From representation in public inquiries to advice on contractual disputes and operator's licence offences, our lawyers are here for you and your business.

The following are examples of our recent work in road transport law cases. If you would like to discuss your case with one of our road transport lawyers, please call  01616 966 229.

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Tachograph offences and drivers' hours breaches

  • Our transport lawyers acted on behalf for for an HGV driver prosecuted for a number of drivers’ hours offences. We were able to demonstrate that the tachograph unit in our client’s vehicle was malfunctioning at material times and that the charts in question were not reliable. Our client was found not guilty after trial.
  • Our specialist road transport lawyers successfully defended four HGV drivers who were prosecuted as part of a multi-handed drivers’ hours/tachograph case. Our clients were amongst a total of 25 defendants prosecuted by DVSA following an investigation into a group of companies.
  • Our transport lawyers represented for an HGV driver prosecuted in the Crown Court for conspiracy to create false tachograph records. The case involved multiple defendants, including drivers, transport managers and company directors. Following a thorough review of the case and the use of a leading expert witness, we were able to negotiate an agreed basis of plea with the prosecution. Our client subsequently avoided a custodial sentence.

Public inquiry: Traffic Commissioner

  • Stephensons acted for a company called to a public inquiry concerning a number of matters. These included multiple convictions for drivers' hours offences; poor maintenance and annual test history; transport manager's repute; and insufficient financial standing. We assisted our client in effectively rectifying their affairs before the public inquiry and made representations on the company's behalf at the hearing. The company retained its Goods Vehicle Operator's Licence.

Operator’s licence applications

  • Stephensons acted for a company called to a public inquiry following its application for a Goods Vehicle Operator's Licence. The issue, in this case, was that one of the directors of the company had served two prison sentences for supplying drugs. We made effective representations to the traffic commissioner and our client's application was granted in full.

Operator’s licence offences

  • Our lawyers acted for an HGV driver who was accused of exceeding the speed limit in a HGV. Following a thorough review of the case, particularly photographic evidence and tachograph records, we were able to establish that our client’s vehicle had not triggered the relevant speed camera. The case was dropped by the prosecution before trial.

This is just a snapshot of the cases handled by our road transport solicitors. We offer legal advice and representation for haulage companies and operators of passenger vehicles as well as for owner/operator drivers. We can help in the following fields:

Contact Stephenson today to discuss your case on 01616 966 229 or fill out an enquiry form.

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Changes to the HGV levy shift focus towards environmental impact

The Department for Transport (DfT) recently reintroduced the HGV levy following a temporary suspension during the Covid-19 pandemic. The levy, first introduced back in 2014, is aimed at making sure lorries make a contribution towards the wear and tear of...

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What is an MS90 offence?

An MS90 conviction is the DVLA endorsement code for the motoring offence of failing to provide the driver details when requested by the police. This carries an endorsement of six penalty points and a fine of up to £1,000. When does this type of...

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Staff reorder - road transport

  • Sean Joyce
  • Paul Loughlin
  • Martin Haisley
  • Cameron Stubbs
  • Skye MacPhee
  • Molly McMurtry
  • Martyn Jackson