RHA reminds operators of double hit for drivers using handheld mobiles15 November 2016

The Road Haulage Association is reminding operators that any drivers caught using handheld phones will be referred to the traffic commissioners, as well as potentially receiving the increased penalty of six points and a £200 fine.

The police will automatically pass the offence information to the traffic commissioners, even if the HGV driver is at the wheel of a car or other vehicle. The commissioners expect professional drivers to maintain the highest standards at all times.

“The RHA is urging employers and drivers to help eradicate this practice from the industry once and for all,” says chief executive Richard Burnett.

“The RHA fully supports the additional sanctions taken by the traffic commissioners against professional drivers convicted of using handheld mobiles while driving.”

All driver contracts of employment must include a company mobile phone policy, he adds. “Failure to do so can have serious repercussions, both for the driver and the employer.”

Laura Cork

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