Month: September 2018

The Importance of Renewing Expired Mandates.

Drivers that previously gave consent for driving licence checking prior to the 25th of August 2018, are now required to renew their approval under the DVLA’s new GDPR regulations. Failure to do so prevents their employers from doing ongoing driving licence, CPC and Tacho Card checks.

Previously drivers gave consent for licence checking by filling in, signing and dating the D796 mandate form. This was required under the Data Protection Act of 1998. The mandate was valid for three years from the signature date. However, due to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation on the 25th of May 2018 all such mandates expired on the 25th of August 2018 under the three month grace period set by the DVLA. So why is it of such importance to renew expired mandates?

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Twelve Months – Three Notable Changes.

Within the last twelve months, there have been three notable changes for learner drivers and motorway users. The driving test has been updated to include additional practical requirements. Motorways can now be accessed by learner drivers and additional motorway misuse penalties have been introduced.

The changes to the driving test have been introduced in order to increase the experience and help prepare novice drivers for the everyday driving conditions of the modern day roads. In particular, and as stated by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the changes will help to reduce the number of casualties and injuries of young novice drivers where they are seven times more at risk than those aged over 25.

Allowing learner drivers onto the motorways, when they are close to their test is also seen as necessary. Especially since the introduction of Smart motorway traffic management methods using variable speed limits and enabling the use of the hard shoulder as a running lane. It is vital that all drivers understand how to use a Smart motorway and follow the rules. Unfortunately, the new rules are either not understood or ignored by some drivers.

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