New Health and Safety Laws

Corporate directors and managers who ignore the management of employees” driving for work could face two years in jail or a fine of upto £20,000 imposed by a Magistrate as new laws come into effect. The new Health and Safety (Offences ) Act 2009 came into force on 16 January 2009. It is aimed at punishing individuals who breach health and safety rules. However, unlike the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act implemented in April last year, the breach does not have to result in a death.\r\n\r\nProtect your company now. Bill Plant Fleetcraft Ltd takes pride in its services, delivering measurable and tangible results, not only in the field of Occupational Road Risk Management and Consultancy but also driver training to a very high standard. The results include reduced accident rates and improved fuel economy as well as lower fleet operating costs. Working in partnership with local authorities, fleet operators, contract fleet hire companies; Bill Plant Fleetcraft has a proven record, of which it is truly proud.

Rare driving test pass without any faults

TEENAGER Daniel Chadwick is one ‘L’ of a driver.The 18-year-old electrician, from Dalton, has joined an elite club of learners who have passed their test first time without any mistakes.\r\n\r\nAnd his faultless performance came after just 23 hours of lessons with Bill Plant driving school – half the average.\r\n\r\nDaniel said: “I thought I had done all right and I thought I’d probably passed because I didn’t do anything that stood out as a big mistake.\r\n\r\n“The examiner didn’t even tell me I’d passed at first, he just started giving me leaflets about extra courses I could do.\r\n\r\n“I said: ‘I’m guessing I passed then’ and he just gave me my faults sheet which didn’t have anything on it.\r\n\r\n“I was over the moon.”\r\n\r\nOnly 0.1% of drivers pass their first test without making a single mistake. Daniel said he used to do go-karting, which probably helped him.\r\n\r\n“I picked things up quite quickly because I was used to being behind a wheel,” he said.\r\n\r\n“But there were some bad habits I had to get out of.”\r\n\r\nInstructor David Norcliffe, who has taught hundreds of learners over more than 10 years, said he had never had a pupil achieve a perfect pass. He said: “Daniel has been a model pupil.\r\n\r\n“He has had 23 hours of tuition with me over a period of three months, being eager to learn, very consistent and is now able to drive to a good standard.\r\n\r\n“He’s now going to take his Pass Plus with me, enabling him to become an even better driver.”\r\n\r\n