Transport regulation/motor crime

Our Transport Regulatory team focuses on the provision of services to the transport and logistics industry including regulatory road transport, motoring offences, DVSA investigations and prosecutions.

Ensuring compliance and therefore avoiding prosecutions is key. Due to our representation of clients within the transport industry over the last four decades, we have the experience and expertise to provide consultancy services, which complement our skill at representation of clients before the courts and tribunals. Our clients are involved in all sectors of the transport and logistics industry, from contractors to infrastructure owners, post and courier service providers and marine insurers. No law firm can offer the same breadth of services as Weightmans.

We are recommended solicitors for the Freight Transport Association and members of the Road Haulage Association. We are also a member of the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Freight Council.

Our specialist road regulatory team is based in Leeds, but cover the whole country appearing in Courts, Tribunals and Inquiries. Through our network of 10 offices we can provide a personal and local service, wherever you are based.

We have extensive experience in all aspects of operators licensing and other regulatory matters and make regular appearances before the Traffic Commissioners and at Transport Tribunals.

Our team has wide experience and a particular specialisation in prosecutions arising from drivers' hours, records offences and construction use offences. We are retained by many national and international transport logistic operators on regulatory transport matters. We are widely regarded for our immediate and practical advice following vehicle seizures by the UK Border Force or HM Customs and Revenue.

Our dedicated teams offer practical, commercial and emergency advice in the following:

  • Advice on operator licensing law and bespoke systems for compliance including auditing
  • Consulting/liaising with the Traffic Area Office and the Traffic Commissioner 
  • Advocacy at the Public Inquiries and Driver Conduct Hearings Police interviews and PACE interviews
  • Non-compliance prosecutions
  • Drivers Hours
  • Overloading and load security
  • Road Traffic Offences
  • Driving licenses
  • Carriage of goods (CMR)
  • Clandestine entrants
  • Vehicle seizures and Impounding
  • Appeals to the Upper Tribunal and High Court
  • Fatal collisions, accidents and furnishing information

Our team is nationally and regionally recognised by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

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