Our team of road transport lawyers specialise in serving the passenger and goods sectors. We are based in Cambridge and Milton Keynes, and are widely recognised as being among the leading road transport lawyers in the country.

If your business success relies on transport, we will be able to help. If you depend upon large goods, passenger (public service) or agricultural vehicles, you could encounter situations such as a Public Inquiry or related legal issues, no matter how meticulous you are. Road Transport Law is complex and highly regulated, with new legislation constantly being introduced.

Specialist transport law advice

We recognise that transport managers and hauliers need to ensure compliance before problems arise – prevention is always better than cure.

To meet all of your requirements, we provide tailored transport law advice to organisations of all sizes, whether you are small vehicle owner, a major logistics or haulage company, a representative organisation, or a local government or enforcement body.

Our advice includes: 

We also provide a wide range of core legal services to support the specific requirements of transport, distribution and logistics organisations:

For up to date advice on a variety of road transport related topics, you can also read ‘Wheels’ here, our legal newsletter for the transport and logistics industry.

Contact our team of transport lawyers

For all enquiries, please contact our Road Transport team at transport@woodfines.co.uk.

Representation before Courts and Tribunals

We represent goods and passenger operators and their employees in a variety of courts and tribunals. We cover a full range of offences, but are especially skilled in advising on major drivers’ hours investigations.

We also have specialist knowledge in a number of fields, including the issue of ‘cabotage’.

As well as conducting defence work, we are fully familiar with all aspects of the Operator’s Licence regime and regularly act for those called before Traffic Commissioners, to Public Inquiries, or driver conduct hearings.

The team provides strong representation to both commercial and private drivers facing prosecution for motoring offences.

Transport Organisation Memberships

We are members of Logistics UK (formerly the Freight Transport Association)

Recent Cases

Operator acquitted of careless driving and causing damage to street furniture

  • Charlotte Hunt successfully defended a haulier who faced a criminal prosecution for careless driving and causing damage to street furniture whilst driving under the Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003 or STGO provisions. Charlotte was able to understand the specific requirements of the haulier in these circumstances which distinguished the case from damage ordinarily being caused in careless driving matters.

International Operator successfully represented in Public Inquiry

  • Charlotte Hunt and the team acted for an international business at Public Inquiry. The Operator had submitted a variation application without advice, had conditions on their licence which had not been adhered to, maintenance issues including brake tests and concerns regarding the control of their drivers. The team were able to successfully navigate through the Public Inquiry with the Operator’s licence and repute intact. This included working with the Commercial Department to reassure the Traffic Commissioner of the control of self-employed drivers, which was appropriate in the unique circumstances, with a bespoke service agreement.

Operator License revocation avoided

  • The transport team acted for a national operator facing certain revocation due to non compliance of driver and vehicle checks. The operator had been called to a Public Inquiry before. The team were able to bring the standards of management checks up to an improved level to persuade the Traffic Commissioner not to take any regulatory action.

Representation at Public Inquiry

  • Charlotte Hunt acted for an Operator at Public Inquiry who faced a longstanding issue with its compliance and maintenance documents. This included inappropriate brake tests being conducted at PMI. Charlotte was able to succinctly advise of the standard expected by the Traffic Commissioner and worked with both the Operator and maintenance provider to ensure the appropriate level was achieved.

HGV driver’s vocational licence retained following allegations of motoring offences

  • A HGV driver (CPC holder) faced the loss of their drivers licence following accusations of failing to stop, failing to report and careless driving whilst driving a 44 tonne vehicle. Charlotte Hunt was able to intervene at an early stage by successfully submitting representations to discontinue 2 offences. Careful navigation of the remaining offence, which was accepted, meant that the sentence was kept to the minimum and driving licence ultimately retained.

Regulatory action avoided despite lack of driver infringement reporting system 

  • Mike Hayward acted for an international business who had systematically failed to implement a driver infringement reporting system. This led to an inquiry by the DVSA and Traffic Commissioner across 7 of the Operator’s centres. Regulatory action was avoided through the submission of representations demonstrating future compliance.

Representation at Public Inquiry 

  • Charlotte Hunt successfully represented an Operator whose Operator Licence application had been referred to a Public Inquiry. Charlotte worked with the Operator to bring the standards of compliance documents to an improved level and succinctly rebut concerns of ‘fronting’ resulting in the licence being granted.

Ad Blue cheat device – regulatory action avoided 

  • A refrigerated lorry company faced suspension or revocation of their Operator Licence having been found to be in possession of an ad blue cheat device. Mike and the team successfully persuaded the Traffic Commissioner not to take any action based on the Operator’s error in purchasing a vehicle where the device was already fitted.

Driver’s vocational licence retained at Driver Conduct Hearing 

  • Mike Hayward successfully persuaded the Traffic Commissioner not to revoke a driver’s vocational licence at a driver conduct hearing. The driver had erred in using his mobile phone but this isolated incident was placed into context of the driver’s otherwise exemplary record.

Nathan Taylor-Allkins and Mike Hayward are involved in a variety of cases concerning taxi licensing. They were instructed in the 2017 landmark High Court decision of Milton Keynes Council v Skyline Taxis.

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