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Quality Legal Advice for HGV & PSV Drivers Operators

Refreshingly Different Legal Advice – for all Your Transport Needs

Facing a public inquiry? Had a negative DVSA vehicle stop? Need help with O licensing? Been caught with stowaways in your vehicle?

Well you’ve come to the right place!

Pragma Transport Solicitors can help with all sorts of issues involving DVSA (formerly VOSA) the Police and Traffic Commissioners.

Transport law is a minefield and it can mean the end of the line for your business if you do not understand your obligations when you apply for your O Licence. You can find yourself committing offences – simply out of naivety – but getting it wrong can cost you and your business dearly.

Why Pragma?

HGV Transport Manager CPC qualified Solicitor Lucy Whitaker has years of experience advising and representing HGV operators and PSV operators like you, on transport issues. In addition, she formerly prosecuted on behalf of DVSA (then VOSA) in relation to all manner of transport offences, such as those involving tachographs and drivers hours, vehicle defects, insecure loads, driving licence and insurance offences to name but a few. She no longer prosecutes, and now chooses only to defend vehicle operators and drivers and draws on her invaluable experience to provide the best advice.

Transport Services

We can help with any matter involving DVSA/VOSA, the Traffic Commissioners, or the Police provided it involves a vehicle. We can provide representation at ‘dreaded’ traffic commissioner public inquiries in any traffic area. We can advise on DVSA vehicle checks, fixed penalties and site visits as well as whether to attend DVSA interviews.

We also deal with motoring offences and have a dedicated website which can be accessed here.

Operator Licence Applications

If you’re not familiar with the system (and even if you are) applying for an Operator’s Licence can be complicated. Knowing exactly what to include both in and with the application is difficult. You may be unsure how to answer questions on the form, or you may have been sent a letter requesting further information. These are things Pragma can help with.

Tachograph Offences & Court Hearings

If you’re an HGV or PSV driver who’s received a summons for one or multiple tachograph offences, we can advise you on any possible defences and/or mitigation. You should be aware that if you’re convicted of these offences, you’re likely to be called to a hearing before a traffic commissioner. Anything you say at court may be reported to the traffic commissioner who effectively has the power to take away your vocational licence and therefore your livelihood.

Because we’re specialists, you will have access to advice in relation to the initial magistrates’/crown court hearings, and also the traffic commissioner hearing. As mentioned above, solicitor Lucy Whitaker previously prosecuted cases for DVSA (then VOSA) and has a great deal of experience in this area.

Pragma is centrally based in Nottingham but we will travel to you, meet you in a mutually convenient place, or even deal with your matter over the phone (if appropriate). Basically, we work the way you want, and within your budget. Our aim is to get the best outcome for you.

For free advice, speak to a solicitor on our local rate number 0330 1330 081 or, if you prefer, fill out our Contact Form and we'll call you back: usually the same day and often within the hour. You can also email us here.