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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05612: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 15 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding who is responsible for advising the DVLA when an HGV licence-holder is convicted of a so-called road-rage offence.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 December 2016

The conditions attached to the gaining and retention of drivers' licences is regulated by the Road Traffic Act 1988 and is a reserved matter for the UK Government.

In the event an HGV driver is convicted of an endorsable offence, the Court will notify DVLA of the conviction. Where a conviction does not result in an endorsement (e.g. common assault), the holder of the Operator's Licence (the employer, or the individual in circumstances where the driver is self-employed), would be expected to notify the Traffic Commissioner.

The Traffic Commissioner would expect to be informed of such a conviction given their responsibility for ensuring HGV drivers remain "fit by reason of conduct" to retain their HGV licence.