We would like to say a BIG well done to everyone who attended our CPC back in September. The results are through and we are delighted to announce that everyone who sat the Certificate of Professional Competence in Transport Management passed both Multiple Choice and Written Exams. 
 
We would like to congratulate two of our own who also sat the course, Leonie and Ryan. 
A MASSIVE Congratulations goes out to our Hayley who is now a qualified Transport Manager here at XRAY.  
If you require an Interim Transport Manager then you better call quick before she is fully booked.  
 
Drivers’ hours: changes to fines for commercial drivers 
 
The rules will change from 5 March 2018 so lorry, bus and coach drivers who drive tired will be fined for every time they've done it in the last 28 days. 
Rule 231 
 
Drive extremely carefully when the roads are icy. Avoid sudden actions as these could cause loss of control. 
 
You should: 
 
drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate and brake very gently 
drive particularly slowly on bends where loss of control is more likely. Brake progressively on the straight before you reach a bend. Having slowed down, steer smoothly round the bend, avoiding sudden actions 
check your grip on the road surface when there is snow or ice by choosing a safe place to brake gently. If the steering feels unresponsive this may indicate ice and your vehicle losing its grip on the road. When travelling on ice, tyres make virtually no noise. 
 
Shared from Chris Ogden (LADbible) 
 
People Who Vape While Driving In The UK Could Lose Their Licence 
 
While texting away on your mobile phone while at the wheel is deservedly illegal in the UK, vaping has so far escaped the ire of the police so far. 
 
Well, not any more, as senior UK cops have warned people not to vape and drive at the same time, warning that you might be prosecuted and even lose your licence - if you don't crash your car first, that is. 
 
Police have warned that while puffing away at an e-cig while behind the wheel is not illegal in itself, the vapour clouds they produce can obscure your vision, temporarily blinding you and leaving you prone to an accident. 
 
Police catching any driver smoking an e-cig at the wheel may decide that it is potentially dangerous and prosecute the driver for driving without due care and attention, reports the Metro. 
 
Sentencing for that offence can include a ban from the roads, points on your driving licence or a fine of up to £2,500. In short, it just isn't worth it. 
 
Sergeant Carl Knapp of the Sussex Roads Policing Unit said: "The smoke caused by vapes are a distraction and the consequences of them can be dire, all it takes is a moment to become distracted and potentially cause a crash and even worse, a fatality. 
 
'There are no laws prohibiting vaping - however, you need to be in full and proper control of your vehicle at all times." 
 
Knapp advised people who do wish to vape while driving to open their windows and blow the vapour out of the window, taking care to ensure that they remain in full control of their vehicle while doing so. 
 
According to Surrey Police, any person who is distracted in any way can be guilty of 'driving without due care and attention' - this includes doing potentially distracting activities like smoking, vaping or eating. 
 
If any of these activities create a situation where the driver is being potentially distracted or has reduced visibility, that makes a crash more likely. 
 
In a statement, road safety charity Brake said: "Vaping while driving increases your risk of crashing, causing visual disruption and physical and mental distraction. 
 
'Attempting any type of activity that takes your eyes off the road increases your chances of causing a crash, and killing or seriously injuring someone." 
 
The message from officers is pretty clear - just don't do it basically. 
Shared from Tom Potter (East Anglian Daily Times) 
 
Last week, two men were banned from driving after testing positive for an inactive metabolite consistent with cocaine use – despite their systems containing no trace of the drug itself. 
 
Although cocaine circulates through the body in a matter of hours, benzoylecgonine (BZE) can remain detectable for days after being formed by the liver. 
 
Magistrates heard that both defendants were oblivious of committing a motoring offence when pulled over in routine stops. 
 
In 2015, it became an offence to drive with more than 10 micrograms of cocaine and 500mcg of BZE per litre of blood. 
 
Stephen Debenham, 28, of Periman Close, Newmarket, took cocaine “a few days” before his Ford Fiesta was stopped in Exning Road on November 18 – but a sample detected no less than 800mcg of BZE in his blood. 
 
Solicitor Lyndon Davies said: “Many young drivers take drugs and don’t know it remains in their system. But that’s the law, and he fell foul of it on this occasion. 
 
“In reality, you simply can’t take it at all if you intend to drive.” 
 
Daniel Currell’s BMW 325 was stopped nearby the next day. 
 
The 20-year-old, of Fairfields Crescent, St Ives, had 384mcg of BZE in his blood and told police he had recently taken cocaine. 
 
Solicitor Shelley Drew said: “He went out with friends and used cocaine at about 10pm the previous evening, before driving about 18 hours later. 
 
“It wasn’t the cocaine that remained, but the derivative thereof, which is still prohibited. 
 
“Just how long it remained came as something of a surprise.” 
 
Both men were banned for the minimum 12 months. 
 
During December’s drink and drug-driving campaign, 67 drivers failed 194 drug tests in Suffolk. 
 
Sergeant Scott Lee-Amies, of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing unit, said: “Driving with drugs or alcohol in your body impairs your ability to drive effectively and puts you and other road users at risk. We continue to target drivers who flout the law and ignore this advice. 
 
Roadside drug tests can also detect eight prescription drugs that impair driving in high doses. 
 
Sgt Lee-Amies said: “Many of these drugs can be detected in the system for several weeks. It only takes a small amount of these substances to breach the limit.” 
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