The purpose of the Benevolent Fund is to assist URTU members who have been charged with offences in relation to Road Traffic Acts whilst following their employment. The Fund provides free legal representation in Court should you be in a position where your licence is at risk and financial assistance to alleviate the hardship that might result from the imposition of fines for certain road traffic offences. To qualify for assistance you must be in benefit and paying Scale A+BF.
URTU assistance may take the form of advice, representation or grants.
The following list is a guide to show how grants are normally dealt with.
Offences normally covered:
- Fixed penalty speeding
- Fixed penalty traffic signs
- Careless or inconsiderate driving
- Failing to stop after an accident
- Failing to report an accident to police
- Failure to produce documents
- Dangerous driving
- Driving without lights
- Exceeding axle weight
- Insecure/unsafe load
- Pedestrian or school crossing, other than parked
- Speeding, other than fixed penalty
- Traffic lights or signs, other than fixed penalty
- Stopping on motorway hard shoulder
Offences considered (with approach to company where appropriate):
- Your employer has a legal obligation to ensure the vehicle and load conform to Construction and Use Regulations. Therefore, in 15 and 16 below, an approach to your employer for assistance should first be made by you. If further advice is required, contact Head Office.
- Overloading on gross
- Vehicle defects
Please note, the Benevolent Fund is not intended as a charter for unprofessional driving.