Thursday December 12, 2019
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Benevolent Fund

The purpose of the Benevolent Fund (BF) is to assist members of the Fund (ie. those on Scale A + BF) who have been charged with offences in relation to Road Traffic Acts whilst following their employment. To qualify for assistance you must be in benefit.

URTU assistance may take the form of advice, representation or grants. It is not intended as a charter for unprofessional driving.

In order that the Union may operate the fund in the most effective manner, in both service and advice to the membership, the following procedure must be followed.

PLEASE QUOTE YOUR MEMBERSHIP NUMBER ON ALL CORRESPONDENCE

Procedure for Claims
i) Advice/Representation
When you are stopped and cautioned, it is important that you make notes of the incident and any conversations with the Police as soon as possible, without waiting for any Summons that may follow.
These notes will assist the Union Solicitors in forming a defence on your behalf, should that course be considered appropriate by the Union.
If you are involved in an accident resulting in a fatality you must contact the Union Head Office immediately.
Where you have received a Summons, and are in danger of losing your licence under the totting up procedure, then the Head Office must be contacted IMMEDIATELY.
Should you receive a Summons for which you feel the need for advice or representation, then you must contact Head Office without delay, particularly where you feel that the Summons has resulted from circumstances beyond your control.
Where representation is requested, Head Office of the Union will immediately need copies of the Summons, Police Statement of Facts and your version of events. A photocopy of your licence should be enclosed to determine the number of penalty points on your licence.
Only then can the Union Solicitors consider whether representation is appropriate. Our decision will be final in terms of the representation provided by the Union.
In no circumstances will the Union provide financial assistance for representation other than through the Union Solicitors.
For grants to alleviate hardship after payment of a fine imposed by a Magistrate’s Court, the following applies:
ii) Grant
Before any grant can be considered the fine must have been paid.
Grants may be considered to help members convicted of various road traffic offences whilst following their employment.
Those grants will not exceed £100 per occasion, with two grants per 12 month period normally the maximum, ie. 12 months from the date of the first offence. Only in exceptional circumstances would a third offence be considered for assistance by the Executive Committee.
Where a grant is payable it will not be affected by any legal costs incurred.

Fixed Penalty Offences
Where a grant is requested as the result of a fixed penalty fine, then the Union will require a photocopy of both sides of the fixed penalty ticket and a copy of the receipt of the payment. It is therefore essential that you request a receipt when paying the fine to the Court. You will not get a receipt unless you ask.
Please also include a brief statement of your version of events. (If however the fixed penalty relates to speeding or traffic sign offences then only the copies of the fixed penalty notice and receipt of payment are required.)

All Other Offences
The Union will require copies of:

  • Summons
  • Police Statement of Facts
  • Notice of Fine
  • Receipt of Payment
  • Your version of events

The above is necessary to assist the Benevolent Fund Committee in determining whether a grant is appropriate and if so, what the amount of that grant should be.
N.B. No grants are considered towards Court costs.

All applications to the Benevolent Fund are dealt with by a Benevolent Fund Committee. If you are dissatisfied with the decision of that Committee you may appeal to the Executive Committee.

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

Offences considered

  • 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 the points 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

 


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