East Anglian Transport Industry Considers Future of Electric Freight Transportation

The possibilities for electric freight transport, and potentially driverless freight vehicles, were up for discussion at a Road Transport Briefing hosted by regional law firm Ashtons Legal at Trinity Park in Ipswich on Thursday.   The event, which attracted around 100 delegates from the region, heard from the Marketing Director of Tevva......

Vocational Driver Conduct

The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain have powers to regulate professional coach and passenger drivers.  This includes powers to refuse, suspend or remove vocational driving licences.  The Guidance and Directions to carry out this work are contained within a Senior Traffic Commissioner Statutory Document that is to be revised. ......

Update: driving alternatively-fuelled vehicles on your Category B ‘car licence’

In 2018 the law changed to permit Category B “car” licence holders to drive vehicles above the normal 3.5 tonnes (up to max 4.25 tonnes) so long as: the vehicle is alternatively-fuelled (i.e. powered by electricity, natural gas, biogas, hydrogen or both hydrogen and electricity)it is not driven outside Great Britainit is used for the transportatio......

Our ongoing driver shortage crisis: where to now?

Within a shifting and increasingly challenging global framework, the European road transport sector is facing its most acute professional driver shortage in decades.’ (International Road Transport Union) An updated review of the acute shortage of commercial drivers has taken place in 2018 and 2019 and is to be found in the IRU publication ‘Tacklin......

What is the ULEZ?

From 8 April 2019 there is a charge to drive within an area of central London known as the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). Its purpose is to improve air quality.  If a vehicle does not meet the ULEZ emission standard there is a daily charge of £12.50 (most vehicles) or £100 (goods and other vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and buses or coaches over 5......

Drivers’ Hours Penalties: 465% up!

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has confirmed there has been a massive increase in the number of drivers’ hours fixed penalties issued from March 2018 in the first twelve months since changes were introduced– from 4,236 to 19,723 penalties.  The number of roadside drivers’ hours checks fell from 80,418 to 73,147.   It may be......

International Road Transport: IMPORTANT BREXIT UPDATE

It is almost certain that rules will be in place to allow UK operators to conduct international road haulage operations in EU Member States from 29 March 2019 in the event of “no deal” until 31 December 2019.  These arrangements will be likely ratified by the EU Parliament in the week commencing 11 March 2019.  This will come as a huge......

UK driving licences and Driver CPC: driving in the EU from 29 March 2019

There is some possibility that the UK may not have agreed any ‘deal’ with the EU by the day it is due to leave the EU. So, what happens if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement and you want to drive in the EU, whether as a commercial driver or if you are driving for leisure purposes e.g. holiday or to visit family and friends? UK lic......

Truck Cartel Update - January 2019

There has been some significant progress in the claims being made for compensation. We can now update you about this.

Managing old tyres

DVSA have just provided advice on the use of tyres over 10 years old. There is no ban on the use of such tyres but advises that there is a management systems in place that recognizes the risk associated with their use. The analogy is drawn by the example of “a short journey at a low speed when the vehicle is lightly loaded poses different risks to......

Goods & Passenger Operators: revised financial standing levels from 1 Jan 2019

The amount of readily accessible amounts required by Standard National and International operator’s licence holders has been varied slightly as follows: First vehicle: £8,000 (increased from £7,950)Additional vehicles: £4,450 (increased from £4,400). The requirement to have the necessary financial standing is mandatory. A failure to comply with t......

Updated DVSA Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness issued

The Driver Vehicle and Standards Agency has published an updated Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness version of the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness that all operators and their maintenance teams (including external maintenance providers) need to have and follow. The revision contains previous information plus further information about......

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