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......

Automated Vehicles: who’s in charge?

Further proposals about how automated vehicles will be operated and regulated have just been published in a new Law Commission consultation. It contains very important material with regard to safety, criminal and civil liability and the role of humans when in charge of vehicles or being carried by them.   An automated vehicle is one that......

International haulage permits: important November 2018 deadline (Brexit)

With precious little time before 29 March 2019 (the scheduled date of UK's departure from the EU) international goods (and indeed passenger) operators still have no clear idea what arrangements will be in place to enable them to operate their vehicles outside the UK and within the EU/EEA. The stated aim of UK Government is to keep ‘existing l......

Trailer registration scheme in force soon

What is this? Trailer registration? For all operators? New arrangements will be coming into force for the registration of some trailers used commercially over 750kgs (maximum permitted laden weight). Will this affect you and if so what do you need to do? The answer is: it depends. If you are going to use trailers for commercial international jo......

Driver CPC post EU exit – changes?

The take up of Driver CPC training (Certificate of Professional Competence) is currently said by training providers to be much lower than expected. Lorry drivers with acquired rights (because they obtained their goods licence before 10 September 2009) who must have completed their second 5-year training cycle of 35 hours’ training by 9 September 20......

BREXIT and driving in the EU post 29 March 2019

How will driver licensing work if you wish to drive within the EU after 29 March 2019 in either a professional or personal capacity? In short it will depend on ‘deal or no deal’. The current position is quite simply an uncomplicated one - your UK driver’s licence is all that is needed.As has been the case for decades you need no additional driver......

Important operator’s licence and testing changes from 1 September 2018

Changes we have flagged up in earlier posts this year are now in force through the Goods and Motor Vehicles (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018 and make the following changes: Important change to existing exemption Goods vehicles that carry goods to process on site, including volumetric cement mixers, are now brought into the op......

Self-employed drivers: elephants are not giraffes

As they say: ‘if it’s grey and has a trunk then it’s likely to be an elephant – even if you call it a giraffe.’ The Senior Traffic Commissioner has issued (17 July 2018) many draft changes to the Statutory Documents which give guidance and directions to Traffic Commissioners and which also provide very useful information for drivers, transport man......

New penalties for those directing lasers at vehicles

That anyone would engage in the highly dangerous pursuit of directing beams towards vehicles (or planes, trains or boats) is beyond comprehension. Why would anyone endanger lives in this way? The worrying trend involving this type of activity has prompted new legislation: the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Act 2018, in force from 10 July 2018.......

Operator’s licence: changes in financial resources

Possible changes in the amount of financial resources needed by Restricted Licence goods and passenger operators have been announced by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. Operators of goods vehicles with a gross weighted plate of more than 3.5 tonnes and public service vehicles used commercially need an Operator’s Licence. Applicants and hold......

Vehicle automation: remote control parking to be permitted from June 2018

Changes in vehicle technology mean changes in the existing law must often be made. Otherwise drivers cannot lawfully use vehicles with that new technology. The development of automation means very many changes will have to take place over many years e.g. insurance. There are different levels of vehicle automation: from “driver only” (where th......

Worry in the transport sector about recruitment

Road Transport and Logistics business owners and managers are concerned about the continuing shortage in the number of drivers, according to a straw poll taken at an event for the transport sector in Ipswich today. Over two thirds of delegates raised their hands when asked if they had seen a deterioration in driver recruitment in the past thre......

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