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......

Taxi Licensing Update for both Drivers and Operators - February 2019

Matters you might consider and questions you may ask Is your taxi licence safe both as a driver or Operator? In other words are the local authority likely to challenge whether you are a “fit and proper person” to hold either licence? Have you considered what your liability as a Director of a Taxi Company is? Should I have CCTV in my vehicle(s)? O......

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......

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......

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