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......

Ashtons climb in legal guide

On Monday 29th October the 2019 Legal 500 results were published online. Legal 500 is an independent guide that ranks law firms and solicitors in the UK. Ashtons is delighted to have achieved a boost in the number of leading individuals listed as 22, up four from last year and up from just five named in 2014! Those retaining their places fro......

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......

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