COVID-19: Road Transport & Logistics - 3 April 2020 Update

Here is a summary of some developments in road transport and logistics since our last update. Workplace/health and safety HM Government policy remains that all supply chains must function and that all logistics businesses should continue as normal, subject to compliance with public health advice. Journeys of staff to and from work are regarded as......

COVID-19: freedom of movement and assembly

Unprecedented times have meant unprecedented restrictions on commercial and personal freedoms. But, confusion is arising about what the law actually says, how it is should be interpreted and implemented. Some Government guidance states things ‘must’ be done where this is not an actual law but in fact very strong advice, for entirely sound reasons.......

Driver CPC update: some enforcement suspended

The Department for Transport (DfT) has finally confirmed the suspension of DVSA enforcement action relating to the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) for many drivers due to the current exceptional circumstances stemming from COVID-19. Drivers whose DQC expires in the period 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 will......

EU / GB Drivers’ Hours Exemptions: Update

The Department for Transport (DfT) has been relaxing the drivers' hours rules due to the current exceptional circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 situation. There are a number of temporary relaxations are now in place that have common points of guidance: The aim of the drivers’ hours and working time rules is to protect road safety and the wo......

COVID-19: Road Transport Update & helpful links

As a result of the current health crisis, a number of necessary steps and new approaches have been taken to assist operators in goods and passenger operations to keep fleets operating whilst also seeking to protect the health of everyone. We set out below some useful information. You can find further Ashtons Legal advice about COVID-19 here. Thes......

Coronavirus – drivers’ hours rules temporarily relaxed

As expected the Department for Transport has from 0001 hours on 18th March 2020 agreed to a temporary relaxation in relation to the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours’ rules in England, Scotland and Wales. But this is only for certain types of journeys, writes Tim Ridyard. Relevant driversThe relaxations cover drivers involved in the delivery of foo......

Coronavirus & the need for flexible road transport law

These are not normal times and may remain so for some time. If not already abundantly clear the critical role of the goods and passenger transport sectors for the UK will become even more obvious to us all. Supply chain. Last Mile. Home to work – indeed, every aspect of our lives, writes Tim Ridyard. There will have to be a review of how well exis......

IR35 changes – engaging drivers through personal service companies

Do you engage drivers through their own personal service companies directly or through an agency? Have you reviewed the basis upon which you engage these drivers? Are you aware that some changes are due to come into effect in April 2020? Are you comfortable that you will be IR35-compliant when the changes come into effect in April 2020? With ef......

Goods & Passenger Operators: financial standing levels from 1 Jan 2020

The readily accessible amounts required by Standard National and International operator’s licence holders remain unchanged as follows, writes Tim Ridyard of Ashtons Legal: First vehicle: £8,000Additional vehicles: £4,450 The total amount required is for the entire licence authorisation, regardless of the number of vehicles actually used on the li......

A Christmas update

Our Ashtons Legal Transport & Regulatory Team extend to you and everyone at your business all our best wishes for Christmas and for 2020. During the course of the year, we have continued to support our established clients but have been engaged by many new ones across a range of transport, logistics and other sectors. We look forward to continuing......

Mobile phone law must be changed, says Transport Committee

The House of Commons investigation into the use of mobile phones and other devices whilst driving has published its recommendations, writes Tim Ridyard of Ashtons Legal. The main proposal, accepted by the Government, is that there should be created a new definition of the offence of driving while using a mobile phone or other device…. &nbs......

International road transport: added No Deal processes, documents & burdens

“With the question of whether the UK will leave the EU without a ‘deal’ or not still in a state of flux, operators and drivers need to be conscious of the procedures and documents to be in place in the event of ‘no deal’, on October 31 or on a date thereafter“, writes Tim Ridyard of Ashtons Legal solicitors. The exact details of all these systems......

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