Expiring driving licences: important update for all drivers

Whether you are a private motorist or a professional driver, you need to be aware that if your photo card licence or entitlement to drive expires between 1 February and 31 December 2020 it will now be extended for a period of 11 months from the date of expiry. The following important points apply: you do not need to apply to extend the licence -......

Operator licence processing times & new rules for Traffic Commissioner hearings

Applicants for, and holders of, operator’s licences can be very frustrated by the time taken to grant a new licence or vary an existing one. So, is the situation getting any better? Seemingly, yes. The 2019/20 Annual Report of the Traffic Commissioners indicates that there has been some significant improvement against their target set that applica......

EU Drivers’ Hours changes: exceeding driving time

Tim Ridyard looks in more detail at one of the changes in the amended EU Drivers’ Hours Rules (Regulation EU 2020/10454) introduced on 20 August 2020 - additional rules now allow a driver to exceed his or her daily and weekly driving time, but only in certain circumstances. Previous law Under Article 12 EU Regulation 561/2006 a driver has be......

EU Drivers’ Hours Rules changes from 20 August 2020

A number of changes affecting Drivers’ Hours Rules and tachographs have come into force through Regulation (EU) 2020/0154. Here are some highlights. No regular weekly rests in cabs Regular weekly rest periods and any weekly rest period of more than 45 hours taken in compensation for previous reduced weekly rest periods may not be taken in a......

Face coverings: changes now in force from 8 August 2020

On 24 July, new law relating to face coverings came into force but this has changed again – with effect from 8 August 2020. Places previously exempt from the wearing of face coverings are now no longer exempt and new indoor places where face coverings must be worn have been added. Confused about the current COVID-19 laws on quarantine, social dist......

COVID-19: New quaranting on arrival in England

If you now arrive in England from outside the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands (the “Common Travel Area”) from Monday 8 June 2020 you must comply with new laws: The Health Protection (Coronavirus International Travel) England Regulations 2020. There are two main requirements you must provide detaile......

COVID-19 - relaxations in law from 13 May 2020

Following recent Government announcements, the following are the main changes that come into force from Wednesday 13 May 2020. (Please note that these apply to England only – other regulations apply in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) These are simply changes to the existing regulations. Their application may be found in any guidance iss......

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): employers, employees and the self-employed

The Government has published “Working Safely during the Coronavirus (COVID-19)”. We will be reviewing this from a regulatory and employment law perspective at our Ashtons Legal Webinar on Thursday 21 May 2020 at 11:00am. (Registration link to be made available soon) The Guidance is divided into eight work areas: Construction and other workVehicle......

Road transport operator update - 29 April 2020

Here is a revised 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 reg......

COVID-19: Drivers’ hours rules - Update 20 April 2020

The temporary relaxation of the enforcement to the EU Drivers’ Hours Rules we reported here that began on 23 March 2020 has been reviewed and extended until the end of Sunday 31 May 2020. In essence, the relaxations will almost all continue as before. However, the previous relaxation of the EU rule on breaks applied from 23 March to 21 April 2020......

COVID-19: Driver medical relaxation

The long-awaited relaxation to the rules relating to driver medicals was made on 17 April 2020. This temporary waiver will come as a great relief to those vocational drivers unable to renew their licence through being unable to obtain a medical report due to the current COVID-19 problems. The Department of Transport states that this will keep 30,0......

COVID-19: working close together in vehicles and on site (8 April update)

The problem encountered by many businesses is how to manage safe working where there may be specific and valid reasons for workers to be in close proximity e.g. in a hospital, on a construction site or working as a crew in a confined space e.g. a lorry cab. Updated Public Health England (PHE) Guidance considers these problems on a sector by sector......

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