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......

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......

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......

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......

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......

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