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 -......

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......

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......

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......

Trailers: no changes after safety review

A recently published Government report has been considering the safety of trailers to consider whether mandatory testing of all of them should be introduced as well as mandatory registration, writes Tim Ridyard, head of Ashtons Transport team. It has decided not to pursue either based on the research carried out and its evaluation. The study conce......

New Guidance: use and safety of tail lifts

A tragic tailgate accident, where Petru Pop died after being crushed by an 1100 kg pallet of tiles, in High Wycombe in November 2018, might not have happened if pending Guidance for the safe use of tail lifts had been in place at the time, writes Tim Norris of Ashtons Legal road transport team.  This Guidance regarding the use and safety of t......

Mobile phones: ‘Tougher restrictions’ and ‘stricter enforcement’ required

A series of significant restrictions on mobile phone use whilst driving is recommended by the Commons Transport Select Committee in a report published on 13 August: Road Safety: driving whilst using a mobile phone. This report comes hot on the heels of the recent appeal case that highlighted the legal limits of the current mobile phone offence. Th......

Preventing lorries being used as weapons (‘VAWs’)

Countering Vehicle as a Weapon: Best Practice Guidance for Goods Vehicle Operators and Drivers has just been released by the Department for Transport and addresses VAW attacks. VAW stands for ‘Vehicle as a Weapon’. Such an attack requires relatively low level preparation and little or no training but is potentially devastating in its impact. The g......

Mobile phone case no 'green light to make films' as you drive

The 31 July 2019 Decision in DPP v Barreto [2019] EWHC 2044 (Admin) concerns what use of a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving is lawful and what is unlawful. However, even if no mobile phone offence is committed the case stresses how using a hand-held mobile phone in non-intercommunicative ways may still be careless or dangerous driving – with......

Safer people, safer vehicles and safer roads

Fleets, HGVs, possible restrictions for new young drivers, older drivers, penalty points for no seatbelts and better drink-drive enforcement are amongst the very wide range of road traffic law issues coming under scrutiny in a Road Safety review to start later in 2019 with some possible changes in force starting as soon as 2020. The aim is to elim......

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