Legislation and the Brexit transition period

31 January 2020

What happens to all the Brexit legislation produced by the Government now we have officially left the EU? Has all the amending legislation on EU Exit come into force? Paul Clarke clarifies what happens to UK legislation during the Implementation Period.

Trading with the EU after Brexit

30 January 2020

Within the EU most goods may move freely between and through countries without any formalities and for that reason are known as “despatches” rather than imports or exports. As of 2300 GMT on 31 January 2020 the UK is no longer a member of the EU but for an Implementation Period (IP) extending until 31 December 2020 all pre-existing arrangements, including those relating to the customs union and single market, will continue to apply so there will be no immediate change. However, if new arrangements are not agreed before 31 December 2020 and the IP is not extended then such freedom of movement will no longer apply and some formalities will be necessary at the interface between the UK and the EU.

A "no-deal" Brexit — is your business prepared?

1 November 2019

The UK is due to leave the EU on 31 January 2020. Although the Government has made a draft agreement with the EU, it is still possible that there will be a no-deal Brexit. Furthermore, if there is no deal it is possible that the UK and EU could enter into agreements for specific areas. Consequently, this is a fluid situation and significant changes may be introduced at any time.

Road haulage — after EU exit day

13 May 2019

The UK is set to leave the EU with, at the time of writing, no deal agreed regarding the future relationship. Richard Smith looks at the current options and at any plans that can be made based on a degree of certainty.

Car or van?

20 February 2018

It is important for a business to decide if a vehicle is a van or car. This has implications for the business (National Insurance contributions (NICs) and VAT input tax claims) and the employee (amount of tax applied on the benefit of using the vehicle). Usually, just looking at the vehicle will determine if a vehicle is a van or a car. There can, however, be difficulties with vehicles such as vans with a second row of seating and various land rover defender type vehicles. This issue “taxes” the minds of even the largest businesses. For example, Coca Cola has recently had an appeal heard by the First Tier Tax Tribunal on this issue. John Davison investigates.

The international haulage landscape

3 November 2016

As we approach the latter part of 2016, it is clear that this year has been a turbulent one for UK hauliers that operate internationally. Calais has continued to cause problems, and the summer saw the UK vote in favour of exiting Europe. Vikki Woodfine, a Partner at DWF LLP, looks at where we are now on these issues and what the future may hold for UK hauliers currently operating in Europe.

Vehicle seizures at border controls

4 May 2015

Vehicle seizure by the authorities (ie HMRC, the UK Border Force (UKBF), the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the police) is a very real threat to operators. Vikki Woodfine, Associate at DWF LLP explains the potential risks, the processes involved and how operators can minimise the threat to their business (and their vehicles).

Instructions in Writing

4 February 2014

In this article, Desmond Waight covers the requirements to carry Instructions in Writing when transporting large loads of dangerous goods, and highlights forthcoming minor changes, which will be made in the ADR 2015 edition.