Small goods vehicles and trailers

11 September 2018

Richard Pelly, Director of Pellys Transport & Regulatory Law, reviews the application of the drivers’ hours rules to those who run small goods vehicle operations.

EU drivers’ hours — myths, misunderstandings, assumptions

28 August 2018

Most operators, transport managers and drivers have a good understanding of the main EU Drivers’ Hours Regulations. Despite this, there are a few persistent myths, misunderstandings and dangerous assumptions that arise time and again. In this feature article, Chris Powell (of Smith Bowyer Clarke Road Transport Lawyers) studies two of the most common myths.

Future EU regulation, domestic enforcement and compliance outlook

21 August 2018

The haulage industry facing uncertain times with regards to how it will be regulated in the future. A draft of EU proposals from its new “mobility package” have been sent back to the drawing board. While it is not entirely clear whether, in a post-Brexit world, forthcoming changes to the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) qualification will be implemented. There is also a lack of clarity with regards to how new clear air zones will be implemented within Great Britain and the effects this will have on trucks and vans along with concern over localised issues such as the Direct Vision Standard for goods vehicles in London. There are the changes in enforcement strategy being adopted by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) as well as the approach of Traffic Commissioners to the regulation of the industry, both in terms of guidance and directions as well as the approach to regulatory action at public inquiries.

The HGV Inspection Manual

2 July 2018

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published a new version of the Heavy Goods Vehicle Inspection Manual as a companion to the new Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness (see Richard Pelly’s article. Both publications came into force on 20 May 2018 to coincide with the coming into force of new regulations concerning the plating and testing of all vehicles under the EU Roadworthiness Directive (2014/47/EU). In this feature article, Richard Smith outlines what the Inspection Manual covers and suggests how it should be used. He also summarises another DVSA publication, the Categorisation of Vehicle Defects which also came into force on 20 May.

Using devices to avoid the use of AdBlue

25 June 2018

AdBlue is a chemical which reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel engines. Its use is essential for many vehicles to meet Euro 4 or better emissions standards. Following a crackdown by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Traffic Commissioners have been taking a strong line where operators have been fitting devices to avoid the use of AdBlue, including the revocation of licences and the disqualification of operators and transport managers. Michael Jewell reports on two recent cases and the view taken by the Traffic Commissioners.

GDPR — do you know your lawful grounds for processing data?

22 May 2018

With effect from Friday 25 May, any business that controls or processes data will have to have a lawful ground for doing so under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As Andrew Woolfall outlines in this special report, businesses will have to identify specific reasons for keeping hold of personal data and justify this upon one of six lawful grounds. If there is no appropriate lawful ground, the data cannot be held.

The General Data Protection Regulation update

10 May 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to be implemented in the EU in May 2018. In order to ensure compliance with the requirements of the GDPR, all UK organisations should ensure that they are aware of and prepared for the changes that the new law will bring.