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.

Brexit and the need to change the rules on drivers’ hours

15 April 2019

At the time of writing this article, the actual date that the UK leaves the EU is still somewhat of a mystery for all of us and the consequences of Brexit are causing the UK Government to review many different pieces of legislation in order to make sure that existing UK laws will continue to function after EU exit day. One area of particular concern for enforcement authorities and road transport businesses alike is the control of drivers’ working hours and the tachograph equipment used to record them. Andrew Woolfall of Backhouse Jones solicitors takes a look at the new UK legislation.

Transport management and CPD requirements

8 April 2019

Richard Pelly and Christopher Wagner of Pellys Transport & Regulatory Law look at the importance of nominated transport managers ensuring their knowledge are up to date.

The right to work in the UK after Brexit

7 March 2019

An employer may only take on an individual to work if they have the right to work in the UK. This article by Stuart Chamberlain is intended as a general guide and update on the right to work in the UK for employers.

April 2019 — Nine dates to be aware of

26 February 2019

In April, new employment laws will force organisations to change how they work. There will be hikes in the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW), bigger pension contributions and a major overhaul to payslips. Listed below are the legal changes businesses need to know about, with advice on how to prepare for the upcoming changes. For professional advice on dealing with any HR or payroll matters, speak to a qualified consultant on our helpline on 0844 561 8149.

What must be shown on a payslip

22 February 2019

From 6 April 2019, the legal right to receive an itemised payslip will be extended to all workers, not just employees. The new right applies to payslips covering pay periods which begin on or after 6 April 2019. Furthermore, additional information must be shown on a payslip for workers whose pay varies depending on the number of hours that have been worked. Paul Tew, small business consultant and freelance advisor, looks at what employers need to do to plan for achieving compliance with these new statutory requirements.

Weekly rest periods explained

26 November 2018

There has been much debate and discussion over the past 12 months concerning various guidance notes being issued by the authorities, changes in enforcement practices and new proposals being set out by the European Commission. These have all led many operators to be uncertain as to the current law concerning drivers and weekly rest. In this article, Andrew Woolfall looks to explain the current legislation and changes that are planned for the coming years.

Road safety in towns — using technology

26 November 2018

One of the biggest road safety hazards in towns and cities is the interaction between motor vehicles and vulnerable road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians, with the main problem being the lack of visibility by the driver of certain areas around the vehicle where vulnerable road users are prone to place themselves. In this article, Richard Smith looks at the devices that can be applied to goods vehicles to mitigate this risk.

Keeping trucks and bikes apart

13 November 2018

Unfortunately, when cyclists and lorries come into close proximity on the road, the result is too often a serious or even fatal accident. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), there were 271 collisions between trucks and cyclists in 2016 resulting in 16 riders being killed and 56 seriously injured. Although only 1.5% of cyclist casualties occurred in collisions with lorries, RoSPA highlights, this resulted in 16% of cyclist deaths. The problem is especially acute in inner London where, over the past three years, trucks were involved in over 70% of cyclist fatalities, despite only making up 4% of road miles in the capital. Paul Clarke looks at the latest initiatives aimed at reducing this level of serious accidents and, specifically, at the organisations involved.