Chambers find the latest trade figures “concerning”

14 September 2021

Total exports of goods, excluding precious metals, fell by £0.3 billion (1.0%) in July 2021 because of a £0.9 billion (6.5%) fall in exports to the EU; while exports to non-EU countries increased by £0.7 billion (5.0%).

Update on rare Covid-19 vaccine side effects

14 September 2021

More detailed guidance for health professionals on some rare side effects associated with Covid-19 vaccines has been issued by Public Health England (PHE).

Government promises an extra 50,000 driving tests

14 September 2021

The shortage of drivers has been making the headlines for several months with a wide range of companies and organisations pressing the Government to take action. It has now announced plans to create an extra 50,000 lorry and bus driving tests with changes to tests to come into force as soon as possible.

Gig economy prompts revised guidance on driving and riding for work

13 September 2021

Updated guidance on work-related road risk (WRRR) for employers and workers has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department for Transport (DfT) in the context of the expansion of the gig economy and the increasing use of personal vehicles for work purposes: the “grey fleet”.

Safety case principles for high-rise residential buildings

13 September 2021

Following the introduction of the Building Safety Bill into Parliament, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published some early messages on the proposed new safety case regime for high-rise residential buildings.

Port stats up but still not to pre-pandemic levels

13 September 2021

The UK’s second quarter (Q2) 2021 port freight statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) indicate positive signs of economic recovery despite ongoing pandemic impacts and new post-Brexit processes affecting UK-EU traffic.

Liverpool orders next generation hydrogen buses

13 September 2021

Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) has sold the first batch of its second-generation hydrogen platform double-deck buses, designed to be more energy efficient and to cover greater distances between refuelling, to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.