Multilateral Agreements M330 and M333

28 January 2021

The UK countersigned Multilateral Agreement M324 concerning driver training certificates in accordance with 8.2.2.8.2 of ADR and safety adviser certificates in accordance with 1.8.3.7 of ADR. It allowed those ADR drivers and DGSAs whose qualifications expire between the 1 March 2020 and the 1 November 2020 to remain valid until 30 November 2020. This has since expired.

School return in March could be start of easing lockdown

28 January 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given a statement to Parliament in which he suggested that the reopening of schools may be possible from Monday 8 March, with other economic and social restrictions being removed thereafter “as and when the data permits”.

Running international bus or coach services and tours

28 January 2021

New guidance has been published explaining what UK bus and coach operators need to do to provide services, tours, holidays and trips into Europe and other countries now that the UK has left the EU.

Defra proposes to list certain chlorinated paraffins as POPs

27 January 2021

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has drafted a proposal to list chlorinated paraffins with carbon chain lengths in the range C14-17 and chlorination levels ≥45% chlorine by weight as a persistent organic pollutant (POP) in Annex A, B or C of the Stockholm Convention.

ODS and F-gas guidance updated

27 January 2021

The Government has updated its guidance on ozone-depleting substances and F-gases to reflect the closure of the window for applying for GB quotas. In addition, it has added guidance on what to do if exports are rejected at an EU border control post.

UN body promotes biodiversity-friendly trade

27 January 2021

Guidelines produced by a leading UN trade body aim to help governments, companies and consumers benefit from sustainable trade in plants and animals have been revised to include elements such as climate resilience and marine biodiversity.