Safe Loading Pass Scheme for fuel

11 March 2014

The UK Petroleum Industry Association (PIA), with scheme management from the Tank Storage Association, has signed an agreement with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to launch a revised Safe Loading Pass Scheme (SLPS).

Date for the diary: CV Show 2014

7 March 2014

Just five years after it had to be cancelled because of the impact of the recession, the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show and Workshop is nearly fully booked — and there are still eight weeks to go till it opens. It will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 29 April to 1 May, and is expected to attract over 18,000 "high quality visitors with serious buying power".

Changes to Dartford tolls

6 March 2014

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced that, following a consultation held in 2011, it had decided to increase the tolls paid at the Dartford Crossing in order to fund improvements and reduce congestion.

New PIC Regulation in force

5 March 2014

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has reminded those who import and export hazardous chemicals of the coming into force of the new Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation (EU 649/2012) which applies from 1 March 2014, replacing the previous PIC Regulation (EC 689/2008).

More OCRS improvements

27 February 2014

Two more significant improvements to the Operator Compliance Risk Score system are due to be introduced during 2014.

HGV Road User Levy only a month away

27 February 2014

The HGV Road User Levy will come into operation on 1 April 2014. It is a time-based charge that must be paid by both UK and foreign operators of vehicles in excess of 12 tonnes gvw.

Fixed penalty notices for HGV Road User Levy Offences

27 February 2014

From 1 April 2014, HGV operators who fail to pay the HGV Road User Levy will face a fixed penalty of £300. Any other fixed penalty offence other than parking will incur a £50 penalty, and fixed penalty parking offences will be £30.

Domestic log books

27 February 2014

The Government has announced that it will soon be introducing legislation so that the log book will no longer be a mandatory requirement. Operators will still have to ensure that records are kept of a driver’s duty, driving and rest, etc but it will be up to the operator as to what form these records take.

Digital tachograph vehicle unit downloads

27 February 2014

Following an industry-wide consultation in 2013, the Government has announced that it will be introducing legislation to extend the maximum interval between digital tachograph downloads from 56 to 90 days.