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).
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".
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Government and construction industry leaders have met to mark the second anniversary of the Green Construction Board (CBG). They announced it will continue its work for a further two years, with its focus a reduction in industry carbon emissions.