Petroleum Driver Passport

30 January 2014

Fuel tanker drivers have until January 2015 to train for and obtain a Petroleum Driver Passport.

M&S signs up to UNICEF’s new carbon offset project

21 January 2014

Marks and Spencer (M&S) are the first major company to sign up to UNICEF’s new carbon offset project. The initiative is intended to improve the life and health of vulnerable children while cutting carbon emissions.

Merger of VOSA and DSA

16 January 2014

In April 2014, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) will merge with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to create the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

EU Ship Recycling Regulation

15 January 2014

The regulation, which came into force on 30 December 2013, brings in the requirements of the 2009 Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. The new Recycling Ship Regulation will apply to large seagoing vessels flying the flag of a Member State. The intention of the regulations is to reduce the negative impact of ship recycling, which is often carried in South Asia with few measures in place to protect the environment or the workers.

Tax disc changes

9 January 2014

In his Autumn Statement (at the end of 2013), the Chancellor announced that the issue of paper Vehicle Excise Licence discs is to cease from 1 October 2014. The police and DVLA will instead rely on the computerised register. At the same time, the 10% premium for buying a six-monthly tax disc will be halved and a new option of paying by monthly direct debit, also with a 5% premium, will be introduced. The government will also consider whether to reform VED “over the medium term”.

MPs report on local authority parking enforcement

9 January 2014

In October 2013, a leading group of MPs said that, while it is right that parking charges should be determined locally, it is hard to justify fines that substantially exceed penalties for more serious offences such as speeding.

Closure of DVLA local offices

9 January 2014

All 39 DVLA local offices have now closed, with the services they offered having been transferred to DVLA Swansea or to Post Office branches.