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Give your views on operator licensing consultation, the Department for Transport outlines proposals under consideration. Have you seen the consultation on changes planned for the operator licensing system? It launched earlier this month. The Department for Transport is looking at two areas: PSV licence applications Formal tribunal rules PSV licence applications Traffic commissioners can give HGV applicants temporary authority (called an interim licence) while they’re waiting for the full licence to come up for approval. This doesn’t exist for PSV […]

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To the surprise of some, the Department of Transport for the United Kingdom recently  announced that (despite BREXIT) it would be replicating or adopting the recent vehicle safety rules provisionally agreed by the European Union, set to become mandatory for all vehicles sold by 2022. The technology to which the rules refer, the Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), is accompanied by further emergency braking and lane-keeping technology. What is ISA? Under the ISA system, cars are fitted with navigational systems, such […]

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Following recent meetings at Downing Street, Department for Transport and HM Treasury, FSDF CEO Shane Brennan, led a delegation of industry leaders in a meeting with Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  The meeting forms part of ongoing work to prepare for managing food imports and exports in the event of a No Deal Brexit. The meeting followed publication by the EU Commission of clarification that it expects to certify the UK as a ‘third […]

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The Department for Transport produces guidance on the drivers’ hours and working time rules and how to deal with emergency and urgent situations; including advice on how and when to request a temporary relaxation of the rules.  The guidance is reviewed periodically to keep it up-to-date and the latest version can be viewed and downloaded from the link below:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/emergency-exemption-and-temporary-relaxation-of-drivers-hours-and-working-time-rules For example, the revised guidance takes provides further advice on the use of the emergency exemption in the EU drivers’ […]

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Shane Brennan, Chief Executive of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation, took part in a roundtable meeting chaired by the Secretary of State for Transport on the withdrawal agreement and Brexit No Deal Planning. In advance of the meeting he said: “This meeting is part of our ongoing commitment to play a constructive role in supporting the government in its planning for all outcomes of the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Food storage and distribution businesses are focused on working with their […]

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Following the UK’s exit from the EU, UK hauliers operating in EU countries may require new paperwork.  The Government’s ambition in negotiations with the EU is to reach an agreement which maintains the existing liberal access for commercial hauliers. This would benefit both sides and allow UK hauliers to continue to operate as they do today. Whilst the Government remains optimistic for a deal, preparations are being made for all scenarios. Community licences and ECMT permits  One possible scenario is […]

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has published 6 technical notice documents setting out the plans it will put in place in the unlikely situation the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Lorry, bus and coach drivers and operators should read the technical notices for: vehicle insurance in the EU if there’s no EU exit deal commercial road haulage in the EU if there’s no EU exit deal operating bus or coach services abroad if there’s no EU exit deal These […]

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The government has plans to park trucks on the M20 in event of post-Brexit customs delays at Dover. The Department for Transport says it has plans to park trucks on one lane of the M20 in the event of there being “serious disruption to cross-Channel transport”. The ministerial statement, which issued by transport minister Jesse Norman, said: “In his November announcement, the secretary of State [Chris Grayling] also asked Highways England to develop an improved interim arrangement for holding lorries […]

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Haulage firms will pay less under the HGV levy for using cleaner lorries from next year, while those operating lorries that do not meet the latest emissions standards will be expected to pay more. This will encourage hauliers to use less polluting vehicles and help improve air quality. In a change to the rules that comes into force on 1 February 2019, the HGV levy for Euro VI lorries will be reduced by 10 per cent. All other vehicles will […]

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Drivers who cause death by dangerous driving, or through driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, could face life in prison under plans to increase maximum sentences for such offences. The Ministry of Justice said drivers who cause death by speeding, racing or using a mobile phone behind the wheel could face sentences equivalent to manslaughter. Following a consultation that closed earlier this year, maximum penalties will also be increased from 14 years to life, and may be applied […]

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