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Get on your bike but not on the pavement

Commercial Motor recently  ran a feature highlighting the work being carried out by the industry to eliminate the risks when cyclists and LGVs share road space.  (CM 2 February)  The Freight Transport Association has worked with the London Cycle Campaign, the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London to compile a cycling code aimed at cyclists, LGV drivers and operators.   

How to become an owner-operator

Being in business  as an owner-operator is the most popular way to run a commercial vehicle in the UK. According to the Department for Transport 44% (41,300) of the 95,000 O-licences held in the UK are for one vehicle.

Response to consultation on EC Regulation 1071/2009 published by DfT today, by Tim Ridyard, Solicitor, Woodfines

As you will be aware there are o-licence changes afoot with effect from December 2011 affecting all Standard National licence holders in relation to repute, financial standing, transport managers ( including grandfather rights issues and introduciton of a single International CPC qualiification ). The document below is the DfT response to a Consultation earlier in the year.

Operator-licence update: new UK Regulation, Guidance & Directions update and financial standing, by TIm Ridyard, Partner, Woodfines Solicitors

Arising out of the revised operator licensing regime (in force 4th December 2011 Road Transport Operator Regulations 2011 have just been published which will facilitate certain relaxations of some rules and also include other necessary changes caused by the EC Regulation (1071/2009). In addition two further regulations have been published with regard to Community licences in both the goods and the passenger sectors.

Drug Driving - a growing concern?

Research has recently been released showing that drug driving is fast becoming as great a problem as driving under the influence of alcohol.