FTA launches events to assist operators


The FTA has launched a series of events to help operators understand and adapt to the changing international regulatory landscape.

International Road Transport Operator Conferences 2018 will take place on 1 October at Milton Keynes Dons FC; 9 October at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool; and on 24 October at Mercure, Brands Hatch. They will provide attendees with information on the latest regulatory changes and obligations affecting international haulage, including the ban on drivers taking weekly rests within their vehicles and recent updates to minimum wage requirements.

The conferences will debate the potential effect of Brexit on international haulage and share advice on how operators can best futureproof their businesses. FTA head of European policy Pauline Bastidon said: “International operators are facing new challenges, with the Brexit negotiations causing major uncertainty for planning processes.

“As the only logistics membership association with representation on both sides of the Channel, FTA is ideally placed to share its expert knowledge and offer practical advice to international hauliers and shippers. The FTA is confident that these new events will help operators find the answers they need, so that they can keep Britain trading with customers in the EU and beyond.”

Operator has an O-licence but no vehicle


West Midlands Traffic Commissioner (TC) Nick Denton stated in a decision last month that operators must have a vehicle available to operate at all times to be able to hold an O-licence.

A Birmingham public inquiry (PI) regarding Solihull-based Cityway Logistics, heard from sole director Vajshi Ranavaya that currently the company did not have a vehicle. He said he had “hired in a bit but wanted to retain the licence just in case”. He had been driving about eight to 15 days a month when the company previously had a vehicle.

Ranavaya assured the TC that he had more than the required amount of rest even though he was working as a transport manager for Smethwick-based Thandi Coaches. The TC pointed out that Ranavaya had not been recording his transport manager work for Thandi Coaches as other work on days that he drove for Cityway Logistics, which was a legal requirement that as a transport manager he should have known.

After hearing that Ranavaya might be retiring in the near future, the TC said that in relation to the Cityway Logistics licence he was prepared to be flexible. Ranavaya either had to put a vehicle on the licence by January 2019 or surrender it.

By Michael Jewell