It is almost a year since the FTA organised their Driver Crisis Summit in March 2015. The summit was an attempt by the industry to try and identify and hopefully resolve the reasons for a major shortage in professional drivers. Analysis from the summit suggested that the driver shortage by the end of 2014 was between 50,000 and 60,000.
On 21 December 2015, the Department for Transport (“DfT”) made a new road safety statement which set out the government’s vision, values and priorities for improving the safety of Britain’s roads. At the top of the list were proposals for harsher penalties for dangerous in-car mobile phone use, which had been identified by the RAC as one of their greatest concerns.
The case of British American Tobacco v Kazemier & Essers  UKSC 65 was a typical CMR dispute, with cigarettes being stolen / lost off the back of a lorry.
The Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015 come into force on 1 October 2015. We take a look at what this means for drivers generally, as well as recap on the existing laws affecting commercial drivers.
From 8 June 2015, several important changes are being made to the existing UK driving licence and how driving licence details are stored, in alignment with the DVLA’s Strategic Plan to simplify licensing and make it easier for drivers to get on the road.
A senior official from the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency has indicated at a recent conference that its current procedures are failing, suggesting a fundamental shift in its approach in the near future from enforcement to compliance and a desire to reduce the burden placed upon “exemplar operators”.
Wheel detachment from HGVs, is a real cause for concern due to the serious dangers involved.
Transport Managers are relied upon to ensure that operators are operating safely and compliantly. As such, all licence holders, aside from those holding restricted licences, are required to have an appropriate Transport Manager be in place.
Following a review of the current insolvency trends relating to the transport and haulage sector, we have provided a commentary on the consequences of failing to adhere to directors’ duties with particular reference to director’s disqualification proceedings.