11 Important Transport Dates to Watch

As a sponsor of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Transport Manager events, we’ve been up and down the country listening to the concerns of transport teams from Dunblane to Southampton.

We’ve also been listening and digesting the FTA’s latest advice, including dates to watch over the the next few years, likely to affect the lives of transport operators.

While some of these dates have just passed, we thought it would be useful to bring them to your attention.

1st November 2017: If you’re not aware already, DVSA traffic enforcement officers are now able to issue fines to deal with drivers who do not take a 45-hour rest break at least once a fortnight – and up to £300 fines to drivers who spend their full weekly rest break in their cab.

22nd November 2017: It was Phillip Hammond’s big day and he didn’t fail to make an impact with the newly created Autumn Budget. Both the FTA and RHA have already called on Hammond to do more than freeze the duty, but rather begin to reduce it. “Fuel duty makes the UK less competitive – we have the highest fuel duty in Europe -nearly 50% higher than the European average. And despite the 7-year freeze, at 57.95 pence per litre, fuel duty remains grossly excessive. It has a negative effect on everything we buy and makes all UK made goods more expensive to transport,” said Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the RHA.

1st January 2018: Operator licence holders must demonstrate to the Traffic Commissioner that they have a suitable level of financial resources available to them. This rate is set in Euros and therefore re-calculated each year for countries operating outside of the Eurozone. While the figure is set in January, it uses the exchange rate available on the first day of the preceding October.  At that time the pound was rallying, meaning operators are likely to avoid a big hike, but we’ll find out on the 1st January.

End of February 2018: The Earned Recognition trials, which are currently being piloted by the DVSA until the end of February, will be complete with the potential for the full programme to be rolled out shortly afterwards.

16th May 2018: We couldn’t go without including the Microlise Transport Conference! Registration has just opened for what is Europe’s largest road transport conference, where the key issues impacting operators will be discussed and debated…

25th May 2018: The biggest change in data protection in over 20 years is coming in May and transport businesses need to take note. Instead of trying to explain here, probably best to direct you to our whitepaper which outlines the major talking points.

1st November 2018: Advanced Emergency Braking Systems must be fitted to all newly registered commercial goods and passenger carrying vehicles over 3.5 tonnes from this date onwards.

Sometime in December 2018: OK, so Christmas this year may already seem too far off to contemplate, but we’re already talking December 2018. In that month, all tolls on the Severn crossings will be removed having been taken back into public ownership earlier in the year.

28th March 2019: There’s no way that you’ll have been able to avoid this topic. It’s Brexit of course. The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union is scheduled for this date. The Government has indicated its intention to retain all European laws which currently apply, and has not indicated any domestic law changes, meaning that practically speaking there shouldn’t be a great deal of change. Of course our trading relationship with other EU countries hasn’t even been negotiated yet, so it’s probably best to watch this space.

8th April 2019: The London Ultra Low Emission Zone will kick in. Any non-compliant HGVs, buses and coaches will have to pay £100 to drive through Central London.

2020: It may sound futuristic, but really, it’s just around the corner. This is the year when the London Direct Vision Standard is likely to be introduced. In a recent audit by TfL, more than half of goods vehicles over 12 tonnes would currently not meet the one star rating which will be required for operation in Central London in 2020.

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