Backhouse Jones News.
Archive for December , 2008
LOLER is the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. The regulations aim to reduce risks to employees, and others' health and safety from lifting equipment provided for use at work.
UK contract bulk diesel and gas oil prices continued to weaken last week, with prices tracking recent falls on the Rotterdam product markets. Contract diesel fell 1.89 pence per litre (ppl) to 81.16ppl, which represents a fall of 6.4 per cent compared to a year ago. Gas oil fell by 2.08ppl to 37.66ppl, representing a year-on-year decrease of 16.1 per cent.
From January 2008, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) will be using an electronic beam tester to test headlamp aim in the annual roadworthiness test for heavy goods vehicles and public service vehicles. The introduction of electronic testing will be accompanied by a relaxation in the headlamp aim tolerances.
Last week, the Department for Transport published its long-awaited discussion document which analyses movement of major freight commodities on the strategic national corridors, and sets out Government's understanding of the issues affecting each freight mode. A key output of this is a series of end-to-end journey studies. The first two of these were published alongside the discussion document and cover container freight movements through international gateways and roro freight movements. It also considers how Government can work with industry to facilitate effective freight movement while mitigating its environmental and social impact.
FTA has welcomed Transport Scotland's Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR), which was published on 10 December. The review stresses the importance of facilitating freight movements as being fundamental to delivering sustainable economic growth for Scotland.
The latest Road Traffic Forecasts published by the Department for Transport show total traffic on the GB road network continuing to grow over the coming decades at similar rates to the recent past, but at a significantly slower pace compared to the period before 1990.
Ministerial agreement has been secured for the 28km long dual two lane carriageway from the A606 at Widmerpool to the roundabout at Farndon, south of Newark. Draft scheme orders will be published shortly. Work is planned to begin next summer.
On 1 January 2009, new toll prices will be introduced on the M48 Severn Bridge and M4 Second Severn Crossing. The new rates will be:
Registrations for heavy goods vehicles and vans are continuing to see sharp falls compared to a year ago, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
The barge shuttling wine containers on the Manchester Ship Canal from the Port of Liverpool to Irlam Container Terminal, is now making a regular "bus stop" call at Ellesmere Port en route
The Driving Standards Agency has confirmed to FTA that part of dangerous goods training will be allowed to count towards the 35 hours of periodic training that drivers are required to complete every five years to maintain the validity of their Driver CPC.
Manchester voters have rejected the proposals to bid for part of the Transport Innovation Fund to improve congestion in Greater Manchester.
For the full month trainee solicitor - James Lomax - will be going on secondment to a multi-national transport plc
Last week bulk diesel prices rose slightly, by around 0.6 pence per litre (ppl) to 85.2ppl as at Friday 5 December.
Following a review of its test station estate, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has concluded that there is some over-capacity and as a result has been examining where surplus test lanes can be removed. It has identified 10 test stations across the network where extra capacity exists. At each site one test lane will be decommissioned. The decommissioning will take place when the calibration of key equipment expires. The 10 relevant stations and expected dates of de-commissioning are:
In November 2006, the Davidson Review of the Implementation of European Legislation - which reported in November 2006 - questioned why the UK test vehicles earlier and more frequently than the minimum requirements of EC law. EU law currently requires, as a minimum, a first test of cars not less than four years after registration, and subsequent testing not less than every other year thereafter. Currently the UK requires that cars are tested three years after registration and then annually thereafter.
The Department for Transport is consulting on the act under which regulations governing the hgv impounding regime are made.
In partnership with Baker Tilly we now offer an advice line to member of BAR.
R v Chargot Ltd (t/a Contract Services) and others (House of Lords - 10 December 2008)
Multi-disciplined design specialist, Hugh Frost's radical urban transport proposal, called On-Route, is designed to tackle the two biggest problems caused by city-centre transport today; congestion and pollution.
EXPERIENCED solicitor Graham Quigley has joined Backhouse Jones as the transport specialist's new corporate solicitor.