With a heritage stretching back to 1819 Backhouse Jones is the leading firm of solicitors which, since the introduction of the first transport act in 1930, has built an unrivalled reputation representing the transport industry.
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The 2017 Independent Chambers Guide describes the company as “fully focused on representing clients from the passenger transport industries, covering the full range of legal needs” and “the premier firm dealing with road transport regulatory work with far and away the biggest market share of any firm in this field”.
Transport specialist law firm, Backhouse Jones, has advised Halcyon Tankers Ltd on the management buy-out of the Halcyon Tankers division from Hargreaves Logistics which completed on 1st January 2019.
The Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness was updated in November 2018 and in accordance with this, new guides for walk around checks have been issued for HGV and PCV operators.
The legal press has identified the RHA’s collective action against the truck cartel as one of the top 20 cases to watch in 2019.
Recently, the DVSA has revised the guide to maintaining roadworthiness as regards tyre management showing that a robust tyre management system is essential for all operators and should never be underestimated.
It is written into the law of the UK that the Member State will exit the European Union at 11pm on 29 March 2019. This has caused a multitude of uncertainty for workers of both UK nationality and EU nationality, as the fate of their residency status is speculated about.
The 2019 financial standing levels for standard operator licence holders and applicants have been confirmed.
Statistics show that more than one third of people killed or seriously injured on the UK roads are those travelling on bicycles. Travelling by bike on any road holds its risks and in cities , road safety is particularly crucial.
On 14 November 2018 we hosted the next in the series of our webinars aimed at operators in the PCV and HGV sectors.
Know if a fraudster is contacting your company and what to do.
Operators should periodically check the information held on the Vehicle Operator Licensing (VOL) Service, as this system is only as good as the data being entered into it.
The Office of the Traffic Commissioner is starting a new series of bulletins designed to help maintain and promote O licence compliance. This will include looking at some of the key issues raised in public inquiries.
Operators of both haulage vehicles and passenger carrying vehicles can now find themselves assisted in the regulatory management of their fleet, as the MOT reminders system provided by the Government has been extended to cover these vehicle categories.
Market sources cite Backhouse Jones as “commercially minded; rather than pursuing a legal point for the sake of it, they apply it to the circumstances. They’re tenacious and very grounded”.
Guidance has been issued by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner on the permit application scheme and operators need to be registered and apply for these permits soon.
BREXIT – “No-deal”? We look at the implications for bus and coach operators entering mainland Europe.
During the months leading up to Britain’s exit from the EU, it is crucial that every field of business prepares for what their industry may face going forward in a different economic climate.