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Road Transport Law by Jim Duckworth Published by Transport Law Services
Considering the amount of rules and regulations governing road haulage, and the amount of information that's available to explain them, ignorance of the law is definitely no excuse.
One reference book that comes under the "must have" category for the haulier's bookshelf is iimDuckworth's Road Transport Law, price 225 including postage. Previously published as Kitchin's Road Transport Law, this essential reference source is now in its 29th edition.
The 480-page guide covers just about every operational area that the goods vehicle user needs to know about: Construction and Use; driver and 0-Licensing; drivers hours and records; maintenance; plating and testing; livestock; Special Types; speed limits; waste transport; and weights. There are also chapters on the powers of the Police— very useful if your vehicles are stopped in a check— along with vehicle excise and PSV matters.
Each section opens with a comprehensive list of the legislation covering the topic. Thereafter the rules are explained in simple language leaving the reader in no doubt as to his or her obligations. Where appropriate, case studies are given. Duckworth has been involved with the interpretation of road transport law for more than 30 years and editor of Road Transport Law since 1970. The former legal editor of Motor Transport, Duckworth now runs Transport Law Services of Woking, providing specialist advice to operators prosecuted for transport offences as well as representing hauliers at Public Inquiries and conducting appeals at the Transport Tribunal. He has also run a number of seminars
on Transport law in conjunction with the RHA. Copies of Road Transport Law can be obtained from Transport Law Services, 190 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 1NF: tel (04837) 66235.