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CM has teamed up with Neil Johnson from the Freight Transport Association's legal department to highlight laws in the pipeline. He is unable to take telephone calls at CM's offices but written enquiries will be passed on.
RECENT AND IMMINENT LEGISLATION
The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1996. CIF 2 December 1996 and 1 April 1997. Implements the Second Driver Licensing Directive in the UK introducing staged testing, theory testing for LGV/PCV candidates, new test vehicle standards and eyesight/medical standards. Also requires drivers of mobile cranes to have a vocational licence if appropriate and drivers of chassis-cabs to have a Category B licence. It also limits drivers passing Category B tests to 3,5tonne GVW vehicles.
The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No6) Regulations 1996. CIF 1 July 1997. Provides exemptions from a number of C&U regulations for vehicles with a ministry-approved certificate.
The Motor Vehicles (Type Approval) (Great Britain) (Amendment) (No2) Regulations 1996. CIF 1 July 1997. Extends Type Approval regulations to include motor ambulances, motor caravans, personally imported passenger vehicles and amateur-built passenger vehicles.
The Motor Vehicles (Type Approval for
Goods Vehicles) (Great Britain) (Amendment) (No2) Regulations 1996. CIF 1 July 1997. Amends the Type Approval regulations to establish a scheme to approve the construction of single light vehicles before they are brought into service.
The Road Vehicles Lighting (Amendment) Regulations 1996. CIF 1 July 1997. Amends the lighting regulations for passenger vehicles subject to a ministryapproved certificate.
The Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Approval of Fitters and Workshops) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1997. CIF 3 March 1997. Reduces the fees for the approval of fitters or workshops for the installation or repair of tachographs.
The Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995 (Commencement) Order 1997. CIF 1
June. Returns new drivers to learner status if they tot up six or more penalty points within two years of passing their tests.
The International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1997. CIF 3 March 1997. Alters the fees for ADR inspections.
The Vehicle Excise Duty (Immobilisation, Removal and Disposal of Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 1997. CIF 1 April 1997. Allows untaxed vehicles to be clamped and impounded.
The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations 1997. CIF 24 March 1997. Introduces new procedures for notifying DVIA of changes in a vehicle's owner by requiring the seller of the vehicle, as well as the buyer, to inform DVLA.
The Road Traffic Offenders (Additional Offences and Prescribed Devices) Order 1997. CIF 18 March 1997. Allows use of bus lane cameras to detect offences relating to the abuse of bus lanes.
The Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) (Amendment) (No2) Regulations 1997. CIF March 19971 April 1997. Amends the Plating and Testing Regulations to exempt vehicles subject to a certificate of conformity or a minister's approval certificate from having a first examination and extends the validity period of a test certificate.
The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 1997. CIF from 1 October 1997. Require cab notices where overall travelling height exceeds 3m and automatic warning devices from 1 April/1 October 1998 (dependent upon age of vehicle) where power operated high-level equipment is fitted.
The Rood Vehicle (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations 1997. CIF 22 April 1997. Allows vehicles engaged in piggyback road/rail operations to operate at weights up to 44 tonnes.