RECENT AND IMMINENT LEGISLATION
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Vehicle Width—The Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Amendment Regulations 1995 and the Motor Vehicles
(Authorisation of Special Types) (Amendment) Order 1995. cif 1 January 1996 increases the maximum width of vehicles to 2.55m The Sale of Registration Marks Regulations 1995. cif 18 December1995. Changed rules relating to sale of rights relating to registration marks, Main change is new right to assign a registration mark of a Northern Ireland-registered vehicle.
Finance Bill 1995—Recent Budget 'Vehicle Excise duty frozen for all HGVs over 3.5 tonnes GVVV 'pig rate raised to £140 'supplementary VED for drawbar trailers 4-12 tonnes GVW increased to £1 40 •VED supplement for trailers over 12 tonnes up to .2390 *New "private/HGV" tax class for vehicles used only for training, or running empty—£150 *trade licences up to £1 40 'fuel duty for diesel and petrol up 9.6% •rate of duty for CNG and LPG reduced by 15% The Vehicle Excise Duty (Immobilisation Removal and Disposal of Vehicles) Regulations 1996. Allows for clamping and removal of unlicensed vehicles in certain London Boroughs. cif 20 Feb 1996.
The Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) (Amendment) (No2) Regulations 1996. Prohibits use of minibuses and coaches for dedicated journeys carrying children aged three-16 inclusive unless every child has a forward facing seat and belt. cif 6 March 1996.
The Public Service Vehicles (Carrying Capacity) (Amendment) Regulations 1996. Abolishes concessions allowing three children to sit in two seats on public service vehicles.
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations 1996. Replaces current
PCR and RTR and implements the requirements of the ADR Framework Directive and VOC Stage 1 Directive. HSE
consultation commencing end of November 95 Transitional period until 1 January 1997.
Carriage of Dangerous Goods (Classification Packaging & Labelling) and Use of Transportable Pressure Receptacles Regulations 1996. This replaces ADR Framework Directive, which includes new ADR requirements for gas bottles etc. Health and Safety Executive consultation commencing end November 95 Transitional period until 1 January 1997.
The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 1996. cif 20 February 1996. 'Training providers for motorcycles and mopeds can pre-book tests without specifying a candidate at the time of booking. New rules prevent multiple test bookings (to get a quicker retest in the event of failure) •LGV and PCV drivers who are disqualified and ordered to take a re-test who subsequently take a car test regain other entitlements.
The Road Traffic Act 1991 (Amendment of Schedule 31 (England and Wales) Order 1996. cifl April 1996. Decriminalises certain parking offences and replaces with civil liability, The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Large Goods and Passenger Carrying Vehicles) Amendments Regulations 1996. cif 26 February 1996. • Training providers of LGV and PCV test candidates can blockbook tests without naming candidates. 'Forbids use of solo artic tractor for Category C test.
The Goods Vehicles (Authorisation of International Journeys) (Fees) Regulations 1996. cif 22 February 1996. Covers fees to be paid for issue of documents authorising journeys between UK and certain other states.