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Published: 1st September 2020

September Newsletter - BSA Advice

Welcome to our September newsletter where we look at a new announcement from the DVSA, changes to EU driving rules and much more.

DVSA Announces Changes to MIVR

On Thursday 3rd September, the DVSA released a bulletin detailing the upcoming changes that will be made to the Maintenance Investigation Visit Reports (MIVR). The changes that will be coming into affect include new areas that will be checked by ... Read More

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Updates

With the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough scheme) set to close on 31st October 2020, over the coming months, changes to capped amount that the government will be paying to furloughed workers will begin to decrease. On the ... Read More

How Changes to Tax Legislation IR35 Affect Transport Companies & Drivers

IR35 is tax legislation relating to off-payroll working. The changes affect both transport companies who use self-employed drivers, and drivers who claim to be self-employed. Even if you are a transport company who uses an agency to contract drivers, if the driver is deemed to be under your control the ... Read More

Public Inquiry Attendees Must Not Break Quarantine Rules

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has just circulated the following press release (21.08.2020): PI attendees must follow the 14-day quarantine rule when arriving back in the UK from a country that is not on the exemption ... Read More

Changes to EU Driving Rules from 20th August 2020

EU drivers’ hours and tachograph rules will change on 20th August. These changes are causing a considerable degree of industry angst. If you are affected adversely please let us know or contact your Trade Association (e.g. HTA, BSA). The new rules will ... Read More

Public Inquiries - New Arrangements

In March 2020, COVID-19 brought a temporary end to Public Inquires and Driver Conduct Hearings.  These were resumed for a limited number of cases using an online video conferencing platform. Last month, however, Public Inquiries and Driver Conduct hearings returned ... Read More

OTC Could Face Action After Serious GDPR Breach

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner's (OTC) could be facing legal action from transport operators after their decision to publish outcomes of driver conduct hearings. The publication of this information is being labelled "a serious GDPR ... Read More

COVID-19 - Updated Guidance for Transport Operators

On 25th July, the government updated their 'Safer Guidance for Operators' document, to include additional information surrounding the use of face coverings and masks by transport workers in England.The document now states: 'Face coverings are ... Read More

BSAProtect© - Tailored Legal Retainer Agreement

BSAProtect is for paid-up members seeking access to legal advice in connection with transport-related legal issues. BSA has negotiated free access for its members to Dyne Solicitors' Transport Law telephone advice scheme covering road transport law, operator licensing and commercial litigation issues.

Access is subject to reasonable user and a limit of 2 hours per member in any period of 12 months. Telephone advice in this context means communication over the telephone with a solicitor employed by Dyne Solicitors Limited for purposes of providing general legal advice.

All calls will be recorded for fact verification purposes and subject to fair use and an absolute limit of 2 hours per member in any period of 12 months. Dyne also offers their own DyneProtect© product which offers more comprehensive support (but is subject to an annual agreed fee).

To learn more, please get in touch on the details below.

01829 773105