Working Time Directive/Road Transport Directive for subcontractors

Don’t worry about it, the new rules only apply to the self-employed if they driver vehicles that come uder the tacho regs.

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Posted by Alec at 9:35 pm, May 23, 2007

Advice please (ref towbar)

No, you need a tacho fitted if a 3.5 ton van tows any trailer. You need an O-licence if the trailer’s over 1020kg unladen.

Posted under Drivers' Hours, Towing, Vans

Posted by Alec at 4:27 pm, January 11, 2007

O licence or not

Only if the unladen weight of the trailer is over 1020kg. You’ll need a tacho though.

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Posted by Alec at 5:48 pm, November 13, 2006


None of which will apply to Nigel, since it’s his customer that’s the Operator, not him.

He will of course need to keep his own full records of his employees’ working time to comply with the RTD.

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Posted by Alec at 5:54 pm, October 12, 2006

Mixed Driving Hours

I’d be more concerned about the Road Transport Directive implications. I think (and I’m going from memory – I’ve not even thought about the RTD since I decided it didn’t apply to me) that your drivers would come under RTD regulations even when they were on their ‘non tacho’ week. So they’re only allowed to work an average 48 hour week and only allowed to work a maximum of 60 hours in any week. Unlike the WTD your drivers can’t opt out of the RTD.

This would mean that you’d have to keep an accurate record of all their working hours, breaks and POAs even for the ‘non tacho’ week. Since VOSA can demand access to the records to monitor your RTD compliance then you’d have to make sure that those records also show that you stay absolutely within the UK Domestic Rules while your drivers are driving small vans – 10 hours driving & 11 hours daily duty limit etc.

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Posted by Alec at 11:33 am, October 12, 2006

Crackdown on non standard numberplates

The crackdown is because they need the number plates to be readable by their ANPR cameras.

That’s EXACTLY how they deal with a lot of serious crime nowadays – including part of the ongoing campaign against terrorists.

Don’t mock it, it works apparently. Anyone notice the randomly parked (non-traffic) police cars with ANPR cameras parked on every motorway route towards major airports over the last couple of weeks?

They can now check on ownership, road tax, insurance and MOT status instantly, as long as their cameras can read the number plate. Surely that’s agood thing? It gets uninsured/untaxed etc drivers off the road, which I think we all want. It also allows the police to target these drivers and discover that they’re almost invariably involved in some other illegal activity.

Of course they can also enter your vehicle reg into their system and work out your exact movements for the last few weeks, but who’s worried about that?

Now if VOSA start doing that………

Posted under Drivers' Hours, Legal Issues, Vans

Posted by Alec at 5:38 pm, September 18, 2006