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COVID-19 UK: Safety, Health and Environment Regulatory - Motor Crime Team - Coronavirus May Update

  • 29 May 2020 29 May 2020
  • UK & Europe

  • Coronavirus

COVID-19 UK: Safety, Health and Environment Regulatory - Motor Crime Team - Coronavirus May Update

The rapid global spread of COVID-19 is severely affecting the transport and logistics industry's ability to continue under the financial strain. In our May 2020 update, we consider the substantial challenges which are facing these businesses who are helping to keep the country moving during the lockdown and what changes could be introduced to obviate their position.

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We also look at:

  • The Government's recently released guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed on working safely during Covid-19 in or from a vehicle[1] .
  • The recent relaxation of the renewal process for bus and HGV licence holders and how the unions have assisted businesses by successfully lobbying the Government in bringing about this change.
  • The current position regarding the introduction of automated vehicles. The Law Commission's final report and recommendations are expected in 2021, but various regulatory considerations still remain to be addressed.
  • The suspension of certain speed awareness courses and data from a Freedom of Information request which shows the thousands of new drivers banned every year under the New Driving Act 1995.

Authors: Chris Morrison, Partner, and Kate Hargan, Senior Associate.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/vehicles

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