Operators urged to check O licence guidance changes05 January 2016

Commercial vehicle operators must ensure they are familiar with the revised statutory vehicle licensing documents, released by the senior traffic commissioner last month, if they are to avoid unwittingly breaching new requirements.

That’s the warning from Ruth Waring FCILT, managing director of Labryinth Logistics Consulting, who says that despite the revisions being launched “with a lack of fanfare”, they contain some important updates that must be noted.

A clear description of the transport manager’s role is now included and, says Waring, this could in theory open the door to more prosecutions of individuals who do not discharge their duties in a manner compliant with the guidance.

Driver conduct requirements are also updated – and drivers can no longer use the excuse that they had been following their employer’s instructions in an attempt to avoid their personal responsibilities.

Altogether, Beverley Bell’s team published 15 statutory documents, offering guidance on areas as diverse as legal entities and financial record keeping.

Labyrinth offers a compliance management and audit tool, called SilkThread, and says its system has been updated to reflect the changes.

The company has also produced an overview of all the relevant statutory changes: click the link below.

Laura Cork

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