The BVSF have been advised that a Consultation on the draft Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 is now available.

1. Defra and the Welsh Government have published a consultation on proposals to enhance measures to tackle waste crime and entrenched poor performance in the waste sector. Part I of the consultation seeks your comments on strengthening the regulators’ powers in respect of all types of facilities that operate under an environmental permit. The proposed enhancements broaden the scope of the regulators’ powers to prevent or remedy pollution.
 
2. Part II of this document is a call for evidence on other measures to tackle waste crime and entrenched poor performance in the waste management industry and seeks your views on measures to strengthen the demonstration of competence to operate a site; require the clean-up of abandoned and orphaned waste management sites; adopt fixed penalties for fly-tipping; and measures to protect landowners/ landlords from the impacts of waste crime. You are invited to comment.


3. Further information and the consultation document can be found on-line at:
 
https://consult.defra.gov.uk/waste/enhanced_powers_to_tackle_waste_crime
 
Please feel free in the first instance to forward any response to the BVSF to be added to the general BVSF's own thoughts.

 

 

Vehicle Identity Check Scheme Working Group Update

 

Corporate Support & Policy Department for Transport

 

26 February 2015

 

I am writing to you provide you with an update on progress with the abolition of the Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) scheme since I last wrote in December.

The review of the Code of Practice for the Disposal of Motor Vehicle Salvage (COP) is well advanced, and some of you have been involved in discussions with both Thatcham and SalvageWire who are undertaking these reviews.  These reviews are coming to an end and there will be more information on the outcomes soon.

The Department for Transport are well advanced on making the legal preparations for the abolition of the VIC scheme from 1st October 2015, and are working with Thatcham to ensure that the outcome of the reviews is reflected in legislation if required.

DfT will be in touch again when we have received the outcome of the COP reviews.


Yours sincerely,

Maria Ullah

 

 

 

 

 

Drug driving - do you know the limits?

Story provided by Admiral Insurance

 

 

We're all aware of the drink-driving limits in the UK, but are you as clued up on the new drug-driving limits?

Police can already prosecute motorists caught driving under the influence of drugs, including medicinal drugs. But the new rules, which are set to come into force next month (2nd March 2015), introduce specified limits for 16 drugs, similar to what we have with alcohol.

The Government decided against a zero limit as certain medicinal drugs can be absorbed in the body and produce trace effects.

They also didn't want to risk penalising drivers for accidental exposure to drugs, such as inhaling cannabis smoke in a public place.

So, what's on the list?

Illegal drugs

  1. Benzoylecgonine (cocaine) - 50 micrograms per litre of blood (µg/L)
  2. Cocaine - 10µg/L
  3. Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (cannabis and cannabinol) - 2µg/L
  4. Ketamine - 20µg/L
  5. LSD - 1µg/L
  6. Methylamphetamine - 10µg/L
  7. MDMA (ecstasy) - 10µg/L
  8. Heroin and diamorphine - 5µg/L

Prescription drugs

  1. Clonazepam (used to treat seizures and panic disorder) - 50µg/L
  2. Diazepam (anti-anxiety) - 550µg/L
  3. Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol - sedative) - 300µg/L
  4. Lorazepam (anti-anxiety) - 100µg/L
  5. Methadone (heroin substitute) - 500µg/L
  6. Morphine (pain relief) - 80µg/L
  7. Oxazepam (anti-anxiety) - 300µg/L
  8. Temazepam (anti-anxiety and sedative) - 1,000µg/L 

The legal drink-drive limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood - the equivalent of 800,000 micrograms per litre.

The limits for the majority of prescription drugs are above the normal doses; the new legislation will give police the power to test and arrest motorists who are suspected of driving over the new levels.

Unlike the existing 'impairment' offence, the new law provides a medical defence if you're taking a prescription in accordance with medical instructions - provided, of course, you're not impaired.

Penalties for drug-driving

If you're convicted of drug-driving you'll get:

  • A minimum one-year driving ban
  • A fine up to £5,000
  • A criminal record

Your driving licence will also show a conviction for drug-driving and it will stay on there for 11 years.

A conviction for drug-driving also means you may not be able to get car insurance; Admiral and its sister companies will not cover anyone who has been found guilty of a drug-driving offence.

If you have a driving job your employer will see the conviction on your licence and you may have trouble travelling to certain countries, such as the USA.

  • If you drive and take prescription medicine, it may be helpful to keep evidence of this with you in case you're stopped by police.

 

 

No ministry plates; no MOT

Story provided by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

 

Ministry Plate cropped

 

Before you take a commercial vehicle for its annual test, you must have a plating certificate – also known as a ministry plate – that shows the permitted axle and gross vehicle weights.

 

This is listed as part of the process in the DVLA’s V355 guidance notes and Automated First Registration and Licensing (AFRL) dealer procedures guide, when you first register your vehicle.

 

If you’ve bought a new vehicle from a dealer or manufacturer who registered it, it’s worth checking that the correct details were submitted to DVSA at the time of registration and the plating certificate is included. If not, you’ll have to apply for one before you can take your vehicle to annual test.

 

To get your plating certificates, you must email your European Community Whole Vehicle Type (ECWVTA), National Small Series Type Approval, or Individual Vehicle Approval certificates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post them to:

 

DVSA Testing and Support Services
Ellipse
Padley Road
Swansea
SA1 8AN

 

In your covering note, you must include:

 

a) From all applicants:

 

  • Registration number
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Date of registration
  • Name and address of who the plating documents should be sent to
  • The reduced revenue weight if it’s lower than the design weight

 

b)   From applicants who are submitting a certificate of conformity (new vehicles):

 

  • The function e.g. rigid, arctic or drawbar
  • The brake system type e.g. air/hydraulic
  • The service break system ‘split’ arrangement
  • The manufacturers designated secondary brake
  • If there is more than one driven axle, is it fitted with a third differential?
  • Is a transmission brake fitted?

 

We will create the plates and will usually be able to issue you with them within 16 weeks of receipt of your certificates.

 

 

Changes to tachograph rules for local journeys

 

Representation of 100 km radius

Soon some vehicles will no longer need to be fitted with tachograph recording equipment and their drivers will not have to comply with EC drivers’ hours rules, but with GB drivers’ hours rules instead.

From 2 March 2015, a new European regulation EU 165/2014 (PDF 2 MB) will replace EEC 3821/85, setting out requirements for the construction, installation, use, testing, and control of tachograph recording equipment.

The new regulation increases the journey distance for exemptions from 50km to 100km from the operator’s base. This will apply to:

  • Vehicles or vehicle trailer combinations with a maximum weight of 7,500kg which are:- Used to carry materials, equipment or machinery for the driver’s use in the course of their work, and when driving the vehicle is not the driver’s main activity.

    – Used to carry goods and are propelled by natural or liquefied gas or electricity.

  • Vehicles used to carry live animals from farms to local markets or from markets to local farms or slaughterhouses.

Download and read these rules from www.gov.uk/government/publications/rules-on-drivers-hours-and-tachographs-goods-vehicles-in-gb