Duxford law gathering

More than 100 PSV and HGV operators and managers gathered at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridge, to hear the latest legal and regulatory updates at the fourth annual Woodfines Solicitors Road Transport Conference.

Head of Transport Law at Woodfines Solicitors, Tim Ridyard, chaired the event and, together with Woodfines Partners Mike Hayward and Carolyn Evans, emphasised the need for early intervention to avoid non-compliance and outlined the sorts of problems often encountered by operators leading to prosecution or public inquiry hearings.

Caroline Hicks, Head of Enforcement Transformation at DVSA, explained the new concept of ‘Earned Recognition’ where exemplary operators should be rewarded, while non-compliant operators should be the focus of enforcement activities. Gordon Humphreys outlined the content and ramifications of the new EU Tachograph Regulation in a well-received and popular presentation.

Richard Turfitt, East of England Traffic Commissioner, gave an in-depth talk about a wide range of problems and issues experienced with operator licences.