One of the hardest tasks for a transport manager can be keeping on top of the latest legislation and regulations regarding road haulage. But no panic: there are publications out there which can help. |
If you buy only two books this year to keep on your office shelf then make sure they are Lowe’s Transport Manager’s & Operator’s Handbook 2017 and FTA’s Yearbook of Road Transport Law. Within the pages of these publications you will find all the details you need about recent changes to rules and legislation which will keep your logistics business running smoothly.
Lowe’s Transport Manager’s & Operator’s Handbook 2017
No transport manager should be without the latest edition of Lowe’s Transport Manager’s & Operator’s Handbook. This is the 47th edition of the logistics bible, which offers a comprehensive look at the operational laws, technical standards and guidelines which affect goods vehicle operations.
Highlights of the new edition include updated information on: • Procedures • Rights • Responsibilities • Professional competence • Working times • Updated rules on driving hours • The latest on penalties and speed cameras • Guidelines on drugs testing for drivers • Health and Safety Executive consultation papers
Released last month, this latest guide will bring you up to date on the rules and regulations you need to follow to do your job effectively and within current legislation.
FTA’s Yearbook of Road Transport Law
The second publication that is a must for any transport manager is the FTA’s Yearbook of Road Transport Law.
Free to its members, the FTA has created an essential reference book on road haulage legislation. Sponsored by Bridgestone, the guide aims to be an essential, easy to use tool for transport managers to help them keep their business fully compliant with the very latest relevant legislation.
The guide is designed to give managers an in-depth, detailed account of legislation which might affect them and their drivers.
Key highlights include: • A detailed view of legislation affecting general operations such as Driver CPC, drivers’ hours and tachographs • Advice on specialised operations including abnormal or dangerous goods • In-depth overview of the laws affecting special vehicles like tractors and mobile cranes • Legislation regarding overseas operations • New legislation covering employment • Health and safety laws
The FTA has also included a list of key contact numbers, emails and addresses in the guide to put you in touch with key authorities you may need to contact regarding road haulage issues.
For FTA members who prefer to read digital information or want to access the Yearbook from their own mobile devices, the guide is available to download, chapter by chapter, on the FTA’s website.
It can be a challenge to keep on top of the seemingly constant changes in legislation but, armed with these two publications, you’ll be sure that your operation is fully compliant and ready to go.
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Haulage Exchange provides services for matching a transport manager or driver with available haulage jobs. Over 4,000 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.
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