Are You Aware of the Latest Updates to the Vocational Driver Conduct Guidance (Statutory Document 6)?

An updated version of the statutory document on driver conduct (statutory document 6) has been issued by the Senior Traffic Commissioner.

The changes include:

  • mutual recognition of driver disqualification between Great Britain and Republic of Ireland
  • the approach to abusive behaviour towards officials
  • determining cases when drivers fail to attend without notice
  • additional language support for drivers during hearings
  • revised entry points with case examples (for instance route planning and bridge strikes)
  • increased penalties for mobile phone use
  • starting points for military personnel

We understand most of the other statutory documents have also been updated recently, click here to view the latest versions. Several of the changes relate to bringing the legal position up to date and incorporate some of the recent Upper Tribunal decisions into the documents.

Upcoming changes to the Small PSV Operations guidance (Statutory Document 13)

Also expect an updated version of statutory document 13 to be issued which covers small PSV operations. This document is currently going through significant changes and will shortly be consulted on.

In summary the most important changes are:

  • the addition of references to the withdrawal from the EU
  • the requirement for transport managers to exercise continuous and effective management further to Article 4
  • an updated position on driver employment with reference to recent Upper Tribunal decisions
  • references to Upper Tribunal decisions regarding representations made before a traffic commissioner decides whether to disqualify an operator or transport manager
  • the inclusion of a decision on distinction between financial standing and financial resources and expansion of ‘technically available’
  • further explanation around applications for periods of grace, including starting points
  • an update to serious offence details around community orders and relevant convictions in line with legislative changes
  • an expansion on bridge strikes/collisions with infrastructure with reference to Network Rail guidance
  • reference to best practice guides including vehicle security, diesel spillages and safety recalls
  • the inclusion of requirement for unique usage of VOL log-on details
  • guidance on dissolved company rights and restoration to Companies House register

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