The People of the United Kingdom have voted to leave Europe
So the decision has now been made and the UK will begin the long, arduous task of separating from the EU and building it’s own independent future. Whether you think this was the right decision or not is a matter of personal opinion, however the decision has been made and we must all now look to the future.
In the lead up to this referendum many of our compliance clients and individual drivers have been calling our support lines with two common questions:
Will the EU Drivers Hours Rules be replaced with UK Domestic Regulations?
Will the government scrap the Driver CPC now?
According to experts, the minimum time period following the vote to leave would be two years, although it may take considerably longer. Throughout this time, the UK would be obliged to obey EU treaties and laws, therefore in the short term the answer is a definite “No” to both questions.
Most of the current transport legislation governing operators and drivers does come from EU laws however it is unlikely that the UK government will focus its attention on reforming transport laws any time soon. The primary focus affecting transport will be on the renegotiation of trade deals and ensuring the trading barriers are kept to a minimum.
In the long term, we traded with Europe long before we joined the EU and we will continue to trade with Europe going forward so it makes sense to keep our drivers’ hours rules aligned so we do not see the rules changing anytime soon.
As for the Driver CPC qualification there have been campaigns to reform this qualification ever since it was first introduced. Officially the Driver CPC qualification is required if you work for a transport company registered in an EU country or if you are a citizen of an EU country and you will be driving in the EU. Meaning that once the UK has completely separated from the EU the Driver CPC qualification could be dropped for most drivers.
However we feel that there would need to be a very strong case to drop the qualification altogether and the more likely result is that the qualification is updated and reformed.
As always we will keep you informed of any legislation updates and if you have any questions please get in touch