Welcome to our monthly Transport Update, bringing you links to the major developments relevant to the transport industry.


Air Quality

Council adopts regulation enforcing stricter CO2 emission standards for cars and vans 

The Council of the European Union has adopted a Regulation setting strict new carbon dioxide emissions standards for cars and light commercial vehicles.

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Annual Report 2017-18

A Department for Transport annual report on the value and outcomes of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for financial year 2017-2018.

Autonomous Vehicles

SMMT report: Connected and autonomous vehicles: winning the global race to market

A report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and Frost & Sullivan looking at the benefits to be achieved by gradually increasing connected and autonomous vehicles on roads. 

Aviation

Council of EU signs off regulation on safeguarding competition in air transport

The Council of the European Union has adopted a regulation which aims to ensure healthy competition and help to maintain high connectivity in order to address unfair commercial practices emerging in the air transport sector from companies located in non-EU companies.

Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2019 (SI 2019/853)

In force: 8 May 2019

Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel Training & Competence Requirement - CAP 1649

A Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) consultation seeking comment on the CAA's publication of CAP 1649 to assist in interpreting the relevant requirements laid down in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373 Annex XIII pertaining to ATSEP training and competence assessments, including United Kingdom requirements for limited certificate holder ANSPs. 

Brexit

Aviation Noise (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/643)

In force: Coming into operation on exit day as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 s.20(1).

Aviation Safety (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/645)

In force: Coming into operation on exit day as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 s.20(1).

Aviation Statistics (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/646)

In force: Coming into operation, in part, on exit day as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 s.20(1) and, in part, on 27 March 2019.

Heavy Duty Vehicles (Emissions and Fuel Consumption) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/846)

In force: Coming into operation on exit day as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 s.20(1).

Licensing of Operators and International Road Haulage (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/708)

In force: Coming into operation on exit day as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 s.20(1).

Merchant Shipping (Inland Waterways) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/808)

In force: Coming into operation on whichever is the later of exit day, as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 s.20(1), or 1 May 2019.

Merchant Shipping (Passengers Rights) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/649)

In force: Coming into operation on exit day as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 s.20(1).

Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/630)

In force: Coming into operation on exit day as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 s.20(1)

Rail Safety (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/837)

In force: Coming into operation on exit day as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 s.20(1).

Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertakings) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/700)

In force: Coming into operation on exit day as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 s.20(1).

Road Vehicles and Non-Road Mobile Machinery (Type-Approval) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/648)

In force: Coming into operation, in part, on exit day as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 s.20(1) and, in part, on 17 April 2019.

Shipping radioactive sources between the UK and EU after a no deal Brexit

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy guidance setting out what operators need to do to move radioactive sources between the UK and EU if the UK leaves without a deal.

The Civil Aviation (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/687)

In force: In accordance with Reg.1

The Common Rules for Access to the International Market for Coach and Bus Services (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I 2019/741)

In force: In accordance with Reg.1

Train Driving Licences and Certificates (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/677)

In force: Coming into operation on exit day as defined in European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 s.20(1).

Buses

Bus Services Act 2017: Bus Open Data: Consultation Response

In response to a consultation on bus open data, the Department for Transport has stated that due to general support, they will now create a bus open data digital service to build applications, products and services for passengers. 

Transport (Scotland) Bill 2018 (SP Bill 33)

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for, among other things: low emission zones; powers of local transport authorities to operate local bus services in their areas; prohibiting the parking of vehicles on pavements and double parking; and the regulation of road works. The Bill completed Stage 1 on 4 April 2019. This means that the Scottish Parliament has agreed to the general principles of the Bill and will now move to Stage 2, when specific amendments are put forward.

Drones

Take off for further Drone Regulations?

Drone regulation was placed centre stage during the Christmas 2018 holiday period, when reported drone sightings at Gatwick Airport grounded a reported 1,000 flights, affecting around 140,000 passengers. Since then, all eyes have been on the UK Government for the next steps in drone regulation. Read our update as we follow the Government's progress. 

2019 Drone Registration Scheme: Charge Proposal Consultation Document

A CAA consultation on proposed charges for the UK's new drone registration scheme, which is due to launch on 1 October 2019. The proposed annual charge is £16.50 for each operator and covers the cost of running the registration scheme. The consultation closes on 7 June 2019.

Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles: Charging Points: Written question - 233474

A written question asked by Bill Wiggin MP to ask the Department for Transport what steps are being taken to improve the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The Department has said it will be launching a consultation shortly on a proposal for chargepoints to be installed in all new-build homes in England, where appropriate, and is also looking at how all new lampposts can include charging infrastructure.

General

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2019 (SI 2019/793)

In force: 4 April 2019

Lessons from transport for the sponsorship of major projects

A policy paper identifying 24 lessons learnt from transport to improve controlled delivery of major projects by government departments.

Ports & Shipping

Trends to watch in hubs and emerging global ports

Explore the trends & developments around ports & terminals in emerging & frontier markets as shared by Addleshaw Goddard corporate partner Ton Van den Bosch as featured in the April/May 2019 edition of Bunkerspot.

Electronic information exchange mandatory from 8 April 2019

National governments will be required from 8 April 2019 to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports in order to make cross-border trade simpler and the logistics chain more efficient.

The Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Extension of Maritime Labour Certificate) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (2019/716)

In force: 23 April 2019

Consultation on the results of the review of standards for older UK passenger ships

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has published the outcome of its consultation and expects a further consultation on any revised proposals during the second quarter of 2019. The Government will finalise the Regulations with a view to bringing them into force during the autumn of 2019, but a period of implementation will be permitted. 

Consultation for code of safe working practice for merchant seafarers 4th Amendment 2019

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has published a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to the code of safe working practice for merchant seafarers (COSWP) 4th amendment 2019. The consultation closes on 21 June 2019. 

Rail Network

European Council adopts Brexit contingency measures

The Council of the European Union has adopted a regulation to ensure continuity of train services between the EU (France and Ireland) and the United Kingdom in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

RM3 2019: The Risk Management Maturity Model

The Office for Rail and Road has developed in collaboration with the rail industry, the latest version of the Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3) which is used to assess a rail organisation's ability to manage health and safety risks and identify areas for improvement.

Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/554 of 5 April 2019 amending Annex VI to Directive 2007/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the certification of train drivers operating locomotives and trains on the railway system in the Community [2019] OJ L97/1

In force: 9 July 2019

Crossrail: progress review: Ninety-Second Report of Session 2017-19

A House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts report looking at the Crossrail programme and provides recommendations going forward. 

ORR's regulation of land disposals by Network Rail 

The Office of Rail and Road has published a consultation seeking views on their proposed updated arrangements for regulating Network Rail's land disposals. This follows their 2018 periodic review (PR18) of Network Rail's outputs and funding. Comments closed on 22 April 2019.

Finalised Guidance on the Economic Equilibrium Test

The Office of Rail and Road has published finalised guidance on the economic equilibrium test for rail open access applications. The guidance document explains how they intend to assess open access applications and the procedure that will apply.

2012 State aid modernisation package, railways guidelines and short-term export credit insurance - fitness check

A European Commission consultation is seeking comments on whether state aid rules revised following its 2012 "State aid modernisation" are still fit for purpose and establish if they have contributed to achieving the EU 2020 policy objectives. Comments are required by 10 July 2019.

Inquiry launched into trains fit for the future

The Transport Committee has launched an inquiry into the development of alternatively fuelled trains and how carriages should be designed to meet changing demands of the public. The inquiry examines the costs and benefits to the rail industry as it looks to move away from diesel-powered to electric and bi-mode and the use of alternative fuels such as batteries and hydrogen. The Committee is calling for written evidence by 23 May 2019.

Road Network

Consultation - Public service vehicle operator licensing and tribunal rules: legislative changes

A Department for Transport consultation is seeking comments on changing public service vehicle rules so that operations begin sooner and introducing formal tribunal rules in traffic commissioner tribunal functions. The consultation closes on 25 June 2019.

EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles approved

The European Parliament has approved a regulation that will require all new vehicles to be installed with advanced safety systems such as intelligent speed assistance, driver drowsiness, attention warning and advanced braking systems from May 2022 and from May 2024 for existing models. Passenger cars and light commercial vehicles will also be mandatory to have an emergency braking system as well as an emergency lane-keeping system.

Trends in Transport

A vision of urban transport in the future

The Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy consultation examines how urban transport might look in 20 years' time and seeks to lay down some key principles to govern its development and make sure the UK is a world leader in shaping the future of mobility.  How might your journey look in 2040? Read our report to find out.

Paul Hirst

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United Kingdom

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Anna Sweeney

Senior Knowledge Lawyer, Projects & Infrastructure
Leeds

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