Supreme Court ruling has huge ramifications for the gig economy

On 19 February, the UK’s highest court finally handed down its ruling on a legal battle that has been raging for years between ride hailing app Uber and its drivers. In 2016, two drivers took Uber before an employment tribunal for the right to be classed as employed workers, thus granting them basic rights such […]

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DVSA updates the categorisation of defects during vehicle inspections

Revised guidance on how defects affecting a vehicle’s roadworthiness are categorised during DVSA vehicle inspections came into force on 1 February 2021. Changes include a ban on tyres over the age of 10 years on the front axles of buses, lorries, coaches and all wheel positions of minibuses (we have explored this ban and what […]

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Government bans 10-year-old tyres

On 9 December 2020, the government amended The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use Regulations), updating the rules relating to tyres over 10 years of age on certain types of vehicle. The changes came into effect on 1 February 2021, meaning tyres that are 10+ years old are now banned from use on the front axles […]

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New HSE Health and Safety app released

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have released a Health and Safety app targeted at small and medium businesses with the aim to help organisations understand the law, their health and safety rights and their responsibilities. The app includes practical advice and step-by-step guidance on a range of topics, including managing risk, work-related stress and […]

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Woman found guilty of UK’s first e-scooter drink driving offence

We have previously written about the rollout of e-scooter trials across the United Kingdom and the laws and restrictions which apply when riding them (for more information see here.) As set out in our article, traditional motoring offences, such as using a mobile phone whilst driving; drink and drug driving; and careless and dangerous driving […]

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Chancellor introduces new support for lockdown-hit businesses

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new lockdown on 4 January, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has stepped up with a new financial support offering for the worst hit businesses, including those working in the leisure, hospitality and retail industries. Eligible businesses can now apply for one-off grants of up to £9,000 per business premises, in […]

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