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M1 and M2 Busways

We recently met with DFI regarding their proposals to extend and upgrade the existing city bound hard shoulder bus lanes on the M1 and M2 motorway networks. On the M1 motorway, an existing hard shoulder bus lane operated between Ballyskeagh Bridge and Junction 1 Broadway. DfI proposes to extend the hard shoulder bus...
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Driver CPC – Important Reminder

With 9th September looming, those members who have not already done so, need to complete their second block of Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) periodic training. For drivers who were given 'acquired rights', the deadline to finish the next block of periodic training is 9th September 2018 for those who hold a Category D licence.   Read more

Package Travel Directive 2015

Member States have to transpose The Package Travel Directive 2015 it by January 1st 2018 and it will be applicable from July 1st 2018. The definition of package has changed but it remains a requirement that the service must cover more than 24 hours or include overnight accommodation. Package organisers will still be responsible for all the elements...
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Prepare your business for the General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR

As previously advised, GDPR will apply from 25th May 2018 across all European Union markets. This includes the UK, despite its plans to leave the European Union.  Even if your business is not in the EU, you will still have to comply with the regulation if you collect, share and use personal data of EU citizens. For...
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Driver’s hours: changes to fines for commercial drivers

Whilst these changes to fines do not currently apply in Northern Ireland, they will apply to you if you are driving in GB. Drivers' hours: Changes to Fines for Commercial Drivers - GB The rules will change from 5th march 2018 so lorry, bus and coach drivers who drive tired will be fined for every time they've...
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Ballymena Coach Park

The Federation and its members are delighted with the new coach facilities and the commitment made by Mid and East Antrim Council to the needs of coach companies and their passengers.  We look forward to continuing out work with the Council in their efforts to develop coach tourism potential. [caption id="attachment_4476" align="alignnone" width="300"] Read more

The Driver & Vehicle Agency on the road to a digital transformation

Every year enforcement officers from the Department for Infrastructure's Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) carry out 6,000 inspections of goods vehicles, buses, taxis and cars each year with goods vehicles accounting for nearly half of all vehicles checked. From October these enforcement officers will begin to use tablet devices to support these roadside compliance inspections.  This...
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