new rules for signs on motorways

New rules for signs on motorways

From today 25 July 2019 there are new rules for signs on motorways. The Highway Code rule 258 has been updated to provide details about red ‘x’ signs on motorways.

The changes are to reflect amends made to The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2016 regarding lane closures.

Rule 255

Motorway signals (see ‘Light signals controlling traffic’) are used to warn you of a danger ahead. For example, there may be an incident, fog, a spillage or road workers on the carriageway which you may not immediately be able to see.

Rule 256

Signals situated on the central reservation apply to all lanes. On very busy stretches, signals may be overhead with a separate signal for each lane.

Rule 257

Amber flashing lights. These warn of a hazard ahead. The signal may show a temporary maximum speed limit, lanes that are closed or a message such as ‘Fog’. Adjust your speed and look out for the danger until you pass a signal which is not flashing or one that gives the ‘All clear’ sign and you are sure it is safe to increase your speed.

Rule 258

Red flashing lights. If red lights flash on a signal and a red “X” is showing, you MUST NOT drive in the lane shown as closed beyond the signal. This applies until you pass another signal indicating that the lane is no longer closed, by displaying the word “End” or a speed limit sign and you are sure that it is safe to proceed.

Red flashing lights. If red lights flash on a signal in the central reservation or on the side of the road and lane closed sign is showing, you MUST NOT go beyond the signal in any lane.

Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD reg 3 and sch15

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Driver CPC training deadline 2019

It's that time again! Five years on and the Driver CPC training deadline 2019 is approaching. For professional lorry, bus or coach drivers in the UK, the deadline to complete your driver CPC periodic training and maintain your current DQC card is 9th September 2019.

If you haven’t already done so, make sure you’ve completed 35 hours of periodic training by 9 September 2019.


Even though we may or may not be leaving the EU, drivers of lorries and buses will still need a valid CPC to continue to operate in the UK. It is illegal for professional drivers to operate without an up to date Driver Qualification Card (DQC).

Finding a training course

The TMconsultant (training) Consortium has members across the country. You can find them here. Get in touch with a trainer near you!

Alternatively, you can visit the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) website. Only courses taken with approved centres count towards periodic training.

I'm not sure how much training I have taken

You can check how much training you’ve already taken and when you’ll get your next DQC by using the government online driver enquiry service. You can also give your employer temporary access to your training records.

What happens if I miss the driver cpc training deadline

Don't! As you cannot drive professionally unless you hold a valid driver qualification card (DQC) and you could be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without a valid DQC.

Need more information?

You can find out more about Driver CPC training on GOV.UK

Like to become a Driver CPC trainer?

We've compiled a very useful blog on How to Become a Driver CPC Trainer.

How can I join the TMconsultant (training) consortium?

You find out all about how to join the TMconsultant Driver CPC training consortium here.

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Do-you-know-your-Operator Licence Undertakings

Do you know your Operator Licence Undertakings?

Do you know your Operator Licence Undertakings? I do get asked this question more nowadays as this information isn’t that easy to find due to operator licence applications being all online. So for anyone looking here they are!

What are Operator Licence Undertakings?

They are set of undertakings which, when issued with your operator licence, you will sign and agree to abide by. Not doing so will probably result in you appearing in front of the traffic commissioner! Depending on your application there may some extra provisions added to the statuary operator licence undertakings.

Undertaking No 1.

The laws relating to the driving and operation of vehicles used under this licence are observed.

Undertaking No 2.

The rules on drivers hours and Tachographs  are observed, and proper records are kept and that they are stored, also that records are readily available on request

Undertaking No 3.

To ensure vehicles and trailers are not overloaded

Undertaking No 4.

That all vehicles operator within speed limits

Undertaking No 5.

To ensure drivers promptly report any defects that could prevent the safe operation of the vehicle or trailer and that all defects are recorded in writing.

Undertaking No 6.

To ensure all vehicles and trailers, including hired vehicles and trailers, are kept in a fit and serviceable condition.

Undertaking No 7.

To ensure you are keeping full records for a 15 month period for all drivers reports of defects, safety inspections, routine maintenance and repairs to vehicles.

All these records need to be available on request.

Undertaking No 8.

In respect of each operating centre specified, that the number of vehicles and number trailers kept there will not exceed the maximum number authorised at each operating centre. (Which will be noted on the licence)

Undertaking No 9.

An unauthorised operating centre is not used in any traffic area.

Undertaking No 10.

You will inform the traffic commissioner against yourself, company, business partners, company directors and nominated transport manager/s named on the application. 

Undertaking No 11.

That you will ensure that you will notify the traffic commissioner of any changes within 28 days, EG: proposed changes to maintenance arrangements. A change in the financial status of the licence holder (Liquidation etc) or a change to the limited company status or partnership that may affect the licence.

Applying for an operator licence?

If you’re looking to apply for an operator and need help then get in touch with our partners Logistics Support. They can help you through the whole processes.

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