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Traffic Commissioners – Stress balls, Warhammers & Coasters

Like all public servants, Traffic Commissioners are required to report gifts received by them in the course of their office. A brief perusal of the 2013-2014 declarations (the most recent available) makes for interesting reading – perhaps the nature of the gifts tells us something of the recipients, or maybe […]

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Are your Drivers Properly Employed?

We have recently been consulted by a number of HGV and PSV operators who have engaged drivers on a self-employed basis. Whilst there is nothing wrong with subcontracting work to a driver who holds their own Operator’s Licence and owns their own vehicle, big problems can arise if you engage […]

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Do You Need a Financial Standing Stock Take?

Having sufficient financial standing to run your fleet is a mandatory continuing requirement of holding an Operators Licence. Operating goods vehicles or PSVs without the necessary financial standing places your licence, your business and your good repute at risk. The levels of financial standing required are reviewed on the 1st […]

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Challenging London Low Emission Zone Penalties

Every year many hundreds of European hauliers receive demands for payment for breaching the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ). These Penalty Charge Notices can often cover periods of many months and run into thousands of Euros. Even operators whose vehicles are all Euro 6 compliant can still be heavily fined […]

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Smoking in Trucks: What the Law Says

  HGV operators face fixed penalties for failing to stamp down on smoking. The law on smoking in commercial vehicles is very detailed, yet surprisingly poorly understood. We take a quick look at 3 of the main smoking-related criminal offences that all operators and drivers must be aware of:   […]

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Horseboxes as HGVs – Am I Legal?

  If you own or operate a horsebox, or are thinking of doing so, it is essential to ensure that you are not accidentally doing so illegally. The rules and regulations governing horseboxes are in many cases the same as those that govern the operation of HGVs and buses and […]

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Earning a Reputation – Can Earned Recognition Work for Your Business?

  Face it – nobody likes being pulled over by the DVSA. Even when no infringements are found, an unexpected roadside inspection can be a big headache for any operator trying to meet tight delivery deadlines. But, clearly there has be a way for the DVSA to check whether an […]

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Operator Licences – A Beginner’s Guide for Anyone Thinking of Running a Truck or Bus

  So you want to operate your own truck or bus?   Whether you’re already a driver looking to start up on your own, or you’re entirely new to the transport industry, chances are you’ve heard of something called an Operators’ Licence. Read on to find out what this is, […]

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Do I Need an Operator’s Licence? (Goods Vehicles)

  This is a simple question which is not always simple to answer. The Operator Licensing system is complex and there are many exemptions that may or may not apply to you. The reality is that you should always get specialist advice or you could find yourself applying for a […]

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Lives and Loads Put at Risk by a Simple Lack of Lorry Parking

  A severe shortage of lorry parking in the UK is placing the lives of lorry drivers and the public at risk, and making it easier than ever for thefts from lorries to occur.   Consider the position of a long-distance lorry driver: after driving your load for hours you […]

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