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The Dangers of Not Carrying Out Regular Driver Licence Checks

Be honest – how often do you check the licences of your drivers for any endorsements? Once every 6 months? Once a year? Never?   Whether you are a goods or PSV operator, if the answer to any of the above is “yes”, you are running a very big risk. […]

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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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ADR and Dangerous Loads – 5 Quick and Easy Ways to Fall Foul of the Rules

  What is ADR? ADR (Accord Dangereux Routier) is the European Agreement which sets out the rules governing the movement by road of dangerous goods throughout the EU. They are very strict and exist to protect the public, drivers and the environment from the harmful effect of dangerous substances. It’s […]

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Tachograph Offences, Drivers’ Hours and Card-Pulling: An Essential Guide for HGV and PSV Drivers

  For many years the tachograph system has been central to the European haulage industry. Without it, the enforcement agencies (DVSA / police / Office of the Traffic Commissioner) would have no reliable or practical way of policing the rules on working time and drivers’ hours.   But what happens […]

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HELP! – The DVSA are coming to visit

  There are some things that happen, even to the best run businesses, which are less than welcome. High  up on that list must be the DVSA (formerly VOSA) announcing that they  intend  to visit your operating centre. However well-meaning, it is always a trial  when your systems are put […]

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Being Interviewed by the DVSA (VOSA) can be a Sharp Wake-up Call – Don’t Ignore It!

  Every year, thousands of operators are interviewed under caution by the DVSA (formerly VOSA). This often follows a compliance investigation at their premises. The evidence gathered at these interviews is recorded, and can be used as evidence in a future criminal prosecution. It can also be used at a […]

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Tachograph Offences – An all too Common Nightmare Scenario

  Consider the following scenario:   You are the operator of a small general haulage business running 6 trucks. So far business has been good to you. You employ 10 drivers and hope to increase to 8 trucks within a year or so. You are your own Transport Manager, but […]

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GOOD REPUTE 2 – Other Behaviour which can Damage your Repute (Freight)

  “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” Benjamin Franklin     There are a thousand ways to damage your Good Repute, and Operators are discovering new ones all the time.   We have already looked at what “Good […]

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Roadside Stops can Stop Your Business in its Tracks: Prohibitions, PG9s and the DVSA

Having one of your vehicles stopped by the DVSA can be a headache for any operator. Even if your vehicle and driver are given a clean bill of health, the stop itself will usually mean a delay to your daily work schedule. If the stopping officer does uncover infringements during […]

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10 Clear Warning Signs That You Are Not Compliant!

  Most Operators who fall down on compliance are far too busy trying to run their business to concentrate on what allows them to have that business in the first place – their Operators’ Licence. In hindsight, the warning signs are often obvious.  The important thing is to notice them […]

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