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Will I Need an Operator’s Licence for my Van?

The general rule has been that goods vehicles below 3.5 tonnes do not need an operator’s licence but that is likely to change in May of 2022 as a result of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and EU following Brexit. The rules have not been set in […]

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New Cabotage Rules from 28th October 2021 – 30 April 2022 Explained

The rules on cabotage have temporarily changed from 28 October 2021 until 30 April 2022.  What is cabotage? These are the rules imposed on how many journeys an international haulier can make in the UK during a prescribed period of time following entry to the UK with a laden vehicle. […]

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Can I Continue To Drive Without a Digital Tachograph Card?

If you are a driver working under EU Rules, all driving must be recorded on a Tachograph. A small number of vehicles are fitted with analogue tachographs, most vehicles are fitted with a digital tachograph. In these vehicles, you must use your Digital Tachograph to record all driving, other work […]

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Bounce Back Loans and The Traffic Commissioner

In several recent Public Inquiries in which we have been involved Traffic Commissioners have shown an unhealthy interest in “Bounce Back” loans taken out by operators at the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic. These loans were taken out under rules requiring that the maximum amount loaned must be equal […]

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National Identifier Reminder for International Licence Holders after 28th September 2021

As of the 28 September 2021 the national identifier for all UK registered vehicles who travel abroad will change. The national identifier is the sticker or emblem placed on the rear of the vehicle which clearly identifies which country the vehicle is travelling from.  At present vehicles registered in the […]

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5 Ways for Directors and Transport Managers to Stay out of Prison

One of the less obvious perks of being involved in the Transport Industry is quite how easy it is to find yourself in a criminal dock facing charges that could alter your life forever. It is often the case that the director or transport manager was oblivious of the cause […]

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Problems Ahead for Traction Only Operators.

In recent Public Inquiries it has become apparent that the Traffic Commissioners expect more from operators who are picking up third party trailer than a mere driver walk around check. The Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness at 3.3 details what must happen between traction services and third-party trailers. In particular, “Traction […]

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