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What Do I do if My Vehicle is Seized by Border Force? How SBC Can Help Recover Your Impounded Vehicle

At Smith Bowyer Clarke Road transport Lawyers, we have a high success rate in securing the release and return of seized trucks and vehicles. If your vehicle has been seized, call our team today on 01332 987420 for free initial advice on whether we can help.   What to do […]

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Changes to the Statutory guidance documents for Vocational Drivers and what it may mean for you.

This document was updated on the 29th September 2020. The main changes for drivers are with regards to: Overloading Maintenance Defects Bridge strikes Armed Service Personnel   Powers The powers of the Traffic Commissioner have been extended to PCV community licence holders under s. 115 of the Road Traffic Act […]

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SBC NEWS LETTER – 12th April 2020

Covid 19 Round Up There have been numerous announcements from the Office of the Traffic Commissioner and the Department for Transport which will assist you during this time of unprecedented challenge. Read our round up and if we can help you please call our friendly team for a free initial […]

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SBC NEWS LETTER 18th March 2020

Our guide to help your business remain compliant during the Covid-19 pandemic. With economic uncertainty, driver shortages, staff sickness and health concerns we will help you tackle the issues most likely to disrupt your business. London Lorry Control Scheme As of 17th March, the London Lorry Control Scheme has been […]

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Fleet Cars – Are You Aware of the Risks?

Does your company provide vehicles for employees to use as part of their employment? You may not realise it but the company could be liable for prosecution, in addition to the driver, if the vehicles are used in circumstances where motoring offences are committed. In the eyes of the law, […]

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IR35 Tax Change (Self Employed Drivers) – How Does This Affect Transport Companies?

For a number of years, HMRC has taken an interest in the arrangements between transport companies and drivers who hold themselves out to be self employed. In many cases, this has been seen to simply be an arrangement to reduce tax and National Insurance liabilities and the arrangements are that […]

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Driver Conduct Hearings for Bus & Coach Drivers – 5 Things you Need to Know

Being summoned to a driver conduct hearing by the Traffic Commissioner can be a stressful experience for any PSV driver. Very often the first that you will know about it will be when a letter from the Traffic Commissioner arrives on your doorstep. Typically, the letter will set out the […]

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“Does my Tractor Need an Operator’s Licence? How About a Tachograph?” – Your Questions Answered

Does your tractor need an Operator’s Licence? How about a tachograph? How about safety inspections? These are simple questions, but not always easy to answer. Getting it wrong can be expensive for your business and in some cases, can even leave you with a criminal record. The answers will usually […]

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Self Employed Bus & Coach Drivers – A Risky Business

In recent years a great many PSV drivers and operators have run into problems with HMRC over the employment status of bus and coach drivers. HMRC have made it clear that, in their view, it is “very unusual” for a professional driver to be considered genuinely self-employed unless they own […]

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Summoned to the Traffic Commissioner for Not Maintaining Your PSVs? 5 Awkward Questions You Can Expect to be Asked:

Maintenance failings are perhaps the single most common reason bus and coach operators are called in to Public Inquiry with the Traffic Commissioner. Often it starts with a roadside stop by the DVSA (VOSA) at which one of your vehicles is issued with a roadworthiness prohibition (a PG9). This is […]

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