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Deadline Approaching for ECMT Permits for 2021

You might need ECMT (European Conference of Minister of Transport) permits for journeys to or through the EU from 1 January 2021 if you are transporting goods or driving an empty vehicle. You need a permit to transport most types of goods (or drive an empty vehicle) through the EU (except Cyprus), Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the […]

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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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Remote Public Inquiry Hailed as a Success!

Remote Public Inquiries are being used by Traffic Commissioners to try to plough through the backlog created by the Covid 19 pandemic. Not every case is suitable for such a hearing and Commissioners seem to be cherry picking those that are. The signs seem to be promising that they are […]

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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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How Do You Deal with Drivers’ Hours Infringements? – What are Your Obligations as a Transport Manager?

Even in the best run transport business there will inevitably be occasions when drivers cut corners, make mistakes or in some cases deliberately bend the rules. This article looks at the practical processes and procedures Transport Managers and operators should have in place to: Monitor driver compliance and identify drivers’ […]

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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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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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