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Rule Change for Light Goods Vehicles from 21 May 2022: What you Need to Know.

If you are based in Great Britain or Northern Ireland, from 21 May 2022 you must have a Standard International goods vehicle licence if you transport goods in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland using vans or other light goods vehicles over 2.5 tonnes and up to 3.5 tonnes […]

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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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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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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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