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Category: Public Inquiries

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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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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Operator Licences Held by Partnerships – A Risky Strategy

It can be very risky operating HGVs as a business partnership. You must know exactly what the rules are or you place your licence and your business at risk, and may even find yourself with a criminal record.   Consider the Following Nightmare Scenario: You are in a business partnership […]

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An Unforeseen Consequence of Being Your Own Transport Manager

If you hold an operator’s licence, there can be a number of advantages to being your own Transport Manager: You save a wage that you would otherwise have to pay. You can keep a proper overview of your drivers and their adherence to their drivers’ hours, working time and continuing […]

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How To Improve Your Chances at Traffic Commissioners’ Public Inquiry

  Getting called to a Public Inquiry before the Traffic Commissioner is a frightening experience for any operator. As a worst-case scenario, the Traffic Commissioner has the power to refuse or revoke your operating licence and even to disqualify you from holding one in the future. For this reason, many […]

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Operating Centres, Public Inquiries and the Traffic Commissioner

  Let’s face it, few people like living next to an Operating Centre. Whether you run a single truck or a fleet of 200 lorries, you can expect resistance from local residents. Typical complaints include: Vehicle noise Road congestion Damage to verges Dust Mud left on roads Entrance and exit […]

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Traffic Commissioners’ Public Inquiries – 7 Frequently Asked Questions

  Operating a business involving HGVs or PSVs is a daunting task. Outside of the Aviation and Nuclear Industries, our Industry is one of the most tightly-regulated there is.   Even the most careful Operator can find themselves on the receiving end of a poor DVSA compliance audit. This might be […]

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Mobile Telephones, Public Inquiries, & Driver Conduct Hearings

  The Government has recently publicised its intention to impose greater penalties on drivers who are caught using hand-held mobile telephones. It should not be forgotten, however, that the Senior Traffic Commissioner has made it absolutely clear that it is unacceptable for vocational licence holders to use hand-held mobile phones […]

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