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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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5 Entirely Avoidable Mistakes Made by Too Many HGV Operators

  We take a quick look at 5 of the most common, but entirely avoidable, mistakes made by far too many HGV operators. This list has been compiled by the transport lawyers at specialist road transport law firm Smith Bowyer Clarke:   1. Trusting Your Drivers Too Much In a […]

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AdBlue Cheats Face Loss of Operator’s Licence

What is Adblue? You may well have seen containers of Adblue at service stations and wondered what they were for. When a diesel engine burns diesel, a number of polluting compounds and chemicals are emitted out of the exhaust pipe and into the atmosphere. Nitrogen Oxide and Nitrogen Dioxide are […]

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The Dangers of Not Carrying Out Regular Driver Licence Checks

Be honest – how often do you check the licences of your drivers for any endorsements? Once every 6 months? Once a year? Never?   Whether you are a goods or PSV operator, if the answer to any of the above is “yes”, you are running a very big risk. […]

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The Risks of Running a Restricted Operator’s Licence – How to Preserve your Licence and Protect your Business

You might think Restricted Licences are pretty cool: They allow you to operate with half the financial standing of a Standard National Licence and you are not put to the expense and bother of employing a Transport Manager. What’s not to like?   Actually, quite a lot. The Traffic Commissioner […]

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What Type of PSV Licence do I Need?

  Every year hundreds of Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators are called to Public Inquiry with the Traffic Commissioner. A great many of these relate to the improper use of a restricted operator’s licence. An operator running PSVs under an incorrect licence can quickly find that licence revoked. It is […]

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ADR and Dangerous Loads – 5 Quick and Easy Ways to Fall Foul of the Rules

  What is ADR? ADR (Accord Dangereux Routier) is the European Agreement which sets out the rules governing the movement by road of dangerous goods throughout the EU. They are very strict and exist to protect the public, drivers and the environment from the harmful effect of dangerous substances. It’s […]

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HELP! – The DVSA are coming to visit

  There are some things that happen, even to the best run businesses, which are less than welcome. High  up on that list must be the DVSA (formerly VOSA) announcing that they  intend  to visit your operating centre. However well-meaning, it is always a trial  when your systems are put […]

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Being Interviewed by the DVSA (VOSA) can be a Sharp Wake-up Call – Don’t Ignore It!

  Every year, thousands of operators are interviewed under caution by the DVSA (formerly VOSA). This often follows a compliance investigation at their premises. The evidence gathered at these interviews is recorded, and can be used as evidence in a future criminal prosecution. It can also be used at a […]

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Tachograph Offences – An all too Common Nightmare Scenario

  Consider the following scenario:   You are the operator of a small general haulage business running 6 trucks. So far business has been good to you. You employ 10 drivers and hope to increase to 8 trucks within a year or so. You are your own Transport Manager, but […]

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