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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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GOOD REPUTE 2 – Other Behaviour which can Damage your Repute (Freight)

  “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” Benjamin Franklin     There are a thousand ways to damage your Good Repute, and Operators are discovering new ones all the time.   We have already looked at what “Good […]

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Roadside Stops can Stop Your Business in its Tracks: Prohibitions, PG9s and the DVSA

Having one of your vehicles stopped by the DVSA can be a headache for any operator. Even if your vehicle and driver are given a clean bill of health, the stop itself will usually mean a delay to your daily work schedule. If the stopping officer does uncover infringements during […]

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Vehicle Overloading Offences

  Overloading offences are taken very seriously in the eyes of the law. Both a driver and his or her employer can be prosecuted and substantial fines can be imposed by the criminal courts for each offence of exceeding an individual axle weight or the maximum permitted gross weight of […]

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10 Clear Warning Signs That You Are Not Compliant!

  Most Operators who fall down on compliance are far too busy trying to run their business to concentrate on what allows them to have that business in the first place – their Operators’ Licence. In hindsight, the warning signs are often obvious.  The important thing is to notice them […]

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Earning a Reputation – Can Earned Recognition Work for Your Business?

  Face it – nobody likes being pulled over by the DVSA. Even when no infringements are found, an unexpected roadside inspection can be a big headache for any operator trying to meet tight delivery deadlines. But, clearly there has be a way for the DVSA to check whether an […]

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Operator Licences – A Beginner’s Guide for Anyone Thinking of Running a Truck or Bus

  So you want to operate your own truck or bus?   Whether you’re already a driver looking to start up on your own, or you’re entirely new to the transport industry, chances are you’ve heard of something called an Operators’ Licence. Read on to find out what this is, […]

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Truck Seized in the UK? Fear Not – You Can Get it Back

  Having a truck seized by the UK authorities can be a nightmare. Earnings can be hit hard and in some circumstances the vehicle is permanently lost, with no insurance pay out.   The good news is seized trucks can be recovered! With no “one size fits all approach” you […]

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Do I Need an Operator’s Licence? (Goods Vehicles)

  This is a simple question which is not always simple to answer. The Operator Licensing system is complex and there are many exemptions that may or may not apply to you. The reality is that you should always get specialist advice or you could find yourself applying for a […]

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