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Josh O'Neill

Posted 17 July 2017
by Josh O'Neill

Changes to DVSA roadside checks

The Department for Transport has recently announced that from August 2017 Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) officers will carry out emissions checks at the roadside on commercial vehicles, after reported incidents of illegal engine modifications and fake emission reduction…

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Josh O'Neill

Posted 14 July 2017
by Josh O'Neill

HMRC change to monitoring employee expenses

From 6 April 2017, two new requirements have been imposed on hauliers that pay tax-free overnight allowances to their drivers. The allowance is currently £26.20 for a driver with a sleeper cab.

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Jill Headford

Posted 12 July 2016
by Jill Headford

Transport after Brexit

It is important to remember that the UK stays in the European Union until Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon is triggered.

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Jill Headford

Posted 14 April 2016
by Jill Headford

How to deal with drivers caught using mobile phones

  Under The Road Vehicles Regulations 2003, using a mobile phone at the wheel has negative consequences for both drivers and employers. Recent guidance from the Senior Traffic Commissioner suggests that the starting point for any punishment against drivers should…

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Jill Headford

Posted 14 April 2016
by Jill Headford

Fixed penalties the future of Traffic Commission enforcement

The number of drivers’ hours and tachograph offences detections have increased by almost 50% in last year although prosecutions for the same period falling by almost a third as the Traffic Commission attempts to use fixed penalty enforcement for all…

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Jill Headford

Posted 14 April 2016
by Jill Headford

Transport Manager “extremely foolish and naive” for lending licence

Transport Manager “extremely foolish and naïve” for lending licence That was how Traffic Commissioner Nick Denton recently described an operator which decided to lend its operating licence to an unlicensed operator. Reputable operators know that this is unlawful and likely…

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Jill Headford

Posted 14 April 2016
by Jill Headford

New league table of EU infringements

A new EU Regulation published on 19 March 2016 has clarified the degrees of seriousness of infringements which may lead to loss of repute for an operator. It also sets out how an accumulation of minor infringements can automatically trigger…

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Jill Headford

Posted 14 April 2016
by Jill Headford

Important changes to driver CPC exemptions

CPCs Under EU regulations, drivers without a certificate of professional competence (CPC) can now drive empty vehicles further afield without a valid CPC. The old regulations used to permit empty vehicles to be driven within a 50 km radius from…

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Jill Headford

Posted 11 April 2016
by Jill Headford

Traffic delays and drivers’ hours

HGV drivers Traffic jams pose a significant risk of non-compliance with the rules on drivers’ hours. A driver of an HGV is subject to both EU and UK rules on the number of hours they can drive, as well the…

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