Compliance

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Using agency drivers? Make sure you heed rest period warning

The current driver shortage has forced many operators to employ the services of agency drivers to fill gaps in their workforce. While there is not usually a formal employment contract in place when an operator uses an agency driver, its important to remember that many regulations, including rest requirements, do still apply.  

Builder's suspension reinforces requirement to notify TC of proposed changes

A recent case that saw the suspension of a Letham, Angus-based builder from running his truck or using his home as an operating centre should remind operators of the requirement to inform the traffic commissioner (TC) of any planned change in premises as soon as it arises- not just when their O-licence is up for renewal.  

Still not completed your Driver CPC training?

CM received a call from a driver last week who, five and a half years after the Driver CPC legislation came into effect on 10 September 2009, has still not completed his mandatory 35 hours of training.

Check before you buy

Back in October South East traffic commissioner Nick Denton revoked the O-licence of Philson Haulage (Southern) after its former transport manager actively colluded in getting drivers to work over their legal hours.

On Good Form

The Home Office has teamed up with international haulier Brian Yeardley Continental (BYC) to create a definitive checklist for drivers to ensure they have done all they can to prevent stowaways from entering the country.

Agency arguments

Driver agencies have traditionally played a significant role in the supply of labour in the road transport industry.

Smart thinking

Four years may seem a long time in the road haulage industry but smart digital tachographs will be with us before you know it in 2018.

Unhappy holidays?

Following the Employment Appeal Tribunal's (EAT) decision in the holiday pay case of Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton & another, there were very few media outlets which did not include concerning words such as "timebomb", "floodgates" and "ruin of small business" somewhere within their reports of the decision.

All change

Elections in May led to a major shake-up in the European Parliament with around half of elected MEPs new to Brussels and a new Transport Commissioner appointed.