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  • Phone fears

    • 17 July 2014
    • By Roger Brown

    It is more than a decade since the UK first passed legislation banning the use of hand-held mobile phones behind the wheel of a vehicle.

    Yet drivers continue to flout the law, causing accidents and … more

  • Ringing the Changes

    • 10 July 2014
    • By Roger Brown

    By any stretch of the imagination, using a mobile phone at the wheel of an HGV is reckless and potentially catastrophic and the traffic commissioners are now actively addressing the problem. … more

  • Bonfire of the regulations

    • 02 July 2014
    • By Roger Brown

    Run any type of business these days and it is likely that the business will have to comply with a variety of rules and regulations.

    In 2011, the government noted that with more than 21,000 statutory … more

  • Feel the Force

    • 27 June 2014
    • By Roger Brown

    The consequences of non-performance of a contract will depend on what the contract provides for.

    Many commercial agreements incorporate a specific clause designed to apply where contractual … more

  • Stay on the road

    • 16 June 2014
    • By Roger Brown

    In April, the DVSA’s revised “Guide to maintaining roadworthiness” was published.

    The revision clears up some grey areas and gives better and more practical guidance to operators … more

  • Breakdown service

    • 13 June 2014
    • By Roger Brown

    Under The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 employers must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees which includes a duty to ensure they do … more

  • Essential Purchase

    • 04 June 2014
    • By Roger Brown

    Late payment, bad debt and high fuel costs are obstacles all hauliers try to plan for or at least mitigate, but what happens if the land you trade on is bought without your … more

  • Breaking away

    • 22 May 2014
    • By Roger Brown

    In September this year, the people of Scotland will vote in the referendum on Scottish independence.

    If those north of the border vote to break away, then Scotland becoming an independent country … more

  • Crime wave

    • 16 May 2014
    • By Roger Brown

    For some in the haulage industry, their experience of truck crime is confined to “low-level” offences such as fuel theft, or slashing of curtain-sided trailers, while for others it is … more

  • The continuation game

    • 09 May 2014
    • By Roger Brown

    Traffic commissioners and DVSA are overhauling their guidance to operators on continuation fees for O-licences after the upper tribunal found the current wording was confusing.

    The … more

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