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Pre-pack pain

Nobody likes to see a haulier go under, even when it’s a rival. But sympathy for company closures is often lacking when they involve a pre-pack administration or company voluntary arrangement.

Widening the net

Until last July, large numbers of own-account goods vehicle operators in Northern Ireland sat squarely outside the operator licensing system - and therefore outside all the regulation and enforcement relating to good repute, financial standing and professional competence.

No hiding place

For many people fleeing persecution or seeking economic opportunities, breaking into lorries bound for the UK is one more hurdle to overcome in a long line of dangerous obstacles.

Trailer trashed

The present system whereby defects are recorded against the O-licence of the operators of vehicles and trailers is generally an effective one.

Protect yourself from fraud

The targeting of commercial vehicles by fraudsters intent on creating false insurance claims has become an issue of increasing concern to organisations with fleets in recent years.

Mounting Concerns

Accidents involving lorry mounted cranes can be catastrophic and life changing.

Pollution solution

Breaches relating to water discharges are covered by the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales Regulations) 2010 but what can you as an operator do to avoid such incidents happening?

Belt up

We all know seat belts save lives but some truck drivers seem to think it’s only other people’s lives that need saving - how else to explain the stubborn refusal by so many to belt up as a matter of routine?

Seized up

HMRC and the UK Border Force (UKBF) have broad powers to seize vehicles or trailers where they have reasonable grounds for suspecting that the duty payable on the goods being transported into Britain will be evaded.

Cut down

You made a mistake, held your hands up at the public inquiry and hoped that the traffic commissioner would be lenient.