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Clandestine Entrants - A concern of the past?

Clandestine entrants have been an inevitable issue for operators sending vehicles on to the Continent. However, on 22 September 2010 it was reported that the number of UK-bound immigrants caught by border patrols in Calais had fallen by 80% in the last year, according to Home Office figures. So is this issue becoming a concern of the past or is the falling numbers a testament to the efforts being made by hauliers?

Justice on the cheap?

The number of paralegals entering the legal profession has doubled in the last decade and is set to rise even further. Recent figures show an increase from 24,509 in 2001 to 51,250 today - a rise of 109%.

Becoming an owner driver

An owner-driver is any person with the skills, licence and vehicle to undertake hire or reward work in road transport, usually operating as a sole trader

The Transport CPC

The Transport Certificate of Professional Competence is a qualification required by the EU which must be held by at least one key member of a transport operation.

Applying for an O-licence

Anybody who operates goods vehicles above 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight for commercial purposes on UK roads requires an O-licence - this covers hire or reward hauliers, businesses that run their own fleets (own-account operators), and local and public authorities. A licence is needed even for short-term rental vehicles hired for as little as one day. The best guide to this is the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) guide for operators (GV74).