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Call of Duty

Operators owe a duty of care to their drivers just like most other employer/employee relationships.

Road user levy

The idea of charging foreign lorries to use UK roads has been raised, debated, shot down, and brought back up again for well over a decade. But it is, as of 1 April 2014, now an enacted law thanks to the passing of the HGV Road User Levy Act [back on the 28 February 2013].

Collision Course

This article is written by Piers Norsworthy, a practicing criminal barrister at Devon Chambers, Plymouth, who has a particular interest in road traffic law cases involving death or serious injury. He holds an LGV (C+E) licence and travels nationally defending those charged with such offences.

Money talks

The law requires that all applicants or holders of an HGV O-licence have sufficient financial standing to ensure that they can properly finance their operation and maintain their vehicles in a fit and roadworthy condition. 

Dress to impress

Employers in the haulage industry understandably want their employees to look smart and presentable while at work, irrespective of whether or not they are in a customer-facing role.

Crime wave

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 much more serious.

Keep calm, don't panic

It is, surely, the call every fleet manager dreads… but when one of your drivers rings to tell you they’ve been involved in a cyclist fatality, it’s important you have a plan of action in place to minimise your legal exposure.

Liquid assets

Companies that specialise in the transport of bulk liquids must adhere to some of the strictest hygiene standards in haulage.

Avoiding own goals

Many keen football fans may be tempted to take time off work during the World Cup to support England or another team, even if this means they have to do so through unauthorised absence.