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Paperwork mess lets sole trader down

A scrap metal haulier has been given eight weeks to sort out his financial resources and overhaul his maintenance and documentation systems – or else the TC will revoke its licence.

Former convict's licence application denied

A haulage firm’s O-licence application has been refused after deputy traffic commissioner (TC) John Baker heard evidence that the operator had previously been sentenced to 14 years in prison for supplying drugs.

Check driver employment status, warn solicitors

Operators should consider checking the employment status of their drivers and ensure they are not avoiding paying tax by hiding behind a self-employed status, according to law experts at Shulmans LLP.

Asset Alliance report looks at cost of clean air

The majority of operators would consider moving on from a client if the introduction of a clean air zone or low emission zone meant that doing business with them would no longer be cost effective, according to the findings of the Asset Alliance Industry Monitor 2019.

TV-watching HGV driver kills woman

Lorry driver Viorel Sandulache was distracted by a TV show on his mobile when he drove into the back of a 21-year-old woman’s car on the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at the Dartford River Crossing in Kent. He was sentenced to nine years at Maidstone Crown Court on 8 April.