MAW Engineering now sells and installs Hiab's products

MAW Engineeing now installs Hiab products

Northern Irish trailer and bodybuilder MAW Engineering has become an authorised Hiab sales and installation partner.

This allows it to sell and install Hiab’s Multilift, Jonsered and Effer brands throughout Northern Ireland, and in the border counties of Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan.

MAW Engineering’s MD Mark Cuskeran, said: “Hiab produces excellent products and we are delighted to become a Hiab partner. We have a modern 50,000sq ft facility situated across 6 acres here in Northern Ireland and will have a dedicated demonstration area for the Hiab products.”

Despite the new agreement between MAW Engineering and Hiab, Dennison’s Bodyshop in Ballyclare will continue as Hiab’s service and spare parts representative across the same regions.

Ian Mitchell, Hiab MD UK & Ireland, said: “Dennison has been providing a fantastic servicing and spare parts service to our customers in Northern Ireland for the past three years, and now we have a sales and installation offering from MAW Engineering to complement the Dennison Bodyshop provision.”

Cuskeran added: “We have worked with Dennison many times over the years; they are a very professional company and provide a great service and parts offering. Our prospective sales teams will work closely together.”

‘Confusion’ over forthcoming tax law changes

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More clarity and communication is needed about imminent changes to tax legislation targeting the employment status of professional drivers, according to recruiter GI Group UK.

A change to the rules surrounding anti-avoidance tax laws - IR35 – this April is intended to expose “hidden employees”.

It means hauliers must review their agency needs and decide whether a driver should be classed as a full-time staff member.

It is thought that a large number of drivers act as self-employed and use companies to manage their payments and tax affairs.

However, under the reforms, there will be a crackdown on off-payroll working, so that firms and contractors cannot avoid dodging national insurance.

But GI Group said confusion about the issue still reigns, with 84% of organisations failing to inform their drivers about the changes.

Its driver survey also found 46% of respondents do not understand what IR35 is and how it impacts contractors.

Richard Madej, Gi Group UK head of driving, said: “With uncertainty around the IR35 legislation, and as of April 2020 the responsibility for the determination of whether a role falls inside or outside of IR35 falling to the client rather than the contractor, it has never been more important for them to have complete trust in the advice they receive.”