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Reminder – HGV Speed limits increase on the 6th of April

New Speed Limits for single and dual carriageways in England and Wales   From the 6th of April 2015 the speed limits for HGV’s over 7.5 tonnes on both single and dual carriageways in England and Wales will be increased to the following:   Single carriageways – Increased from 40mph to 50mph Dual carriageways –...
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The Budget Breakdown for Operators 2015

What does George Osborne’s 2015-16 budget plan mean for most hauliers? Here’s a quick summary of the budget plan for 2015-16 and what it could mean to you Fuel Duty could be frozen again George Osbourne promised to cancel the scheduled fuel duty increase which was planned for September and freeze fuel duty once more which...
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DVSA looking at earned recognition scheme

The DVSA have revealed plans for a recognition scheme for all operators Sound familiar? Well it should, the DVSA announced this week that it is currently looking at the potential of “An Earned Recognition Process” for operators. In a statement to Commercial Motor a spokesperson also said that the DVSA were in regular talks with...
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The basics of operator compliance

Your operator licence is your business Whether you are running on a restricted, national or international operator licence you know that keeping that licence is key to running your business. When you apply for your operator licence you are agreeing to maintain certain standards and the DVSA and office of the traffic commissioner will hold...
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FORS fees are coming this month

FORS Fees are here FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) was designed to be a safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and economical operations scheme offering accreditation to UK based hauliers. Developed by TfL (Transport for London) in 2008, FORS was fully subsidised and therefore it was free for operators to join the scheme and have the...
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Do you know how to keep your OCRS (Operator Compliance Risk Score) in the green

First of all – Do you know your current OCRS? If you don’t then the first thing you need to do is register online by visiting the DVSA Online Report Services . You will need your O licence number to complete the registration form and then the DVSA will send a confirmation letter in the post...
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New increased speed limits for HGV’s in UK

Increased HGV speed limits welcomed by the industry The current speed limits for HGV’s over 7.5 tonnes is laid out in section 6 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. However these limits were introduced back in the 1960’s and have never been changed since. Just think how much safer new technologies have made lorries...
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Operator financial standing requirements reduced for 2015

Good news for new or expanding operators The financial standing levels are set by the EU regulations in Euros and therefore each member state that does not use the Euro adjusts their rates every year according to currency fluctuations. For standard national and international operators the current figures are set at €9,000 for the first...
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What is ADR training

ADR Explained The European agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road was created in Geneva on the 30th of September 1957 and came into force on the 29th of January 1958. ADR comes from the official French name for the agreement which is “Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses...
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The classification of dangerous goods

Classification of dangerous substances under ADR ADR groups hazardous substances into 9 different categories which are referred to as classes. Each class has danger sign to show it’s major hazard and some classes are then sub-divided further to identify the specific hazard. Here is a brief overview of the 9 classes of dangerous goods under...
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