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Ryan Foster
the earned recognition pilot update is good news for hauliers involved in the scheme
Road haulage industry leaders are registering a win as a brand new 100-vehicle secure truck stop opens in Scunthorpe.   On Woodhouse Road, opposite the British Steel Works, the Scunthorpe Truck Stop offers secure 24-hour parking facilities for HGVs.   Previously, lorry drivers in the Scunthorpe area had to make do with laybys or industrial...
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FORS Fees
For the third year running, FORS has confirmed there will be no change to its pricing for subscription and audits.   The move’s expected to boost the appeal of the scheme to smaller operators. By building on the momentum of the decision to scrap Gold evidencing fees, FORS is proving its value to operators of...
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Driver CPC Courses
Alarming figures were published in a recent study into the state of driver training in the UK.     It’s been revealed that a shocking 76% of HGV drivers have not completed 35 hours of Driver CPC in the run-up to the 2019 deadline.   The research also disclosed that nearly half (49%) of lorry...
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Driver CPC Courses
Transport for London is facing accusations of abuse over its wielding of FORS accreditation power.   In a shocking move, the RHA has threatened legal action against the organisation, arguing that Transport for London’s (TfL’s) monopolisation of FORS authority is arresting the emergence of competitor schemes.   In particular, the association cited TfL’s contracting out...
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Eight months have passed since the introduction of the so-called apprenticeship levy.   Many businesses, however, are still unsure as to what it involves, and how it might affect them.   Currently, only firms with payrolls upward of £3m have access to the funding pot into which they are paying. This, of course, has excluded...
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delays expected over christmas as the driver shortages threatens the industry
A downturn in lorry registrations has caused trade bodies and associations to question the health of the road haulage industry.   In a report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), figures revealed a striking decline in new HGV registrations for 2017. In total, the market dropped by 2.6% across the whole...
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FORS Fees
Drivers across the UK are been warned to watch out for text messages from scammers purporting to be from the DVLA.   The so-called DVLA scammers are targeting drivers by sending location-specific texts.   “FINAL REQUEST: ‘DVLA Swansea have been trying to contact you, Click below for more information.”     The DVLA’s since announced...
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applying for an operator licence
The DVSA’s published the list of commercial vehicle operators taking part in its Earned Recognition pilot scheme.   The list includes a wide range of operators, from international suppliers to smaller transport concerns.   Among the larger fleets participating, some of the most familiar names include BT, Sainsbury’s, Cemex and John Lewis. Meanwhile, family firms...
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Driver CPC Courses
Atop a list of all vehicles checked recently by the DVSA for fraudulent emission devices, UK-registered lorries reign supreme.   In the four-month period between August and November last year, DVSA also discovered that 1 in 12 of all vehicles, UK-based or otherwise, were fitted with emission cheat devices.   Of the 3,735 vehicles stopped,...
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delays expected over christmas as the driver shortages threatens the industry
The state of physical health among small freight firm owners in the UK requires urgent redress, according to recent figures.   One of the most troubling statistics concerned owners of small transport firms. 40% of said owners admitted to having a health scare since starting their business.   The research was conducted on behalf of...
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