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Ryan Foster
motorists should be aware of the changes incorporating the roadworthiness directive
Following a wealth of enquiries from operators, DVSA has reissued its best practice guidelines for vehicle and trailer brake testing.   Several important aspects of the process have been highlighted.   Firstly, the agency advises operators to load vehicles themselves if possible; if not, to arrange to have it carried out on their behalf. Many...
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According to a leaked Home Office document, the majority of EU workers will be prevented from entering the UK directly after Brexit.   The document, which proposes an immediate end to the free movement of labour, has been slammed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).   UK logistics hinges on the availability of foreign drivers...
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diesel duty hike is on the cards, while a driver skills shortage threatens the future of the industry
Calls for the State to address the lack of HGV drivers have increased.   The dip in the number of qualified drivers since the beginning of 2017 is causing alarm among industry bodies. In fact, the severity of the shortfall has brought the continued well-being of the sector into question.   One of those industry...
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motorists should be aware of the changes incorporating the roadworthiness directive
There’s good news for small operators: the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme has announced changes to its policy surrounding the £235 evidencing fee currently required for FORS Gold accreditation.   In the same announcement FORS made it clear that, for Gold-accredited members, it will reduce the mandatory period for Bronze re-approval audits from 3 years to 2....
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diesel duty hike is on the cards, while a driver skills shortage threatens the future of the industry
Originally due to wrap-up last month, the Earned Recognition pilot scheme has been extended until February 2018.   Launched in April 2017, the pilot was given 6 months to identify the most exemplar operators on UK roads.   The DVSA, however, has decided to get more operators involved.   One of the factors discouraging operators...
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diesel duty hike is on the cards, while a driver skills shortage threatens the future of the industry
Last year over 440 lorries entered the UK with manipulated tachographs, the Driver Vehicle & Standards Agency (DVSA) has claimed.   A further 400 drivers were believed to be breaking the law, many potentially using ‘interrupters’ to switch off their devices. By using interrupters, a driver can drive while appearing to be on a break....
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delays expected over christmas as the driver shortages threatens the industry
DVSA has announced two major changes to road haulage in the UK; the first regarding driver fines, the second regarding driver hours.   Whereas currently on-the-spot fines are capped at £300, the new plans mean an offending driver may be charged up to £1,500 at a single roadside inspection. The raised figure takes into account...
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