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Newcastle Clean Air Zone: Your Ultimate Guide

Since January 2023, a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) has been in operation in Newcastle city centre. The charges for driving within that area apply to taxis, vans, large goods vehicles (LGVs) and busses. Drivers of cars and motorcycles for personal use remain unaffected.   The CAZ operates 24/7, all year round. Drivers of ‘non-compliant’ vehicles...
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Bridge Strikes in the UK: Understanding the Issue and Promoting Safety

Bridge strikes are a prevalent problem in the United Kingdom, posing risks to road users, causing significant disruptions, and resulting in costly damages. These incidents occur when vehicles, typically large trucks or buses, collide with low bridges, often due to inadequate clearance or driver error. In this blog post, we will delve into the issue...
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May 2022: Clean Air Zone to Launch in Manchester

Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, has announced plans to launch a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in the city next year. From 30th May 2022, all lorries and busses that are not equipped with a Euro VI engine will face a charge of £60.00 a day to enter the zone. The same charge for coaches will...
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ATF application process reopened

Following a four-year hiatus, applications from prospective authorised testing facilities (ATFs) may again be submitted for consideration, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced.   The application process was discontinued in 2017, to enable the DVSA to allocate the resources necessary to administer to existing ATFs.   Facilities may now apply for authorisation...
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Parking in Kent: Council’s powers to clamp withdrawn

The Department for Transport has decided to rescind the powers granted Kent County Council in relation to the clamping of heavy goods vehicles parked in the county’s laybys.    This has come as welcome news to many in the haulage industry, including Logistics UK, which earlier in the year wrote a letter to the Transport...
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Driver Shortage: Action required to tackle the deficit

A good deal has been said of late in respect of the growing skills gap in the road haulage industry; though for the past three years or more the matter has weighed heavily on the minds of many in our sector, recent findings have revealed that the situation is deteriorating rapidly. In its latest report,...
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Important Changes to Periodic Driver CPC

**Get your full 35 hours online…at a discount.**   How commercial vehicle drivers accrue their 35 hours of periodic training is about to undergo a dramatic change.   Following a review by the EU Commission, it has been decided that the Driver CPC directive will now specify that ‘a range of different subjects should be...
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Drivers’ Hours Legislation: New Updates

How many do you carry? Record books are now a requirement for many more CV drivers.    As many of our readers will know, on 20th August 2020, changes to drivers’ hours legislation were enacted. Absorbing new legislative changes into day-to-day fleet management can be an onerous endeavour. With this in mind, we’ve broken down...
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Public Inquiry: The Definitive Survival Guide

HOW TO PREPARE It’s perfectly normal to be a bit nervous in the runup to your hearing. But there are things you can do to help you keep a cool head. As a helping hand, here’s a shortlist of things you can do before the day to ensure things go smoothly…· Ensure that you have...
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Brake Testing – When ‘Pass’ actually means Fail

Operators! Newsflash: your roller brake tests are not worth the paper they are written on. What does your brake testing schedule look like? Maybe you have four brake tests undertaken each year, or perhaps you do a brake test every other safety inspection? If so, you are not alone; in fact, the majority of maintenance...
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