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Industry Changes and Law

Keeping up with industry developments and their legal implications is hard enough at the best of times. When you have a fleet to run, it’s almost impossible. If you’re concerned about how you can efficiently keep track of industry changes and law, you’re now in safe hands.

Here, the Chartwise UK media team brings you the latest road haulage news; keeping you abreast of the latest changes to law, regulation and best practice.

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The nuts and bolts of the industry are under constant review. Therefore, the best operators make a point of updating their knowledge base regularly.

In the same way, an operator who shrinks from this challenge will risk running foul of the law. At the very least, he takes a gamble by running his fleet on out-of-date best practices.

In conclusion, you may rest assured that from Earned Recognition to the OCRS; we’ve got you covered.

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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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The Traffic Commissioners of Great Britain have urged hauliers to exercise increased vigilance in matters of compliance.   They say many operators of lorries, busses and coaches are failing to prioritise compliance, according to their latest annual report.   The TC’s office recently submitted its 2016/17 findings to the Secretary of State for Transport. Among...
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applying for an operator licence
A steep increase in the number of road haulage firms filing for insolvency has cast fresh doubt on the health of the logistics sector.     The second quarter of 2017 generated some worrying figures. Trade bodies, such as the FTA, have expressed concern over what the data indicates, and how it’ll be addressed.  ...
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the earned recognition pilot update is good news for hauliers involved in the scheme
DVSA’s announced a change to its pilot scheme – and it’s good news for the operators involved.     From 31st January 2018, vehicles run by firms taking part in the trial will no longer suffer routine stoppages.   Because the scheme’s kept its list of operators confidential, enforcement agents are unable to identify whether...
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FORS Fees
Two governmental authorities have joined forces to carry out surprise investigations into the working practices of North East waste firms.   The initiative, co-led by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was restarted this week after a previous series of inspections found multiple failings in numerous areas, particularly worker...
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diesel duty hike is on the cards, while a driver skills shortage threatens the future of the industry
The Budget Statement is expected to deliver some troubling news for hauliers, in the form a 1p per litre (ppl) hike in diesel duty.   The Chancellor of the Exchequer is also said to be considering cutting petrol duty by the same amount.   While many believe this to be the latest move in the...
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Brake testing best practice is hitting the haulage headlines once again.   This time, the Traffic Commissioners of Great Britain have issued a warning to operators: it is vital they up the standard of their brake performance testing.   Concerns have risen in the TC’s office after a spate of roadside and premises inspections found...
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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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