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Running a Small Freight Firm? Consider your health, say experts

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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Back to Basics: Hauliers Should Prioritise Compliance, Says TC

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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Haulage Insolvency Almost Doubles

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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Earned Recognition Pilot Update: Change Ahead for Operators

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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Operation Hercules: North East Waste Firms Under the Microscope

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

Urgent: Diesel Duty Hike Looming

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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Ease Off: Brake Testing Best Practice in Spotlight Once More

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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diesel duty hike is on the cards, while a driver skills shortage threatens the future of the industry

Urgent: Skills Shortage in the Freight Sector

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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diesel duty hike is on the cards, while a driver skills shortage threatens the future of the industry

DVSA Update: Earned Recognition pilot extended

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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DVSA want access to your records

DVSA propose to make non-compliant operators a thing of the past with aspirations of 100% compliance Updated – 04/04/17 – See final paragraph In May 2015 Caroline Hicks, the head of enforcement at the DVSA, spoke to delegates at the Microlise transport conference and said that she wanted to “completely transform” the way the DVSA...
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