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Since April, rumours about the OCRS have abounded. Many operators have questioned the validity of the scoring system in the culture of Earned Recognition; others have suggested the OCRS will be made void upon the implementation of the new enforcement scheme.   These, however, are misconceptions. The bottom line is: there are no plans to...
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The Traffic Commissioner has issued a reminder to operators regarding their drivers’ hours responsibilities.   In the run-up to Earned Recognition, the TC’s office brought drivers’ hours responsibilities to the attention of ‘O’ Licence holders in the UK.   As confusion around the new fixed penalty rules peaked, the TC’s office published guidance on legal...
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delays expected over christmas as the driver shortages threatens the industry
Britain’s largest trade union, Unite, has released shocking statistics highlighting the link between high HGV accident fatality rates and a lack of roadside facilities.   As part of their campaign for more facilities on UK roads, the union published that 109 incidents involving the deaths of lorry drivers and passengers were not fully investigated.  ...
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motorists should be aware of the changes incorporating the roadworthiness directive
Recent reports have indicated that within a year, most hauliers will have to pay an additional 20% toward the HGV Road User Levy.   The announcement, made last week by Transport Minister Jesse Norman, details the planned hike. It will target over half of all UK-registered pre-Euro VI trucks.   Taken in context, 56% of...
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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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motorists should be aware of the changes incorporating the roadworthiness directive
The DVSA’s issued an advisory to motorists regarding annual vehicle testing, and how it will be affected by the anticipated Roadworthiness Directive.   Published in the agency’s Moving On blog, the information covers which types of vehicles will be subject to annual testing, as well as the phases involved.   So, what is the Roadworthiness...
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delays expected over christmas as the driver shortages threatens the industry
Responding to a recent survey, 7 out of 10 people said they reckoned the HGV driver shortage had worsened since December last year. The same survey found that, as a result, most respondents expected delays over Christmas 2017.   The poll, which canvassed recruiters providing heavy goods drivers to retailers and distributors, found that 80%...
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