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What’s my OCRS? Why it’s still important to know your score

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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‘A mammoth task’: how GDPR is changing the licence consent form

The Driver & Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) has issued a three-month deadline for employers of fleet drivers to ensure they are compliant with the new guidelines regarding licence-checking consent forms.   More than 2 million fleet drivers are expected to have to sign the new forms.  By giving consent, drivers allow their employers to validate...
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Drivers’ Hours Responsibilities: Operators’ Update

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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Secure your load, Highways England tells motorists

Following a rise in the reported number of objects falling from vehicles, Highways England has issued a notice to motorists: secure your load.   In an effort to help curb the surge in incidents involving insecure loads, the agency has launched a campaign encouraging drivers to take steps to ensure loads are correctly secured.  ...
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HGV accident fatality rates: shortage of roadside facilities is to blame, says Unite

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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DVSA Updates ‘Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness’

The DVSA’s made changes to the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness.   By doing so, the agency hopes that it has made some of the more complex areas of the guide clearer to operators.   The changes, as published in the Moving On blog, involve the following sections.       The Inspection Safety Graph Because...
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Tick Tock: FTA urges Govt. to speed up Brexit negotiations

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has issued a warning that time is running out to get a workable plan in place in the wake of Brexit negotiations.   While the FTA, along with other trade bodies, has welcomed the news that provisional terms have been laid out, the association insists that there’s a great deal of...
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DVSA Stats Show Drop in Drivers’ Hours Infringements

Late in March, DVSA published its annual enforcement figures.   The data taken from 2016/17 demonstrates a drop in total Drivers’ Hours Infringements from the previous year.   In 2016/17, DVSA carried out close to 90,000 checks on commercial vehicles. Among the most notable findings was that 5.3% of drivers pulled over for checks were...
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HGV Road User Levy: hauliers to be charged additional 20%

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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Applying for an operator licence? The future is digital, says TC

The DVSA has published a blog setting out a plan to make the process of applying for an operator licence entirely digital.     The blog, guest-written by the Traffic Commissioners, outlines the move as part of a greater scheme to shift all user-government transactions onto a digital platform.     This shift-over will transform...
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Secure truck stop opens in Scunthorpe

Road haulage industry leaders are registering a win as a brand new 100-vehicle secure truck stop opens in Scunthorpe.   On Woodhouse Road, opposite the British Steel Works, the Scunthorpe Truck Stop offers secure 24-hour parking facilities for HGVs.   Previously, lorry drivers in the Scunthorpe area had to make do with laybys or industrial...
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FORS Fees

FORS Fees: Frozen for a Third Year

For the third year running, FORS has confirmed there will be no change to its pricing for subscription and audits.   The move’s expected to boost the appeal of the scheme to smaller operators. By building on the momentum of the decision to scrap Gold evidencing fees, FORS is proving its value to operators of...
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Driver CPC Courses

Breaking: 3/4 truckers have NOT completed 35 hours of Driver CPC

Alarming figures were published in a recent study into the state of driver training in the UK.     It’s been revealed that a shocking 76% of HGV drivers have not completed 35 hours of Driver CPC in the run-up to the 2019 deadline.   The research also disclosed that nearly half (49%) of lorry...
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FORS Monopoly? TfL May Face Legal Action

Transport for London is facing accusations of abuse over its wielding of FORS accreditation power.   In a shocking move, the RHA has threatened legal action against the organisation, arguing that Transport for London’s (TfL’s) monopolisation of FORS authority is arresting the emergence of competitor schemes.   In particular, the association cited TfL’s contracting out...
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Apprenticeship Levy: Falling at the first hurdle?

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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Buying a new truck? New HGV market shrinks in 2017

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 Beware: ‘DVLA’ Scammers Targeting by Text

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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Emission Cheat Devices: British HGVs top the list for fraud

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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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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FORS & Chartwise: Have You Heard the News?

It’s the first week back from the Christmas break. So we’ll kick off 2018 with something a little off-kilter.   It’s some happy news to brighten your January.   No, it’s not quite a marriage… Though it is an alliance of sorts, and a pretty special one at that.   FORS Associates – An Introduction...
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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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Driver Skills Shortage: Concerns Growing in Logistics Industry

In road haulage, the driver skills shortage is a matter of increasing urgency for trade bodies and businesses.     While recent efforts to address the issue have been praised by the government, a worrying gulf between the needs of the industry, and the manpower available to resolve them, remains.   Chartwise previously reported on...
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FORS Fees

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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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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Catching a Brake: DVSA Issues Best Practice Reminder

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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Christmas in Limbo? Gates Closed to EU Workers

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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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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FORS Update: Fee Scrapped for Smaller Operators

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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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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Manipulated Tachographs on the Rise

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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DVSA Breaking: New Fines and Drivers’ Hours

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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Will Brexit affect the Drivers Hours Rules and Driver CPC?

The votes are cast: the results are in Brexit it is, then. Now that the decision has been made, the UK begins the tortuous task of separating from the EU. Whether this was the right or the wrong way to go is a matter of personal belief. What is known universally, however, is that Britain...
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Drivers Hours Rules Relaxed With Forth Road Bridge Closure

Relaxation in Drivers’ Hours Following calls from the Scottish government the Department for Transport has agreed to a temporary and limited, exceptional relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours and working-time rules for: drivers involved in the distribution of freight and passenger services within scope of the regulation whose journeys are delayed or extended due...
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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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First-Aid Driver CPC – Get 2 qualifications in one day

New First-Aid Driver CPC Course approved We are happy to announce that we now have a Driver CPC course perfect for both HGV and PSV drivers alike. This course counts as 7 hours towards Driver CPC as well as giving all attendees a level 2 qualification in First-Aid.   This 7 hour course covers: Vulnerable...
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What is a Petroleum Driver Passport?

The Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) is now entering it’s second year Originally developed by The Downstream Oil Distribution Forum (DODF), a partnership of industry bodies, employers and trade unions, the PDP is an industry initiative backed by the government to ensure a consistent high standard in the training of all tanker drivers in the industry....
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Drivers returning to the industry don’t have to do 35 hours of driver CPC

DVSA change the rules on Driver CPC Yesterday we received an email from JAUPT the awarding body for Driver CPC training. The email was sent by JAUPT on behalf of the DVSA and it said: Since the acquired rights deadline has passed DVSA has received requests from members of the public, who wish to return...
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HGV levy raises £44m from foreign trucks

HGV Levy collects more than twice the projected funds One year on and the HGV levy on non UK vehicles using our roads has been a huge success. The levy which was introduced in April 2014 was expected to generate £20 million from all foreign HGV’s weighing more than 12 tonnes. Either someone was being...
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Reminder – HGV Speed limits increase on the 6th of April

New Speed Limits for single and dual carriageways in England and Wales   From the 6th of April 2015 the speed limits for HGV’s over 7.5 tonnes on both single and dual carriageways in England and Wales will be increased to the following:   Single carriageways – Increased from 40mph to 50mph Dual carriageways –...
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The Budget Breakdown for Operators 2015

What does George Osborne’s 2015-16 budget plan mean for most hauliers? Here’s a quick summary of the budget plan for 2015-16 and what it could mean to you Fuel Duty could be frozen again George Osbourne promised to cancel the scheduled fuel duty increase which was planned for September and freeze fuel duty once more which...
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DVSA looking at earned recognition scheme

The DVSA have revealed plans for a recognition scheme for all operators Sound familiar? Well it should, the DVSA announced this week that it is currently looking at the potential of “An Earned Recognition Process” for operators. In a statement to Commercial Motor a spokesperson also said that the DVSA were in regular talks with...
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The basics of operator compliance

Your operator licence is your business Whether you are running on a restricted, national or international operator licence you know that keeping that licence is key to running your business. When you apply for your operator licence you are agreeing to maintain certain standards and the DVSA and office of the traffic commissioner will hold...
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FORS fees are coming this month

FORS Fees are here FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) was designed to be a safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and economical operations scheme offering accreditation to UK based hauliers. Developed by TfL (Transport for London) in 2008, FORS was fully subsidised and therefore it was free for operators to join the scheme and have the...
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Do you know how to keep your OCRS (Operator Compliance Risk Score) in the green

First of all – Do you know your current OCRS? If you don’t then the first thing you need to do is register online by visiting the DVSA Online Report Services . You will need your O licence number to complete the registration form and then the DVSA will send a confirmation letter in the post...
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New increased speed limits for HGV’s in UK

Increased HGV speed limits welcomed by the industry The current speed limits for HGV’s over 7.5 tonnes is laid out in section 6 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. However these limits were introduced back in the 1960’s and have never been changed since. Just think how much safer new technologies have made lorries...
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Operator financial standing requirements reduced for 2015

Good news for new or expanding operators The financial standing levels are set by the EU regulations in Euros and therefore each member state that does not use the Euro adjusts their rates every year according to currency fluctuations. For standard national and international operators the current figures are set at €9,000 for the first...
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What is ADR training

ADR Explained The European agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road was created in Geneva on the 30th of September 1957 and came into force on the 29th of January 1958. ADR comes from the official French name for the agreement which is “Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses...
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The classification of dangerous goods

Classification of dangerous substances under ADR ADR groups hazardous substances into 9 different categories which are referred to as classes. Each class has danger sign to show it’s major hazard and some classes are then sub-divided further to identify the specific hazard. Here is a brief overview of the 9 classes of dangerous goods under...
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Instructions in writing according to ADR

INSTRUCTIONS IN WRITING ACCORDING TO ADR Actions in the event of an accident or emergency In the event of an accident or emergency that may occur or arise during carriage, the members of the vehicle crew shall take the following actions where safe and practicable to do so: Apply the braking system, stop the engine...
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Do you know how to defer a roadside check

DVSA roadside inspections can cost you big time I was talking to one of our newer clients this week and he was complaining about DVSA (no surprise there). His business is general haulage and some of his contracts are very strict on delivery times. One of his drivers was heading to a drop at a very...
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Have you been fined at the roadside

How to challenge a roadside fine One of the things that really gets a good debate going during our driver cpc training is the topic of roadside fines. Most drivers have a story to tell about spot checks and either being fined or having a lucky escape. I just wanted to let you know that it is...
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£5000 fine for not doing defect checks

This is a problem that crops up every now and then for the drivers that I look after and although many think it is not that serious there have been cases where drivers have been fined up to £5000. I don’t know about you but having to fork out £5000 is pretty serious to me. It has...
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Daily Walk Around Checks

There are 18 different areas that need to be checked as a minimum to comply with the VOSA guidelines on maintaining roadworthiness and you need to show that you have taken sufficient time to check all of them. Brake Lines Electrical Connections Mirrors and Glass Horn Steering Brakes Exhaust Windscreen Wipers & Washers Lights & Indicators Fluid Leaks...
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Can you take a break in a moving vehicle

Double Manning breaks I have had 4 calls this week asking the same question, 3 of which came on the same day, so I assume VOSA may be targeting this topic. People are asking if you are allowed to take a break while having your card in the 2nd man slot, and the first man is driving. The...
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How to prove your speed to the exact second

Get exact speed reports from a digital tachograph This comes up time and time again so I thought I would let you know about it just in case you ever need to prove your speed to the exact second. As a tachograph analysis bureau we are always getting people asking for forensic analysis for some...
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Do you understand grandfather rights?

No Initial CPC? You could be driving illegally As you probably know, if you passed your HGV/PCV test before the introduction of the driver CPC training then you have grandfather or acquired rights. If not then you need to have completed your initial CPC before you can drive and this was the situation with one...
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Are you confused by the working time directive rules for drivers?

While running a Driver CPC course last weekend on the EU Drivers’ hours and working time directive regulations, one of the drivers questioned the working time regulations and it made me think. Just how many other drivers out there think the same as he did? Basically he was a self-employed driver and under the impression...
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Do you know your responsibilities when it comes to tachographs?

Do you know what you are doing when it comes to tachographs? One of the most common questions we get from drivers relates to the rules regarding tachographs and what drivers need to do to stay compliant with the tachograph rules. I have listed some of the drivers responsibilities below and split these into Analogue...
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Vosa report shows most common prosecutions

Common VOSA Prosecutions for HGV and PSV operators The VOSA effectiveness report for 2011/12 which was compiled in March 2013 showed Drivers’ Hours and Tachograph records as the most commonly prosecuted offences in that period for HGV and PSV operators with the only difference being the order in which they placed. The top 5 HGV Offences 1)...
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Drivers Hours Guide

Download your FREE Drivers’ Hours Guide This 35 page pdf explains everything you need to know when it comes to the EU drivers’ Hours rules and the working time directive for drivers (RTD). Written by our head trainer, Chris Allen, this easy to read ebook is written in plain English and contains working examples to...
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Legislation updates

Chartwise Legislation Update Service Stay within the lines of the law Be the first to know when the law changes. This is a free email update service from Chartwise Uk that offers all who subscribe a simple email detailing and explaining the changes made to the working time directive and driver hours law as and...
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ADR Fire Extinguisher Requirements

ADR Fire Extinguisher Requirements   Carriage in Limited Quantities. (Per individual package) IF a transport unit is not carrying dangerous goods in accordance with ADR 1.1.3.6, it still has to be equipped with at least one portable fire extinguisher for the inflammability classes* A, B and C, with a minimum capacity of 2kg dry powder (or an...
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How to change the time on a digital tachograph

Here is a quick demonstration video that shows you how to change the time on a digital tachograph   I hope you have found this useful and if you have any questions about this video or other functions on your digital tachograph please get in touch.
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The Driver CPC Initial Qualification

What is the driver CPC initial qualification? If you don’t have acquired rights then you will need to get the Driver CPC initial qualification when you sit your vocational qualification. If you are not sure if you have acquired rights check the Driver CPC Training page for details. So for those of you that don’t...
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Check your Driver CPC Hours

How to check your Driver CPC Hours Over the past couple of years we have seen a number of driver CPC training providers come and go, some legitimate and many not. As with any new requirement or training there are a number of scam artists that make a quick quid and then disappear. Unfortunately it...
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Urgent Tachograph Analysis

Do you need tachograph charts analysed quickly? Have you got VOSA or the traffic commissioner coming to see you soon? Our team of experienced analysts can help you get back on track and compliant. From individual charts to months of backlog charts we can help with our priority analysis service. There could be many reasons...
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Digital Tachograph Card

How to apply for a digital tacho card   If you are a professional HGV or PSV driver there is a good chance that you will already be using a vehicle fitted with a digital tacho unit. If you have not yet driven a digital vehicle it is highly advisable that you have a digital...
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