Industry News

APPG Inquiry on Fuel Duty

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Road Freight & Logistics have recently launched a new inquiry on the impact of fuel duty. As such, they have released a survey to the industry asking for input on such topics as fuel prices, inflation & the UK's current relationship with the EU. The survey is meant to take 5-minutes to be completed and can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3YP58B2 Additionally, two evidence sessions will be held in May 2022: May 16: UK Hauliers focused …

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Do you operate Light Good Vehicles in Europe? Make sure you have an International Operator License by 21st May 22

From 21 May 2022, you’ll need a standard international goods vehicle operator licence to transport goods for hire or reward in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. This will apply to you if you’re based in England, Scotland or Wales and use: vans or other light goods vehicles (sometimes called ‘light commercial vehicles’) vans towing trailers cars towing trailers The new rules will apply to you if you use: vans with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) over 2,500kg (2.5 tonnes) and…

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The Office of the Traffic Commissioner asks “Are your contact details correct?”

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Office of the Traffic |Commissioner. If you hold an operator’s licence it is important that your email address, telephone number and postal address held by us is correct. If your contact details are not correct you may not receive important correspondence from the traffic commissioner that may affect your operator’s licence. You can read the email in full at this [link].

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National Highways Agency commits £20 Million to Improving Roadside Facilities

The funding, which constitutes part of the National Highways' existing £169 Million "Users & Communities Fund" will specifically target aspects which directly effect HGV drivers; such as security, lighting, shower and toilet facilities, and so on. This now brings the UK Government up to 33 actions to support the sector, as the country tries to address the ongoing HGV Driver shortage. You can read more about the new funding, it's goals and the Governments' plans regarding the HGV sector at this [link].

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Stricter laws concerning mobile phone when driving come into effect 25th Mar 22

As you are (hopefully) aware, it is already illegal to text or make a call (expect in an emergency situation) when using a hand-held device whilst driving. As of 25th March 2022, the law will change to also include taking photos or videos, scrolling through music playlists or play games. People caught doing so will face a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) & up to 6 points on their license. Drivers' will still be able to use 'hands-free' devices; such a phones…

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Recording Border Crossing on Tachograph Units

Stoneridge have recently posted a reminder concerning standing regulations concerning the proper recording of Border Crossing. Specifically: "Under current legislation, from 2nd February 2022 the driver shall enter the symbol of the country into which he enters after crossing the border of a Member State at the beginning of his first stop in that Member State. The first stop shall be made at or after the stopping point as close as possible to the border. When crossing the border of a…

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Are you prepared for the upcoming changes surrounding rebated fuel?

The following is taken from an email circular released by Tachopak: From 1 April 2022 you must not put rebated fuel into the tank of a vehicle, vessel, machine or appliance that is not allowed to use it. If you’re no longer able to use rebated fuel, you should plan to run down the fuel you have to as close to nil as reasonably practicable before 1 April 2022. You may only use up rebated fuel after 1 April 2022, if the fuel was…

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Manual Records & Other Work; Are You Reporting Your Hours Properly?

The following is taken from a letter circular we at TMC Assist will shortly be sending out to our clients, concerning a growing enforcement trend within both the DVSA and Uk Tarrfic Police: We at TMC Assist have become aware of a growing and shifting trend within both DVSA and Police enforcement regarding manual records and periods of ‘Other Work’, which we feel you should be made aware of. At a number of recent public inquiries to which TMC Assist have been…

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Message to all operators – have you changed your contact details?

The following is taken from an email circular sent out by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner: If you hold an operator’s licence it is important that your email address, telephone number and postal address held by us is correct. If your contact details are not correct you may not receive important correspondence from the traffic commissioner that may affect your operator’s licence. To check, log into your  VOL self service account  today. If you receive correspondence…

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