Battery Electric Vehicles — can they replace diesel and petrol for transport?

30 April 2021

As petrol and diesel cars and vans are phased out, with a ban on new sales from 2030, operators of small goods vehicles will have to switch to alternatives and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) seem to be the preferred current choice as a replacement. It is not yet certain whether BEVs are the best option but there are some aspects of the data that operators should be aware of. Certainly, the future for heavy vehicles is unclear but battery-operated versions are already available and more restrictions on diesel operation are likely.

Using the furlough scheme in 2021

30 April 2021

As the UK nations look to ease lockdown restrictions over the next few months, Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores the key things to bear in mind for those seeking to make use of the furlough scheme in 2021.

O-licence compliance audits — the value of getting them right

29 April 2021

Christopher Wagner of Pellys Transport & Regulatory Law considers the increased use of compliance audit undertakings, the importance of ensuring that audits are carried out and acted upon correctly and the regulatory risks involved in getting them wrong.

Time to tackle the driver shortage problem

19 April 2021

It goes without saying that this has been a difficult time for the haulage industry, with the difficulties caused by Brexit exacerbated by the unprecedented demands placed on operators and drivers by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, behind the media stories of long queues into Dover, drivers delayed for days at the border and the rapidly changing demands for Covid tests and new paperwork, there is a longer-term problem — there are simply not enough drivers. Here we take a look at the problem and assess what can be done.

Coronavirus vaccine and your employees — HR considerations

15 April 2021

A vaccine to prevent serious health effects from coronavirus has been developed and made available to the public. In this article, Nicola Mullineux, Group Content Manager at Croner-i explores the top questions employers may have surrounding the vaccine, such as requiring employees to be vaccinated and more.

Covid Secure driving: getting back on the road

12 April 2021

The key principles in the Covid Secure guidance for working in or from vehicles provide a practical guide for hauliers and other operators on how to work safely during the current pandemic.