The European truck cartel

20 June 2017

The UK haulage and logistics firms are invited to sign up to legal action being taken against truck manufacturers found guilty by the European Commission of illegal price fixing, as highlighted in news item Operators could get cash back on over-priced trucks. Andrew Woolfall of Backhouse Jones Solicitors provides a background to the cartel and outlines the action that can be taken by those affected.

EU proposals for commercial transport

13 June 2017

The EU Commission is proposing to revise and update many of the rules affecting the road transport sector in a newly published set of initiatives under the banner of Europe on the Move. Its aim is to make road transport cleaner, safer, ensure proper conditions for drivers, and better connected. The proposals are ambitious and wide-ranging. Paul Clarke summarises the main proposals, focusing on what it will mean in practice for drivers and operators.

Sentencing guidelines and the haulage industry

31 May 2017

In England and Wales, we have seen a changing climate in the sentencing of road and work related criminal offending. This is having a significant impact on hauliers and their drivers and often is coming as an unwelcome surprise. Vikki Woodfine, a Partner at DWF LLP specialising in road transport law, looks at some of the key changes and the effect on hauliers.

Dealing with drivers’ hours infringements

24 May 2017

Vikki Woodfine, Partner at DWF LLP, considers how to approach drivers’ hours infringements. Why is it important to monitor them? How should these situations be approached? To what extent can drivers be disciplined or is re-training preferable in the event of infringements?

Apprenticeship levy — explained

16 May 2017

Since 6 April 2017, a new way of funding training for apprentices has been in effect, replacing the previous system for new starters. Under the new scheme, a levy has been established on companies with a payroll in excess of £3 million and the funds raised will be available for those companies to spend on training apprentices. Any levy amount not spent on apprentice training within two years will go to the Government for general purposes, including funding training for those companies who do not pay the levy — estimated to be some 97 or 98% of businesses. Richard Smith explains the system and how it will operate for both those who pay it and those who don’t.

Emergency response to accidents involving chemicals

9 May 2017

In this article, Caroline Raine discusses the best approach to making an emergency response to accidents involving chemicals. She also takes a particular look at the response to incidents involving lithium batteries, which are relatively new to the world of dangerous goods.

Finance issues for the haulage business

2 May 2017

Good news for the transport industry’s finance managers have been in short supply in the past few months. Finance writer, Kevin Godier, summarises the latest concerns for hauliers and clarifies some of the details as they affect them.

Earned recognition — the way forward

25 April 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is running a pilot for a new scheme that will support the existing Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) to help conscientious operators avoid the inconvenience of roadside checks. Richard Smith looks at this new scheme and examines how an operator can earn “recognition” status.