Part-time worker claims increase

13 October 2021

The onset of the Covid pandemic saw a shift in employees’ priorities, with many more wanting to submit flexible working requests to improve their work-life balance; including requests to reduce working days and hours or adopt part-time shift patterns.

Concessions for Transport Operators During Covid-19

7 October 2021

In order to cope with the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic and maintain essential transport, a number of relaxations have been made by the Government. The Senior Traffic Commissioner has also published a set of temporary updates to certain of the existing Statutory Documents that provide guidance to Traffic Commissioners when dealing with regulatory issues. These relaxations apply to England, Scotland and Wales only, as the arrangements for Northern Ireland are devolved.

Driver shortage and the fuel crisis

4 October 2021

This article looks at why this crisis developed, what steps the Government has taken to alleviate the problems and whether they will work.

Load security: changes in enforcement and regulation

1 October 2021

Load security and the way any issues are prosecuted or regulated is an area that has changed substantially in recent years and one where operators need to ensure they keep up to date with “best practice”. Here Andrew Woolfall, of Backhouse Jones Solicitors, examines the way drivers are expected to report defects, what is deemed acceptable when conducting regular brake tests and the change in attitude towards loads which are not properly restrained.

Grandfather rights

1 October 2021

Richard J Smith, transport consultant, takes a look at the three areas in the freight transport industry where acquired rights (previously known as grandfather rights) currently apply.

Combatting our plastic habits in the workplace

30 September 2021

From revolutionary to ruinous, plastics breathed life into the current age we live in today. Now we face decisions and policy to wean businesses away from the lifeline that plastics offered to a more sustainable means of production in order to mitigate pollution, habitat loss and climate change. Existing commitments are to be reconsidered and even redoubled where new zero-waste and carbon reduction targets are to be met in earnest. Max Starr reports.

How to solve the driver shortage problem

14 September 2021

In this article we consider the driver shortage problem in the commercial vehicle industry and look at ways in which operators can adapt in order to attract and retain new drivers.

The chronic driver shortage and a healthy workforce

13 September 2021

It is well known that the haulage industry is suffering from a chronic shortage of vocational drivers. Richard Pelly studies some possible reasons for the problem and outlines the importance of maintaining a healthy workforce.