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Driver CPC Reform Announced

On 11 December 2023, the Government has announced a set of reforms for the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC), which is the qualification required for a vocational driver to drive a HGV or PSV in most professional or commercial circumstances. The Driver CPC became mandatory from 2008 for PSV […]

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Is a Transport Manager CPC Still Valid if Obtained Outside of the UK?

Brexit brought into question many concerns with Operator Licencing legislation, given how much UK law is intertwined with EU Law. One question in particular was whether a Transport Manager could continue to work in the UK if their CPC was obtained elsewhere in Europe. The clear answer is yes. However, […]

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Becoming a Private Hire Driver

Have you ever wondered whether you could work as a taxi driver but have no idea about the process? Application Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licences are granted by Local Authorities outside of London or by TfL within the London area. Private Hire refers to trips booked through an Operator […]

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Not So New 28 Day Driver Recording Rules

In September 2022, DVSA issued guidance which has caused Operators and Transport Managers to ask questions about the ‘new 28 day rules’ to be rolled out for their drivers. In actual fact, the new rules came into effect in August 2020, but seemed to have gone under the radar and […]

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Vehicle Maintenance: Are you Getting What you Pay For?

As an Operator regulated by the Traffic Commissioner, you have agreed with a number of statements of intent, including that at all times vehicles will be fit and serviceable. Operators are regularly reminded to refer back to the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness and the guidance issued by DVSA or the […]

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Why is it important to carry out regular maintenance inspections all year round to avoid dangerous incidents?

Now that the weather is becoming colder, and the nights are getting darker, it is more important than ever to make sure you’re maintaining your vehicles properly. It is crucial to make sure all maintenance inspections have been carried out on time and effectively by reliable providers. The DVSA have […]

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Can I Continue To Drive Without a Digital Tachograph Card?

If you are a driver working under EU Rules, all driving must be recorded on a Tachograph. A small number of vehicles are fitted with analogue tachographs, most vehicles are fitted with a digital tachograph. In these vehicles, you must use your Digital Tachograph to record all driving, other work […]

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