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Changes to the HGV and PSV Inspection Manuals

From 1 June 2024, an updated HGV Inspection Manual and an updated PSV Inspection Manual come into force. The new Inspection Manuals can be found here HGV Manual PSV Manual. The HGV and PSV Inspection Manuals are important documents for all Operators. They set out the application of relevant vehicle […]

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Changes to Driver CPC Announced

Following a recent consultation undertaken by the Government which can be viewed here, a further announcement had been made with the amendments to the Driver CPC requirements to come into effect in 2025. Drivers of HGVs and PSVs are required in most circumstances to hold a Certificate of Professional Competence. […]

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International Operators – Smart Tachograph 2 Deadline Approaching

Trade Associations, including CPT have been keen to remind Operators working internationally that many of their vehicles will require an upgrade as the requirement to have vehicles fitted with a Smart Tachograph 2 comes into force at the end of the year. The oldest vehicles on the road, which includes […]

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New Border Force Checklist for the Prevention of Clandestine Entrants

Smith Bowyer Clarke Road Transport Lawyers have helped hauliers and drivers in the UK and across the EU save hundreds of thousands of pounds in Civil Penalties imposed unfairly by Border Force in relation to clandestine entrants. Barristers Simon Clarke and Millicent Dooher obtained a ruling from the Court of […]

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Are You Aware of Your Notification Requirements on Your Operator’s Licence?

You have been granted your licence, recruited drivers, set up vehicles and processes, but are you aware of your ongoing obligations reporting changes within the business to the Traffic Commissioner? The Operator’s Licence document which is issued via the online portal contains some vital information and is too often overlooked. […]

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How long does it take for an Operator’s Licence Application to be Processed? OTC releases most recent processing figures.

How long does it take for an Operator’s Licence Application to be Processed? OTC releases most recent processing figures. The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has released the most recent figures, up to the end of 2023, detailing the average wait time for an Operator’s Licence application to be decided. […]

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Charged with Death By Driving? – What you Need to Know

If you have just killed someone in your motor car your life has just changed forever. You may already be dealing with some of the issues caused; physical and mental injury, shock, guilt, and social condemnation. Other issues will crowd in, of lesser and greater importance, as time goes by […]

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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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Diversity Data for SBC

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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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