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Another Broker story – Please read

Simple question for Amzad Ali. How many hopeful truckers have paid his firm for training courses that were never delivered? “I haven’t got a clue, probably loads,” came the reply. Ali, 25, is the director of Blackwater LGV which offered … Continue reading

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New EU rules for lorry, bus and coach operators

A consultation on the implementation of new EU rules covering the licensing of lorry, bus and coach operators was announced today by Roads Minister Mike Penning. The European rules under which hire and reward operators are licensed are being changed … Continue reading

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Eddie Stobart RIP

Haulage magnate Edward Stobart, who built up the Eddie Stobart lorry empire and ran it for more than 30 years, has died at the age of 56. He suffered what were described as “heart problems” on Wednesday and died on … Continue reading

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Government proposes longer lorries to help cut carbon

Some lorries could be allowed to use longer trailers after independent research showed that this could cut carbon without compromising safety. The research is being published today by Roads Minister Mike Penning alongside a consultation seeking views on the proposed … Continue reading

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The Budget

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, today announced a package of financial measures designed to help the commercial transport industry, including Road Tax for HGV’s to be frozen. Good news for HGV’s for the next 12 months. Vehicle licence … Continue reading

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Driver CPC Periodic Training Dates

We have added 5 new dates for our 1 day Driver CPC Peridic Training Courses, this course will count for 7 hours towards the required 35 hours. Our courses cost £95.00 including DSA Registration and course hand outs – The … Continue reading

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VOSA accused of not enforcing initial Driver CPC

A significant number of HGV drivers who have taken their test since September 2009 are breaking the law, as they do not have the necessary initial Driver CPC qualification, and it would also appear VOSA is turning a blind eye … Continue reading

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English Road Signs

TENS of thousands of motorists could pass their driving tests unable to understand British road signs, it has emerged. More than 90,000 candidates last year needed help to translate signs from English into languages including Polish and Kurdish. The Driving … Continue reading

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Beware of HGV Internet Brokers

What follows are stories, questions and answers on how brokers deal with their customers – you. Having read these you may want to carefully consider whether using a broker is right for you or not Clearstone were probably the first … Continue reading

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New requirements to improve safety for motorcyclists and lorry and bus drivers

Proposals to improve skills and safety for new motorcycle riders, drivers of lorries and buses and new drivers who want to tow medium sized trailers were published today by the Department for Transport (DfT) in conjunction with the Driving Standards … Continue reading

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Drivers warned not to fall for CPC exemption card scam

The Vehicle Operator Service Agency and the Driving Standards Agency are advising drivers that they do not need to buy a card to prove they are exempt from Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) regulations. The so-called ‘Driver Qualification Exemption Card’ … Continue reading

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18 Year old truck drivers

From 10 September 18-year-olds will be allowed to drive lorries. Until now the minimum age for LGV drivers was 21 but the age has been lowered across the EU to try and encourage more young people into the industry. An … Continue reading

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Mega Trucks

The powerful European road lobby plans to force Britain and other countries to accept some of the world’s biggest trucks on the grounds that they will reduce traffic congestion and be less polluting. The “megatrucks” would be more than 80ft … Continue reading

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Is lowering speed limits the answer to saving lives on Britain's roads?

Why are we asking this now? Britain’s roads have become much safer over the last 30 years, but in recent times our record has been slipping behind some of our European neighbours. While there are now 5,000 fewer deaths each … Continue reading

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Young drivers need further training for at-work driving

A major study by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has found that a new driving for work qualification would be welcomed by employers because the current system of learner training and testing does not adequately prepare young … Continue reading

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The Conservatives have expressed dismay at the above-inflation increases to driving test fees.

Shadow roads minister Robert Goodwill said it “beggared belief” that ministers could even think about putting up costs when so many families were struggling during the recession. The Driving Standards Agency said the increases, first announced last October, were necessary … Continue reading

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Driving Test Fee Increase

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has confirmed its new test fee structure for 2009/10 following a public consultation in October last year. DSA Chief Executive, Rosemary Thew went on to say “We are doing everything we can to ensure that … Continue reading

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Sat nav disasters

With news today of a driver’s terrifying ordeal on the edge of a sheer 100ft drop after he followed instructions from his sat nav, here’s more evidence that you shouldn’t always trust your handy electronic co-pilot. A notorious gang of … Continue reading

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