Wednesday 22 September 2021

DfT boosts driver testing capacity to tackle shortage

The Department of Transport (DfT) has announced that up to 50,000 more HGV driving tests will now be made available per year, through measures that it says will…

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TCs warn driver shortage is no excuse for safety failings

In their 2020/21 annual report, the traffic commissioners (TCs) have warned operators not to let standards slip because replacement drivers are currently difficult to recruit, while reminding those…

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Longer trailers could see full rollout from 2022

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that longer semi-trailers (LSTs) could be rolled out beyond the existing trial into general circulation as soon as next year, following…

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DfT mulls future direction of traffic commissioners

Industry representatives, as well as trade groups and lo­cal authorities, have been encouraged to contribute to a Department for Transport (DfT) review of the role of the traffic…

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Government: fleets should seek drivers from UK workforce

The British government has continued to resist pleas by the logistics sector and its customers to loosen immigration rules so as to facilitate an influx of EU-based HGV…

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Charged for the challenge

Jonathan Beadle, commercial manager at Van Ninja, asks whether electric vans can keep up with the increased demand for online shopping The courier sector is currently experiencing two…

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DVSA moves to shift test backlog

DVSA announced plans last month to recruit up to 40 extra vocational licence examiners to handle the current backlog in driving tests. It said it had filled some…

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Call for rise in ATF ‘pit fee’

Independent operators of authorised testing facilities (ATFs) are demanding that pit fees are included in a consultation on test fee increases being launched by DVSA. The Authorised Testing…

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Avoiding trailer loss with AS24

Fleet solutions provider AS24 offers a low-cost trailer tracking option among its portfolio of services called FindIT, which allows trailers’ positions to be closely monitored in the case…

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Navigating the transition

Niki Holt, head of commercial at Certas Energy, discusses how fleets can evolve their liquid fuel mix during times of regulatory change The UK is leading the way…

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