Update on Overnight Subsistence Allowance

As of 6 April 2017, HMRC requires operators paying drivers the Industry Scale Rate for overnight subsistence allowance to apply for an Approval Notice. Operators must now demonstrate that they have a checking system to ensure that the amount claimed for subsistence correlates with the amount spent. The Industry Scale Rate is currently £26.20 per night for drivers with a sleeper cab

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New on the spot fines for hours infringements

Soon to be introduced into UK legislation is a move by DVSA to provide their examiners with the power to issue on the spot fines to drivers for hours infringements committed over the last 28 days, both in the UK and in Europe. At £300 per offence, they can issue up to 5 fines at a time.

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O Licenses for car-derived vans?

Following on from our previous report of small vans being included under O’licence regulations, we have found out a little more about the proposals. It appears the changes to EU Regulation 1072/2009 will incorporate ‘car derived vans’ upwards, operated for hire and reward. This does throw the cat amongst the pigeons! The financial standing rates […]

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5 REASONS TO USE VIDEO SURVEYS

The removals industry doesn’t have a great reputation for innovation, but video surveying seems to be the exception. Here’s why recorded remote video chat is making waves, and why you should consider trying it in your own business.

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SELF STORE ISN’T ALWAYS EASY…

Two stories relating to self-store hit the headlines this month. One involved rats and the other a devastating fire. The fire related to a property operated by Safehouse Self Storage in White Hart Lane, north London. The property was approximately 500,000 square feet which apart from the self-store element also housed office space, van rentals […]

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Britannia find hairy stowaway

This particular stowaway turned out to be a huntsman spider roughly the size of a guinea pig! The container had been shipped from Australia and was being unpacked at Britannia’s Merstham head office and warehouse. Suddenly three burly removal men ran from the container. One of the company’s managers, Dave Aldridge, coolly identified the spider […]

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Body builders Bespoke and SBR merge

Bespoke Bodies and SBR, two of the best known names in the body building business, have agreed to merge their businesses. Putting the two family-owned companies together will increase the level of resources available for product innovation, give customers a greater level of security and reduce lead times. The merged business will offer a wide […]

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Is it time for an industry rethink?

For many years now there has been a reasoned argument from UK removers that the age of their vehicles is not particularly important since their trucks do very little mileage per annum, especially when compared with general hauliers. Many still look at replacing the body on their older chassis for this very reason – the […]

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Truck Platooning arrives in the UK

If you saw the reports on the news over the bank holiday about truck platooning, then like us, you may have checked the date to see if it was April Fools Day. Nope – this is a genuine scheme which involves connecting a number of articulated lorries so they can run together on motorways using […]

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Are your no smoking policies up to date?

A decade ago Britain introduced legislation to ban smoking in the workplace, which includes the cab of a van or lorry as well as company cars. There are exceptions to this law, primarily for owner-drivers who don’t share space in their vehicle with another individual. Even then, the law would apply if an apprentice or […]

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Self store development tricky in London

It would appear that creating new self store depots inside the M25 is tougher than ever. Indeed, Access Self Storage appear to have abandoned the idea of a new storage depot entirely on one site in South London.

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