RESTRICTED OPERATOR LICENSE REVIEW

The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain met on the 11 June 2018 to launch a consultation looking at whether the financial resources test for restricted operator licence holders (those that carry only their own goods) needs to be increased.

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UNIQUE BY NAME, UNIQUE BY NATURE

On a recent visit to Manchester, we found time to visit Unique Van Bodies and meet the new General Manager Rob Hampson. We also had a long chat with Terry Sinnott about his career, the industry, and his plans for retirement. Here’s what we found out…

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DO YOU REMEMBER ALBION?

Paul Fox of Fox Moving & Storage tells the story of the restoration of a genuine FT3 lorry with its original six-cylinder petrol engine, a very rare beast as most surviving examples have been converted to diesel power many years ago, with an equally rare BK type furniture container body.

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OLDER BUYERS OUTNUMBER YOUNGER ONES

TwentyCi’s most recent Property and Homemover report highlights the fact that nobody is taking advantage of renewed confidence in the U.K.’s property market more than older home buyers, who are responsible for an increasing number of property deals in the UK.

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HOW TO AVOID INTERNET FRAUD

Our friends at transport specialist solicitor’s Backhouse Jones, have just published a very informative article about Internet fraud and how to avoid it. Speaking as someone who lives on the net, I am ashamed to say I recently opened an email from a reliable source to check the attachment. All looked very genuine until I […]

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DO YOU NAME YOUR CAR?

According to recent research by the DVLA, around 25% of UK motorists do! It appears that ‘Doris’, ‘Dave’, ‘Henry’, ‘Betsy’ and ‘Bumble’ were popular choices, with the largest proportion of those who said they named their car coming from the East Midlands (28%). The smallest proportion came from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (1%, 3% […]

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TACKLING THE GROWING MILLENNIAL MARKET

Several movers have complained to us recently that Millennials (the generation currently aged 18-38) are only interested in low prices, so it’s a real struggle for the bigger companies to win their work. Whilst it’s true that Millennials are very cost conscious, there is a way to win them over…

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VEHICLES FROM DAYS GONE BY

Not exactly a vintage vehicle but long-lived and much loved, this Volvo F10 artic was bought by Britannia Appleyards of South Yorkshire in 1990, and has lived a varied and interesting life ever since, including a phoenix-like renewal when they had almost written it off!

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A DISTURBING STORY…

We heard a disturbing story last week about a larger mover who lost a large piece of business to a small operator using 3.5t vans. Now, we have nothing against small van operators, but the details of this story were what concerned us. With the customer’s procurement process demanding quality standards, trade body membership and many other criteria…

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RHA CHALLENGES SURGE OF NEW CLEAN AIR ZONES

With the introduction of dozens of new clean air zones looming and the additional costs that these schemes bring for truck operators across the country, the RHA has challenged some of the myths that support the campaign to tax lorries out of towns and cities.

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NOTICE PERIODS – WHEN DO YOU STOP PAYING?

A recent case clarified the law around when notice is deemed to have been given, and when an employer can stop paying a member of staff who has left the company. As Backhouse Jones write, the case was complicated because the employee in this case was on holiday when notice was served.

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