Changes to drivers' hours fines
From Monday 5 March, DVSA traffic examiners were able to start issuing on-the-spot fines for drivers’ hours offences committed in the previous 28 days. They are now able to issue fines for five offences in a single check.
With fines of up to £300 for each offence a driver could be liable for £1,500 in a single stop whether the offences were committed in the UK or abroad. DVSA will also have the option to immobilise the vehicle.
Keeping the country going
It was great to see the excellent work by RHA members during last week’s adverse weather conditions yet again we keep the country fed and resupplied whatever the weather.
Read more here.
Exemptions to drivers' hours
Members are reminded that although emergency exemptions can be invoked in extreme weather or for emergency situations there are still restrictions on what has to be complied with.
Drivers using the exemption must make a note on a digital print out or on the tachograph record. There are still restrictions on the total working time of drivers - read more here.
Sustainable road freight
On Wednesday 28 March, the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight will be holding a workshop with the aim of recruiting additional industry members. Details of the event can be found here.
Members wishing to join the group please register.
Self-employment fact sheet
The RHA are working with HMRC to ensure the bogus self-employment umbrella companies are investigated by HMRC.
Read this guide which has been produced by the RHA in conjunction with HMRC to highlight the problems faced by many members.
HMRC have also produced an online tool to enable drivers or operators to work through a series of questions which will notify the individual or operator if self-employment is legitimate or not.
If any member wishes to report bogus umbrella companies please forward the information to Colin Snape or use this link.
Your responsibilities as a director
As the director of a limited company – no matter how big or small – your approach to compliance affects every part of the business.
If you manage it well, the rest of the company should follow.
But you need to be satisfied the relevant standards are being met.
To do this, you can follow these simple steps:
PLAN – be aware of operator licence duties and risks
DO – don’t leave transport to run itself, have management systems in place from the start
CHECK – get routine and incident-led reports on performance and compliance
ACT – undertake regular reviews through auditing and take forward recommendations