Month: March 2015

Maintaining the FORS standard

T&C-coverTo ensure a level playing field for all of the fleet operators that have achieved FORS accreditation, we continue to take a firm stance on those that fail to comply with the terms and conditions. Suspensions and terminations are now being used more rigorously to protect the reputation of the scheme.

We are receiving an increasing number of official complaints about poor driving standards and driver infringements regarding FORS operators. We want to keep you informed of these issues and the potential consequences to any operators that may be in breach of their professional obligations both as transport professionals and FORS registered or accredited companies.

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Driving licence changes – update

From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points. … Read more

The UK’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) survey of HGV operations in London

On behalf of Transport for London (TfL), the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) is carrying out research into HGV operations in London, with the aim of improving the safety of HGVs, HGV drivers and other road users. As part of that research an online survey is being carried out.

We are interested in the views of anyone that is involved with or has experience of driving, operating or procuring the services of HGVs in London (inside the M25). This includes:
• owners and directors of companies which operate HGVs
• fleet managers
• transport managers
• line managers responsible for HGV driver(s)
• drivers of HGVs (including agency drivers)
• clients contracting HGV operator(s)/driver(s)

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Budget 2015 – fuel duty and vehicle excise duty (VED)

The Chancellor has confirmed the freeze in fuel duty in the 2015 Budget by cancelling the RPI inflation fuel duty increase of 0.54 pence per litre scheduled for 1 September 2015. The freeze in fuel duty announced today will save industry around £64.7 million a year.

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