Most operators are well aware of who the traffic commissioners are. But what happens when professional drivers get it wrong?
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Think about all the people in your business you simply couldn’t do without. Who comes to mind? Drivers, mechanics, traffic planners? If you have a standard licence, your transport manager will definitely be on the list.
Myth: You can’t drive away from a test station if you’ve been issued a failure certificate.
If your vehicle has failed its annual test it isn’t road legal. If you intend to use it on the road you should have it repaired as soon as possible.
You may remember filling in your application for an operator’s licence as though it was yesterday. If not, you’ll almost definitely remember the relief you felt after hearing the Traffic Commissioner had given you permission to begin running vehicles.
Myth: "There's only one place in Great Britain (GB) to have an In-Service ATP inspection."
This post discusses the locations of ATP designated stations in GB and explains how vehicle operators and owners can get their vehicles and containers certified in accordance with the ATP.
A recent case before the Traffic Commissioner shows how the consequences of failing to monitor and record a driver’s working hours can have a dramatic impact on an operator’s business, as well as the driver’s livelihood.
Running a business generates a lot of paperwork. As well as keeping on top of it, you’re also trying to make sure your business continues to operate efficiently – which usually involves even more paperwork. Getting it all done is essential, but making sure you’re using the correct documents is just as important.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published new guidance on fitting side guards, which are also known as lateral protection devices (LPDs).
The Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) continues to roll out and since January 2016 all single-deck buses have needed to be compliant with schedules 1 and 2 of the regulations. The full implementation of the regulations will be complete in 2020.