Advice

  • In-vehicle technology and improving safety

    In-vehicle technology and improving safety

    8th March 2017

    There are a multitude of factors which influence vehicle operators’ costs, of which insurance is one. With a rise in Insurance Premium Tax expected this year, higher costs of vehicle repairs and escalating personal injury and whiplash costs all contributing…

  • New start-up, Deal or no deal

    2nd March 2017

    New start-up Q. I am thinking of starting up on my own and running a five-year-old 32-tonne tipper. As a brand-new start, can you give me a very tough idea of what insurance premiums I should expect to pay? A.…

  • Notes on tachograph mode switch operation

    2nd March 2017

    If you are driving under tachograph laws, then the correct use of the mode switch must be undertaken. As well as ‘driving’, there are other modes: * Other work: This covers all activities defined as work other than driving in…

  • Heavy Lifting, Parking Plot

    2nd March 2017

    Heavy lifting Q. I have been offered some work carrying machinery for a local engineering company. I will need to buy a flatbed trailer with a crane, but apart from insuring the extra trailer, will my insurances be affected? A.…

  • Regulations regarding multi-manning

    2nd March 2017

    Multi-manning is a topic which affects many drivers and it can be used very effectively by operators. In Regulations 561/2006, it describes ‘multi-manning’ as meaning the situation where, during each period of driving between any two consecutive daily rest periods,…

  • Digital TV Aerials

    Digital TV Aerials

    18th January 2014

    Digital aerials/antennas (often so called but read on) can be used in caravans or mobile homes. These TV Antennas/Aerials which are used by caravanners and truck (HGV) drivers (WVM) whenever they are in mobile situations will be different from the…

  • Zenloc Container Alarm

    Zenloc Container Alarm

    18th January 2014

    Zenloc Container Alarm For years the freight industry has suffered losses in many forms. A lot of which occur while the vehicle carrying freight is at rest and the driver is away from the vehicle taking a break or asleep…

  • CB Radio Antennas

    CB Radio Antennas

    18th January 2014

    Most questions apply to coax feeder and antennas, how does it work, which is a good antenna (Arial), where should your antenna be on the truck, what about the SWR Antennas, Transmission Lines (coax often), Propagation (the way the radio…

  • Importing A Vehicle

    Importing A Vehicle

    18th January 2014

    Since this page was produced in 1997 terms and conditions for importing vehicles into the UK have changed dramatically, and as a result I have removed the text and placed the below link for those who still visit this old…