We provide expertise in helping businesses which require or hold an operator's licence to run heavy goods vehicles, buses or coaches (including minibuses and stretched limousines) to negotiate the specialist regulations which apply to such operations. Our services include the provision of advice to the transport industries 24/7 and assistance to operators and their employees. We are an experienced team with a track record of success in this field, we offer representation at public inquiries before traffic commissioners (and in appeals) including applications for new licences where there are objections on environmental or road safety grounds, in regulatory proceedings where operators face disciplinary action which could put them out of business, or in the case of bus operators, where they are alleged to have failed to keep to their timetables. In addition, we act on behalf of professional drivers who face a driver conduct hearing.

 

We also offer advice and representation during interview and in court proceedings in respect of those who face prosecution arising out of alleged offences which might put the future of an operator's licence at risk.

 

When it comes to road transport law, few have as much experience as AMD Solicitors’ Philip Brown. A former specialist regulator for the goods and bus & coach industries, Philip was also Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain from 2003-2011.

 

Liz Highams has a proven track record as a highly competent advocate, having been a criminal lawyer for 10 years before joining the AMD team.

 

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How often should you carry out Preventative Measures Inspections?

Although any business needs to make sure that the vehicles they use are roadworthy, this is particularly important for businesses which hold a transport operator’s licence. Aside from other inspections such as a first-use inspection or a daily walk around check, you must also make sure you undertake a Preventative Maintenance Inspection, often referred to as a PMI, to ensure any vehicles used are roadworthy and safe to use.

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Food Safety Regulations - Not Just for Big Business

Why should I seek advice from AMD Solicitors?

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Who is the Operator?

There may be times when working with other contractors, suppliers or agencies means there is a blurring of who is responsible for the actual work.  Unless you are very careful this could get you in trouble with the Traffic Commissioner.

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Preventative Maintenance Inspections – Getting It Right!

It is a requirement under your operating licence that regular preventative maintenance inspections (PMI’s) are performed.  On your application, you would have identified how often you would undertake these important inspections.

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Road Transport Drop-in Workshop

ROAD TRANSPORT DROP-IN WORKSHOP

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Do you understand the responsibilities of holding an operator licence?

It is the aim of all operators to be responsible and safe but do you know what you signed up for when you made your application?  On the last page of the application is the declaration along with a list of undertakings; the breach of any of which could get you brought in front of the Traffic Commissioner.

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Changes to information required by Companies House

AMD's Liz Highams explaines the changes to information required by Companies House

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Are your drivers driving you around the bend?

An operator is only as good as his drivers and given the skills shortage it is even more important to ensure that the drivers you do have are up to scratch.  So what are the most common complaints facing operators today.

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Ensuring Compliance with Road Transport Law for Businesses

When it comes to road transport law, few have as much experience as AMD Solicitors’ Philip Brown. A former specialist regulator for the goods and bus & coach industries, Philip was also Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain from 2003-2011.

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Will Lower Speed Limits in Bristol affect the Operator Licensing Industries?

Bristol City Council is rolling out a city-wide 20mph zone in an attempt to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The decision was taken following a pilot scheme in 2012 and despite receiving a mixed reception to the proposals will be completed by March 2015.