Month: April 2008

I need to take action to recover a bad debt, what should I do?

Whilst it’s tempting just to go to and issue a claim through Small Claims it’s important that you only do this as a last resort. You need to be able to show the court that you have already taken reasonable steps to get your money – including making a formal request for payment making […]

What weight can my van carry?

Probably not as much as you think, is the short answer. Firstly ignore all the figures published by the manufacturer except for the all-important GVW or GVM (Gross Vehicle Weight or Gross Vehicle Mass) and the axle weights. The only way of knowing what weight your van can carry is to fuel it up, top […]

What are Late Payment charges? The Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 gives you the right to claim interest and compensation for late payments. This is a statutory right – your customer doesn’t have to agree to it, you don’t have to inform them in advance that you intend to charge them if they pay late […]

Do I need an Operator’s Licence?

*NOTE: From December 4th 2011 ‘small trailers’ towed by a vehicle under 3.5 tonnes and used for hire or reward are no longer exempt from operator licensing. Therefore, if your vehicle combination is used for carrying other people’s goods for hire or reward (e.g. couriers and hauliers) and the maximum allowable weight of your vehicle […]

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