Northern Ireland’s road transport regulator Donald Armstrong is to step down from the role at the end of March. Career civil servant Armstrong oversaw the introduction the new Transport Regulation Unit (TRU) in the province four years ago and became its head. The unit – which became operational in July 2012 – has succeeded in registering and bringing more than 4,000 own account operators in Northern Ireland into the O-licensing system. Previously, only hire or reward operators in Northern Ireland […]
Own-account operators in Northern Ireland will need a licence from July for the first time. The Department of the Environment has set the 1 July as the deadline that will bring those moving their own goods by road into the licensing fold. Up until now only those providing hire and reward services were required to hold a Goods Vehicle Operator Licence in Northern Ireland when running vehicles exceeding 3.5-tonne GVW. However from this summer all operators running vehicles above 3.5 […]
FORS has joined forces with Network Rail to try to drive down the number of bridge strikes by HGVs.
Cowan Plant, the operator disqualified from Fors last year, has lost an appeal against the decision to revoke its O-licence.