With a large number of Drive Personnel clients based in Southampton, talk of Clean Air Zone regulations and emissions surcharges are a worry to the local transport industry. The penalties proposed by Southampton City Council could potentially have a devastating effect on small businesses who don’t have the resources to consolidate freight, create new road networks or invest in newer, lower emission vehicles. In turn, these Clean Air Zone penalties could conceivably affect HGV driving jobs as businesses attempt to consolidate their freight and reduce their use of commercial vehicles.

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A significant number of contracted drivers are included within the 4.8 million people who are classed as self-employed in the UK.  In April 2020, the tax rules for this group of people will be subject to change, as IR35 is applied throughout the private sector.  For driving agencies, the application of IR35 is a significant…

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