Small goods vehicles are those with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) not exceeding 3.5 tonnes and with over four million of them on the roads, make a hugely important contribution to the economy that is growing year on year. They are a vital component in internet shopping and e-fulfilment, delivering in the region of 800 million parcels to homes in the UK and covering around 48 billion miles annually.
Despite not being covered by the system of Operator Licensing, small goods vehicle operators and drivers are still subject to most of the legal sanctions as those using larger vehicles. It is important that such vehicles are operated in a safe and professional manner and not seen as cheap and easy solution.
It is the driver’s employer or vehicle operator’s/owner’s responsibility to ensure that:
Employee drivers should:
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