ADR new regs…How many know them

jaymobFOOL wrote:
And like we said ADR applies to all amounts now, sorry the carraige regs unless you are leave the UK, if you are in-scope or not depends wether you show your placards
Limited quantities you still need the core exam

Err… Bollocks

Small Load and LQ exemptions still apply. No training needed for LQ amounts and only awareness training needed for Small Loads. The major change was that the exemptions for drivers of vehicles under 3500kg no longer apply.

Posted under Hazardous Goods - ADR

Posted by Alec at 11:00 am, January 28, 2007


There’s no option just to enter ‘ASAP’ so you have to either enter nothing, and make people think they’ve got all day, enter a guesstimate realistic ETA and have some people not ring up because they think they can’t guarantee the ETA, or enter a silly early time and expect people to realise you mean ASAP.

Bloody stupid if you ask me. 90% of our jobs are ASAP so we have to rely on people guessing what we mean.

Posted under Courier and Freight Exchanges

Posted by Alec at 10:36 pm, January 26, 2007

Quote needed for daily work out of Wellesbourne, Warks

EMP Distribution Ltd

Your company seems to be a bit late in filing its annual accounts. Is there something to hide or is it more indicative of poor management?

Posted under Courier Business, Late Payment, Legal Issues

Posted by Alec at 3:05 pm, January 24, 2007

BT Phoneline – Aggh can someone help!!!?

You obviously didn’t explain yourself very well if they told you it can’t be done – it’s pretty standard stuff. If you want to stick with BT then you either need a proper phone system and multiple lines or ask them about Featureline and a ‘Hunt Group’ which cuts out the need for the phone system (but I hate it.). 

Posted under Telecoms

Posted by Alec at 11:13 am, January 24, 2007

New mobile phone law includes hands free

Motorists using hands-free phones could receive three points on their licences and a £60 fine from next month if they are considered by police not to be in control of their vehicle. 

I think you’re missing the point of the new law.

If you’re not in control of your vehicle then you can already get up to 9 points for driving without due care and attention or driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.

The new law makes it an endorsable offence (ie points on your licence) to use a hand-held mobile while in control of your vehicle – whether or not it causes you to make any driving errors. Previously it was a non-endorsable offence UNLESS they could show that you were not in proper control of the vehicle and prosecute you for without due care etc.

Posted under Legal Issues, Mobile Phones

Posted by Alec at 4:19 pm, January 23, 2007

Blue lights on vehicles

Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 Regulation 16

Restrictions on fitting blue warning beacons, special warning lamps and
similar devices
16. No vehicle, other than an emergency vehicle, shall be fitted
(a) a blue warning beacon or special warning lamp, or
(b) a device which resembles a blue warning beacon or a special warning
lamp, whether the same is in working order or not.

“Warning beacon” A lamp that is capable of emitting a flashing or rotating beam of light throughout 360° in the horizontal plane.

“Special warning lamp” A lamp, fitted to the front or rear of a vehicle, capable of emitting a blue flashing light and not any other kind of light.

That’s the only blue light offence that it’s possible to be charged with. There is no offence of ‘imitating an emergency vehicle’.

Posted under Legal Issues, Vans

Posted by Alec at 3:45 pm, January 22, 2007

Do any overnight parcel carriers take hazardous goods?

TNT, but they charge extra and you have to go through some sort of approval procedure.

Posted under Uncategorized

Posted by Alec at 3:03 pm, January 22, 2007

Accounting Software for Couriers

I think you’re thinking about it the wrong way Dave. It’s an accounts package rather than a courier booking & management package.

I’d have thought that the normal way of using QB is just to price your jobs manually and enter them individually – so the issue of rates for each customer doesn’t come up. Having said that you could set up your standard mileage rate for each vehicle as an ‘Item’ in QB and have it automatically apply a discount on a per customer basis. You’d still have to enter the mileages for each individual invoice line though so there’s not much advantage in doing that and it would be a bit complicated.

If you want a package with the sort of functionality you’re after then you need to consider Journeeze or DBS – both of which can export data to QB or Sage, or Controller, which has a bit of a clunky feel to it but is pretty fully featured, can export data to Sage and only costs £30/month. You can download a trial of that from .

Posted under Accounting Systems, Booking Software

Posted by Alec at 7:50 am, January 22, 2007