Late Payment Again..

If terms weren’t agreed before the job was carried out then payment is due on demand, although there’s very little a supplier could do to force payment before 30 days.

After 30 days the supplier has the option of issuing a late payment charge of between £40 and £100. A week or so later the supplier has the option of issuing a claim against the customer – costing the customer a minimum of an extra £70 or so.

There’s also the option for the supplier to wait up to 6 years and then bill the customer for 6 years worth of accumulated late payment charges, one charge for each overdue invoice. 3 late invoices per week means an accumulated bill of £12,000 over a 6 year period.

Posted under Courier Financial Issues, Late Payment, Legal Issues

Posted by Alec at 11:31 am, July 31, 2007

Penalty Charge Advice

As long as there are no unloading restrictions you get as long as you reasonably need to actually unload. You may get a ticket after 10, 15 or 20 minutes (depending on the rules in the area) but the ticket will only be valid if you can’t show that you were unloading. Unloading includes the act of taking your delivery to the delivery premises and obtaining a signature.

The rules which the councils set out for the issuing of tickets aren’t the same as the rules which determine whether the ticket is valid or not.
 

Posted under Parking Tickets, Tolls, Charges & Fines

Posted by Alec at 2:22 pm, July 30, 2007

Yellow Crested Traffic Vultures

The High Court case was to do with Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) not Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs). PCNs are issued by Parking Attendants in areas where parking offences have been decriminalised and by Traffic Wardens in London for Red Route offences.

PCNs, except where enforcement by CCTV is in operation, must be handed to the driver or fixed to the vehicle at the time of the offence to be valid. In the case of enforcement by CCTV a PCN, along with the opportunity to pay the reduced penalty, is issued by post.

FPNs are issued by Police or Traffic Wardens and are valid whether or not they’re fixed to the vehicle or handed to the driver.
 

Posted under Tolls, Charges & Fines

Posted by Alec at 10:51 am, July 29, 2007

Postal strike- how to avoid payment delays….

Are you accepting scanned PODs now Simon? Welcome to the 21st Century.

Posted under Uncategorized

Posted by Alec at 5:39 pm, July 26, 2007

MT Van subscription

It’s a piss take isn’t it? The few companies that put jobs on there get it for free while the owner-drivers are expected to pay for the privilege of being on what’s little more than MTV**’s own subcontractor list.

Their free tracking system’s brilliant though, it almost makes up for the new charges, their high-handed attitude and the crappiness of the rest of their system. It’s about time our courier ‘Network’ introduced it as part of ‘Network’ Mobile – it’s far more useful than RJs and the Journey Sweeper.
 

Posted under Courier and Freight Exchanges

Posted by Alec at 5:26 pm, July 25, 2007

Late Payment Fee

Apparently Direct Route are also telling some of their clients that they can’t charge the Late Payment charges unless they’ve informed their customers in advance. This is quite simply untrue.

It’s sensible though, for the avoidance of future problems, to add the standard notice to each invoice: ‘WE UNDERSTAND AND WILL EXERCISE OUR STATUTORY RIGHT TO INTEREST AND COMPENSATION FOR DEBT RECOVERY COSTS UNDER THE LATE PAYMENT LEGISLATION IF WE ARE NOT PAID ACCORDING TO OUR CREDIT TERMS’.
 

Posted under Late Payment

Posted by Alec at 1:32 pm, July 25, 2007

Overweight

There’s leeway in the axle weights to allow for badly distributed loads, otherwise if you tried to carry the exact vehicle payload you’d be almost guaranteed to be over on one of the axles. 
 

Posted under Legal Issues

Posted by Alec at 11:31 am, July 24, 2007

0845 numbers

“0844 numbers have longevity, there are no plans to change these numbers in any way and the call cost are very low meaning your customer will be happy to call these numbers. ”

Absolutely untrue Dave. There’s no plans to change 0844/0845 number charges IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE but Ofcom have made it clear that they’re looking into a new pricing model for these numbers as well.
 

Posted under Telecoms

Posted by Alec at 7:20 pm, July 19, 2007