Transits – Companies trying to overload me

It’s not helped by the old hands in the transport offices that have “LWB Transit carries 35cwt” engrained on their brains. Back in the day you really could expect your Mk2 Transit to carry 1750kg legally.

Posted under Vans

Posted by Alec at 9:16 am, March 19, 2008

Late Payments – Are Credit Cards the Solution?

You can do a chargeback if he doesn’t perform according to contract.

What’s more common though – jobs being done to such a low standard that you could legitimately withhold payment or people paying late?

I reckon that half the people posting jobs on here today will be out of business by this time next year, so Dave’s probably got the right idea.

Posted under Courier Financial Issues, Late Payment

Posted by Alec at 9:48 pm, March 18, 2008

VAT – FRS or Cash Accounting?

They’re not mutually exclusive. You can operate the FRS on a cash basis or an accrual basis.

Posted under VAT

Posted by Alec at 6:07 pm, March 13, 2008

Employed or Self EmployedDrivers

“you can not employ a driver on a self employed basis if he/she only works for you as inland rev say there is no reason why can not be paye. “

Luckily it’s not the IR who decide, it’s the courts, and they think differently. There is case law relating to the transport industry which allows companies to ’employ’ self-employed drivers to drive the company’s vehicles – as long as the contract’s properly worded.

There’s also no specific law against paying a driver a percentage or a mileage rate. I think the reason this is seen as a problem is that if you’re running vehicles over 3500kg and you receive attention from the Traffic Commissioners following an accident or drivers’ hours offences they they’re likely to rule that a bonus scheme, or mileage based payments is a contributing factor to the problem and penalise the company more than they would normally.

Posted under Employment

Posted by Alec at 10:01 am, March 10, 2008

Courier ‘Network’ member – quotes by text?

Chris, are you saying that a ‘Network’ Member is asking for bids using a premium rate text number?

Posted under Courier and Freight Exchanges, Mobile Phones

Posted by Alec at 9:16 am, March 7, 2008

Does anyone use a reasonably priced invoicing system

lynyrd wrote:

Admin wrote:
I was having a yap with MTvan a couple weeks ago, and I believe they have something in the pipeline which will be free to their members…

I can get some more details if you want them…

if its stand alone software that cool

if its within mtvan no-one will use it

No-one in their right mind that is……

….some will.

From Tim’s keyboard:

It’s similar to a lot of “courier software” packages, in that you can book a job, add a courier, add extras like waiting time etc, review the jobs before running pay and invoicing, print invoices, produce a list of invoices, and mark them paid.

The only difference is that it’s all on-line.

I think I’ll give that one a miss then.

Posted under Accounting Systems, Booking Software, Courier and Freight Exchanges

Posted by Alec at 4:43 pm, March 5, 2008