Why do you care about the VAT on Duty, you’re VAT registered.

More to the point why is everybody suddenly getting so upset about the percentage of the cost of each litre that goes in tax and duty? The government are actually taking the lowest percentage ‘cut’ in tax per litre that they’ve taken for at least 20 years, maybe even as far back as VAT was introduced.

Much as I dislike this government, it’s not them that are making the profit from the high fuel prices and what extra they do make goes to reduce the tax bill that they’ve lumbered us all with. What’s the problem?

Posted under Uncategorized

Posted by Alec at 9:24 pm, May 29, 2008

Personal liability

If it wasn’t a limited company then both partners are liable, it doesn’t make any difference if they’ve sold the business.

Are you sure it wasn’t a limited company though? You said that one of them was sacked as director and partnerships don’t have directors.
From the Business Link website

Sole Traders/Partnerships
4.1 You are personally liable for all your business debts.
• There is no limit to the extent of your liability. If you cannot pay off your business debts, you can be made bankrupt.
• In a partnership, each partner is liable ‘jointly and severally’ for all the business debts of the partnership. This means that, if the business fails, you could end up having to pay your partners’ share of the debts, as well as your own. But for income tax purposes each partner is only liable for their own share of the profits.
4.2 You personally own the assets of the business.
4.6 You can limit your liability in a partnership by setting up a limited liability partnership.
• This is a corporate body with its own legal identity and capacity.
• It has the organisational flexibility of a partnership.
• It offers limited liability to members.
• It must be registered at Companies House.
• Annual accounts must be prepared and filed. There are other filing requirements, similar to those for the limited company which have time limits for compliance.
• The partnership agreement is confidential to members.
• Withdrawals may be clawed back, if the partnership is declared insolvent within the next two years.
• If you are a member of a trade association, check to see whether it has any conditions which may apply to your registration as an LLP.
• Being a member of an LLP can minimise NI contributions

Posted under Legal Issues

Posted by Alec at 6:57 am, May 27, 2008

As far as I remember they’re demanding a fuel duty rebate FOR VEHICLES OPERATING ON O LICENCES ONLY.

If they get their way it will be cheaper to operate a 7.5t than your Luton.

Same as the RHA demands everyone got behind – rebated blue diesel for operators of O licenced vehicles. Useless for most ‘couriers’.

Posted under Protests & Strikes

Posted by Alec at 3:35 pm, May 24, 2008

Driver over legal driving hours, has an accident, any liability?

Just an accident? Prosecution under Health & Safety at Work Act, prosecution for drivers hours offences, invalidated insurance, unlimited damages to any injured party.

In the case of death caused by a driver working those hours the company and its management face prosecution for Corporate Manslaughter.

Posted under Drivers' Hours, Legal Issues

Posted by Alec at 10:43 am, May 23, 2008

Fuel Price Protest

Stephen Montgomery, at the beginning of your posting you say that because Stobart and Curries are the ‘big boys’ they’re able to enforce a surcharge on their customers whereas you can’t. Later on you say that because you want to increase your rates you’re losing a customer to Curries. I can’t quite reconcile the two statements.

Unless these larger companies are secretly refining their own oil they have exactly the same business pressures as you and I, often with the added problems of high corporate overheads and shareholder accountability. If they’re able to ‘enforce’ rate increases it’s only because they had the foresight to enter into contracts that allow them to do so. The only real advantage that the ‘big boys’ have over smaller companies is more efficient vehicle utilisation, and a well run smaller company can beat the best of the big boys on that score.

Posted under Protests & Strikes

Posted by Alec at 8:17 am, May 23, 2008

Can I use a mobile while supervising a learner driver?

No. Not even to text.

3) No person shall supervise a holder of a provisional licence if the person supervising is using –

(a) a hand-held mobile telephone; or

(b) a hand-held device of a kind specified in paragraph (4),

at a time when the provisional licence holder is driving a motor vehicle on a road.

(4) A device referred to in paragraphs (1)(b), (2)(b) and (3)(b) is a device, other than a two-way radio, which performs an interactive communication function by transmitting and receiving data.

Posted under Legal Issues, Mobile Phones

Posted by Alec at 7:07 pm, May 22, 2008

If you want a polite response

Don’t phone with an invoice query at 6.40pm. Prat.

Posted under Courier Basics

Posted by Alec at 6:49 pm, May 22, 2008

Working for Solicitors

mkb**** wrote:
Smaller ones pay on time larger ones seem to need a bit of encouragement

There’s nothing more satisfying than sending a solicitor a claim for late payment charges though.

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Posted by Alec at 11:25 am, May 22, 2008