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          Transport

          Our national team of legal experts works with passenger vehicle, logistics and goods vehicle operators as well as ports and restricted licence holders.

          For Transport advice, please contact us on 0161 603 5389.

          Haulage and coach companies have an obvious need for transport regulatory advice, however where we find our expertise is of most importance is to those clients who don’t necessarily operate vehicles as their primary business, such as retailers, manufacturers, construction companies and utility companies, who all have a requirement to transport their goods.

          Head of the firm's road transport and logistics team Vikki Woodfine "knows her stuff," according to interviewees. She is adept at representing clients during road-related health and safety prosecutions as well as advising on regulatory compliance matters.
          – Chambers & Partners 2018

          DWF advises PSV and HGV operators, from international transport businesses to retailers, construction companies and utilities organisations with all of their transport needs.

          Operator licensing 

          We offer guidance on all aspects of operator licensing, including preparing licence applications and applying to vary a licence. Find out more about operator licensing>

          Public Inquiries 

          Public inquiries can result in the curtailment, suspension or revocation of operator licences so proper legal representation is essential to minimise potential damage to your business. Our team is experienced in attending public inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner.

          Defending Prosecutions

          If your business runs into problems with the regulators, we can help. We defend prosecutions brought against operators or drivers, and advise on any prohibitions and fixed penalties.

          Auditing

          Achieving the required level of compliance in transport operations is the key to successful vehicle operations. A transport compliance audit will allow you to compare your systems against industry best practice.

          An audit can help an operator to demonstrate effective and continuous management of the vehicle operation, which is invaluable in the event of a public inquiry. We can advise on any improvements needed, suggest corrective actions and work with you to implement them.

          Training

          Training ensures that key personnel have the right qualifications, are up to date with regulations and aware of the proper procedures. We run regular training events, from accredited courses to more informal seminars. We can organise specific training for management, drivers and directors regarding any aspect of transport compliance.

          Clandestine entrants / Border Force Penalties

          Our team is experienced in handling these matters and works with the UK Border Force to ensure that civil penalties are avoided entirely or kept to an absolute minimum. Find out more about clandestine entrants >

          Vehicle seizures 

          Vehicle seizures often come about due to concerns over smuggling or illegal operation of vehicles, and can be disastrous for an operator. In the event that a vehicle is seized, we can offer immediate assistance in trying to secure its return. We have worked across Europe on customs’ seizures and acted for operators in DVSA and police seizures.

          Due diligence in acquisitions

          If you are acquiring a new business, you need to ensure that you are not buying one that is on the brink of a public inquiry. Our transport due diligence specialists know exactly what to look for and will produce an in- depth report on road transport compliance.

          If you are looking to sell your business, a transport compliance audit would pre-empt the concerns of any potential buyers and make your business a more attractive purchase.

          Administrations

          When a business enters into administration, its operator licence is no longer valid. DWF can help to ensure a smooth transition onto a new licence to allow the business can be sold as a going concern.

          • "Head of the firm's road transport and logistics team Vikki Woodfine "knows her stuff," according to interviewees. She is adept at representing clients during road-related health and safety prosecutions as well as advising on regulatory compliance matters." Chambers & Partners 2018
          •  "Vikki Woodfine (who is ‘always prepared to go that extra mile when it is needed’) and senior solicitor Joanne Witheford are both praised for their ‘extensive knowledge’." Legal 500
          • "Joanne Witheford offers notable experience in road regulatory law and associated health and safety matters. She regularly represents operator clients during criminal proceedings as well as public inquiries."- Chambers & Partners 2018

          Vikki Woodfine

          • Partner // Head of Road Transport & Logistics // Head of Regulatory Compliance & Investigations (North West)

          Joanne Witheford

          • Deputy Head of Road Haulage & Logistics // Senior Associate
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