Employment Status Anti-Avoidance 12th April 2016 Self-Employed Lorry Drivers: Beware HMRC crackdown. HMRC have written to the RHA about the tax status of lorry drivers. The letter outlines the key points of HMRC rules in this area and suggests that a lorry driver is unlikely to be self-employed unless he is an owner driver. HMRC is particularly concerned about some ‘avoidance schemes’ being marketed in this area. To obtain a copy of this letter or to discuss owner driver structures and employment status, then please contact the Road Haulage team at Whiting & Partners.