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COVID-19

The current situation with COVID-19 has caused several changes to be made to regulations for drivers and haulage operators.  We have summarised these in the sections below.

COVID-19 Advice updated - 23 June 2020

The traffic commissioners (TCs) have updated their advice for operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) statutory directions updated June 2020

The Senior Traffic Commissioner has updated his coronavirus (COVID-19) statutory document originally issued on 17 March 2020.

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Drivers' Hours Rules Update - May 2020

As part of the Government’s effort to keep supply chains moving throughout the coronavirus outbreak, the Government announced a temporary measure to relax the enforcement of both the EU and...

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May - Latest Operational Updates

With the relaxation of some lockdown measures likely to increase the number of commercial vehicles back on the roads, here are some pointers to help ensure your transport operation is safe...

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Driver CPC expiry - Grace period

The Department for Transport has formally issued a 6 month grace period, meaning that a driver with a CPC card expiring in the period from 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 can...

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COVID-19 - Drivers Hours

The Department for Transport has issued a guidance document explaining the temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the drivers’ hours rules for delivery of essential items. It reads:

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Transport Manager Furlough

The Traffic Commissioner has issued the following guidance on furloughing a transport manager:

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Tachograph Calibrations

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the DVSA have decided to suspend periodic tachograph calibrations and inspections on vehicles.

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Driver Licence renewals - medicals

 The process is proving extremely problematic as existing medical appointments are being cancelled or medicals can not be booked. The DVSA have suggested that:

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Professional driver requirements

The Government has announced temporary changes to professional driver requirements as part of its response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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D4 medical suspension, driver hours and motorway services updates

We have received the following from the Department for Transport

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Recording Furlough for Tachograph and WTD purposes

It is important that any furlough time for a driver is accurately recorded in your drivers’ hours and WTD records. This will also enable you to potentially reduce a driver’s...

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Business Development - Cross Sector Collaboration

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is asking all Operators with available vehicles/drivers/warehousing to register on a database to match organisations together to meet current demand. This database has...

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Heavy Vehicle Testing, further exemptions and ADR

Following on from a suspension of MOT testing due to COVID-19, DVSA has announced that from 4 July 2020 it will restart testing for heavy vehicles in England and Wales.

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