End to Maintenance Schedule Relaxations

The office of the Traffic Commissioners have announced an end to the current maintenance inspection relaxations, which will take effect as of 1st September 2020. The full details can be found here.

The update also includes the following issues:

  • An extension of temporary local bus services processes until 4th January 2021
  • An increase in the notice period for service variations for Local Authorities from 24 hours to 72 hours in England & Scotland
  • Amending a registered local bus service to become a school or work bus service
  • The use of additional vehicles on services

Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August

As the country slowly lifts the restrictions brought about by Covid-19, Mandatory MOT tests are to resume as of the 1st August 2020.

To clarify, any driver with an MOT due before 1st Agust 2020 will still receive a 6-month exemption to help alleviate the backlog created by the pandemic. However, all vehicle must continue to be kept in roadworthy condition; with people allowed to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish.

For full details on this, please review this Gov.uk article link here.


HGV Tyres over 10 years old are to be banned

Following on from a consultation that was carried out from 23rd June 2019 to 1st September 2019, tyres 10 years or older will now be banned under the new rules; which will make it illegal in England, Wales and Scotland for such a tyre to be fitted to the front axle of HGV, Buses and Coaches.

To see the full outcome, and to read an impact report on this ban please follow this link.

UPDATE: Further information is available from Gov.uk on this link.

Plans for a Post-Brexit Lorry Park in Ashford meets staunch resistance

With plans for a new Lorry Park, stretching over 27-acres to be situated in Ashford; the plan is to have the site act as a pit-stop between Brexit Customs Clearance Facilities and other services located near Dover. However many members of the Public have voiced strong objections to the plan.

For more details, please follow this link.

Mayor of London to be legally challenged for rate increase for London Congestion Charge

After the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan revealed plans to increase the London Congestion Charge from £11.50 per day, to £15 per day (a 31% increase); the two campaign groups FairFuelUK (FFUK) and the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) have teamed up to challenge these plans.

For more details on this matter, please follow this link.

FairFuelUK have a Crowd Funding drive to gather funds, which can be found here.

2020 – An Award Winning Year for TMC Assist

The year is already half way done and has been a trying one for the country and business as a whole; but that has not stopped TMC Assist from continuing to set industry standards. And this year, our efforts have been recognised with three awards.

This year TMC Assist has earned the following awards:

  • Leader in Law – 2020 Global Awards
  • Corporate INTL Award Winner 2020 – Road Transportation Advisory Firm of the Year
  • Global Law Experts Award Winner 2020 – Expert Transport Law Firm of the Year

Concerns arise as HMRC has yet to build GVSM IT System

With a little under six months left before the Brexit Transition period expires, HMRC appears to be facing a crunch to get the proposed Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS) in place in time. The system is intended to allow companies and hauliers to declare goods ahead of reaching the border, allowing for a smoother flow of traffic at ports such as Dover.

Seeing as France already has a system built and tested, Tim Reardon, head of the EU Exit at the Port of Dover says “…it’s not impossible.” However he also says that HMRC could simply buy a license for the French system to expedite the process.

For full details on this matter; please follow this link.

London Congestion Charge raised to £15 a day, 7 days a week.

Under temporary measures are being introduced under the terms of Transport for London’s £1.6bn rescue package from the Government, the current price for the London Congestion charge will now rise to £15 a day, and will now apply to all seven days of the week.

Read an article covering these details at this link.