MP's have already been warning for some time now that the current shortage of heavy goods drivers in the UK is a ‘ticking time-bomb’ under the UK’s economic recovery. With some figure placing the shortfall at 60,000 drivers and with projections raising this to 257,000 drivers by 2022 the problem is a large and looming one. You can read more about this over at this link.
The ADLV (Association for Driver License Verification), in a recent post to their website have urges fleet owners and operators to maintain a regular system of checks for their drivers; as expanding delivery fleets and the sudden return of car drivers to UK roads has prompted a spike in license checks. To read the full article, please follow this link.
The following is taken from an email we at TMC Assist are sending out to clients; please take the time to review the information within: It is important that you take note, the DVSA have now moved to conducting remote compliance audits, these have been previously known as ‘Desk Based Reports’, please see this link. One of the problems that we have encountered is that these types of assessments are purely based on the documentation you keep as an operator, there is…
In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Office of the Traffic Commissioners have released guidance on how to submit remote compliance audits. This guidance, and other information can be found at this link.
Based upon the current situation, the relaxation of both EU and GB Drivers' Hours Laws; due to end on 21st April 2020 has now been extended to 31st May 2020. For full details on the relaxation; and this new extension, please follow this link.
The following is taken from an email circular supplied by the Department for Transport. The government has temporarily suspended the need for a D4 medical when renewing driving entitlements. D4 medical suspension With NHS staff rightly focused on the nationwide response to COVID-19, the government is taking action to protect essential supply chains by making temporary provisions for commercial drivers aged 45 and over, to forgo the need for a D4 medical in order to renew their driving entitlement. This change is temporary…
These new relaxations, which expand upon those started on 23rd March 2020 will now run till 31st May 2020. For full details, please follow this link.
As the Covid-19 Pandemic continues to grip the nation and stunt the activities of many businesses; the DVSA has released further guidance in relation to inspections and initial calibrations for tachograph equipment. In short, an extension of 3-months is now in effect. To read the full details, please follow this link.
The Government has published two articles of guidance regarding MOT's for Cars, Vans & Motorbikes. Notably, there will be a 6-month extension is light of Covid-19. If you MOT is due before 30th March 2020, then follow this link. If your MOT is due after 30th March 2020, then follow this link.
Vehicle rental association the BVRLA has highlighted that rental branches across the UK are remaining open to provide road transport to ensure key workers are mobile and essential services maintained during the Covid-19 pandemic. For more details; please follow this link.