Industry News

DVSA & MoD detail plans to support driving tests

The following is taken from a email circular released by the DVSA: Increase in tests The MoD will initially be providing a number of DDEs to help create thousands of additional HGV tests between now and Christmas. MoD examiners will be carrying out 5 tests a day over a 5-day working week. They are fully trained to carry out HGV tests and will start testing from 11 October. This will be kept under review. We will carry out training courses with these examiners to make…

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Application from ‘phoenix’ business rejected

The following was taken from an email circular released by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner within the last week: The Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands (Nick Denton) recently refused an application for a standard national goods vehicle operator’s licence because  it was a clear example of a ‘phoenix’ business, one that is effectively seeking to continue a revoked licence. You can read the full circular, plus see details concerning Nick Denton's decision at this [link].

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New government plans to tackle the lorry driving shortage

The following is an exert taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: The government has announced further plans to help reduce the lorry driver shortage. These plans follow the recently announced vocational test changes which will create an extra 50,000 lorry tests every year. DVSA has already delivered 50% more tests than were available before the pandemic. The email then goes on to outline steps such as: Deploying Ministry of Defence driving instructors to assist DVSA examiners. …

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Operator whose vehicle struck a bridge finds their licence being curtailed

The following is taken from an email circular output by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner: A number of incidences of commercial vehicles striking bridges have been reported across the national press in recent weeks. Traffic commissioners have previously issued advice to operators on steps they can take to prevent ‘bridge strikes’. In addition to the potentially catastrophic road safety issues, there are serious financial implications to these accidents, as well as travel delays for commuters. There are also serious implications for…

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Sevington Inland Border Facility Entrance Update

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: Some heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have been entering Mersham Village and nearby residential roads when trying to access Sevington Inland Border Facility. You should enter the site via Junction 10a on the M20 before taking the A2070 exit. The correct address for the Sevington Inland Border Facility is: Sevington Inland Border Facility, Ashford, TN25 6GE Full details can be found at this link.

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Changes to HGV and bus driving tests and allowing car drivers to tow a trailer without an extra test

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: Summary Seeking views on changes to HGV and minibus, bus and coach driving tests, and allowing car drivers to tow trailers without taking another test. This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 7 September 2021 Consultation description The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is seeking views on proposals to: allow drivers to take one test to drive both a rigid and articulated lorry, rather than having to pass a test…

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UK Military on standby ahead of UK Driver strike

On the 23rd August 2021, there is set to be a national lorry drivers' strike - in response to which the UK Military has been set on standby amid fears of a complete breakdown and/or failure of the UK's distribution network & supply chains. Army personal with a valid HGV license could be put to work filling job positions within the industry during the strike - with plans to house them across many hotels, hostels and motels across the UK. You can…

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UK Lorry drivers set to strike on 23rd August 2021

Nearly 3000 UK HGV driver have confirmed they intend to "stay at home" in protest on 23rrd August 2021, though the expectation is that this number will rise. Kate Gibbs of the Road Haulage Association warns in an interview with the Guardian (See this [LINK}) : If you think things are bad now it'll just make things much worse. These actions follow growing tensions within the industry in the light of Brexit, with the expected outcome that food shortages within the UK are…

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Kent lifts it’s HGV parking ban

Back in January 2021, Kent County Council brought in a ban on lorries parking in lay-bys at the end of the UK's transition period to leaving the EU as fears arose about the number of vehicles which would be entering, exiting and staying in the county during the period. Recently KCC has requested a six-month extension, which the Department for Transport has decided not to endorse. You can read more on this at the following link.

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