Industry News

UK Driver Shortage is Already Effecting Businesses

It has been widely reported for some time now by bodies such as the RHA and Logistics UK that the UK is set to experience a Driver shortage in the wake of Brexit; and it seems now that we are starting to see signs outside the haulage industry of this crisis. On the 8th June 2021, Nationwide Produce; one of the UK's largest fresh food distribution companies confirmed in an article released on their site that literally truckloads of graded food…

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As of 1st June 2021; Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone went into Effect

The official 'soft-touch' launch of the area has started; with drivers' having until 11:59:59pm 13 June 2021 to get ready for the new daily fee or ensure a suitable exemption has been obtained. The zone will run 24-hours hours a day; with drivers having multiple methods to pay for the charge via the Government payment scheme website, or by phone (0300 029 8888 - Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm). For more details on the zone; including it's launch event & associated…

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Removing Roadworthiness Prohibitions

The following is taken from an email circular sent by the DVSA: From 1 June 2021, any prohibitions for testable vehicles or trailers that are not cleared at the roadside will be referred for a DVSA prohibition removal inspection at an ATF. The temporary measures were put in place when vehicle testing was stopped because of COVID-19. These are being removed now that the service has recovered to a point where the majority of prohibition clearances can return to physical inspections.…

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Increased fines for hauliers carrying migrants meets stiff opposition

The UK Government has recently outlined plans in increase the fines issued to drivers found to be carrying migrant stowaways; as part of their New Plan for Immigration, though many within the haulage industry have argued against them. With the current UK Driver shortage after Brexit and the countries separation from Europe, many in the industry are concerned that this will simply exacerbate an issue which is already affecting all corners of the UK's supply chains and logistics industry. Logistics UK (Formerly…

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Speed Limiter Response no longer part of the Annual Test

The DVSA has recently issued a statement that as of 1st May 2021, the testing of speed limiter response time in vehicles with analogue tachograph units will no longer be part of the annual test for the vehicle. This change now means that all Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) are now able to test vehicles with analogue tachograph units fitted. The procedure was originally suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, but this change will see this become a permanent feature of the test.

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Important Update: Kent Access Permit Scrapped

The following is taken from an email circular provided by the Department for Transport; it can also be read here. From today, you will no longer need a Kent Access Permit (KAP) if you’re driving an HGV to the EU from the Port of Dover or the Eurotunnel. The "check if an HGV is ready to cross the border service" will also be closed. Before you cross the border, you will still need to check you have the paperwork you…

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New Covid testing requirements for hauliers

As of 6th April 2021, all hauliers entering England from abroad (excludes those arriving from common travel area, including Ireland) & who plan to stay for 2 days or longer must now take a coronavirus test. The test must be taken within two days or arrival and every three days thereafter. Free tests will be provided via the Department for Transport's (Dft) Information and Advice sites. For full details on this, including test sites; please follow this link.

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Relaxation of retained EU Drivers’ Hours Rules comes to an end today, 31st March 2021

As part of their actions to help ease stress on the logistics/haulage industry, the Department for Transport (Dft) implemented a temporary relaxation of enforcement action regarding the retained EU drivers' hours, which started on 22nd January 2021 and comes to an end today (31st March 2021) as of 11:59pm. We caution all operators to note this change and to take appropriate steps to ensure both you and your drivers are not caught out by what we at TMC Assist believe will…

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HGV drivers – remember COVID testing facilities open on weekends

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: I f you are driving to the Port Dover or Eurotunnel  get a  COVID test before arriving in Kent. Test sites are open  7 days a week,  including weekends,  and a negative result is valid for 72 hours  for entry to France.  If you arrive in Kent without a negative COVID test you  risk  delays .    G et a test before or at the start of your…

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