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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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“Extended hours won’t fix delivery crisis” warns the RHA

On the 7th July 2021, Transport Minister Baroness Vere announced through her twitter account that the UK will temporarily be extending drivers' hours rules until Monday, 12th July 2021 to try a release stress on delivery companies in the face of the UK Driver shortage. The RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett has come out strong against the action: "We oppose wholesale extensions to drivers' hours as we believe they can be counter-productive by making the job less attractive." "Loading more hours on to…

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The Department for Transport is seeking views on the EU-UK Trade & Cooperation Agreement

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DfT: The Department for Transport is seeking your views on changes being made and adopted as part of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. These changes, already planned for Europe, will allow you to continue operating goods vehicles between the UK and EU. New rules will apply next year for all UK individuals and businesses operating goods vehicles to, from and between EU countries. This includes light good vehicles, such…

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Logistics UK warns Government “Issue HGV driver visas, or face food shortages”

At the time of issuing this post, there is currently in the region of 45,000 outstanding HGV driver tests that were put on hold as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown. This has been quoted as one (of a few) leading causes to the UK's current driver shortage. Chief Executive David Wells of Logistic UK has been vocal in recent months, calling on the government to take steps to held struggling haulage companies as the shortage is starting to effect all…

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The Commercial Vehicle Show is only 10 weeks away

The following is taken from an email circular released by The Commercial Vehicle Show: The Commercial Vehicle Show is on track for a successful return after last year’s enforced hiatus - with nearly 200 exhibitors already confirmed and visitor registrations for the 2021 Show up 75% on the same period in 2019. Numbers of exhibitors and visitors are expected to grow as advertising promotion commences this month in leading industry publications. Regular exhibitors including Ford, Toyota, MAXUS, Isuzu, SsangYong, Webasto, VFS, Truckman and…

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London’s ULEZ set to expand in October 2021

Starting from 25th October 2021, the ULEZ will expand to cover one single, large zone within (but not including) both the North and South Circular Road (A406 & A205 respectfully). The ULEZ will require your engine to meet the new Euro VI Nitrogen Oxide and particulate matter emissions standards. As of records released in 2017 by Transport for London, the percent age of vehicles which meet these standards have risen from 39% to 80%. You can read more on this topic over…

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