Industry News

Applying online for your Digital Tachograph card is quick and easy

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Driver & Vehicles Standard Agency (DVSA): You can now apply and pay online for your driver digital tachograph card with DVLA. It’s quicker and easier than a paper application. The new DVLA digital service lets you apply, renew or replace a lost or stolen card in minutes and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your new tachograph card will be issued by DVLA within 24 hours…

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DVSA has reviewed its temporary suspension of accepting new ATF applications

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: As part of the Heavy Vehicle Testing Review, The Department for Transport has recommended that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) should consider allowing more Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) to open. Until now DVSA has temporarily paused applications for new ATFs. This has sometimes been called a moratorium. We stopped accepting new applications to set up ATFs in 2017 to help us support existing ATFs and meet their needs. DVSA and industry bodies have reviewed this policy and developed a plan with several steps to…

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Transport Office Portal enters the Testing Phase

The following is taken for an email circular released by the DVSA: The repair to the Transport Office Portal (TOP) is now entering the testing phase. This means Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) customer reports will be available a few weeks later than planned, in late summer. The delay is allowing us to improve the system so that any future developments will be quicker to put in place. You can still access the following TOP services: vehicle test history …

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Kent’s lorry parking ban meets stiff opposition

The proposed ban to be bought in by Kent County Council (KCC), would see that lorries cannot park for more than 45-minutes in laybys across large areas of the county. This has been stoutly opposed by Logistic UK, who argue that the 'essential' lorry drivers are already facing enough issues - with mounting work, a lack of additional/replacement drivers and an existing shortfall of somewhere between 1000 & 1200 HGV-suitable parking spaces across Kent. You can read more on Logistic UK's…

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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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