The office of the Traffic Commissioners have announced an end to the current maintenance inspection relaxations, which will take effect as of 1st September 2020. The full details can be found here.
The update also includes the following issues:
- An extension of temporary local bus services processes until 4th January 2021
- An increase in the notice period for service variations for Local Authorities from 24 hours to 72 hours in England & Scotland
- Amending a registered local bus service to become a school or work bus service
- The use of additional vehicles on services
With a little under six months left before the Brexit Transition period expires, HMRC appears to be facing a crunch to get the proposed Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS) in place in time. The system is intended to allow companies and hauliers to declare goods ahead of reaching the border, allowing for a smoother flow of traffic at ports such as Dover.
Seeing as France already has a system built and tested, Tim Reardon, head of the EU Exit at the Port of Dover says “…it’s not impossible.” However he also says that HMRC could simply buy a license for the French system to expedite the process.
For full details on this matter; please follow this link.
Starting from the 1st August 2020, the HGV Levy for UK & Overseas-registered HV’s using the UK Road system will not be required to purchase a levy. This measure has been taken to aid the UK Economies recovery.
Please note: You will still be required to buy a levy up until 31st July 2020 and that DVSA enforcement will continue.
For full details, please review this article released by Gov.uk.
You can now book a lorry, bus or trailer annual test (MOT) for the 4th July 2020. Your deadline will have moved based upon when the original date was due during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Details can be found at this link.
The following is taken from an email circulated by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner.
The traffic commissioners have started publishing the outcomes of driver conduct hearings online. This follows widespread approval for this information in responses to a consultation in 2019.
As well as the regulatory outcome of the hearing, the information published includes:
- the date of the hearing
- the driver’s name
- the driver’s year of birth
- the first part of the driver’s postcode
Publishing this information will make it easier for operators to find out if a driver has been subject to regulatory action. This will help them to ensure that they do not use drivers who have not declared any action taken by a TC against their vocational entitlement to their employers.
The traffic commissioners have ensured they comply with data protection principles when publishing this data.
Read ‘Regulatory decisions made about the conduct of professional drivers‘
The following is taken directly from an email sent out today by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner.
The Senior Traffic Commissioner has updated his coronavirus (COVID-19) statutory document originally issued on 17 March 2020.
The update issued on 18 June 2020 includes reference to:
- an increase in the maximum time allowed for a period of grace for financial standing an operator can receive from 6 months to 12 months
- more information about in-person tribunal hearings in England from July 2020 (with hearings in Scotland and Wales likely to start a few weeks later as circumstances allow)
Financial standing periods of grace
The maximum period of grace for financial standing an operator can seek has increased.
Previously, it was a maximum of 6 months with the Senior Traffic Commissioner having set a 4 month starting point. The law has been changed to increase that maximum to 12 months with the STC suggesting an initial 6 month starting point. Any decisions about the grant or length of a period of grace will include an assessment of the risk to road safety.
This extension to the law applies to any determination made between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020. This gives operators the opportunity to recover their finances during the extended period following the resumption of normal trading as the lockdown eases.
Tell your TC early if you have problems
You should tell your TC if you are experiencing any issue in meeting the financial standing requirement. The condition on your licence gives you a month to notify changes. The TC is likely to be sympathetic and will seek to assist wherever possible, especially given the difficulties arising from COVID-19.
If you can no longer meet the financial standing requirement you are strongly advised to contact the Office of the Traffic Commissioner at Enquiries@otc.gov.uk for advice.
Anyone who fails to do so can expect a TC to require explanations as to why they failed to comply, and it may result in a finding of loss of good repute.
The traffic commissioners have also published two other documents during the outbreak. We recommend you read them:
Starting on 23rd March 2020, FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) due to the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). But earlier today, they have now released a set of rules and requirements for carrying out Bronze on-site audits in light of the current easing steps undertaken by the Government.
To read about this more, and to see the guidelines; click here.
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 no interaction between the operator and the DVSA examiner, as such, and in my opinion are very clinical. In the past at DVSA inspections and visits, operators have been able to explain how their systems are implemented, this is no longer an option. We have experienced operators believing that they have adequate systems in place but when it came to the DVSA remote audit things were not quite what the operator thought. This has led to further assessments, eventually ending up before the Traffic Commissioner at a Public Inquiry.
It is important that you as an operator can demonstrate that you have full and effective compliance policies and procedures in place, otherwise you will fail a DVSA remote audit.
If you need any help please contact this office and we will offer advice where necessary.
Graham Doughty MA AAE LCGI FIMI FCILT MCSFS MSAE MIRTE MSOE MIHE MInstLM MInstTA
During the current coronavirus pandemic, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have been putting out constant advice and guidelines for differing industries on how to return to work safely.
We advice all operators to review the information provided at this link, which deals with Covid-19 and it’s effects on the Transport & Haulage industry.
In an open letter, HSE and DfT have reminded businesses of their duties to drivers under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Those regulations require business to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises.
In their letter, HSE and DfT remind businesses which make or receive deliveries that they must ensure that drivers have easy and safe access to toilets and hand washing facilities.
The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain welcome this letter. Britain’s delivery drivers do vital work and their health must be protected.
Traffic commissioners can consider any breaches of relevant health and safety legislation when taking regulatory action against an operator.
We encourage all operators to read the letter and the guidance it accompanies.