Legal Advice

Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border service is available now

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Department for Transport: Hauliers and commercial drivers are now able to log on to the Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border service to register your details and prepare for any upcoming journeys you have in the New Year. The new service is designed to make it quick and easy for you to check that you have the right customs documentation for the goods you’re carrying before…

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Act Now: Steps to take before the Transition Period ends

HM Revenue & Customs have released information and guidance to all businesses for steps they should undertake before the Transition Period ends on 1st January 2021. The full email circular can be read online here. We at TMC Assist strongly advise readers to review any and all changes/guidelines for the approaching Post Transition period, to ensure that your business can continue to operate as smoothly as possible in the new year.

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Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the EU drivers’ hours rules: delivery of essential items to retailers

The Department for Transport (Dft), as well as the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have introduced a limited, temporary relaxation of the drivers' hours regulations for drivers' carrying Food & Essentials goods during the period of 10th December 2020 to 30th December 2020. We at TMC Assist caution all operators to read the details in full for this exemption before claiming it for your drivers; and also stress that this exemption is only to a limited, subset of drivers within…

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Green Number Plates coming to UK Roads

On the back of the UK Governments goal to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in the UK by 2030, plans have been unveiled today for new Green license plates to start appearing on electric vehicles - with a stated goal of raising awareness of zero-emission vehicles, but also with the promise of local initiatives such as cheaper parking and cost-free entry to zero-emission zones. All details on these can be read over at this link.

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New Traffic management plans for hauliers travelling to Kent to cross the border

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Department for Transport: From the end of the EU Transition period there will be new traffic flow measures to manage congestion on Kent’s road network. These measures are known as Operation Brock and will apply to HGVs over 7.5 tonnes if there’s severe disruption to services across the English Channel. It is a legal requirement for HGVs to follow the signed routes when directed to do so on journeys to Port of…

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Important information for hauliers on moving goods into Northern Ireland

The following is taken from an email circular released by HMRC. Dear Haulier, There are now fewer than 60 days to go until new processes for moving goods into Northern Ireland under the Northern Ireland Protocol begin. Businesses need to act now to continue to trade smoothly from 1 January 2021. As a haulier or carrier, being able to keep your business running smoothly will be reliant on you and your customers being ready for these new processes. From 1 January…

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REMINDER: ECMT Permit window closes 20th November 2020

As we noted in a previous article, the window to obtain the ECMT permits required for UK-based operators to maintain their trade with the EU is due to close in 10 days . Submissions past this point will be rejected without review, so we strongly suggest if you need one, to apply NOW. The following is taken from an email circular released by the Department for Transport: The ECMT application window opened last week and will close on Friday 20 November. Full guidance on…

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Covid-19 advice note & financial standing updated

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner The Traffic Commissioners have updated the advice note issued to assist operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The updates include changes to the process for temporary Local Bus Service Registration variations in England, Scotland and Wales. The provision to allow short notice temporary variations will now continue beyond 4 January 2021 in view of the continuing uncertainty facing operators. This provision will be reviewed on 1…

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Haulier information on travel restrictions from Denmark

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Department for Transport. The Government last night (November 7) extended measures to prevent the potential spread of a variant strain of Covid-19. All travellers except for British nationals or residents of the UK who had been in or through Denmark in the last 14 days will now be stopped from coming into the UK. This includes non-resident HGV drivers. UK drivers need to self-isolate on return for 14 days. All passenger vessels…

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