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Concerns within industry over proposed changes to cabotage

The regulations commonly known as "cabotage" currently limits international drivers to two deliveries within the UK over a seven-day period- including the one they enter the country with. The Department for Transport is proposing waiving theses rules in light of the current HGV driver shortage; as a means to keep the industry moving over the upcoming holiday period. However experts within the industry suggest the move doesn't tackle the issues that are keeping people out of the industry and will have a…

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DVSA & MoD detail plans to support driving tests

The following is taken from a email circular released by the DVSA: Increase in tests The MoD will initially be providing a number of DDEs to help create thousands of additional HGV tests between now and Christmas. MoD examiners will be carrying out 5 tests a day over a 5-day working week. They are fully trained to carry out HGV tests and will start testing from 11 October. This will be kept under review. We will carry out training courses with these examiners to make…

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New government plans to tackle the lorry driving shortage

The following is an exert taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: The government has announced further plans to help reduce the lorry driver shortage. These plans follow the recently announced vocational test changes which will create an extra 50,000 lorry tests every year. DVSA has already delivered 50% more tests than were available before the pandemic. The email then goes on to outline steps such as: Deploying Ministry of Defence driving instructors to assist DVSA examiners. …

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Sevington Inland Border Facility Entrance Update

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: Some heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have been entering Mersham Village and nearby residential roads when trying to access Sevington Inland Border Facility. You should enter the site via Junction 10a on the M20 before taking the A2070 exit. The correct address for the Sevington Inland Border Facility is: Sevington Inland Border Facility, Ashford, TN25 6GE Full details can be found at this link.

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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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