Tag: Brexit

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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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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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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Federation of Wholesale Distributors call for Army to help supply the Nation

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has been in constant talks with the UK Government recently as the UK Driver shortage is starting to effect multiple industries including "supermarkets, restaurants, pubs, schools and care homes". Among several measures the FWD has proposed; including reinstating the relaxation of Drivers' Hours, ending furlough for drivers, temporarily waiving the need for medical certificates or a completed Drivers' CPC - The FWD have called for Army staff to be deployed to ensure that supply routes…

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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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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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HGV drivers – remember COVID testing facilities open on weekends

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: I f you are driving to the Port Dover or Eurotunnel  get a  COVID test before arriving in Kent. Test sites are open  7 days a week,  including weekends,  and a negative result is valid for 72 hours  for entry to France.  If you arrive in Kent without a negative COVID test you  risk  delays .    G et a test before or at the start of your…

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