Tag: Coronavirus

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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HGV drivers – get a COVID test before arriving in Kent

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: If you’re travelling via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel you should get a negative COVID test before arriving in Kent. We advise you to get tested before or at the start of your journey – a negative COVID test remains valid for entry to France for 72 hours so you'll have plenty of time. 39 Information and Advice sites across the country offer free testing – head to the closest…

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The DfT & DVSA grant Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the EU drivers’ hours rules

In response to the exceptional pressures on the freight industry due to the continued consequences of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department for Transport has introduced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for the general haulage of goods in Great Britain. These temporary relaxations apply from 12:01am on 23 December 2020 until 11:59pm on 22 January 2021, subject to review. To read the full details and guides, please follow this link.

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DVSA Services in England

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency: From Wednesday 2 December, England will move to a local restriction tier system. This means that a series of restrictive measures will be in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Local restriction tiers will be reviewed every 14 days, with the first review on 16 December. You can read more about the 3 tiers of local restrictions on GOV.UK. Vehicle testing Heavy vehicle testing can…

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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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End to Maintenance Schedule Relaxations

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…

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Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August

As the country slowly lifts the restrictions brought about by Covid-19, Mandatory MOT tests are to resume as of the 1st August 2020. To clarify, any driver with an MOT due before 1st Agust 2020 will still receive a 6-month exemption to help alleviate the backlog created by the pandemic. However, all vehicle must continue to be kept in roadworthy condition; with people allowed to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish. For full details on this, please review this Gov.uk article link here.

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HGV Levy to be Suspended for 12 Months

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.

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Office of the Traffic Commissioner updates Coronavirus advice

The following is taken from an email circular sent out by the office of the Traffic Commissioners. The traffic commissioners (TCs) have updated their advice for operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The update issued on 23 June 2020 covers: an increase in the maximum period of grace for financial standing from 6 months to 12 months the return of in-person tribunal hearings from 6 July 2020 information about requesting temporary variations to local bus services ahead of a return…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) statutory directions updated

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…

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