Tag: Covid-19

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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Important Update: Kent Access Permit Scrapped

The following is taken from an email circular provided by the Department for Transport; it can also be read here. From today, you will no longer need a Kent Access Permit (KAP) if you’re driving an HGV to the EU from the Port of Dover or the Eurotunnel. The "check if an HGV is ready to cross the border service" will also be closed. Before you cross the border, you will still need to check you have the paperwork you…

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New Covid testing requirements for hauliers

As of 6th April 2021, all hauliers entering England from abroad (excludes those arriving from common travel area, including Ireland) & who plan to stay for 2 days or longer must now take a coronavirus test. The test must be taken within two days or arrival and every three days thereafter. Free tests will be provided via the Department for Transport's (Dft) Information and Advice sites. For full details on this, including test sites; please follow this link.

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Relaxation of retained EU Drivers’ Hours Rules comes to an end today, 31st March 2021

As part of their actions to help ease stress on the logistics/haulage industry, the Department for Transport (Dft) implemented a temporary relaxation of enforcement action regarding the retained EU drivers' hours, which started on 22nd January 2021 and comes to an end today (31st March 2021) as of 11:59pm. We caution all operators to note this change and to take appropriate steps to ensure both you and your drivers are not caught out by what we at TMC Assist believe will…

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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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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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Hauliers: negative COVID test required before travelling to ports

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: HGV drivers travelling to or via France must continue to have proof of an authorised negative COVID test, conducted within 72 hours of travelling across the border. Government urges drivers to get an authorised test at an independent site, or one of 34 information and advice sites before travelling to ports. Those using Kent ports are now also legally required to have a Kent Access Permit. HGVs leaving England…

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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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