Tag: Department for Transport

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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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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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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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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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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EU Transition: Haulier Information & Advice Sites Open

The following has been taken from an email circular released by the Department for Transport: You and your drivers can now visit Information and Advice Sites across the UK for advice on how to prepare for the end of the transition period. Find your nearest advice site New rules will affect you when travelling to the EU from 1 January 2020. Sites will be available across the UK to get advice on what is needed to do to prepare for the changes. Support includes multi-lingual in-person advice…

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RHA calls proposed changes to the Highway Code “Frightening and irresponsible”

Since 28th July 2020, the Department for Transport (hereby called Dft), has been holding consultation on proposed amendments to the Highway Code. The proposed goal of which is to "introduce a hierarchy of road users, clarify pedestrian and cyclist priority, establish safer overtaking." But the RHA has voiced concerns, as they believe the proposed changes will askew the legal liability for collisions towards HGV drivers and those operating larger road vehicles. Additionally, they point out that the new amendments will remove…

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HGV Tyres over 10 years old are to be banned

Following on from a consultation that was carried out from 23rd June 2019 to 1st September 2019, tyres 10 years or older will now be banned under the new rules; which will make it illegal in England, Wales and Scotland for such a tyre to be fitted to the front axle of HGV, Buses and Coaches. To see the full outcome, and to read an impact report on this ban please follow this link. UPDATE: Further information is available from Gov.uk on…

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