Tag: Dft

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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Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the EU drivers’ hours rules: delivery of essential items to retailers

The Department for Transport (Dft), as well as the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have introduced a limited, temporary relaxation of the drivers' hours regulations for drivers' carrying Food & Essentials goods during the period of 10th December 2020 to 30th December 2020. We at TMC Assist caution all operators to read the details in full for this exemption before claiming it for your drivers; and also stress that this exemption is only to a limited, subset of drivers within…

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New Traffic management plans for hauliers travelling to Kent to cross the border

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Department for Transport: From the end of the EU Transition period there will be new traffic flow measures to manage congestion on Kent’s road network. These measures are known as Operation Brock and will apply to HGVs over 7.5 tonnes if there’s severe disruption to services across the English Channel. It is a legal requirement for HGVs to follow the signed routes when directed to do so on journeys to Port of…

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DfT releases Haulier Handbook as post 1st Jan Guide

The Department for Transport have recently opened what they are referring to as the "Haulier Handbook" - a one-stop-shop for all information and advice regarding customs procedures, as well as other changes and systems that operators will face after 1st January 2021. The handbook can be found at this link. Additionally, the DfT has released a network of 45 Information and Advice sites across the UK, with facilities to help prepare operators and their staff for the end of the transition…

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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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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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DFT has released new updates to Drivers’ Hours Rules, Furloughed Drivers & Safety Guidance fro Drivers

The following is taken from a email provided by the Department for Transport. Drivers' hours rules update As part of the Government’s effort to keep supply chains moving throughout the coronavirus outbreak, the Government announced a temporary measure to relax the enforcement of both the EU and GB drivers’ hours rules until 31 May 2020. Following a review, the Department for Transport has confirmed that the temporary relaxation to the EU drivers’ hours rules will not be extended and will end at 23:59…

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