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 on 31 May 2020.
The relaxation to domestic GB drivers’ hours rules will continue until 23:59 on 14 June 2020, but will be kept under review.
More information can be found on this link.

Guidance for furloughed drivers

The Department for Transport has issued guidance for employers and drivers on how being furloughed will affect the working time rules that apply to mobile workers.
The guidance will help you understand how you should record activities on your tachograph, or by manual record, when furloughed, including when undertaking other work.
You can find the guidance on this link.

Access to toilet and hand washing facilities

Drivers are legally entitled to easy and safe access to toilets and hand washing facilities while carrying out their work.
The Department for Transport and the Health and Safety Executive have written a letter outlining the legal requirement for businesses to provide such access to drivers.
The letter can be found on this link.

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DFT News Release: D4 Mecial Suspension, Drivers’ Hours & Motorway Services

The following is taken from an email circular supplied by the Department for Transport.

The government has temporarily suspended the need for a D4 medical when renewing driving entitlements.

D4 medical suspension

With NHS staff rightly focused on the nationwide response to COVID-19, the government is taking action to protect essential supply chains by making temporary provisions for commercial drivers aged 45 and over, to forgo the need for a D4 medical in order to renew their driving entitlement.

This change is temporary and will only apply where the driver does not have any existing notifiable health conditions, and their licence has not expired before 1 January 2020. The licence will only be valid for 1 year instead of 5 years and the driver will need to submit a completed D4 when the licence is due for renewal in 12 months.

Drivers will still be required to self-declare any medical conditions that may affect their ability to drive. Those with health issues that prevent them from driving safely will not have their licence renewed. All drivers must ensure they are medically fit to drive.

More information can be found on GOV.UK

Motorway services are open

Motorway and major trunk road services remain open 24 hours a day following advice from the government deeming them as ‘essential services’.

The welfare of commercial drivers is a priority. While some service stations have reduced their opening hours, fuel, toilets, food and drink remain available at all service stations 24 hours a day.

Drivers can plan their break stops by visiting the Highways England website, which is updated 7 days a week.

Driver hours relaxation extended to 31 May

As part of the government’s effort to keep supply chains moving throughout the coronavirus outbreak, the Department for Transport has authorised an extension to the existing relaxation of the drivers’ hours rules.

The extension means that the temporary relaxation previously due to end on 21 April will continue until 23:59 on 31 May 2020. This extension does not apply to the previous relaxation on break requirements.

Driver safety remains a priority for the government and drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired.

Employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.

Keep up to date with all official government advice on COVID-19 at GOV.UK.

Gov.uk

Full Details on Relaxation of the EU & GB Drivers’ Hours Regulations

In response to unprecedented pressures on local and national supply chains, the Department for Transport has pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006, introduced a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales. It has also introduced a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of GB drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales.

For full details; please follow this link.

Covid-19

Government imposes a Relaxation of the Driver’s Hours Regulations

In the wake of the Covid-19 virus, the Department for Transport has allowed a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales, as outlined in Article 14(2) of regulation (EC) No 561/2006.

Namely, drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of food, non-food (personal care & household paper & cleaning) and over the counter pharmaceuticals will be effected.

For full details, please follow this link.