Tag: Drivers’ Hours

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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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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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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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…

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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.

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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.

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Released Figures show 5.3% of Driver’s were Breaching Hours’ Laws

In 2016/17 DVSA made nearly 90,000 checks to ensure that commercial drivers weren’t driving for longer than allowed, risking fatigue-related accidents. The outcome is that more than 1 in 20 (5.3%) of drivers had broken the rules on maximum driving hours. British drivers are also slightly more law abiding than foreigners, with 5.1% of British drivers flouting the rules against 5.9% of their foreign counterparts. It's worth noting that the figures has fallen since 2015/16, when the overall offending rate was…

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