The Traffic Commissioners Annual Report 2019/2020

This annual report tackles issues and provides information on major aspects of hte Traffic Commissioners’ judicial, regulatory & administrative roles.

This year’s report obviously centres around Covid-19, Brexit and our departure from the EU including what this will mean for the Industry.

The report can be read in full here.

End to Maintenance Schedule Relaxations

The office of the Traffic Commissioners have announced an end to the current maintenance inspection relaxations, which will take effect as of 1st September 2020. The full details can be found here.

The update also includes the following issues:

  • An extension of temporary local bus services processes until 4th January 2021
  • An increase in the notice period for service variations for Local Authorities from 24 hours to 72 hours in England & Scotland
  • Amending a registered local bus service to become a school or work bus service
  • The use of additional vehicles on services
Gov.uk

Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August

As the country slowly lifts the restrictions brought about by Covid-19, Mandatory MOT tests are to resume as of the 1st August 2020.

To clarify, any driver with an MOT due before 1st Agust 2020 will still receive a 6-month exemption to help alleviate the backlog created by the pandemic. However, all vehicle must continue to be kept in roadworthy condition; with people allowed to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish.

For full details on this, please review this Gov.uk article link here.

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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 this link.

Gov.uk

HGV Levy to be Suspended for 12 Months

Starting from the 1st August 2020, the HGV Levy for UK & Overseas-registered HV’s using the UK Road system will not be required to purchase a levy. This measure has been taken to aid the UK Economies recovery.

Please note: You will still be required to buy a levy up until 31st July 2020 and that DVSA enforcement will continue.

For full details, please review this article released by Gov.uk.

TC driver conduct decisions now published online

The following is taken from an email circulated by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner.


The traffic commissioners have started publishing the outcomes of driver conduct hearings online. This follows widespread approval for this information in responses to a consultation in 2019.

As well as the regulatory outcome of the hearing, the information published includes:

  • the date of the hearing
  • the driver’s name
  • the driver’s year of birth
  • the first part of the driver’s postcode

Publishing this information will make it easier for operators to find out if a driver has been subject to regulatory action. This will help them to ensure that they do not use drivers who have not declared any action taken by a TC against their vocational entitlement to their employers.

The traffic commissioners have ensured they comply with data protection principles when publishing this data.

Read ‘Regulatory decisions made about the conduct of professional drivers

A Note on ‘Desk Based Reporting’

The following is taken from an email we at TMC Assist are sending out to clients; please take the time to review the information within:

It is important that you take note, the DVSA have now moved to conducting remote compliance audits, these have been previously known as ‘Desk Based Reports’, please see this link.

One of the problems that we have encountered is that these types of assessments are purely based on the documentation you keep as an operator, there is no interaction between the operator and the DVSA examiner, as such, and in my opinion are very clinical. In the past at DVSA inspections and visits, operators have been able to explain how their systems are implemented, this is no longer an option. We have experienced operators believing that they have adequate systems in place but when it came to the DVSA remote audit things were not quite what the operator thought. This has led to further assessments, eventually ending up before the Traffic Commissioner at a Public Inquiry.

It is important that you as an operator can demonstrate that you have full and effective compliance policies and procedures in place, otherwise you will fail a DVSA remote audit.

If you need any help please contact this office and we will offer advice where necessary.

Kind Regards

Graham Doughty MA AAE LCGI FIMI FCILT MCSFS MSAE MIRTE MSOE MIHE MInstLM MInstTA

Managing Director