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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

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DVSA releases further guidance regarding Tachograph Calibrations

As the Covid-19 Pandemic continues to grip the nation and stunt the activities of many businesses; the DVSA has released further guidance in relation to inspections and initial calibrations for tachograph equipment.

In short, an extension of 3-months is now in effect. To read the full details, please follow this link.