Tag: HGV

HGV drivers – remember COVID testing facilities open on weekends

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: I f you are driving to the Port Dover or Eurotunnel  get a  COVID test before arriving in Kent. Test sites are open  7 days a week,  including weekends,  and a negative result is valid for 72 hours  for entry to France.  If you arrive in Kent without a negative COVID test you  risk  delays .    G et a test before or at the start of your…

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UK – EU Provisions for Road Haulage; Permit Free till June 2021

On the 10th December 2020, the EU released a set of provisional contingency measures to apply to both international road access and air access for logistical operators in the event of a no-deal Brexit, to take effect as of 1st January 2021. Under these provisions, UK International Operators will be able to undertake work between the Uk & EU without an ECMT permit until at least 30th June 2021; with no plans currently past this point for free travel. The provisions can…

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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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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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EU Transition: Haulier Information & Advice Sites Open

The following has been taken from an email circular released by the Department for Transport: You and your drivers can now visit Information and Advice Sites across the UK for advice on how to prepare for the end of the transition period. Find your nearest advice site New rules will affect you when travelling to the EU from 1 January 2020. Sites will be available across the UK to get advice on what is needed to do to prepare for the changes. Support includes multi-lingual in-person advice…

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ECMT Permit Applications Open NOW (2nd Nov 2020)

With new rules coming into force from 1st January 2021 for EU-Bound hauliers; and as yet no firm agreement on a Free Trade Agreement or other acceptable terms, operators will need to prepare for a enhanced controls at the border. The window is open from today(Monday 2nd November 2020) until Friday 20th November 2020; during which you can apply for permits to cover all your business to the EU. But caution; late applications will not be accepted. It is not expected that…

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Government releases guidance for International Road Haulage past 1st Jan 2021

With the UK having left the EU, and with the transitional period swiftly running out; the Government has released guidance for what Goods Vehicle Operators will need to carry out International Road Haulage as of 1st January 2021. For full details, please follow this link; however the shorthand list is as follows: Make sure to carry the right operator licence Ensure you have the right permits for your journey Make sure to register your vehicle trailer You…

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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…

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Concerns arise as HMRC has yet to build GVSM IT System

With a little under six months left before the Brexit Transition period expires, HMRC appears to be facing a crunch to get the proposed Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS) in place in time. The system is intended to allow companies and hauliers to declare goods ahead of reaching the border, allowing for a smoother flow of traffic at ports such as Dover. Seeing as France already has a system built and tested, Tim Reardon, head of the EU Exit at the…

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