Tag: HGV

Federation of Wholesale Distributors call for Army to help supply the Nation

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has been in constant talks with the UK Government recently as the UK Driver shortage is starting to effect multiple industries including "supermarkets, restaurants, pubs, schools and care homes". Among several measures the FWD has proposed; including reinstating the relaxation of Drivers' Hours, ending furlough for drivers, temporarily waiving the need for medical certificates or a completed Drivers' CPC - The FWD have called for Army staff to be deployed to ensure that supply routes…

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Kent’s lorry parking ban meets stiff opposition

The proposed ban to be bought in by Kent County Council (KCC), would see that lorries cannot park for more than 45-minutes in laybys across large areas of the county. This has been stoutly opposed by Logistic UK, who argue that the 'essential' lorry drivers are already facing enough issues - with mounting work, a lack of additional/replacement drivers and an existing shortfall of somewhere between 1000 & 1200 HGV-suitable parking spaces across Kent. You can read more on Logistic UK's…

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UK Driver Shortage is Already Effecting Businesses

It has been widely reported for some time now by bodies such as the RHA and Logistics UK that the UK is set to experience a Driver shortage in the wake of Brexit; and it seems now that we are starting to see signs outside the haulage industry of this crisis. On the 8th June 2021, Nationwide Produce; one of the UK's largest fresh food distribution companies confirmed in an article released on their site that literally truckloads of graded food…

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Removing Roadworthiness Prohibitions

The following is taken from an email circular sent by the DVSA: From 1 June 2021, any prohibitions for testable vehicles or trailers that are not cleared at the roadside will be referred for a DVSA prohibition removal inspection at an ATF. The temporary measures were put in place when vehicle testing was stopped because of COVID-19. These are being removed now that the service has recovered to a point where the majority of prohibition clearances can return to physical inspections.…

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Important Update: Kent Access Permit Scrapped

The following is taken from an email circular provided by the Department for Transport; it can also be read here. From today, you will no longer need a Kent Access Permit (KAP) if you’re driving an HGV to the EU from the Port of Dover or the Eurotunnel. The "check if an HGV is ready to cross the border service" will also be closed. Before you cross the border, you will still need to check you have the paperwork you…

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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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