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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.

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 Port of Dover says “…it’s not impossible.” However he also says that HMRC could simply buy a license for the French system to expedite the process.

For full details on this matter; please follow this link.

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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.

Office of the Traffic Commissioner updates Coronavirus advice

The following is taken from an email circular sent out by the office of the Traffic Commissioners.


The traffic commissioners (TCs) have updated their advice for operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The update issued on 23 June 2020 covers:

  • an increase in the maximum period of grace for financial standing from 6 months to 12 months
  • the return of in-person tribunal hearings from 6 July 2020
  • information about requesting temporary variations to local bus services ahead of a return to normal services as lockdown restrictions ease
  • virtual training

Read the TCs’ coronavirus advice for operators

The UK is facing a HGV Driver Crisis

MP’s have already been warning for some time now that the current shortage of  heavy goods drivers in the UK is a ‘ticking time-bomb’ under the UK’s economic recovery. With some figure placing the shortfall at 60,000 drivers and with projections raising this to 257,000 drivers by 2022 the problem is a large and looming one.

You can read more about this over at this link.

ADLV urges Operators to Maintain Driver License Checks during the Lockdown

The ADLV (Association for Driver License Verification), in a recent post to their website have urges fleet owners and operators to maintain a regular system of checks for their drivers; as expanding delivery fleets and the sudden return of car drivers to UK roads has prompted a spike in license checks.

To read the full article, please follow this link.

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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Gov.uk – Working Safely during Covid-19

During the current coronavirus pandemic, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have been putting out constant advice and guidelines for differing industries on how to return to work safely.

We advice all operators to review the information provided at this link, which deals with Covid-19 and it’s effects on the Transport & Haulage industry.