Tag: PCV

Operator whose vehicle struck a bridge finds their licence being curtailed

The following is taken from an email circular output by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner: A number of incidences of commercial vehicles striking bridges have been reported across the national press in recent weeks. Traffic commissioners have previously issued advice to operators on steps they can take to prevent ‘bridge strikes’. In addition to the potentially catastrophic road safety issues, there are serious financial implications to these accidents, as well as travel delays for commuters. There are also serious implications for…

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Sevington Inland Border Facility Entrance Update

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: Some heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have been entering Mersham Village and nearby residential roads when trying to access Sevington Inland Border Facility. You should enter the site via Junction 10a on the M20 before taking the A2070 exit. The correct address for the Sevington Inland Border Facility is: Sevington Inland Border Facility, Ashford, TN25 6GE Full details can be found at this link.

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Changes to HGV and bus driving tests and allowing car drivers to tow a trailer without an extra test

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: Summary Seeking views on changes to HGV and minibus, bus and coach driving tests, and allowing car drivers to tow trailers without taking another test. This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 7 September 2021 Consultation description The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is seeking views on proposals to: allow drivers to take one test to drive both a rigid and articulated lorry, rather than having to pass a test…

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UK Military on standby ahead of UK Driver strike

On the 23rd August 2021, there is set to be a national lorry drivers' strike - in response to which the UK Military has been set on standby amid fears of a complete breakdown and/or failure of the UK's distribution network & supply chains. Army personal with a valid HGV license could be put to work filling job positions within the industry during the strike - with plans to house them across many hotels, hostels and motels across the UK. You can…

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Kent lifts it’s HGV parking ban

Back in January 2021, Kent County Council brought in a ban on lorries parking in lay-bys at the end of the UK's transition period to leaving the EU as fears arose about the number of vehicles which would be entering, exiting and staying in the county during the period. Recently KCC has requested a six-month extension, which the Department for Transport has decided not to endorse. You can read more on this at the following link.

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Have you changed your contact details?

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner: It is important for you and your business that your email address, telephone number and postal address held by us is correct. If your contact details are not correct you may not receive important correspondence from the traffic commissioner that may affect your operator’s licence. Click to edit this placeholder text. To check, log into your VOL self service account today. Don’t have a self service account?  Visit https://www.gov.uk/manage-vehicle-operator-licence to register

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“Extended hours won’t fix delivery crisis” warns the RHA

On the 7th July 2021, Transport Minister Baroness Vere announced through her twitter account that the UK will temporarily be extending drivers' hours rules until Monday, 12th July 2021 to try a release stress on delivery companies in the face of the UK Driver shortage. The RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett has come out strong against the action: "We oppose wholesale extensions to drivers' hours as we believe they can be counter-productive by making the job less attractive." "Loading more hours on to…

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The Commercial Vehicle Show is only 10 weeks away

The following is taken from an email circular released by The Commercial Vehicle Show: The Commercial Vehicle Show is on track for a successful return after last year’s enforced hiatus - with nearly 200 exhibitors already confirmed and visitor registrations for the 2021 Show up 75% on the same period in 2019. Numbers of exhibitors and visitors are expected to grow as advertising promotion commences this month in leading industry publications. Regular exhibitors including Ford, Toyota, MAXUS, Isuzu, SsangYong, Webasto, VFS, Truckman and…

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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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