Tag: PSV

Correction Notice – Covid-19 Advice

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Office of the Traffic Commissioners: On 21 December 2021 the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain updated their guidance to operators on Coronavirus (COVID-19). Unfortunately the PDF version of the advice was an incorrect version. This has now been rectified and you may wish to view the correct advice at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/advice-heavy-goods-and-public-service-vehicle-operators-covid-19 The HTML version was correctly updated. We apologise for this error and any inconvenience caused.

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Office of the Traffic Commissioner update their advice to Transport Industry

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner: The main changes involve the registration of local bus services and the reinstatement of advice related to maintenance intervals, as follows: Local bus services operating under a temporary variation can continue doing so until 31 August 2022 (previously 31 March 2022), after which they should revert to their pre-March 2020 position Extension of the process for making temporary service variations using the shortened process…

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TOP update: OCRS customer reports system available from today

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: The repairs to the reporting system are complete and OCRS reports are now available. Questions If you have any questions about changes to the system, user issues or your score please contact our Customer Service Centre. If you have questions about any technical changes to the content of the OCRS report, please contact the Criminal Analysis Unit: criminalanalysisunit@dvsa.gov.uk. Due to the new features of the OCRS service, the report will take a…

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Government announces major review into HGV driver training

The following is taken from Gov.uk: A sweeping review will seek to improve compulsory ongoing training for HGV and bus drivers, in the latest of 30 measures to support the road haulage sector and encourage even more people to return to the profession. Drivers currently need to undergo 5 days of periodic training every 5 years to ensure they remain fully qualified to drive heavy goods vehicles and buses professionally and up to date with road safety standards. Read more at this [link].

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The figures behind the HGV shortage show a continued issue with retention

Whilst the industry can take some solace in the fact that the number of HGV drivers within the UK grew by 30,00 in the third quarter; there is also grounds for concern as 9000 drivers aged 45 and under leave the profession within the same period. This is an unexpected turn for the industry; perhaps releasing some of the pressure and concerns the whole industry has felt since the start of the pandemic. But the inability to retain drivers within the…

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The Office of the Traffic Commissioner Asks – Is your Satnav fit for purpose?

In the period of 2020/2021, there were 1624 incidents involving the Network Infrastructure alone. Many of these incidents involve commercial vehicles using inappropriate routes for their vehicle height or weight limit. Each of these incidents creates congestion and risks the safety of other road users; as well as significant financial implications for both local services and councils. Following a bridge impact in St. Helens, a public inquiry was held and concluded that among many other issues; such as expired license, failure…

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Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules

The current temporary relaxation of drivers' hours ends on 31 October 2021. If you have made use of the relaxation, you must submit a completed a follow-up notification form by 7 November 2021. Please note: The temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours has been extended until 9 January 2022. You can find all of the documents and details here, or use the links below.

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Office of the Traffic Commissioner Updates Covid-19 Advice

The main changes involve the registration of local bus services and are: Services operating under a temporary variation can continue doing so until 31 March 2022 (previously 31 December 2021) No new temporary variations using the shortened process can be accepted for services in England and Wales from 1 January 2022, and from 1 February 2022 for services registered in Scotland Operators of coach services that are registered as local services are encouraged to work with local authorities…

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