The following it taken from an email circular sent out by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner.
PI attendees must follow the 14-day quarantine rule when arriving back in the UK from a country that is not on the exemption list.
In the short time since we reintroduced physical attendance at hearings, there have been several worrying incidents where people have arrived at a public inquiry almost immediately after flying back to the UK. This puts everyone’s health at risk and undermines the strict rules the government have put in place.
If you are due to attend a hearing within 14 days of returning to the UK, it’s vital that you check whether your travel destination is exempt from the quarantine rules. The rule can apply to all travel by coach, ferry, train or plane.
The safety of attendees, commissioners remains the main consideration when holding in-person hearings. Our staff have completed thorough risk assessments and have put measures in place to protect the health of all concerned.
Please let OTC staff know as soon as possible if you cannot attend a hearing in person due to the quarantine rules so that attendance by video link can be considered.
Exemptions can be reviewed here.
This annual report tackles issues and provides information on major aspects of hte Traffic Commissioners’ judicial, regulatory & administrative roles.
This year’s report obviously centres around Covid-19, Brexit and our departure from the EU including what this will mean for the Industry.
The report can be read in full here.
You can now book a lorry, bus or trailer annual test (MOT) for the 4th July 2020. Your deadline will have moved based upon when the original date was due during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Details can be found at this link.
Under temporary measures are being introduced under the terms of Transport for London’s £1.6bn rescue package from the Government, the current price for the London Congestion charge will now rise to £15 a day, and will now apply to all seven days of the week.
Read an article covering these details at this link.
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.
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.
Graham Doughty MA AAE LCGI FIMI FCILT MCSFS MSAE MIRTE MSOE MIHE MInstLM MInstTA
The following is taken from a email provided by the Department for Transport.
Drivers’ hours rules update
As part of the Government’s effort to keep supply chains moving throughout the coronavirus outbreak, the Government announced a temporary measure to relax the enforcement of both the EU and GB drivers’ hours rules until 31 May 2020.
Following a review, the Department for Transport has confirmed that the temporary relaxation to the EU drivers’ hours rules will not be extended and will end at 23:59 on 31 May 2020.
The relaxation to domestic GB drivers’ hours rules will continue until 23:59 on 14 June 2020, but will be kept under review.
More information can be found on this link.
Guidance for furloughed drivers
The Department for Transport has issued guidance for employers and drivers on how being furloughed will affect the working time rules that apply to mobile workers.
The guidance will help you understand how you should record activities on your tachograph, or by manual record, when furloughed, including when undertaking other work.
You can find the guidance on this link.
Access to toilet and hand washing facilities
Drivers are legally entitled to easy and safe access to toilets and hand washing facilities while carrying out their work.
The Department for Transport and the Health and Safety Executive have written a letter outlining the legal requirement for businesses to provide such access to drivers.
The letter can be found on this link.
These new relaxations, which expand upon those started on 23rd March 2020 will now run till 31st May 2020.
For full details, please follow this link.
In the wake of the Covid-19 virus, the Department for Transport has allowed a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales, as outlined in Article 14(2) of regulation (EC) No 561/2006.
Namely, drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of food, non-food (personal care & household paper & cleaning) and over the counter pharmaceuticals will be effected.
For full details, please follow this link.