London Congestion Charge raised to £15 a day, 7 days a week.

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.

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.

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

DFT has released new updates to Drivers’ Hours Rules, Furloughed Drivers & Safety Guidance fro Drivers

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.

Covid-19

Government imposes a Relaxation of the Driver’s Hours Regulations

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.