In response to the exceptional pressures on the freight industry due to the continued consequences of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department for Transport has introduced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for the general haulage of goods in Great Britain. These temporary relaxations apply from 12:01am on 23 December 2020 until 11:59pm on 22 January 2021, subject to review. To read the full details and guides, please follow this link.
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…
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…
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…
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.