Tag: Regulations

Relaxation of retained EU Drivers’ Hours Rules comes to an end today, 31st March 2021

As part of their actions to help ease stress on the logistics/haulage industry, the Department for Transport (Dft) implemented a temporary relaxation of enforcement action regarding the retained EU drivers' hours, which started on 22nd January 2021 and comes to an end today (31st March 2021) as of 11:59pm. We caution all operators to note this change and to take appropriate steps to ensure both you and your drivers are not caught out by what we at TMC Assist believe will…

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The DfT & DVSA grant Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the EU drivers’ hours rules

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.

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Public inquiry attendees must not break quarantine rules

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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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