Tag: Traffic Commissioner

Covid-19 advice note & financial standing updated

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner The Traffic Commissioners have updated the advice note issued to assist operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The updates include changes to the process for temporary Local Bus Service Registration variations in England, Scotland and Wales. The provision to allow short notice temporary variations will now continue beyond 4 January 2021 in view of the continuing uncertainty facing operators. This provision will be reviewed on 1…

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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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End to Maintenance Schedule Relaxations

The office of the Traffic Commissioners have announced an end to the current maintenance inspection relaxations, which will take effect as of 1st September 2020. The full details can be found here. The update also includes the following issues: An extension of temporary local bus services processes until 4th January 2021 An increase in the notice period for service variations for Local Authorities from 24 hours to 72 hours in England & Scotland Amending a registered local bus service…

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TC driver conduct decisions now published online

The following is taken from an email circulated by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. The traffic commissioners have started publishing the outcomes of driver conduct hearings online. This follows widespread approval for this information in responses to a consultation in 2019. As well as the regulatory outcome of the hearing, the information published includes: the date of the hearing the driver's name the driver's year of birth the first part of the driver's postcode Publishing this information will…

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Office of the Traffic Commissioner updates Coronavirus advice

The following is taken from an email circular sent out by the office of the Traffic Commissioners. The traffic commissioners (TCs) have updated their advice for operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The update issued on 23 June 2020 covers: an increase in the maximum period of grace for financial standing from 6 months to 12 months the return of in-person tribunal hearings from 6 July 2020 information about requesting temporary variations to local bus services ahead of a return…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) statutory directions updated

The following is taken directly from an email sent out today by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. The Senior Traffic Commissioner has updated his coronavirus (COVID-19) statutory document originally issued on 17 March 2020. The update issued on 18 June 2020 includes reference to: an increase in the maximum time allowed for a period of grace for financial standing an operator can receive from 6 months to 12 months more information about in-person tribunal hearings in England from July 2020…

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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 and HSE: drivers must be allowed access to hygiene facilities

In an open letter, HSE and DfT have reminded businesses of their duties to drivers under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Those regulations require business to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises. In their letter, HSE and DfT remind businesses which make or receive deliveries that they must ensure that drivers have easy and safe access to toilets and hand washing facilities. The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain welcome this letter. Britain's delivery…

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