Tag: UK

UK Lorry drivers set to strike on 23rd August 2021

Nearly 3000 UK HGV driver have confirmed they intend to "stay at home" in protest on 23rrd August 2021, though the expectation is that this number will rise. Kate Gibbs of the Road Haulage Association warns in an interview with the Guardian (See this [LINK}) : If you think things are bad now it'll just make things much worse. These actions follow growing tensions within the industry in the light of Brexit, with the expected outcome that food shortages within the UK are…

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The Department for Transport is seeking views on the EU-UK Trade & Cooperation Agreement

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DfT: The Department for Transport is seeking your views on changes being made and adopted as part of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. These changes, already planned for Europe, will allow you to continue operating goods vehicles between the UK and EU. New rules will apply next year for all UK individuals and businesses operating goods vehicles to, from and between EU countries. This includes light good vehicles, such…

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Federation of Wholesale Distributors call for Army to help supply the Nation

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has been in constant talks with the UK Government recently as the UK Driver shortage is starting to effect multiple industries including "supermarkets, restaurants, pubs, schools and care homes". Among several measures the FWD has proposed; including reinstating the relaxation of Drivers' Hours, ending furlough for drivers, temporarily waiving the need for medical certificates or a completed Drivers' CPC - The FWD have called for Army staff to be deployed to ensure that supply routes…

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UK Government to test New Emergency Alerts in East Suffolk

The following is taken from an email circular put out by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner: The government will be testing its new Emergency Alerts in East Suffolk on 25 May between 1pm and 2pm. What Emergency Alerts are Emergency Alerts are messages sent to mobile phones within an area of risk. They don’t need your location or phone number. The service will be used to warn you about life-threatening emergencies such as severe flooding or terror attacks. Only the government and the…

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DfT releases Haulier Handbook as post 1st Jan Guide

The Department for Transport have recently opened what they are referring to as the "Haulier Handbook" - a one-stop-shop for all information and advice regarding customs procedures, as well as other changes and systems that operators will face after 1st January 2021. The handbook can be found at this link. Additionally, the DfT has released a network of 45 Information and Advice sites across the UK, with facilities to help prepare operators and their staff for the end of the transition…

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Government releases guidance for International Road Haulage past 1st Jan 2021

With the UK having left the EU, and with the transitional period swiftly running out; the Government has released guidance for what Goods Vehicle Operators will need to carry out International Road Haulage as of 1st January 2021. For full details, please follow this link; however the shorthand list is as follows: Make sure to carry the right operator licence Ensure you have the right permits for your journey Make sure to register your vehicle trailer You…

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Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani announces Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme

On 28th March 2018, Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani announced a new Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme aimed at cutting emissions and ensuring cleaner and greener journeys. Local authorities and operators in England and Wales will be able to bid for a share of a £48 million fund; setup to help fund new ultra-low emission buses as well as the infrastructure to support them. For more information, check out the full article on the Gov.uk website here.

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