Archive June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Financial Standing; extended periods of grace!

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 (with hearings in Scotland and Wales likely to start a few weeks later as circumstances allow)
Read More

Author: Office
Posted:
Categories: News

Traffic Commissioners to resume in-person hearings from Monday 6th July 2020

Physical attendance at public inquiries and other hearings are due to resume from Monday 6 July, with social distancing measures in place.

Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain Crest

The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain have announced that in-person tribunal hearings are set to resume from Monday 6 July 2020. This follows the postponement of cases in March 2020 as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Each tribunal location has been risk assessed and appropriate control measures identified. Steps will be put in place to maintain social distancing and ensure that facilities are COVID-secure. The health and safety of attendees, Office of the Traffic Commissioner (OTC) staff and the commissioners themselves remains of paramount importance and underpins the decision to resume in-person hearings.

Those called to a hearing will be advised of the time and date of their hearing, with sufficient notice given to prepare their case. OTC will provide advice on the steps they may need to take ahead of the hearing in the provision of evidence, and on arrival to assist in maintaining social distancing and ensuring hygiene standards.

Anyone who wants to attend a public inquiry as an observer will need to contact the OTC in advance. This is because the capacity of the tribunal rooms will be restricted during the current period. Some hearings may continue to be held via video link or equivalent. This will be limited to appropriate cases only.

Anyone called to public inquiry (P I), who has concerns about attending in person should let OTC staff know immediately on receipt of the letter calling them to a hearing.

While the majority of OTC staff continue to work from home, please direct any email enquiries to [email protected] or your relevant case worker’s email address.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKOTC/bulletins/290fb94

Read More

Author: Office
Posted:
Categories: News

Coronavirus and the extension by 7 months, of DQC (driver CPC) card expiry dates

Extension of expiry dates

We occasionally received enquiries from customer about the changes that have been forced on our industries during these unpresidented times and this is such a subject.

Most professional lorry and bus drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to maintain their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence qualification. This is evidenced by a Driver CPC card.

The card is sometimes called a ‘driver qualification card’ or ‘DQC’.

The validity of DQCs with expiry dates from 1 February 2020 to 31 August 2020 have been extended by 7 months. If the expiry date on your card is in this period, you should add 7 months to run-out (4b on the card) date to calculate the new expiry date.

Read More

Author: Office
Posted:
Categories: News

Coronavirus: Update on changes to Road Transport rules issued 4th June ’20 (17:42)

Good evening all

The information below was received a short while ago from the GOV.UK webportal.

The EU has made temporary changes to the road transport rules that apply to operators and drivers of heavy goods and public service vehicles, to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the road transport sector.

This email explains how these changes apply in Great Britain.

Read More

Author: Office
Posted:
Categories: News

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – Ceasing of the relaxation of EU and GB drivers’ hours rules: all sectors carriage of goods by road – updated 29th May ’20

Published 4th June 2020

We have had a couple of emails and calls over the past couple of days regarding the above so we thought we would post this as a blog on our here for clarification. As is written below, the relaxation of EU drivers hours ceased with effect from 00:00 1st June 2020 and this was an email that was constructed and sent out as soon as we received the information from the GOV.UK webservice. Please ensure any of your drivers who took advantage of these rules, made print-outs for every day they did so; this is very, very important as we are already aware drivers having being stopped and asked for proof of their activities.

The post of Friday read as below:

Read More

Author: Office
Posted:
Categories: News