The traffic commissioners (TCs) have announced that the temporary local bus service processes will apply until 4 January 2021. This is covered in the latest updated to their advice for operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The commissioners have introduced this change to allow bus operators opportunity to consider any permanent changes that may be required.
Another change included in the update is an increase in the notice period for service variations for Local Authorities from 24 hours to 72 hours in England and Scotland. This change took effect in Scotland on 29 June 2020 and will take effect from 3 August 2020 in England.
The update issued on 30 July 2020 also covers:
amending a registered local bus service to become a school or works bus service
the use of additional vehicles on services
an end to PMI interval relaxations from 1 September 2020
Read more about the latest updated to the traffic commissioners’ COVID-19 advice for operators
The subject of tyres has been discussed many times before but this was released by the DVSA on Wednesday. Therefore, please ensure that the checking of tyres (front’s especially for this announcement), on your own fleet is carried out by either your drivers, tyre contractors or workshops. Please don’t get caught out!!
The Department for Transport announced yesterday (15 July) that tyres aged 10 years or older will be banned on the front axles of lorries, buses and coaches using new laws.
You can read the full story in the Department for Transport’s news article.
DVSA already checks for tyres over 10 years old during roadside enforcement stops. This change in the law will allow us to issue stronger penalties if found at roadside enforcement checks. This change also means the issue can be covered by the annual test (MOT) in the future.
Next steps The DVSA will update you with more information ahead of the change in the law being introduced.
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