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It’s quick and easy to apply and pay online for your digital driver tacho card!

You can now apply and pay online for your driver digital tachograph card with DVLA. It’s quicker and easier than a paper application.

The new DVLA digital service lets you apply, renew or replace a lost or stolen card in minutes and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Your new tachograph card will be issued by DVLA within 24 hours after applying online compared to 10 days or more if you post your application.

All you will need to apply online is your valid GB photocard driving licence and your credit or debit card.

After applying, you will receive an email notification from DVLA confirming your application, and you can choose to be updated on its progress by text message.

The driver digital tachograph card online application service can be accessed via GOV.UK at www.gov.uk/apply-driver-digital-tachograph-card.

Owing to the time they take to process, paper applications are taking longer than normal so if you do need to renew or replace your card, use the online service to get your card quicker.

You can contact DVLA here.

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New information for London HGV operators on TfL’s DVS ‘Grace Period’!

Following extensive lobbying by some transport groups and the many operators who lobbied directly, Transport for London (TfL), has granted a ‘Grace Period’ concession to give HGV operators more time to fit the required “safe systems” in order to comply with the Direct Visions Standard (DVS).

For those unaware, the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) requires operators of lorries over 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight to apply and obtain a permit to enter or operate in Greater London, or you may receive a Penalty Charge Notice.

This gives HGV operators who register with TfL before 1st March 2021 a “defined” 90 days to enable them to comply with the DVS requirements and are now experiencing delays in supply and fitting.

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From 1 January 2021 – Blind spot stickers mandatory in France

We were unaware of this but from 1 January, buses, lorries / trucks and trailers if towed, above 3.5 tonnes will be required to carry blind spot stickers in France. Although the IRU has protested against this unilaterally proclaimed measure, it would have been good to be prepared.

The IRU called upon the European Union to intervene against the French measure, but given the time this was announced, with Brexit and the then Christmas / New Year break, little change could have been expected. We can only assume that the French measure has therefore taken off as of 1 January as planned. Here are the rules as announced by France:

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Updated guidance: tyres over 10 years old & updated Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness

In December, we told you that tyres aged over 10 years will be banned on the front axles of lorries, buses, coaches and all single wheels of minibuses (9 to 16 passenger seats).

The law comes into effect on 1 February 2021.

Updating our guidance

To help vehicle operators and those who work with them, we’ve published updated versions of the:

You can read Section 8 of the updated documents to find out how the procedures and standards on the condition of tyres will change from 1 February 2021.

The manuals also give guidance on tyre age markings and set out the deficiency categories for these items at annual test.

A change table listing all the changes in the manuals is also available to view.

We’ve also published an updated version of the

Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness.

The existing publications are still online and in use until 1 February 2021.

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Vehicle testing in England and other information from the DVSA

On 4 January, the government announced a new national lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus.

You can read more about the new national lockdown on GOV.UK.

What this means for vehicle operators

Heavy vehicle testing can continue under the new national lockdown with COVID-19 secure measures in place.

We will continue to provide the vehicle standards assessors needed to test heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and public service vehicles (PSVs) safely.

Our Network Business Managers will work with ATFs to manage any local impacts from COVID-19 on our service provision.

You should continue to manage the regular maintenance and inspection schedule for your vehicles and trailers. This is a legal requirement under your operator’s licence.

The government has issued guidance on wearing face coverings and guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, which is published on GOV.UK.

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Reaffirmed changes to the Driver CPC periodic training!

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) periodic training is to be monitored by DVSA to ensure drivers are not unnecessarily repeating training as part of the 35-hour requirement.

This follows a review of Driver CPC training and recommendations made by the European Commission which the Government has adopted.

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Hauliers heading for France required to get tested before travelling to ports

We strongly urge HGV drivers travelling to or via France to ensure they have a negative COVID test before heading to ports. Those using Kent ports are now also legally required to have a Kent Access Permit.

  • HGVs leaving England for France can only cross the Channel with evidence of an authorised negative COVID test, that has been conducted within the 72-hour period before their departure. This is mandated by the UK and French governments.
  • HGV drivers arriving in Kent with proof of a negative Covid test and a Kent Access Permit will now be ‘fast tracked’, with quicker access to the port or eurotunnel terminal.
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Important information for hauliers moving goods to the EU from 1 January 2021!

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To all Hauliers,

There are now 2 weeks left until the processes for moving goods in and out of the EU change.

With or without a free trade agreement we will be leaving the customs union and single market. Customs declarations will need to be made and hauliers will be expected to carry the right documents to get across the border.

I know many of you are acutely aware of the changes coming and are taking steps to be ready, but it is vital your customers, those whose goods you move, also take the right actions and give you and your drivers the right paperwork. If not, it will be your company and your staff who suffer as a result of traders’ lack of preparation.

There are a number of actions you can take today. From January 1, every haulier moving goods into the EU will need the correct driver, vehicle, cargo and customs documents.

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HSE is checking businesses in the transport sector are COVID-secure

In the run up to the festive period, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is working with local authorities to inspect businesses in the transport and logistics industry to ensure they are managing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).

With the current lockdown restrictions, the demand for online shopping is already high and this is expected to increase over the next few weeks. This will also increase demand in the supply chain for the sector.

HSE inspectors and local authority officers will be visiting warehouses and distribution centres across the country to make sure workplaces are COVID-secure and following the relevant guidance.

Being COVID-secure means that businesses need to put in place workplace controls such as social distancing and cleaning arrangements to manage the risk and protect workers and others from coronavirus.

They will be making sure that businesses have suitable toilet and handwashing facilities for all workers, including visiting drivers. They will also check other health and safety matters if required.

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Driving Licences – Expired Photocards or Entitlements Automatically Extended by Eleven Months!!

We have been again asked the question of the situation regarding expired or expiring driver licences. The piece below comes coutesy of Backhouse Jones a trusted transport law firm in the UK.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DVLA previously announced that photocard driving licences and entitlements expiring between 1st February 2020 and 31st August 2020 would be automatically extended by seven months.  The DVLA did on 1st September 2020, announce that the extension of expiry dates has been extended to eleven months and applies to photocards and entitlements expiring between 1st February 2020 and 31st December 2020.

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Heavy vehicle testing update: three-tiered system of local COVID alert levels

The UK Government is introducing a three-tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England from Wednesday 14 October.

What this means for our services

The three local alert levels do not affect our heavy vehicle testing service. This means we can continue to test heavy goods vehicles (HGV) and public service vehicles (PSVs) in a way which is safe for everyone.

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Removing roadworthiness prohibitions since 28th September ’20

During the COVID-19 lockdown, ATF annual test inspections were stopped and temporary measures for prohibition removals were put in place. These are now changing.

From 28 September 2020, all ‘S’ marked prohibitions that cannot be removed at the roadside will need to be inspected by DVSA at an ATF.

If the vehicle is being used with a certificate of temporary exemption or the annual test certificate is over 6 months old, the vehicle will be referred for a full removal inspection. A new annual test certificate will be issued with the removal notice once a pass result is achieved.

Vehicles with an annual test certificate less than 6 months old will be referred for a partial inspection, where a removal notice will be issued.

Prohibitions issued for an annual test dangerous fail or police issued prohibitions will be removed through the usual process of a DVSA inspection at the ATF.

Removal inspections for all other items will continue to be done at the roadside or by the Remote Enforcement Office (REO).You will be given guidance at the time the prohibition is issued on how to get it cleared. If unsatisfactory evidence is provided to the REO the vehicle may be referred for an ATF inspection.

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