At the end of July DVLA advised that drivers whose photocard licence or entitlement to drive expired between 1 February and 31 August 2020 would be granted a seven-month extension from the date of expiry. DVLA are pleased to be able to advise that the EU has now agreed to increase the catchment period to 31 December 2020 and increase the extension period from 7 months to 11 months.Read More
On 31 July 2020, the legislative texts of the European Union’s Mobility Package 1 (that’s the Road Transport Directive (Working Time) regulations), were published in the European Commission (Full details of the acts are in annex A).Read More
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that EU drivers’ hours and tachograph rules will change with effect from 20th August ‘20.
The new rules will include:
More flexibility on the scheduling of the rest periods for some drivers on international carriage of goods – Article 8 paragraphs 6 & 6b + 8bRead More
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 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.Read More
From 4 July, we are restarting testing for heavy vehicles.
We have issued a 3-month exemption for vehicles due to be tested in June and will issue further exemptions for July tests.
This will help us manage demand as we resume testing.Read More
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)
Physical attendance at public inquiries and other hearings are due to resume from Monday 6 July, with social distancing measures in place.
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
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
A few questions we feel you should be asking as we are starting to be eased from lock-down and you are looking at your own operation.Read More
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