The current situation with COVID-19 has caused several changes to be made to regulations for drivers and haulage operators. We have summarised these in the sections below.
The current guidance for Driver CPC and Carriage of Dangerous Goods has been reviewed and updated in England.
The UK Government is introducing a three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England from Wednesday 14 October. The three local alert levels do not affect the heavy vehicle testing service.
The traffic commissioners (TCs) have announced an end to maintenance inspection interval relaxations from 1 September 2020. This is covered in the latest updated to their advice for operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The traffic commissioners (TCs) have updated their advice for operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Senior Traffic Commissioner has updated his coronavirus (COVID-19) statutory document originally issued on 17 March 2020.
As part of the Government’s effort to keep supply chains moving throughout the coronavirus outbreak, the Government announced a temporary measure to relax the enforcement of both the EU and GB drivers’ hours rules until 31 May 2020.
With the relaxation of some lockdown measures likely to increase the number of commercial vehicles back on the roads, here are some pointers to help ensure your transport operation is safe and legal going forward. These take account of some of the recent government and Traffic Commissioner changes.
The Department for Transport has formally issued a 6 month grace period, meaning that a driver with a CPC card expiring in the period from 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 can continue driving. This appears to just apply to driving in Great Britain and not international journeys.