Roadway Update 22 April 2020

22nd April 2020

Relaxation of Driver Medicals

On 17 April 2020, DfT announced temporary changes for those applying for the renewal of their vocational licenses. The changes apply to HGV drivers over 45 whose licences are due to expire, or have expired, since 1 January 2020.

Under this scheme, HGV drivers over 45 will be able to apply for a temporary 1-year licence, providing they do not have any medical conditions that affect their driving.

Drivers with health issues will still need to declare these, and those with health issues that prevent them from driving safely will not have their licence renewed.

If an HGV driver has a health condition

  • If a driver ticks “Yes” to a medical condition DVLA will inform the driver of what action to take.  The RHA intends to provide further information on this issue in future versions of this simplified guide.
  • The licence application process is different in Northern Ireland.

If an HGV driver has no health condition

  • For HGV drivers over 45 years old & whose licence is about to expire, DVLA should have sent the D47 application form to renew the licence.  All the driver needs do is complete the D47 form and send it to DVLA Swansea SA99 1BR.  (We advise that this is done by recorded delivery, retaining proof of purchase).
  • Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) drivers currently do not need to provide a medical report (form D4) to apply to renew the licence.
  • It is vital that all questions are answered honestly. If an application is successful the driver will receive a 1-year licence (not the usual 5 year licence).
  • DVLA are treating all vocational renewal applications as priority applications. Drivers will normally receive the licence within 3 weeks of application.
  • If an HGV driver has not received the D47 renewal form then they should use the D2 form.

Driving before your licence is returned

You can drive while your licence is being renewed if you meet all the following criteria:

  • You have the support of your doctor to continue driving
  • You only drive under the conditions of the previous licence
  • Your application is less than a year old
  • Your last licence was not revoked or refused for medical reasons
  • You are not currently disqualified
  • You were not disqualified as a high-risk offender on or after 1 June 2013

For more information on driving while your application please Read the DVSA guidance.

Contacting DVLA during COVID-19

If a driver needs to contact DVLA they need to be aware that DVLA are currently operating on reduced hours: opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

Only contact DVLA if the query is urgent. DVLA staff will not be able to respond to other queries at this time.


Operator Licence Renewal

Members are reminded to check the renewal date on their operator’s licence - check here. We are aware that some companies have not received their usual postal not

The CLO are still sending digital renewal reminders into the inbox of VOLS registered operators 6 weeks before their renewal date but if your postal reminder hasn’t arrived or you are unable to access your VOLS account you should contact the CLO at Leeds.

Many members find the VOLS system very useful for managing their operator’s licence and accessing their records, so if you don’t have an account you should consider signing up here.


Email Scams

The public is being urged to flag Coronavirus-related email scams as online security campaign is launched to combat cyber security threats.

Cyber experts have launched measures to protect the UK from online harm as the country continues to rely more on technology while staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, has today launched the cross-governmental ‘Cyber Aware’ campaign, which offers actionable advice for people to protect passwords, accounts, and devices.

Examples of scams include emails containing malware which appear to have come from the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and others which claim to offer thermometers and face masks to fight the pandemic.

For more information, click here.

RHA Webinars

The current situation in which we all find ourselves right now is no reason to stop doing what we all do so well; communicating with each other.

For obvious reasons, we cannot currently do many things in the same way, but we can adapt. Something that we as an industry to extremely well.

We have already held some very successful regional member briefings and our next step is to hold free to attend webinars.

These will obviously cover the current situation and the necessary procedures regarding the current pandemic, along with updates on operator compliance and best practice measures. Ideally suited for those at the operational coalface and those with the TM Statutory obligations.

All webinars will begin at 11am and last for approximately 30 minutes.

We look forward to seeing you online!

To book your place on the next one, click here.


Preparing for a DVSA visit   

Graham Pask


Applying for government money - Furlough etc.

Linda White


Infringement management analysis reports / missing mileage

Tom Cornwell


Driver CPC

The previous decision to allow the use of driver certificates of professional competence that expired post 1 March 2020 to be used until 30 September 2020 remains in place

A letter received today from DfT divisional manager for freight, operator licensing and roadworthiness states: “Currently there are more surplus drivers than jobs, and these drivers could be found work in high demand parts of the logistic sector. There is also growing remote training capacity so drivers who do not currently have a CPC, but have a valid HGV license, can undertake the training necessary to obtain one.

“The department will continue to monitor driver shortages across the sector and the impact of current measures to mitigate or resolve these. This decision not to amend the CPC requirements will be kept under review. There are on-line periodic courses available and we encourage drivers and operators to complete periodic training requirements.”

Click here for full details.

Keeping you up to date

Rest assured, the RHA will continue to provide regular information and updates on the CCOVID19 Corona virus situation and the repercussions for the road haulage and logistics industry as and when they are announced.

You can access all of the information here, from our free news app, RoadwayLive and from our other social media channels -  Twitter @RHANews, Facebook and LinkedIn.

If you have any other issues you want to raise with us, please get in touch via our COVID19 feedback email address:

Remember, you are not on your own. The RHA is here to help and advise – whatever the issue may be.

You can also keep in touch through our social media channels -  Twitter @RHANews, Facebook and LinkedIn.