Roadway Update 3 April 2020

3rd April 2020

Contact your MP to support urgent government intervention for road hauliers

This week we reached out to transport businesses from across the UK to help build a clearer picture of why the existing financial support measures for our industry are not enough.

We know that many face ruin unless something is done quickly and we have been working with Ministers and officials from across government to address this critical issue.

The Chancellor is considering a range of options for our sector but if we are to get the support we need, we must maintain pressure on government and in particular on the Chancellor.

Using our dedicated website you can send our prewritten letter to your local MP urging them to support our work and lobby the Chancellor on your behalf.

With just a few clicks you can directly influence this process and I urge everyone to spare just a few moments.


Applying for an annual test exemption

During the Covid-19 response period, operators that wish to return a vehicle or trailer to service are required to complete this form.

On completion they must submit the form to ensuring the email is titled APPLICATION FOR PRIORITY VEHICLE TEST. Operators must submit a separate form for each vehicle/trailer application.

Applications will be considered against eligibility criteria. DVSA will notify the applicant of the outcome. There is no set timescale for a reply.

On receipt of the application DVSA will look at the intended use of vehicle and an assessment will be made as to whether the vehicle/trailer qualifies for an exemption.

OCRS scoring will be considered as will the period in which the vehicle/trailer MOT expired and more importantly the intended use. It cannot be taken for granted that an exemption will be issued.


RHA Training

RHA Training is delivering several courses online which can be accessed anywhere with a computer and internet connection. We’re currently delivering Driver CPC to help drivers keep up to date with their training hours as well Transport Manager Refresher and Operator Licence awareness training.


We have a range dates available which can be booked online here. If you have a requirement for multiple candidates or can’t find a suitable date then contact us at and we’ll do our best to accommodate your requirements.    


ATF Testing

On 20 March, DVSA took the decision to suspend heavy vehicle testing for three months.

While fully understanding the effects of this decision, their focus must be on keeping everyone safe and keeping goods moving.

Now, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, DVSA will not be confirming resource allocation for the period July to September 2020. This does not mean that they will not be testing during that time, but that they will not commit resource until they get clarity on when and how they can best phase the reintroduction of testing.

Richard Hennessy, DVSA Director of Operations said: “I know this might present challenges, but we are keeping the situation under review and we remain committed to returning to testing as soon as is safe and practical to do so.

“In the meantime, we will work with the industry and its trade bodies to look at what options might be available to you and us in the future when testing is able to re-start. This will allow us to better understand how we do phase that reintroduction of testing and can then ensure that resource allocation at ATFs can match that plan.”

Essential Work

The RHA has received a letter from the Department for Transport confirming that the work of the logistics sector is essential and should continue to operate during the current COVID-19 crises.

There has been much uncertainty about the definition of ‘essential workers’ and the letter from DfT formalises the work of those that are keeping the economy moving.

This applies to all supply chains - not just those for food and medical supplies.

We suggest that employers provide their drivers with a copy of the letter that can be presented if necessary.

We have since received letters from the Welsh and Scottish Government’s that also clarifies the position of HGV drivers as regards essential users.

The letter from the Scottish Government can be found here.

The letter from the Welsh Government can be found here and is available in both English and Welsh.



We will continue to provide daily information on the current situation as it develops. You can access this here, from our free news app, RoadwayLive and from our other social media channels including Twitter @RHANews, Facebook and LinkedIn.

If you have any other issues you want to highlight, please get in touch via the RHA’s feedback email address: