Roadway Update 3 June 2020

3rd June 2020

Truckers’ Toilets – Govt says truckers must have access: it’s the law

Government officials have reminded firms that drivers have a right to access a toilet and handwashing facilities at work.

In a letter to businesses making and receiving deliveries DfT and HSE officials make it clear that preventing access is against the law – Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

Make sure your drivers have a copy of the letter which sets out the regulations and advises what they can do if they’re refused.

 

Survey – hauliers demand more government support

Operators are calling on the Government to do more to help them through the COVID-19 crisis.

Sixteen percent of operators say they could be insolvent within four weeks despite furlough payments and bounce back loans, according to a recent RHA survey.

More than half call for a weekly furlough model to service inconsistent workloads and many urge the Treasury for help with business rates and standing costs. Thirty percent are concerned about booking roadworthiness tests as the backlog stands at around 100,000.
 

Furlough scheme – firms will have to contribute from August

Firms with staff on the Government’s furlough scheme will have to start contributing towards payments from August. Employers contributions will increase incrementally until the scheme ends in October. Here’s how it works:

June and July – no change (Government pays 80 percent of staff wages, up to £2,500 per month)

August – businesses will have to cover the National Insurance and pension contributions of their staff on the scheme.

September – firms will also have to pay 10 percent of their wages (Government contribution reduces to 70 percent).

October – bosses will have to pay 20 percent of their wages (Government contribution reduces to 60 percent).
 

HGV roadworthiness testing – set to reopen from 15 June

DVSA intends to reopen the HGV roadworthiness testing system from Monday 15 June. 

It will be a limited service and some areas will not get coverage initially – operators will need to check if ATFs get tests allocated by DVSA from 15 June.

Officials indicate that tests will prioritise international operators and those seen by DVSA as higher risk, e.g. operators with red risk ratings and vehicles the traffic commissioners identify as needing a test. How this will be managed is unclear at the moment.

Lorries due for roadworthiness test in June will automatically be issued with a Certificate of Exemption by DVSA. 

HGVs are currently exempt from undergoing an MOT for three months from 21 March.
 

London – lorry restrictions switched back on

Controls on trucks operating at night and weekends in the capital have been reinstated.

The London Lorry Control Scheme which restricts the movement of HGVs over 18 tonnes in specified roads in the capital was suspended in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

But London Councils lifted the suspension on Monday (1 June) despite our calls for it to stay in place until at least the end of the month.

 

Exempt trucks from London’s Congestion Charge – have your say

We’re calling on Transport for London to exempt trucks from the Congestion Charge as essential road users.

Transport chiefs are consulting on temporary increases to the Congestion Charge and its hours of operation which could be imposed as early as Monday 22 June.

They propose to increase daily charges to £15 and scrap the £1 AutoPay and fleet discounts. Hours of operation are set to be extended to 07:00-22.00hrs, seven days a week.

Have your say – the consultation ends tomorrow (Thursday 4 June).