Roadway Update 29 July 2020

29th July 2020

Brexit and borders – get prepared

We’ve published a quick guide explaining what you need to do to prepare for post-Brexit transition processes if you move goods across borders.

Find out about applying for EORI numbers, customs agents, duty deferment accounts, VAT, and more.

You can view the RHA’s Q&A document here.


Check the Vehicle Excise Duty payable on your vehicles from 1 August

DVLA has published the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates you’ll pay for your vehicles from Saturday (1 August).

Ministers recently announced that the HGV Road User Levy will be suspended from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021. This means you’ll only be paying the VED this year.

A Levy rate of zero will automatically apply at a vehicle’s normal VED/Levy renewal date from August onwards.

You can read more on this story on RoadwayLive here


Northern Ireland – HGV practical driver tests to resume on 1 September

The Department for Infrastructure has announced the Driver & Vehicle Agency will resume practical car and lorry driving tests in the province from 1 September 2020.

RHA policy manager for Northern Ireland, John Martin, welcomed the move after leading an industry campaign to call for DVAs services to resume as quickly and safely as possible.

You can read more from the Department for Infrastructure here.


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

Truckers who’ve been denied access to toilet facilities should report incidents to the Health and Safety Executive.

You have a right to access toilets when you’re working – indeed denying someone access to facilities is against the law.

Officials have set this out clearly in an open letter to reassure drivers, and to remind businesses of their lawful obligations to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises.

You can read more on this story here


Truckers returning from Spain still exempt from 14-day self-isolation rules

HGV drivers returning from Spain don’t need to self-isolate so long as their journey is work related.

People returning from Spain will have to self-isolate for 14 days after ministers added Spain to the list of at-risk countries.

But truckers are exempt if their journey is in a freight vehicle, and they’re carrying community authorisation, consignment note, and COVID movement documents.

You can read more on this story here


Ban on 10-year-old HGV tyres

Ministers will ban tyres aged 10 years and older from HGV front wheel axles later this year.

The move is a revision of a plan to ban all tyres of 10 years or more from HGVs.

We’re pleased the Government has listened to our views and is now legislating in respect of front wheel axles only.

You can read more on this story from RoadwayLive here