Roadway Update 20 January 2021

20th January 2021

Drivers must be ‘border ready’ before arriving in Kent

It’s absolutely vital that all commercial vehicle drivers travelling to the EU are ready for the new paperwork and customs checks at the border before they arrive in Kent.

Kent Access Permits, and negative Covid-19 tests, must be secured before any driver enters the county, to help alleviate the congestion backing up there.

Find out how to get ‘border ready’ here.

 

RHA welcomes Direct Vision Standard “allow list”

The RHA has welcomed the introduction of an “allow list” by Transport for London to manage the enforcement of London’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS).

This follows intensive lobbying by the RHA to make it clear that as a result of Brexit and Covid-19, HGV operators are unable to fit the required safety systems before enforcement begins on 1st March.

Read more here.

 

Negative Covid-19 tests required to enter France, Germany, Denmark and Netherlands

Please be aware that commercial vehicle drivers must provide a negative Covid-19 test before they can be allowed to enter several European countries.

France, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands have either introduced requirements for travellers to have negative Covid-19 tests before they will be allowed to enter, or are due to do so imminently.

Read more here.

 

Vaccine rollout for the haulage and logistics sector

We have been receiving questions from members regarding the roll out of vaccines and how it will apply to our sectors.

Phase 1 of the vaccine rollout covers everyone aged 50 and older, as shown below. Therefore all commercial vehicle drivers and other staff in the our sectors aged 50 and over are in Phase 1. It should also be noted that those with underlying health conditions will be covered by Phase 1 vaccination.

We will continue to keep you updated with news about the vaccine rollout as we get it.

Read more here.

 

Driver Qualification Card update

DVSA recently wrote to operators to inform than that new Driver Qualification Cards would be issued to professional lorry and bus drivers who had received a 7-month extension to the validity of their DQC.

The organisation is aware of a problem with the validity dates shown on the new cards.  DVSA would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

DVSA are automatically sending out DQCs with updated validity dates to all drivers who qualify for the extension and drivers will start to receive their new card in the post in the next few days.

Drivers should carry a valid card at all times when driving professionally. Please email any further questions to dcpc_cc@dvsa.gov.uk.

 

Covid-19: Letters for haulage industry employees key workers

The RHA has re-issued an updated letter for employees in the haulage industry who have been identified as key workers amidst the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

The Government’s list of key workers during the Covid pandemic includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

The letter, which can be found here, is intended to be used by haulage firms undertaking the vital works referenced in the government document.

Read more here.

 

Ban on tyres aged more than 10-years for goods vehicles, buses and coaches

Please be aware that, from 1 February 2021, the law on the use of tyres on steering axle or axles of affected goods vehicles, buses, minibuses and coaches on Great Britain’s roads will change.

From 1 February 2021 it will be illegal to use tyres aged more than 10-years on the front (steering) axle or axles of:
• Goods vehicles with a gross mass more than 3.5 tonnes
• Buses
• Coaches
• Minibuses and also to the rear axle, or axles, unless equipped with twin wheels.

Read more here.