Roadway Update 3 February 2021

3rd February 2021

Firms need easements and financial support for customs chaos, RHA tells Gove

The RHA has called on ministers to work with their EU counterparts to extend the easements being provided to supermarkets to cover all Northern Ireland supplies to give firms moving goods across the Irish Sea time to adjust to new processes.

In a letter to Michael Gove, RHA Chief Executive, Richard Burnett explained that new guidance UK and Irish officials issued last week to help ease pressure on ‘groupage’ movements is unclear and not fit for purpose.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.
 

Chancellor – don’t punish the sector that’s keeping the UK going

That’s the plea from the RHA, the organisation representing the operators of thousands of commercial vehicles responsible for keeping store shelves stocked, front-line healthcare workers supplied with PPE, and getting fuel to filling stations so that millions of motorists and other essential service providers can carry on working.

But while they endeavour to keep things going for the rest of the population, they themselves are really struggling.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

 

Northern Ireland: Where to get rapid Covid-19 tests for hauliers heading to France

Rapid testing sites are now open for commercial vehicle drivers in Northern Ireland, allow them to be swiftly tested for Covid-19.

Negative Covid test are required for drivers entering France, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands, which must have been taken a few hours before departure.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has worked with partners, including Queens University and the Ulster University, to make LFD testing available in Northern Ireland at university campuses with immediate effect.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

 

London – Direct Vision Standard and LEZ charges from 1 March

Transport for London (TfL) has reminded firms that two new charging schemes will start on 1 March on commercial vehicles operating in the capital.

Operators of HGVs over 12 tonnes (GVW) driving within the Greater London area must meet TfL’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rules or pay £550 charges, with drivers facing an additional £130 charge.

Tougher Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards will mean operators of pre-Euro VI commercial vehicles also facing charges to drive within the Greater London area.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

 

Carriage of Dangerous Goods (ADR) extensions will end 28 February

DVSA has confirmed that the current Carriage of Dangerous Goods (ADR) derogations won’t be extended beyond 28 February 2021.

Ministers granted extensions for drivers whose accreditations were due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 1 February 2021 in response to the pandemic and uncertainty around training and examinations.

We advise hauliers whose drivers’ accreditations are coming to an end to book training and exams with an approved provider as soon as possible – officials have made it clear there won’t be another extension.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

 

Key information on the GB – EU Border

Information on operating across the GB – EU border is spread far and wide across a number of government websites.

To help operators navigate through this information we’re providing links to many sources of information as possible.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.