Corona Virus in Transport - Latest Updates

20th March 2020

All the following information is ongoing and subject to changes as the situation develops - we will work to update this blog as soon as we are made aware of any changes. If you spot any updates we haven't posted please don't hesitate to get in contact with us on the DAF Trucks UK Facebook or Twitter.


Call for logistics professionals to come together

DVSA - 31st March 2020

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has launched an initiative to bring together logistics and passenger transport operators in urgent need of supply chain resources.

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*Updated* Coronavirus (COVID-19): vehicle approval tests

DVSA - Updated 27th March 2020

Vehicle approval tests are suspended for up to 3 months due to coronavirus - but tests are available for vehicles that are critical to the COVID-19 response including eligible goods vehicles (see link for more info).

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Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Business Support Gov - 26th March 2020

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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Guidance for employers on the coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme. 

HMRC - 26 March 2020

Employers can use a portal to claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month.

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DVSA permits DCPC training to be remote

Route One - 25th March 2020

DVSA will allow approved trainers to deliver Driver CPC courses via digital platforms until 12 June.

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Further businesses and premises to close - 'Garages and Repair Shops',  exempt

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Governement - 24th March 2020

Non-essential businesses and premises must now shut - All retail with notable exceptions - garages, car rentals

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DfT temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the EU and GB drivers’ hours rules: all sectors carriage of goods by road 

DfT - 20th March 2020

DfT has introduced A temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales. It has also introduced a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of GB drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales.

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TfL suspends all road user charging schemes to help critical workers

TfL - 20th March 2020 

Transport for London has today (20 March) announced that all road user charging schemes in the capital will be temporarily suspended. This will come into effect so that none of the charges are in operation from Monday 23 March until further notice. 

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DVSA heavy vehicle testing suspended

DVSA - 20th March 2020

All HGVs, trailers and PSVs with an annual test due to expire in a particular month will be issued with a 3-month certificate of exemption (CTE) until further notice.

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Prioritised education provision for critical workers in transport

Department for Education - 19th March

This 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.

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FTA's Coronavirus Advice Hub

FTA - March 2020

FTA is focused on supporting the industry at this critical time. As well as our ongoing discussions with government about the response, we have also built this Covid-19 resource hub

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COVID-19: guidance for staff in the transport sector

Drivers & Vehicles Standard Agency - 19th March 2020

Guidance on COVID-19, including general precautions for staff and guidance on the assessment and management of arrivals into the UK.

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DVSA suspends HGV testing

Commercial Motor - 19th March 2020

DVSA has ordered the suspension of HGV annual testing with immediate effect.

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Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the drivers’ hours rules: delivery of essential items to retailers

Department for Transport - 18th March 2020

In response to requests from Industry, the Department for Transport has, pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006, agreed to a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for the drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of food, non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning) and over the counter pharmaceuticals.

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SMMT COVID-19 Update 2

SMMT round-up of the business support measures that have been outlined from government. We will update this with new information as it becomes available, let us know of any immediate questions or concerns which it may raise.

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Coronavirus and the banning of HGV drivers from toilets. You can now report to the Road Haulage Association

Truck & Driver - 18th March 2020

The RHA has been notified of drivers being denied the use of toilet facilities, when delivering and collecting goods, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

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COVID-19: advice for the freight transport industry

Drivers & Vehicles Standard Agency - 17th March 2020

Guidance for the freight transport industry on international travel following government advice for British nationals.

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Senior Traffic Commissioner issues a Statutory Document in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Department for Transport - 17th March 2020

Document recognises the challenges that the Heavy Goods and Public Service Vehicle industries will face in the coming months and seeks to support it through flexible working practices and a proportionate approach. 

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SMMT COVID-19 Update 1

In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation and in line with the UK government’s recommended course of action, SMMT has decided, as of today, to severely restrict the use of its London office, and has implemented a home working policy for staff until 17 April.

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Government must support hauliers in coronavirus crisis

Road Haulage Association - 16th March 2020

The RHA is imploring Government to pledge immediate financial support for hauliers who face going out of business because of the coronavirus crisis.

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