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Tyres older than 10 years banned on commercial vehicles from 1 Feb 2021

It will be illegal for HGVs, buses, coaches and trailers over 3.5 tonnes to use tyres that are over 10 years old on the front axle…

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No access to France for 48 hours

On Sunday 20 December 2020 the French Government announced that all passenger transport and accompanied freight from the UK will not be able to access France.…

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ECMT Deadline reminder for hauliers travelling to Europe

Hauliers planning to travel to the EU in from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for a ECMT permit. The application window will close on…

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Kent Access Permit required for cross-Channel HGVs

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that a Kent Access Permit will be mandatory for all HGVs using the Channel crossings to the European Union from the UK.…

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Transport Operators – It’s Time. Are you Brexit Ready?

Warnings from the UK Government around the potential implications to companies that are not prepared for Brexit are beginning to emerge. And as recent research shows;…

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Vocational driver conduct Statutory Document updated

The Senior Traffic Commissioner, has updated the Statutory Document on driver conduct (Statutory document 6), following a consultation on the proposed changes to how driver conduct…

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Changes to drivers’ hours and tachograph rules

As of 20 August 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced some changes to the EU drivers’ hours and tachograph rules which were effective from that…

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New Driver CPC Guidance is now published

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have now published their new guidance for Driver CPC. The changes came into effect on 24 July 2020 following…

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Ban on old tyres coming in the Autumn 2020

The Government have announced a ban on  old tyres being fitted to lorries, buses and coaches. The ban makes it illegal to fit tyres aged 10…

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Changes to Driver CPC revealed.

Following a consultation by the DVSA on how to improve Driver CPC, the agency is expected to implement a number of changes. The full details have…

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DVSA to resume HGV Testing

The Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) has will resume HGV testing from 4 July 2020. To help manage the demand as testing is resumed the…

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New Driver Debrief – Minimise driver infringements

The new SmartDebrief module within SmartAnalysis provides a user friendly and paperless driver debriefing facility. Infringements and failure to manage drivers effectively can be expensive. The…

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Licence extension

Anyone with a photocard driving licence that expired from 1 February 2020, or is due to expire by 31 August 2020, will receive an automatic seven…

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Temporary relaxation of EU drivers’ hours now ended

A temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules for a 30-day period, for drivers was announced on 18 March 2020 to help with COVID-19. The…

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D4 Medical suspension

The Government has temporarily suspended the need for a D4 medical when renewing driving entitlements. With NHS staff  focused on COVID-19, the government has taken action…

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Relaxed enforcement of drivers’ hours extended to end of May 2020

Following discussions between road haulage representatives and the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, the DfT  announced that the current temporary relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’…

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New and improved SmartCompliance User Interface makes managing your compliance easier

SmartCompliance will be updated to Release 20.4 on 5 May 2020. The new release will feature a new and improved SmartCompliance User Interface making it even…

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DVSA suspends periodic tachograph calibrations

To help operators during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has decided to suspend periodic tachograph calibrations and inspections on vehicles.…

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COVID-19 update: Changes to Driver CPC

Driver CPC periodic training changes announced. The Government has announced temporary changes to professional driver requirements as part of its response to the coronavirus outbreak.  Whilst…

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Coronavirus: MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers suspended

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has suspended MOTs for all heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and public service vehicles (PSVs) for up to three months from…

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Tachographs & Telematics Report

The introduction of Smart Tachographs in June 2019 offer opportunities to make better operational use of tachograph and drivers’ hours data. The report conducted by Commercial…

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Haulage firm to pay £500k for forged records

A haulage company which falsified vehicle maintenance records has been ordered to pay £500,000 after admitting 19 counts of fraud. The firm was fined £20,000 for…

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New SmartAnalysis Driver CPC Module

Descartes is pleased to announce the availability of SmartAnalysis Driver CPC, a powerful and flexible on-line tool for recording and managing driver CPC. Bus, coach and…

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Operator licensing and Brexit

The UK officially left the EU on 31st January 2020 at 11pm. We are now in a transition period to 11pm on 31st December 2020 where little…

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The future of supply chain and logistics

Descartes presents expert advice to industry professionals. At the end of 2019 Descartes Systems UK welcomed over 100 logistics professionals to its UK Customer and Partner…

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