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Temporary relaxation of enforcement of drivers’ hours extended.

The temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules for all road haulage sectors in Great Britain has been extended until 3…

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Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours

The DfT announced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules for all road haulage sectors in Great Britain from 12:01am on 12…

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DVLA and Home Office utilise technology in roadside checks to confirm ID

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Home Office have developed technology which will enable police officers to get instant access to a driver’s…

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Changes for International Hauliers for COVID-19

Changes to haulier testing requirements for fully vaccinated UK hauliers returning from amber list countries came into effect from 19th July 2021. Drivers are not required…

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New DVLA tachograph driver card service

The new service launched by the DVLA will cut wait times and allows instant payments for tachograph driver cards. HGV, bus and coach drivers can now…

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Removing roadworthiness prohibitions

From 1 June 2021, any prohibitions for testable vehicles or trailers that are not cleared at the roadside will be referred for a DVSA prohibition removal…

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SmartDownload now includes Geotab, Samsara & OptiFleet

Following on from adding Geotab and Samsara Telematics to SmartDownload for automatic remote download of tachograph data to SmartAnalysis in September 2020 we are please to…

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Kent Access Permits are no longer required

From Tuesday 20 April you will not need to obtain a Kent Access Permit (KAP) if you are driving a HGV to the EU from the…

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New serious incident reporting system

The DVSA have launched a new serious incident reporting system for bus and coach operators. The new online form is available to use from 6 April.…

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Descartes Sponsors True Heroes Racing for 2021 Season

Descartes has announced its continued sponsorship of True Heroes Racing, a team founded in 2012 as a project to provide Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) UK…

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No VU tachograph downloads in 505 days results in revoked licence

A Sittingbourne operator was called out as “an accident waiting to happen” and had their licence revoked by the South Eastern Traffic Commissioner, Sarah Bell. The…

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TfL reminds HGV operators to apply for free safety permits

Transport for London (TfL) is reminding all HGV operators that wish to drive in London to apply for their free safety permit before 1st March when…

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Dead man’s tachograph card

In a recent case reported in Commercial Motor a sole trader found  using a dead brother’s digital tachograph drivers card to exceed drivers’ hours limits has…

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Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of drivers’ hours due to Brexit and Covid-19

The Department for Transport has published two temporary relaxations of the enforcement of drivers’ hours rules. The first is in response to the exceptional pressures on…

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New processes for hauliers travelling to Ireland

If you are travelling to Northern Ireland (NI) or the Republic of Ireland from any ports in Great Britain (GB), there are new processes that must…

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Changes to Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence)

Following a review of Driver CPC training and recommendations made by the European Commission, the UK Government has decided that Driver CPC training will be monitored…

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