With advice being updated almost daily, we have put together a monthly roundup of all the changes issued by the government that affects the transport and logistics industry.
Temporary removal of the routine D4 medical
A temporary relaxation to the requirement to provide a doctor’s medical report as part of the bus and lorry driving licence renewal process has been announced.
Under the scheme, drivers will be able to receive a temporary 1-year licence, providing they do not have any medical conditions that affect their driving and their current licence expires in 2020.
This temporary removal of the routine D4 medical will make it easier for bus and lorry drivers to renew their driving licence, therefore keeping 30,000 drivers on the road each month.
The change will only apply to those drivers whose licences are due to expire or have expired since 1 January 2020. The licence will only be valid for 1 year and then the driver will need to submit a completed D4 when the licence is next due for renewal.
Temporary changes to Driver CPC training
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak it may be difficult for drivers to complete the required training. The Department for Transport has therefore put in place temporary changes in professional driver qualification requirements
This means that drivers whose Driver CPC card expires in the period from 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 can continue driving.
However, the DVSA has decided to allow approved periodic trainers temporary authorisation to deliver approved courses remotely via digital platforms as it is vital all professional drivers stay up to date with their training.
For further advice and a list of approved online training please visit:
Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and the tightening of the London-wide Low Emission Zone (LEZ) to be postponed
Transport for London is postponing the enforcement of the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and the tightening of the London-wide Low Emission Zone (LEZ) until the end of February 2021.
Although the changes have been widely supported – the industry and business involved in the scheme simply do not have the time or resources to plan effectively during the pandemic, when the priority is keeping the country moving.
Periodic tachograph calibrations & inspections temporarily suspended
DVSA have announced that periodic tachograph calibrations and inspections on lorries, buses, coaches and trailers with a periodic test of their tachograph (calibration or inspection) due to expire will now be given a 3-month extension.
If your tachograph calibration or inspection is due in the next three months, an extension will be issued automatically. You do not need to take any extra action. You will still need to keep tachographs operating effectively.
Suspension of the London Lorry Control Scheme
The London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) controls the movement of heavy goods vehicles over 18 tonnes. It operates at night and at weekends on specific roads in London helping to minimise noise pollution.
There is a temporary suspension in place to help ease the strain on the supply chain, at the moment, this suspension will be in effect until 30th April.
For further updates or details on the above please visit Department For transport pages on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport