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The main changes are:
- Drivers should complete 7 hours of training a year.
- They should not repeat the same course unless there is a specific need.
- If DVSA believe a training provider knowingly allowed a driver to repeat courses, they may revoke the driver’s periodic training hours, or their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DQC) card.
- Courses can include a maximum of 2 hours e-learning per 7-hour course for drivers to complete prior to attending the classroom or during the classroom sessions, where the other five hours will be delivered.
- Drivers can now also undergo training based on other transport-related EU Directives that does not hold specific approval as a Driver CPC course.
- This may include training on the transport of dangerous goods (ADR training taken under Directive 2008/68/EC) and other training yet to be confirmed.
The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain have published their annual report for 2019-20.
In the report, the commissioners:
- outline the approach they have taken to assist operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
- provide an update on progress against their strategic targets
- report on their observations from the past year of regulating the road transport industries
- give their thanks to critical workers in the road transport industries, OTC staff, and DVSA staff for their hard work during the pandemic
Response to the COVID-19 pandemic
A large part of the report is dedicated to the flexible and pragmatic measures put in place to support and regulate the road transport industries during this difficult period. The report recognises our reliance on safe and reliable transport during the lock down period and the efforts of operators, transport managers, drivers and OTC staff.
The topics covered in this section include:
- a change in regulatory approach proportionate to the circumstances of the pandemic
- issuing practical advice for operators
- helping to ensure vehicle safety during lockdown
- working out a way of carrying out compliance checks
- working to introduce virtual training and remote audits
- supporting bus operations
Statistics for the year
The report contains the Office of the Traffic Commissioner’s stats for 2019-20. This covers both its licensing and regulatory functions.
Some of the key stats for the year are:
- 11,803 operator licence applications and variations processed
- 15,640 local bus registrations processed
- 1,541 public inquiries
- 318 preliminary hearings
- 17,937 driver conduct cases closed
The traffic commissioners (TCs) have announced an end to maintenance inspection interval relaxations from 1 September 2020. This is covered in the latest updated to their advice for operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The traffic commissioners had agreed a risk-based approach during the COVID-19 pandemic where operators unable to access maintenance facilities could extend the usual maintenance intervals for their vehicles. As restrictions begin to lift, the commissioners have taken the decision to end this policy.
The update issued on 30 July 2020 also covers:
- an extension of temporary local bus service processes until 4 January 2021
- an increase in the notice period for service variations for Local Authorities from 24 hours to 72 hours in England and Scotland
- amending a registered local bus service to become a school or works bus service
- the use of additional vehicles on services
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|Heavy vehicle testing restarted at Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) on 04 July 2020.|
As you know, we’ve been issuing certificates of temporary exemption (CTEs) to vehicles and trailers due for test.
We’re now able to confirm our longer-term plans to help manage testing demand:
Exemptions will be in use until March 2021
3-month exemptions will continue for all vehicles and trailers that have not already received one
12-month exemptions will be introduced for certain operators, vehicles and trailers
Issuing further exemptions
Vehicles and trailers due for test up to March 2021 will get a 3-month exemption if they have not already received one.
But certain vehicles and trailers due for test up to March 2021 will get longer exemptions.
What is the criteria?
Fleets which are considered to be safer will get 12-month exemptions.
Newer vehicles and trailers, Earned Recognition operators and those demonstrating a higher level of compliance generally have the lowest test failure rates.
Earned Recognition operator (whole fleet)
Operator in green OCRS roadworthiness band with 50 or more roadworthiness events and a calculated roadworthiness base score of 1.3 or lower on 27 July 2020
Vehicle or trailer up to 2 years old
Not previously had an exemption and not eligible for a 12-month exemption (see above)
How will this work?
All exemptions will be applied automatically.
3-month exemptions will apply from the original test date. For example, a vehicle with a test originally due in September 2020 will be moved to December 2020.
12-month exemptions will also apply from the original test date. For example, a vehicle with a test originally due in March 2020 which got an exemption to September 2020 will be moved to March 2021.
For Public Service Vehicles (PSVs), the exact date of expiry will be retained. So, if the vehicle is due for test on 15 September 2020 and gets a 3-month exemption, it will move to 15 December 2020.
Operators of dangerous goods vehicles who are getting an exemption for the first time should complete the application for an ADR annual inspection waiver to keep their inspection date in line with the new test date.
Further information will be provided directly to dangerous goods operators.
12-month exemptions – eligible operators
Longer exemptions will only be applied to vehicles and trailers specified on operator licences.
All eligible operators should ensure their vehicle lists on Vehicle Operator Licensing (VOL) are up to date by 21 August 2020. Trailer data can alternatively be provided in an Excel file. We will provide details to operators on how to do this for trailers.
Operators with a green OCRS roadworthiness score can find out if they will qualify for a 12-month exemption by asking for a copy of their OCRS report covering the 3 year period to 27 July 2020.
12-month exemptions – eligible vehicles
Longer exemptions will be applied to vehicles and trailers which are up to 2 years old. This will not be linked to OCRS score or operator licence status.
If an exemption has already been issued to the vehicle or trailer, the test date will be made up to 12 months.
This will retain the test date and month of the original test prior to any exemption being issued.
When will exemptions be applied?
We will begin to apply 3-month exemptions immediately.
12-month exemptions will be processed from 24 August 2020 and we will start with vehicles and trailers which are due in for test in August 2020 (those with 3-month exemptions issued in May 2020).
Some PSVs will not get longer exemptions prior to their August 2020 test expiry date because the individual expiry date is before 24 August 2020.
You can use MOT test history to confirm vehicle test expiry dates.
You should continue to manage the regular maintenance and inspection schedule for your vehicles and trailers during the exemption period. This is a legal requirement under your operator’s licence.
What advice have we given to ATFs?
We’ve given ATFs guidance on the vehicle tests they should prioritise. The highest priority are those vehicles and trailers which legally need a test.
So, we’ve asked ATFs to prioritise:
Vehicles/trailers legally due a test within a month
Vehicles/trailers going on international journeys
Dangerous goods vehicles
Specialist vehicle types (eg. refuse vehicles, gritters)
If you will now benefit from longer exemptions and have tests booked in the next few months, we would like you to reschedule those appointments to create space for vehicles which will legally require a test.
What if my exemption is expiring and I cannot get a test?
It’s important that vehicles and trailers are only presented when tests are due.
We’ll be making more testing staff available to ATFs at short notice. So, it’s worth checking availability several times with a range of ATFs.
If you’ve taken all reasonable steps to find an appointment and you are unable to secure a test, you’ll be able to notify us. We’ll provide more information about this shortly.
Extension of expiry dates
Most professional lorry and bus drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to maintain their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence qualification. This is evidenced by a Driver CPC card.
The card is sometimes called a ‘driver qualification card’ or ‘DQC’.
The validity of DQCs with expiry dates from 1 February 2020 to 31 August 2020 has been extended by 7 months. If the expiry date on your card is in this period, you should add 7 months to that date to calculate the new expiry date.
A DQC with an expiry date of 1 February 2020 is now valid until 1 September 2020.
A DQC with an expiry date of 1 July 2020 is now valid until 1 February 2021.
You will not be issued with a new card to reflect the new expiry date.
You must continue to carry your DQC.
Periodic training – DQC with an expiry date from 1 February 2020 to 31 August 2020
The 7 month extension to the validity of your DQC gives you an extra 7 months to complete your 35 hours of periodic training. You have 5 years and 7 months from the date your current CPC became valid to undertake this training.
Your DQC validity has been extended from 30 June 2020 to 31 January 2021. This means periodic training undertaken from 1 July 2015 counts towards the 35 hours of training you must complete by 31 January 2021 to renew your DQC.
DQC with an expiry date from 1 September 2020 to 30 September 2020
On 31 March 2020 DVSA gave notice that, subject to review, it did not intend to carry out enforcement action against drivers from 1 September 2020 to 30 September 2020 if their DQC expired during this period.
This gave these drivers up to 29 extra days to complete their periodic CPC training, if this was disrupted due to COVID19.
This notice has been rescinded and enforcement action will be carried out from September in relation to DQCs expiring after 31 August, as there are now enough periodic training courses available for drivers whose DQC expires in September 2020 to renew their DQC before then.
If your DQC expires from September 2020, you must not drive until it is renewed. You could face a £1000 fine if you drive without a valid DQC.
Where this applies
All EU countries are obliged to recognise the extension of your DQC. You must carry your DQC when carrying out international road transport.
Training is available remotely from commercial providers, via online video platforms. The department encourages drivers to continue to undertake training wherever possible, but not as an activity that needs extra travel and only in compliance with general government advice.
Details of all approved periodic training are on the JAUPT website.
Check your training record
You can find out here how much periodic training you’ve already completed.
Never held a Driver CPC but has acquired rights, or Driver CPC expired before 1 February 2020
Some periodic CPC training is currently being delivered remotely.
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England’s roads are becoming busier as people begin to return to the roads.
Commercial drivers are being advised to take extra care and remember many drivers on England’s roads have not used their vehicles since the lockdown.
If you are a lorry, bus or coach driver you should continue to:
- stay alert to those around you, especially in blind spots
- carry out your walkaround checks to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy
- check the position of mirrors
- make sure your loads are secure
- follow the Highway Code advice for your type of vehicle.
It is in everyone’s interest to keep the roads as safe as possible over the coming days and weeks.
Thank you for your vital work keeping the country fed and supplied, or ensuring those who cannot work from home get to their workplaces.
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Vehicles due for test in June will receive a three month exemption from needing an annual test.
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In an open letter, HSE and DfT have reminded businesses of their duties to drivers under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Those regulations require business to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises.
In their letter, HSE and DfT remind businesses which make or receive deliveries that they must ensure that drivers have easy and safe access to toilets and hand washing facilities.
The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain welcome this letter. Britain’s delivery drivers do vital work and their health must be protected.
Traffic commissioners can consider any breaches of relevant health and safety legislation when taking regulatory action against an operator.
We encourage all operators to read the letter and the guidance it accompanies.Read More