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Any vehicles first registered on or after 15 June 2019, which require a tachograph to be fitted, will need to have a type 1C unit tachograph. These are also called smart tachographs. Drivers of vehicles which require tachographs, but fail to have one fitted or have the wrong type fitted could face enforcement action. Read more about the rules on drivers hours and which vehicles require a tachograph to be fitted.

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Over the last few months, we’ve been explaining that certain vehicles with heavy goods chassis will need to have had an annual test by 20 May 2019 to remain legal on Britain’s roads.   This is because some heavy goods vehicles lost their test exemption in May 2018 and came into the scope of test.  If you’ve not already done so, you must arrange to have an annual test carried out on your vehicles. They need to pass the test before the next […]

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The Government and the EU have agreed an extension of the UK’s membership until 31 October 2019 at the latest. This means you can continue to operate across the EU as usual until then. Do you need an ECMT permit? The Government and the EU have agreed an extension until 31 October 2019 at the latest. While the Government hopes to leave before then, we will only leave earlier if a deal is agreed, which would allow continued permit-free access […]

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Urgent safety advice has been issued by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) to all lorry drivers who use ferries. This follows an incident where lorries toppled over on a ferry vehicle deck while at sea, with drivers still in their cabs. One driver was trapped and had to be freed by emergency services. International Regulations International regulations prohibit passengers, including lorry drivers, from staying on the vehicle decks when at sea. The MAIB is warning that: while a ferry […]

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Last month, it was explained that certain vehicles with heavy goods chassis will need to have had an annual test by 20 May 2019 to remain legal on Britain’s roads.   This is because some heavy goods vehicles lost their test exemption in May 2018 and came into the scope of test.  If you’ve not already done so, you must arrange to have an annual test carried out on your vehicles. They need to  pass the test before the next vehicle tax […]

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UK commercial drivers who operate in the EU will need new paperwork in addition to the documents they already carry if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Driver documents you’ll need include: International Driving Permit(s) a passport (with at least 6 months validity, excluding up to 9 months which may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date, and one blank page for stamping). Check your passport an ECMT permit (for journeys through the EU to third […]

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Commercial drivers operating in the EU need to prepare for Brexit by making sure they have the right documents. To prepare for deal and no deal scenarios, you need to: register trailers for international commercial use weighing over 750kg check if you need International Driving Permits and how many you may need contact your vehicle insurance provider to get a motor insurance green card display a GB sticker on your vehicle register for Brexit updates Trailer registration From 28 March 2019, […]

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Operator follows through on promise to take action. Each week the DVSA shares stories of operators who’ve failed to change their approach to compliance. It’s as bad when they come before commissioners as it was during the DVSA visit. But there are times when licence holders put things right. They see what went wrong and work to make it better. Last year, Traffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney gave one operator a chance to prove this. The DVSA examiner said he was […]

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Certain vehicles with heavy goods chassis will need to have had an annual test by 20 May 2019 to remain legal on Britain’s roads. This is because some heavy goods vehicles lost their test exemption in May 2018 and came into the scope of test. Vehicles must now pass an annual test before the next vehicle tax renewal is due. Vehicles now needing a test certificate include: mobile cranes breakdown vehicles (not breakdown vans) tower wagons some mobile engineering plants some trailers […]

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Applications for European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits close at 11.59pm on 18 January 2019. The duty of a responsible government is to continue to prepare for a range of potential outcomes including a no deal scenario. ECMT permits will allow you to continue operating in the EU after March 2019 in the event of ‘no deal’. Annual and short-term (30 days) permits ECMT permits are available as annual or short-term permits (valid for 30 days). All applications will be […]

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