CPC Training Update
As from 12th April classroom training can take place, though government advice is to continue remote training.
£120M set aside to create more zero emission bus services across England – meaning potentially more bus driver jobs.
Further to this, Boris Johnson announced a £3 billion bus scheme for more bus services to encourage people to use cars less. More buses will create more jobs for drivers! Read more about this here.
UK and EU Driving licences
If your UK licence is lost, stolen or expired, you may not be able to exchange it for an EU licence. You may have to apply for an EU licence and retake your driving test. Each EU country has its own guidelines, you can find them all at:
On a route leaving the UK? Coronavirus testing.
You must test negative before traveling to / through Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. A test is required in the 24 hours before travel (48 for Germany). Free tests are available at most haulier advice sites, or from work. You also need
Latest Vehicle Taxes for vehicles under 3500kg
All the new tax bands and prices started 1st April and are mentioned in the V149 document here:
Temporary Relaxations of EU drivers hours rules for the coronavirus times have now been withdrawn and normal EU hours rules operate.
Electric Development Funding
£54 million set aside for projects to increase electric vehicle development, hopefully creating jobs in the process. This includes developing electric propulsion vehicles in Wales, the use of motorsport tech in cars and vans in Warwickshire and hydrogen fuel cells in Northern Ireland. More here.
Highway Code update regarding tyre ages!
The age of tyres on goods vehicles over 3.5T and passenger vehicles with more than 8 passenger seats must not be over 10 years old. This applies to front axles (and rear axles for D1 minibuses unless twin wheels are used). The manufacture date must be visible on the tyre too, so needs to be included on daily vehicle checks. This has been focussed on more over the last few years, and now it is compulsory. See more directly from the highway code on this here:
Applying for your first trade licence (or additional ones)?
If you are wanting trade licences or to expand the number you operate, here is the application form, plus guidance in the link after.
Haulier Site Advice and Testing Centres, UK
Here is the latest updated set of locations where drivers can get tests and advice on travelling during COVID.
Baldock Services 24 hours (COVID-19 testing only)
Beaconsfield 6am to 9.30pm
Birchanger Green 24 hours
Burtonwood (Merseyside) 6am to 9.30pm
Cambridge Services 24 hours (COVID-19 testing only)
Carlisle Stobart Truck Stop 4am to 9.30pm
Charnock Richard Services northbound No testing
Cherwell Valley 6am to 9.30pm
Clacket Lane eastbound 24 hours
Cobham Services 24 hours
Cullompton 6am to 9.30pm
Doncaster North 6am to 9.30pm
Donington Park 6am to 9.30pm
Essex Arena 24 hours (COVID-19 testing only)
Ferrybridge Services 6am to 9.30pm
Fleet southbound 6am to 9.30pm
Formula Services (Ellesmere Port) No testing
Hartshead Moor (Huddersfield) 6am to 9.30pm
Heywood Distribution Truck Stop 6am to 9.30pm
Holyhead (opens at 2pm on 13 April 2021) No testing
Hopwood Park 4am to 9.30pm
Junction 38 Services No testing
Leicester Forest East northbound 6am to 9.30pm
Leicester Forest East southbound 6am to 9.30pm
Lockerbie Truck Stop No testing
Membury eastbound 6am to 9.30pm
Orwell Crossing Truck Stop 4am to 9.30pm
Pease Pottage 5am to 9pm (COVID-19 testing only)
Peterborough 4am to 9.30pm (Busy – you may experience delays)
Reading Eastbound 24 hours
Rothwell Truck Stop 6am to 9.30pm (Busy – you may experience delays)
Rownhams northbound 24 hours
Rugby Stobart Truck Stop 24 hours (Busy – you may experience delays)
Sandbach northbound 6am to 9.30pm
Sandbach southbound 6am to 9.30pm
South Mimms 24 hours
Stafford northbound No testing
Strensham northbound No testing
Strensham southbound No testing
Sutton Scotney northbound No testing
Sutton Scotney southbound 6am to 9.30pm
Tamworth Services 6am to 9.30pm
The Stockyard Truckstop Rotherham 6am to 9.30pm, Monday to Friday
(7am to 11am and 4pm to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday)
Thurrock Services No testing
Truckhaven (Carnforth) 6am to 9.30pm
Watford Gap northbound No testing
Watford Gap southbound 6am to 9.30pm (Busy – you may experience delays)
Wetherby Services 6am to 9.30pm
Woodall northbound 6am to 9.30pm