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February 2nd News Update!

Lots of items in the news this week! Have a look through and click on the subjects you would like to see more information on:

From 1st January this year, all new UK registered number plates will have a green block on the left side with the GB marker in.

Previous licence plate designs are still valid, so there is no need to exchange.

UK drivers who hold photocard licences will not need an international driving permit to drive in any of the 27 EU member states, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland or Liechtenstein. UK drivers won’t need to display a GB sticker in most EU countries if their number plate has GB or GB with a Union Flag on it.

The new driving licence design is also now being printed for new and updated licences. The EU flag has been replaced in the top left corner, however the licence remains very similar to the previous one.

Statistics on road freight transported by Great Britain and UK registered Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) in the United Kingdom and internationally from July 2019 to June 2020.

Domestic road freight activity by Great Britain registered HGVs operating in the UK decreased in the 12-month period ending June 2020 compared to the 12-month period ending June 2019.

The amount of goods:

· lifted decreased by 8% to 1.3 billion tonnes

· moved decreased by 10% to 140 billion tonne kilometres

International road freight activity by UK-registered HGVs transporting freight internationally decreased in the 12-month period ending June 2020 compared to the 12-month period ending June 2019.

The amount of goods:

· lifted decreased by 23% to 7.0 million tonnes

· moved decreased by 26% to 4.2 billion tonne kilometres

To support a ‘green’ restart of local travel and help ease the reduction in public transport, the Department for Transport (DfT) is fast-tracking and expanding trials of rental e-scooters. An interesting topic that no doubt we will see appearing in the news frequently over the next few years.

Vital road upgrades have been announced in North Yorkshire, Hampshire and the Midlands.

Up to £56 million is set aside for a dramatic overhaul of the Kex Gill section of the A59 in North Yorkshire.

The West Midlands will benefit from a £24 million investment to reduce congestion at Birchley Island, situated at the intersection of the M5, A4123 and A4034.

Hampshire is in line for £13 million worth of crucial upgrades to the Redbridge Causeway bridges over the River Test, which carry roughly 60,000 vehicles a day.

The total cost of the 3 schemes is expected to reach £107 million, with local councils providing the remainder of the funding following the Department for Transport’s £93 million investment – pending the completion of all legal processes.

An interesting article from the government looking at the latest figures for casualties on UK roads, split by years and also by road users. Sign up to our newsletter for future links like these.

Another interesting article looking at how compliant various roads users are regarding vehicle speed, also looking at times of day. Sign up to our newsletter for future links like these.

The current ADR qualification extensions will not be extended beyond 28 February 2021. However, employers can if necessary, continue providing classroom-based dangerous goods (ADR) training to their own employees using their own trainers on their own site.

Employers should not use third-party trainers at their own site or arrange for their employees to be trained at a third-party site. Third-party trainers are encouraged to deliver ADR training to drivers via remote delivery.

Classroom based examinations can continue, both by employers who provide their own training and third-party trainers, providing the rooms are covid-secure.

At the Department for Transport’s haulier advice sites, drivers and crew of HGVs, LGVs, coaches and vans can:

· take a COVID-19 test, which they need to travel to some countries - see list below for sites where testing is available

· find out about the rules and documents needed to move goods between the UK and EU by getting a border readiness check

· get help using the Check an HGV / Apply for a Kent Access Permit (KAP) service

Drivers need a negative test result before travelling to France, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Beaconsfield - 6am to 9.30pm

Burtonwood (Merseyside) - 6am to 9.30pm

Cannock Roadking - No testing

Carlisle Stobart Truck Stop - 4am to 9.30pm

Charnock Richard Services northbound - 6am to 9.30pm

Cherwell Valley - 6am to 9.30pm

Clacket Lane eastbound - 24 hours

Cullompton - 6am to 9.30pm

Doncaster North - 6am to 9.30pm

Donington Park - 6am to 9.30pm

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 Truck Stop - No testing

Hopwood Park - 4am to 9.30pm

Junction 38 Services - 6am to 9.30pm

Leicester Forest East northbound - 6am to 9.30pm

Lockerbie Truck Stop - No testing

Markham Moor - No testing

Membury eastbound - 6am to 9.30pm

Orwell Crossing Truck Stop - 4am to 9.30pm

Peterborough - 4am to 9.30pm (Busy – you may experience delays)

Pont Abraham - No testing

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 - 6am to 9.30pm

Strensham northbound - 6am to 9.30pm

Strensham southbound - 6am to 9.30pm

Sutton Scotney northbound - 6am to 9.30pm

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 - 24 hours (Busy - you may experience delays)

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

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