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March news!

In this newsletter:

· Pothole fund boosted by £500M

· Haulier advice site location update

· COVID hits EU travel back to 2010 levels briefly

· COVID testing for drivers and rules for leaving / entering England

· Safety Screens for taxis and PHVs

· Insurance in UK not rising because of the Vnuk decision

· E10 petrol on the way by September

· Assessing fitness to drive

· Heavy goods vehicle levy suspension

· Online only CPCs coming to an end soon

Funding to fix equivalent of 10 million potholes allocated to local authorities

Local authorities get £500 million to fix potholes across England.

Councils across England have today (15 February 2021) been allocated their share of £500 million for highways maintenance, with the funding expected to fix the equivalent of 10 million potholes across the country.

It is the second of 5 equal instalments from the £2.5 billion Potholes Fund, providing £500 million a year between 2020/21 and 2024/25, announced by the Chancellor in the 2020 Budget – and is part of wider funding the DfT provides for road maintenance, totalling over £1.1 billion across England in 2021/22.

With the average pothole costing around £50 to fill in, the funding will ensure that the equivalent of 10 million potholes can be rectified, making thousands of local roads both safer and easier to drive and cycle on.

Haulier advice site locations

Find sites where HGV and coach drivers can get free COVID-19 tests and check their documents to transport goods to the EU. 235,000 tests for drivers completed at these sites.

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)

Cannock Roadking - No testing

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

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 - No testing

Leicester Forest East northbound - 6am to 9.30pm

Leicester Forest East southbound - 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)

Pont Abraham - No testing

Reading Eastbound - 24 hours

Rothwell Truck Stop - 6am to 9.30pm (Busy)

Rownhams northbound - 24 hours

Rugby Stobart Truck Stop - 24 hours (Busy)

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 - 24 hours (Busy)

Truckhaven (Carnforth) - 6am to 9.30pm

Watford Gap northbound - No testing

Watford Gap southbound - 6am to 9.30pm (Busy)

Wetherby Services - 6am to 9.30pm

Woodall northbound - 6am to 9.30pm

Road goods vehicles travelling to Europe: 2020

Number of trips during pandemic dipped below 2010 levels briefly, down approximately 30% on recent numbers. The number of trips is now returning to normal.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before you travel to England

£500 fine potentially if drivers don’t get proof of a negative test in the three days before entering England.

More details here:

Drivers may also need a test before leaving the UK – more on getting a free test here

Safety Screens for taxis and PHVs

How drivers, vehicle owners and licensing authorities can use safety screens to protect themselves, their workers and passengers from coronavirus.

Actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus.

Insurance in UK not rising because of the Vnuk decision

European insurance to rise based on the Vnuk decision, UK not to follow EU, preventing a £50 hike on every motor insurance premium

More here

E10 petrol on the way by September!

During summer 2021, the standard (or ‘Premium’) petrol grade in the UK will become E10.

E10 petrol contains up to 10% renewable ethanol, which is added to reduce CO2 emissions and help tackle climate change.

E10 petrol is compatible with almost all (95%) petrol-powered vehicles on the road today, including all cars built since 2011.

Assessing fitness to drive

Any questions about your fitness to drive with various conditions including visual health, renal and respiratory issues, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders or drugs/alcohol, follow this link:

Heavy goods vehicle levy suspension

Collection of the levy will be suspended for a further 12 months from 1 August 2021. HGV Levy rates will also remain frozen in 2021 to 2022.

The levy was introduced in 2014 and re-designed in 2019 to better meet the environmental objective of improving air quality. It was suspended for 12 months from first 1 August 2020 to support the haulage sector as it recovers from COVID-19.

he HGV levy is suspended from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2022 to support the haulage sector and aid pandemic recovery efforts.

Online only CPCs may soon be ending as lockdown restrictions are lifted

Limited time left for getting your training completed online as CPC instruction goes back to classroom face to face training. So far the indications suggest this will be in April.

Fifth Wheel Training has a full week of online courses if you want to jump in before the end of online CPCs - see for more details.

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