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Our latest Newsletter including exciting news about our newly acquired Earned Recognition status.

August 2020:  NL 

 

Welcome to our August Newsletter:

We are pleased to be able to announce that we are now approved Auditors for the DVSA Earned Recognition Scheme full details about this scheme will be in another Newsletter centred around Earned Recognition, we will explain in detail what we can offer and how we will be able to assist our clients.

 

 

Junction 17 are offering a Start Back Audit, to give you peace of mind that everything is in place as we return to business in our new normal.

              

Start Back Audit:

Things are starting to move again; businesses are being encouraged to get back to work. We have localised lockdowns, differing restrictions in different parts of the UK.  

The Covid crisis has affected people and businesses differently. We have had to adapt our normal practices, follow several versions of guidance and try to keep abreast of new legislation. We are now bound by new regulations; we have had extensions granted for certain checks to be completed e.g. medicals and vehicle testing, many of these have now been lifted and we are returning to the original processes. Staff have been furloughed. Some businesses have continued as normal, others have seen a big rise in demand for their products others have shut down or been mothballed. However, you have been dealing with these events you will have seen a great many changes taking place. Now that there is a fresh impetus for us to return to work, we need to look at what has changed and to assess if we have everything in place for moving forward again.

 

 

Just some of the things you need to be abreast of are:

  • Non-HGV’s, are the vehicles having MOT's
  • Are you complying with your Operators obligations?
  • Drivers medicals,
  • eyesight checks,
  • licence checks
  • Who is carrying out these roles or is the person still furloughed?
  • Who is speaking to the drivers re tacho infringements?

 

Junction 17 are offering a service to assist with some of these questions, to ensure that you have kept abreast of all the changes and are not leaving yourself exposed.

Please contact us for further information about our audits and how we may be able to assist you.

 

            (Published 20/08/2020)

 

Essential information for UK hauliers - drivers' hours changes

 

 

 

As of today (Thursday 20 August 2020) changes have been made to the EU drivers’ hours and tachographs rules. 

There is updated guidance for goods vehicles and guidance for passenger vehicles to help drivers and operators comply with the new rules. 

After reading the detailed guidance, if you still have any queries related to the changes, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Published 12th August 2020)

 

 

 

 

Heavy vehicle test exemptions – September 2020

 

Certain vehicles and trailers with MOTs due in September 2020 are getting exemptions.

Have I got an exemption?

Eligible vehicles and trailers with September 2020 test dates have been given 3-month exemptions.

12-month exemptions will be applied from 24 August 2020.

Exemption status

Eligibility

New test date

12-month exemption

Either:

  • Earned Recognition operator (whole fleet)
  • operator in green OCRS roadworthiness band with 50 or more events and a calculated roadworthiness base score of 1.3 or lower on 27 July 2020
  • vehicles or trailers up to 2 years old

September 2021

3-month exemption

Not previously had an exemption and not eligible for a 12-month exemption (see above)

December 2020

 

Which vehicles/trailers need a test in September 2020?

Mandatory tests will be required for vehicles and trailers which do not qualify for a longer exemption. These are:

  • Vehicles given a 3-month exemption in March 2020
  • Vehicles given a 3-month exemption in June 2020

How do I find out my current test date?

Operators can use MOT test history to confirm vehicle test expiry dates.

What advice has been given to ATFs?

We continue to remind ATFs about the vehicle/trailer tests they should prioritise. The highest priority are those which legally need a test.

  1. Vehicles/trailers legally due a test within a month
  2. Vehicles/trailers going on international journeys
  3. Dangerous goods vehicles
  4. Specialist vehicle types (e.g. refuse vehicles, gritters)
  5. Prohibition clearances

What if I am unable to get a test booking?

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.

To find ATFs within an area, visit our Book a lorry, bus or trailer annual test page.

 

 

 

    (Published 12th August 2020)

 

Essential information for UK hauliers

Hauliers are being reminded of 2 important developments by the UK Government.

Drivers’ hours changes:

The EU drivers’ hours and tachographs rules will change on 20 August 2020.

Operators and drivers should review the changes to the current rules and prepare to comply from 20 August 2020.

Find out more about the new rules

Full details of the guidance will be available through this link next week.

After reading the detailed guidance, if you still have any queries related to the changes, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Public Health passenger locator form

This is a reminder of the UK Government’s measures to protect against the continued spread of Coronavirus.

Travellers entering the UK from outside of the common travel area must complete the Public Health passenger locator form unless exempt.

As a driver of a goods vehicle or other employee of a community licence holder for the international carriage of goods, you are not exempt from the requirement to complete the form.

You are, however, exempt from the requirement to self-isolate when arriving in the UK, regardless of what countries you have travelled from.

Full details about Coronavirus travel restrictions and exemptions

 

 

 

         (Published 31st July 2020)

 

Our plans for heavy vehicle testing

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.

Exemption status

Eligibility

12-month exemption

Either:

  • 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

3-month exemption

  • 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.

The full table of exemptions and new test dates is included at the end of this message.

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:

  1. Vehicles/trailers legally due a test within a month
  2. Vehicles/trailers going on international journeys
  3. Dangerous goods vehicles
  4. Specialist vehicle types (e.g. refuse vehicles, gritters)
  5. Prohibition clearances

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

Exemptions Planner:

 

Original Test Due Date

New Test Due Date

Eligible for 12-month exemption

Not eligible for 12-month exemption

March 2020

March 2021

September 2020

April 2020

April 2021

October 2020

May 2020

May 2021

August 2020

June 2020

June 2021

September 2020

July 2020

July 2021

October 2020

August 2020

August 2021

November 2020

September 2020

September 2021

December 2020

October 2020

October 2021

January 2021

November 2020

November 2021

February 2021

December 2020

December 2021

March 2021

January 2021

January 2022

April 2021

February 2021

February 2022

May 2021

March 2021

March 2022

June 2021

 

 

 

                 

 

 

(Advice published: 31st July 2020)

 

End to maintenance schedule relaxations in latest COVID-19 advice update

 

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

Read more about the latest updated to the traffic commissioners' COVID-19 advice for operators

 

DVLA service update                      (Published 31st July 2020)

Extension for driving licences that expire between 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020

If your photocard driving licence or your entitlement to drive expires between 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020 you have a 7-month extension from the date of expiry.

This means that you will not need to renew your photocard or entitlement to drive until seven months after your original expiry date.

You do not need to do anything as this extension is automatic. 

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

Is everything up to date in your company?

Are you compliant with all the new regulations?            

 

Contact Junction 17 to discuss the:

 

Junction 17 “Start Back Audit”, if you have any doubts, this audit will give you peace of mind that everything is in place, or provide an action plan of how you can achieve that compliant status.

 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact details and a member of our team will contact you to offer advice and discuss how we might be able to assist you.