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We are starting to get really busy at weekends due to the expected last-minute demand from organisations and drivers alike, please ensure you have provided your availability to Suzanne for the next 4 months at weekends.


DQC:

We are starting to get really busy at weekends due to the expected last-minute demand from organisations and drivers alike, please ensure you have provided your availability to Suzanne for the next 4 months at weekends.


Highways Code:
New Highways Code will be issued in late 2019 copies will be available from J17.

New Courses:

We have developed new material to be delivered within the Highway Code module which reflects client’s requests for better identification of controlled lanes and in particular the use of the hard shoulder.
Please ensure you have version 5 prior to delivery.

Traffic Commissioner:

ECMT permit application date extended

The deadline to apply for a European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permit has now been extended until 11.59 pm on 18 January 2019.
 
ECMT permits will allow you to continue operating in the EU after March 2019 in the event of ‘no deal’.
 
The duty of a responsible government is to continue to prepare for a range of potential outcomes including a no deal scenario.
 
Short-term (monthly) permits
 
You will no longer be able to apply for a short-term permit (valid for 30 days). If you are
 unsuccessful in applying for an annual permit you'll be automatically considered for a
 short-term permit.
 
We’ll publish more information on short-term permits in early 2019.
 
European Commission proposals for continued road freight access
 
On 19 December 2018, the European Commission proposed steps to ensure that UK hauliers can continue carrying goods into the EU for a limited period after exiting in the event of no deal.
 
Until the detail of these proposals is agreed and adopted by the European Parliament and Council, businesses should continue with their contingency plans.

An ECMT permit will provide continued access to EU markets whatever the outcome of negotiations.
 
Apply for a permit
 
Annual and short-term permits will be allocated for 2019 after the application period has ended at 11.59pm on 18 January 2019. They won’t be allocated on a first come first served basis.


International hauliers wishing to apply for ECMT permits – which will likely be required to transport goods to the EU and European Economic Area after 29 March in the event of a no-deal Brexit – have just one week left in which to submit their applications.

DVSA rolls out tougher approach to old tyres

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has said its enforcement teams will now pursue follow-up investigations of HGV, trailer and PSV operators found to be using tyres that are over ten years old, with the possibility of regulatory action.