COVID-19: New quaranting on arrival in England

If you now arrive in England from outside the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands (the “Common Travel Area”) from Monday 8 June 2020 you must comply with new laws: The Health Protection (Coronavirus International Travel) England Regulations 2020. There are two main requirements you must provide detaile......

COVID-19 - relaxations in law from 13 May 2020

Following recent Government announcements, the following are the main changes that come into force from Wednesday 13 May 2020. (Please note that these apply to England only – other regulations apply in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) These are simply changes to the existing regulations. Their application may be found in any guidance iss......

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): employers, employees and the self-employed

The Government has published “Working Safely during the Coronavirus (COVID-19)”. We will be reviewing this from a regulatory and employment law perspective at our Ashtons Legal Webinar on Thursday 21 May 2020 at 11:00am. (Registration link to be made available soon) The Guidance is divided into eight work areas: Construction and other workVehicle......

Road transport operator update - 29 April 2020

Here is a revised summary of some developments in road transport and logistics since our last update. Workplace/health and safety HM Government policy remains that all supply chains must function and that all logistics businesses should continue as normal, subject to compliance with public health advice. Journeys of staff to and from work are reg......

COVID-19: Drivers’ hours rules - Update 20 April 2020

The temporary relaxation of the enforcement to the EU Drivers’ Hours Rules we reported here that began on 23 March 2020 has been reviewed and extended until the end of Sunday 31 May 2020. In essence, the relaxations will almost all continue as before. However, the previous relaxation of the EU rule on breaks applied from 23 March to 21 April 2020......

COVID-19: Driver medical relaxation

The long-awaited relaxation to the rules relating to driver medicals was made on 17 April 2020. This temporary waiver will come as a great relief to those vocational drivers unable to renew their licence through being unable to obtain a medical report due to the current COVID-19 problems. The Department of Transport states that this will keep 30,0......

COVID-19: working close together in vehicles and on site (8 April update)

The problem encountered by many businesses is how to manage safe working where there may be specific and valid reasons for workers to be in close proximity e.g. in a hospital, on a construction site or working as a crew in a confined space e.g. a lorry cab. Updated Public Health England (PHE) Guidance considers these problems on a sector by sector......

COVID-19: Road Transport & Logistics - 3 April 2020 Update

Here is a summary of some developments in road transport and logistics since our last update. Workplace/health and safety HM Government policy remains that all supply chains must function and that all logistics businesses should continue as normal, subject to compliance with public health advice. Journeys of staff to and from work are regarded as......

COVID-19: freedom of movement and assembly

Unprecedented times have meant unprecedented restrictions on commercial and personal freedoms. But, confusion is arising about what the law actually says, how it is should be interpreted and implemented. Some Government guidance states things ‘must’ be done where this is not an actual law but in fact very strong advice, for entirely sound reasons.......

Driver CPC update: some enforcement suspended

The Department for Transport (DfT) has finally confirmed the suspension of DVSA enforcement action relating to the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) for many drivers due to the current exceptional circumstances stemming from COVID-19. Drivers whose DQC expires in the period 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 will......

EU / GB Drivers’ Hours Exemptions: Update

The Department for Transport (DfT) has been relaxing the drivers' hours rules due to the current exceptional circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 situation. There are a number of temporary relaxations are now in place that have common points of guidance: The aim of the drivers’ hours and working time rules is to protect road safety and the wo......

COVID-19: Road Transport Update & helpful links

As a result of the current health crisis, a number of necessary steps and new approaches have been taken to assist operators in goods and passenger operations to keep fleets operating whilst also seeking to protect the health of everyone. We set out below some useful information. You can find further Ashtons Legal advice about COVID-19 here. Thes......

RT @LordRickettsP: This is all so pointless. We are creating a vast customs bureaurocracy (with costs passed on to the consumer) to check g…
RT @DavidHenigUK: Simply incorrect in what he says. There will be checks on goods trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain BOTH WAY…
RT @Freight_NI: This reinforces: - We can’t have amateurs doing this work - Govt must fund & provide adequate training for NI traders & ope…