England’s second lockdown – what this means for haulage and logistics

The RHA will stay open for business in the event of England entering a second lockdown from Thursday 5 November.

If this lockdown does occur, the movement of goods by road will once again become a challenge. Despite the general upheaval that this will inevitably cause, hauliers will not be faced with another ‘unknown’ quantity.

Lessons have been learned and effective new procedures have been adopted – including ways of staying as safe as possible at all times.

Below is a list of the latest news and information as it directly affects the sector.
It is inevitable guidance will change, we will provide updates when new information becomes available.

• Logistics sector workers have been designated as essential workers.  DfT have confirmed that the information contained in its letter of 30 March regarding this is still valid.  The original letter is available here and will be re-issued soon.

• Car and van MOT’s will continue, as will vehicle maintenance.

• HGV roadworthiness testing will continue. DVSA have confirmed England’s restrictions do not affect their heavy vehicle testing service and ATFs can remain open.

• Driving tests in England will stop on Thursday. The RHA is seeking provision for vocational licences / essential tests and will advise if anything changes.

• Current relaxations to driver medicals continue –  although medicals should be possible to obtain.

• CPC Training can continue. (there is some contradictory advice from DVSA, the RHA is seeking clarity from DfT).

• Household and commercial removals can continue.

• Food and facilities – DfT have confirmed that hot take away food should still be available and toilets must remain open to drivers.

• PHE/HSE original advice on access to toilets remains valid. The letter confirming access to hygiene facilities for drivers is available here.

• All theory tests in England will be suspended from Thursday 5 November and restart on Wednesday 2 December 2020. DVSA will email everyone with a test booked in England to let them know their test has been put on hold and they will need to reschedule it here.

The RHA will provide further updates when there are changes or clarification from Government.