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Updated Advice for Heavy Goods (HGV) and Public Service Vehicle (PSV) Operators

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7th April, 2020

The Senior Traffic Commissioner has again (dated 6 April, but released this morning) updated the advice to commercial vehicle operators and this update relates to furloughing transport managers.

The advice emphasises the need for continuing professional competence and the responsibilities of nominated transport managers who must effectively and continuously manage the transport activities.

The advice envisages three scenarios: –

  • The whole fleet is laid up when the transport manager(s) can be furloughed, but the relevant Traffic Commissioner must be advised when the TC is likely to consider there continues to be a genuine link between the transport manager and the operator. The transport manager must however be re-engaged before vehicle operations resume.
  • The number of vehicles in operation is reduced when, if there is more than one transport manager, the numbers can be reduced in line with a number of vehicles being operated. The Traffic Commissioner must be advised by email of the details of the new arrangements.  There would again need to be re-engaged prior to increased operations.
  • Vehicle operations continue as normal when if it is necessary to furlough transport manager a period of grace must be applied for immediately or a temporary exemption sought in order to continue operating without a transport manager.

The previous update issued on 2 April 2020 provided advice with respect to transport managers working from home, vehicles returning to service after a period of layup, online training, the temporary exemptions application form and the temporary process for local bus service registrations.

With respect to vehicles coming back into service at paragraph 7 of the advice is a very useful table citing examples of what should be done with respect to how the planned maintenance interval relaxations will be applied.

Please see the full advice here.

Tim Culpin


Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01244 405 533 / 07776 210 621

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