Latest Coronavirus Information

Covid-19 – Drivers and Haulage Update

Here is an update of key information

  • DRIVER CPC – any driver whose DQC expires in the period from 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 can continue driving, but has to complete their 35 hours mandated training by 1st October 2020. However the government have said they will keep this under advisement. The Government is considering allowing drivers who have never had a CPC; or have an expired one; to drive in this period.

See details https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-temporary-changes-to-driver-cpc-requirements

  • DRIVER MEDICALS  – Shane Brennan CEO, Cold Chain Federation has spoken to Baroness Vere this afternoon and alongside colleagues stressed the importance of a suspension of the requirement for drivers to have up to date medicals. She assured us that the government is looking to do this, but they do not have the legal powers to just do so and can only say that they are looking for a solution but can’t be sure they will get to one or not.
  • Essential Workers clarification – the DfT have written to the transport industry providing further clarification that the government considers all those working in transport, drivers and those in ancillary roles as essential workers that should be allowed to carry out their work freely.

CCF continues to seek clarity on key issues of regulation and pressing for relaxations that make it possible for you to keep operations going.  

We are also working in co-ordination with the main haulage and logistics bodies to seek better targeted financial support to logistics businesses. Our top priorities are business rates relief on warehouses and transport depots and some form of instructed or underwritten deferral of leasing costs. We are acutely aware that time is of the essence with many businesses on the brink of running out of cash.


Covid-19 Cold Chain Briefing

Here are the slides from today’s Covid-19 Cold Chain Briefing

An open session in which Cold Chain Federation Chief Executive updates on the latest advice, guidance and developments related to the Covid-19 outbreak as it affects the UK Cold Chain. This is a session of relevance to any business interested in the cold chain.


Covid-19 Guidance for Food Businesses

Yesterday the Government published new guidance aimed at supporting food businesses to manage risks from Covid-19 whilst continuing to carry out their critical roles.

The Guidance can be found here – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-food-businesses/guidance-for-food-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

In summary:

–            There is no current requirements for significant additional measures to ensure food safety, beyond the existing high standards maintained by UK food businesses (eg. HACCP).

–            Enhanced handwashing procedures should be implemented as per previous Government advice to all businesses.

–            The guidance also includes information on how to manage sick employees and implement social distancing measures in the workplace.

The full guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-food-businesses/guidance-for-food-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19


Government Advice

Your first port of call for up to the minute information on coronavirus should be the government’s website pages

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response


25 March: Recent Covid-19 Policy Updates

NEW MEASURES INTRODUCED SO FAR THIS WEEK

  • From the 25th March (today) companies have been granted the ability to apply for a 3 month extension for filing accounts during Covid-19. Guidance on how to apply for the extension can be found here.
  • Extension to MOT testing for 6 months for cars and light vans (up to 3,000kg) from the 30th March– it remains the vehicle owners duty to ensure the vehicle is ‘roadworthy’, garages are permitted to stay open for repairs during this time. More information is available here.
  • Further guidance released on business support grant funding to businesses –  setting out details of eligibility and delivery of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF). More information here.
  • Updates to the existing guidance for businesses and employers on managing Covid-19, including added details about protection from eviction for commercial tenants and further guidance added about commercial insurance policies. See the suite of guidance here

NEW COLD CHAIN FEDERATION GUIDANCE NOTE FOR MANAGING VISITING DRIVERS

In response to recent reports of unsatisfactory treatment of drivers delivering critical consignments to warehouses due to the risk Covid-19 transmission, the Cold Chain Federation has worked with its members to produce guidelines on measures businesses can take to minimise the transmission risk to their staff whilst maintaining welfare standards for drivers. Please share with your staff/customers as appropriate.

UPCOMING EXPECTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Temporary changes to driver CPC requirements to minimise transmission risk during tuition and to free drivers up to fulfil deliveries.
  • Temporary changes to driver medical requirements.
  • Further information on how businesses can designate workers as ‘furloughed’ and a new support package for the self-employed.
  • Relaxation of competition laws across food supply chains (not just for retailers).

We will send details through of these and any further announcements as they are released.

As ever, please get in touch with Tom or Shane if you have any queries on the above, or new issues we can seek answers to.


24 March: BBC Radio 5 Live

Hear Shane’s interview at this link its a 02:08 to 02:11 in the programme.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000gmqk


23 March: Covid-19 Intelligence Exchange for the Cold Chain #2

Here are the slides from today’s Intelligence Exchange

Any business that operates temperature controlled storage or fleet in the UK, whether you are a member or not, is welcome to take part in our weekly sessions at 4pm every Monday for the duration of the interruption to normal business.

We are vetting the participants that register, so if you are not working in a company that operates cold chain haulage or storage, please do not attempt to register. We will do this because we want participants to know that our briefings are a safe space to share intelligence between operating businesses.

If you do not meet this criteria but have a question related to cold chain operations please message me and I will do what I can to help you. We are in this together and we must help each other wherever we can.


21 March: Transport & Driver Related Rules

Some further announcements have been made throughout today on transport and driver related rules.

DRIVERS HOURS

The derestriction of driver hours has been extended to drivers serving ALL sectors, removing any potential confusion over whether the goods you are carrying are covered in full or in part,

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/temporary-relaxation-of-the-enforcement-of-the-drivers-hours-rules-all-sectors-carriage-of-goods-by-road

The Department for Transport has also published guidance on how to use this derestriction The point is use it responsibly – which we all agree with I’m sure.

MOTS

DfT have also today announced a three month suspension of MOT testing and all HGVs will be granted a three month temporary exemption from the need to have a valid MOT.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-tests-and-mots-for-heavy-vehicles-suspended-for-up-to-3-months-to-help-tackle-spread-of-coronavirus

DRIVING TESTS

Driving tests are suspended but DVSA will make provision to continue tests for critical workers (same list as schools)

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-driving-tests-and-theory-tests#book-an-emergency-test-if-youre-a-critical-worker

OPERATOR LICENSING AND OTHER MATTERS

An important advice note from the traffic commissioner on how it will handle issues or pressures on operators related to covid 19

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874026/200320_Advice_note.pdf


20 March: Key Workers List Published

Communication to members from Shane

The Government have published the following guidance on ‘critical’ workers over night. See links:

It confirms that people working in food industry will be prioritised for education provision it defines this as:

Food and other necessary goodsThis includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)

This is a broad definition in line with what we asked for. However it is not explicitly clear that it covers those contractors employed in essential maintenance functions that support the food industry. Government also clarifies in these documents that families qualify if only one parent or carer in the house is working in the industry.

It does not set out a process for individuals or schools on how to secure the provision (including how you prove you need it) or how schools can decide to accept the claim or not. We will press to see if further clarification will be provided on this in meetings today.

As the advice makes clear parents are asked to use this only if they absolutely need to and only on the days they absolutely need it. There are a lot of people working in the industries in this list, if evidence comes through from schools  that the numbers of children are too high for them to cope, then (a) headteachers/local authorities can close the schools that can’t cope themselves or (b) government will take action to limit the list.

As ever please let me have any questions or feedback


17 March: Temporary Relaxation of Drivers Hours Delivery of Essential Items to Retailers

Notification issued this afternoon by Department for Transport following industry representations We will follow up on issue of deliveries to hospitals, care homes and other priority needs.

CLICK HERE FOR NOTIFICATION


16 March: Covid-19 Intelligence Exchange for the Cold Chain #1

Here are the slides and notes from that session.

Any business that operates temperature controlled storage or fleet in the UK, whether you are a member or not, is welcome to take part in our weekly sessions at 4pm every Monday for the duration of the interruption to normal business.

We will be vetting the participants that register, so if you are not working in a company that operates cold chain haulage or storage, please do not attempt to register. We will do this because we want participants to know that our briefings are a safe space to share intelligence between operating businesses.

If you do not meet this criteria but have a question related to cold chain operations please message me and I will do what I can to help you. We are in this together and we must help each other wherever we can.

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