International and domestic freight transport (including by air, ship, road and rail, including roll-on/roll-off transports) is classified by UK government as an essential activity in the context of its travel advice. The advice against non-essential travel is not intended to apply to international and domestic freight transport. For further information, visit the Gov.UK Freight Transport website or HM Government’s website providing an overview of advice and support to the Transport and Travel sector
Your lorry, bus or trailer will be exempt from needing an MOT for 3 months from 21 March 2020. You might, however, need to apply for this, depending on your vehicle. For further information go to MOT Guidance
Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, Roads minister Baroness Vere has announced today (29 June 2020). For further information visit the Government's MOT Testing Guidance
Article updated 30th June 2020
These two temporary relaxations apply from 00:01 on Monday 23 March 2020 and will run until 23:59 on Tuesday 21 April 2020.
Anyone driving under the EU drivers’ hours rules or the GB drivers’ hours rules and undertaking carriage of goods by road can use the relevant relaxation where necessary. The relaxations are not limited to specific sectors or journeys.
Revised end date
The GB drivers’ hours relaxation applies from 00:01 on Monday 23 March 2020 until 23:59 on Sunday 14 June 2020.
The EU drivers’ hours relaxations applied from 00:01 on Monday 23 March 2020 and ran until 23:59 on Sunday 31 May 2020.
Updated 12th June 2020
The government has announced a temporary change that applies to bus and lorry drivers whose licences are due to expire or have expired since 1 January 2020. This includes:
• a temporary removal of the routine D4 medical, which will make it easier for bus and lorry drivers to renew their driving licence and keep 30,000 drivers on the road each month
• as long as they are fit to drive, applicants will be able to apply for a 1-year licence without the need to provide further medical evidence
Article added 20th April 2020
To allow EX, FL and AT vehicles and MEMUs (i.e. those carrying explosive materials or liquids with a flashpoint of below 60C), the Department of Transport has confirmed they may remain in service and be used on the roads of Great Britain without a valid ADR 1(C) inspection certificate issued under the provisions of 18.104.22.168 of Part 9 of ADR concerning the annual technical inspection of road vehicles. This concession is to allow operators to continue using such vehicles whilst DVSA are unable to carry out annual roadworthiness tests and annual ADR technical inspections due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
For further information visit the gov.uk website
Article added 21st April 2020
Highways England, through their Driving for Better Business programme, have launched a Covid-19 Transport Toolkit, which contains useful information and links as well as informative Webinars about issues relating to fleet management, essential drivers etc:
Article added 21st April 2020
The government has published guidance for operators and furloughed drivers on EU mobile working time rules and EU and AETR drivers’ hours and tachograph rules. See Furloughed Workers on Mobile Working Time
Article added 1st June 2020