The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), with the Department for Transport, has published a letter to reassure drivers, and to remind businesses, of the obligation to provide suitable toilet and handwashing facilities to drivers visiting premises.
We have reported previously on Government moves to adjust the rules concerning driving time to assist transport operators trying to keep supply lines open during the coronavirus crisis (see Relaxation of drivers’ hours rules: all sectors).
While the Government is currently paying 80% of workers' salaries up to £2500 a month for some 8.4 million workers under its furlough scheme, it has made clear that it cannot continue to provide this unprecedented level of support for an indefinite period.
Recently, International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, introduced the UK Global Tariff (UKGT), which will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff (CET) on 1 January 2021, which she explained would be easier to use and provide a lower tariff regime.
We reported recently on the plan to re-introduce restrictions on vehicles accessing the capital that were lifted as part of the plan to deal with COVID-19 (see London Congestion Charge and LEZ reinstated).
Driving for Better Business (DfBB), the Government campaign group which encourages work-related road safety, has reminded employers that their duty of care to drivers and other road users remains unchanged during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether drivers are working for emergency services, in public transport or food delivery.
London Councils suspended enforcement of the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) on 17 March 2020 to help the freight and logistics industry cope with increasing pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.