Covid-19 Important Updates & Announcements for the UK Road Transport Industry at 28 April 2020

Since our last blog on the 19th March 2020, there have been so many announcements, it is not possible to put all the information into articles. In order to try and get across as much information as possible, I have decided this month to include the ‘headline’ announcement with a link to the material so you can read it for yourself if you are interested.

As ever, we are working behind the scenes to help operators stay on the road throughout this enormous challenge. If you need assistance in responding to tricky correspondence from OTC or a Desk Based Assessment, then get in touch. We may also be able to help with more general advice in interpreting how this latest guidance might apply to YOU.


There is a theme throughout all of these announcements and relaxations that you should only exercise them where it is appropriate and safe to do so.

  • You shouldn’t allow the drivers to go on driving for 11 hours if you believe they are tired after 9.
  • Don’t skip your PMI if you believe there is an issue that should be remedied sooner.
  • If your tachograph is faulty or experiencing recording issues, make sure the device is repaired as normal.
  • The reality of the situation is that if one of your drivers is involved in an accident and you have applied an exemption, the onus will be upon you to demonstrate that you did so appropriately.

Stay well and stay safe.

Carolyn Evans

Principal Solicitor | CE Transport Law

Clair McCarthy

Consultant Solicitor | CE Transport Law

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