The lead organisation overseeing the UK platooning trials has told motortransport.co.uk that the project is “very much still alive”, despite progress stalling due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) said the government remained committed to the trials and that desk-based research has continued during the pandemic. We reported last week that the consortium behind the project had completed off-road trials and extensive safety testing and driver training, but that on-road trials scheduled for 2020 had been abandoned. […]
Moves by the DVSA to give Earned Recognition operators a 12-month MOT exemption on their HGVs and and trailers will do nothing to change the way the role of ATFs is interpreted and compromises safety, according to The Authorised Testing Facilities Operators Association (ATFOA).
The Department for Transport has announced that the current limited drivers’ hours relaxation will be extended until 23.59hrs on Tuesday 21 April 2020 and apply to all road haulage operations.
The Association of Pallet Networks (APN) is calling on government to suspend fuel duty for the logistics industry to protect hauliers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and secure the supply chain.