We bring you the latest news from the logistics industry as selected by SBRC SSCS Project Manager & Secure Transport Lead, Stewart Hurry.


Stena Line retrenches due to COVID-19

Stena Line to furlough 600 employees and make 150 redundant in the British Isles, out of a payroll of 2,500. Redundancies for around 1,000 personnel have already been announced in relation to the Scandinavian and Baltic routes.

Read more here.

Periodic tachograph calibrations and inspections suspended for 3 months
DVSA have announced that as of 8 April 2020, periodic tachograph calibrations and inspections on all lorries, buses, coaches and trailers with a periodic test of their tachograph (calibration or inspection) due to expire, will now be given a 3-month extension.

New certificates will not be issued. To ensure all tachograph vehicles remain legal whilst the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak, DVSA will be bringing in a relaxation from the legislation.

If your tachograph calibration or inspection is due in the next 3 months, an extension will be issued automatically. You do not need to take any extra action.

You'll still need to keep tachographs operating effectively and should your tachograph develop a fault, this must be repaired in line with the normal requirements.

New requirements when travelling to France
In order to curb non-essential travel, all those driving to France, including freight operators, must now complete an International Attestation form to confirm that their journey meets the criteria for ‘essential travel’.

This is a new requirement introduced by the French authorities in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

More information can be found here.

Cross-sector collaboration
The RHA continues to support cross-sector collaboration to ensure that the UK is equipped to respond to the Coronavirus crisis.

Demands on some parts of the logistics sector are soaring as key elements of the supply chain come under unprecedented demand.

Conversely, other sectors within the industry such as those carrying material for events will have been decimated over the past few weeks. We can work together to meet this challenge. 

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is providing a service to match organisations together so that those who have capacity can help those in need, by making available staff, vehicles and expertise to support the supply chain.

If your business has operational surplus or shortages including drivers, warehouse operators and vehicles click here.

RHA Training is delivering several courses online which can be accessed anywhere with a computer and internet connection. We’re currently delivering Driver CPC to help drivers keep up to date with their training hours as well Transport Manager Refresher and Operator Licence awareness training.

A range of dates are available which can be booked online here.

If you have a requirement for multiple candidates or can’t find a suitable date then contact us at training@rha.uk.net and we’ll do our best to accommodate your requirements.  


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