As part of the government’s effort to keep supply chains moving throughout the coronavirus outbreak, the Department for Transport has authorised an extension to the existing relaxation of the drivers’ hours rules.

The extension means that the temporary relaxation previously due to end on 21 April, will continue until the end of 31 May 2020. This extension does not apply to the previous relaxation on break requirements.

Driver safety remains a priority for the government and drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired.

Employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.

Please ensure you refer to the link below, or speak to your local traffic commissioner to keep up-to-date with any changes which may affect your fleet.

https://www.gov.uk/search/guidance-and-regulation?parent=%2Ftransport%2Fprofessional-driving-of-lorries-buses-and-coaches&topic=b4e41212-77b8-44ba-8fb5-6aa479b20d36&order=updated-newest

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We recommend if you have mothballed vehicles due to the current situation, you continue to carry out some routine checks where possible.

We’re anticipating a high volume of calls once operations resume again, therefore we will be increasing resource in the defect reporting call centre.

We’re liaising with our service partners to ensure they are also planning for the peak and can support accordingly.

Please carry out the advised regular checks below, as this will assist us with a smoother return to operation following the lockdown being lifted:

  • Start and run the vehicles frequently to keep the battery charged and engine components free from defects.
  • Move the vehicle around if possible and operate the brakes to keep them free from seizing.
  • Check and operate items as you would during a normal daily check, tyres, lights, wipers, fans, cranes and tail lifts. Please see below the DVSA guidance:

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Further advice has been given on the relaxation of drivers’ hours rules in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. This should be considered in conjunction with the extensive existing guidance provided on drivers’ hours.

The drivers’ hours and working time rules are in place to protect road safety and the working conditions of drivers, and to reduce the risk of drivers being involved in fatigue-related accidents. As such, any relaxation of these rules should only be considered where genuinely necessary and when other supply chain management interventions are unable to alleviate issues.

A relaxation has been authorised for drivers under the EU drivers’ hours rules or the GB drivers’ hours rules, and undertaking carriage of goods by road in all sectors, between 23 March – 21 April. Continuation of the relaxation will be subject to review in England, Scotland and Wales.

The GB drivers’ hours rules that can be temporarily relaxed are as follows:

  • Replacement of the GB duty time limit of 11 hours with 12 hours
  • Replacement of the GB daily driving time limit of 10 hours with 11 hours

Drivers can only take advantage of this temporary relaxation 5 days in any 7 day period, and must take a rest period of 24 hours within the same 7 day period.

This relaxation of drivers’ hours is an exceptional contingency measure. It must be used only where necessary, otherwise normal drivers’ hours should be followed.

Please see below for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-drivers-hours-relaxations/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-drivers-hours-relaxations

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BNP Paribas Rental Solutions UK has announced its launch into the Traffic Management market.

As specialists in commercial vehicle contract hire, BNP Paribas Rental Solutions provides fleet consultancy expertise, access to a nationwide maintenance network and flexible financial solutions delivered through the backing of one of the world’s strongest banks. 

Traffic Management now stands alongside other specialist markets of the business including; Fuel, Waste & Recycling, Builders Merchants, Retail, Utilities and Temperature Control.

The launch into Traffic Management is marked by a partnership with new customer, and traffic management solutions specialist, A Cones Ltd. The partnership allows BNP Paribas Rental Solutions to provide A Cones Ltd with a full contract hire fleet management solution for ten 18t Mercedes Antos Impact Protection Vehicles (IPV’s).

With safety as its top priority, A Cones Ltd has enlisted Highway Care Ltd, a leading supplier and installer of highway and security road barrier systems and mobile traffic products to equip the vehicles with LED Vertical Light Arrows and SS90 Crash Cushions.

Once in service, the vehicles will be used to safely and securely close lanes on motorways and other roads so that workers can carry out repairs and maintenance. The SS90 Crash Cushions have been put in place to help absorb rear end impacts to the vehicle, protecting the lives of both workers and vehicle drivers. As a further safety feature, the vehicle is equipped with a 6-camera live and recordable system to allow workers to monitor and manage safety.

As part of the solution provided to A Cones Ltd, BNP Paribas Rental Solutions worked alongside the business to select Bevan Group and Mercedes as the commercial vehicle bodybuilder and manufacturing partner respectively.

Commenting on the news, Benoit Laflamme, Head of BNP Paribas Rental Solutions:

Our launch into the Traffic Management market introduces a specialist solution that is tailored to the unique requirements of the industry. As businesses offering flexible and tailored solutions to customers, BNP Paribas Rental Solutions and Highway Care Ltd will be able to effectively and efficiently handle requirements related to both financing, and maintaining the safety of the public, highway workers and drivers.

We are delighted to welcome A Cones Ltd as our launch partner with a number of exciting projects in the pipeline.

Steven Pope, Director of A Cones Ltd, said:

From our first meeting with BNP Paribas Rental Solutions we knew that they were the trusted partner that could provide us with the turnkey solutions we had been looking for. They were able to offer us with everything we needed, including partner recommendations, so that we could have peace of mind that the work was being carried out to the high standards we are known for.

We look forward to continuing to build on our relationship with BNP Paribas Rental Solutions and working with their specialist Traffic Management experts for our future fleet needs.

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