Covid-19 Government guidelines for drivers & hauliers
Here's a summary of how to keep safe
The Government has provided guidelines for Working safely during COVID-19 in or from a vehicle" and recommends the following actions:
- Revise pick-up and drop-off collection points, procedures, signage and markings.
- Minimise unnecessary contact at gatehouse security, yard and warehouse, for example, non-contact deliveries where the nature of the product allows for use of electronic pre-booking.
- Where possible and safe, have single workers load or unload vehicles.
- Where possible, use the same pairs of people for loads where more than one is needed.
- Enable drivers to access welfare facilities when required, consistent with other guidance.
- Encourage drivers to stay in their vehicles where this does not compromise their safety and existing safe working practice.
- Ensure overnight accommodation meets social distancing guidelines.
- The Government has announced that bus and lorry drivers, whose licences are due to expire in 2020 or already expired this year, will be able to receive a temporary one-year driving licence without having to provide a medical report.
- temporary removal of the routine D4 medical will make it easier for bus and lorry drivers to renew their driving licence and keep 30,000 drivers on the road each month
- as long as they are fit to drive, applicants will be able to apply for a 1-year licence without the need to provide further medical evidence
- will keep key supply chains flowing and ensure NHS staff can prioritise vital work on coronavirus