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With deliveries in demand, the haulage industry has a key part to play in helping the public through the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

In this article, we aim to answer frequently asked questions which may come up for truck drivers. We aim to keep this page updated as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic changes.

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Can I buy a truck right now?
Can I still sell my truck right now?
As a driver, can I expect to see any changes to my hours?
I’m worried about keeping my hands clean, where can I wash them?
What do I do if my truck breaks down?
Will my theory test be cancelled?
Has truck driver CPC been cancelled?
Can I still refuel my truck?
I was due to attend a speed awareness course, what should I do?
What if my truck needs an MoT or service?
Do I still need to pay congestion charges in London’s LEZ and ULEZ?
Can I buy a truck right now?
Showrooms will remain closed until the government announces they are allowed to open (although car dealerships in England are allowed to open from 1st June, so truck dealerships may open then too).

You can buy a truck online and arrange customer collection or home delivery. If you’re in the market for a new truck, you can get in touch with the individual retailer via phone, email, text or chat to find out if offering “click and collect” or home delivery service.
Can I still sell my truck right now?
You can still list trucks on Auto Trader. Demand may not be as high in the current environment, but as businesses begin returning to work it is still likely you’ll receive enquiries from prospective buyers. Use our three-step tool to create and upload your truck advert.

If you are thinking of listing your truck for sale, it’s important to clean and disinfect it. Whilst there are no guarantees that this will remove all risks, it does show you are taking a responsible approach. Looking after each other at this time is essential, so if you can’t disinfect your truck properly, consider delaying listing it until you can.
As a driver, can I expect to see any changes to my hours?
Road freight workers are providing all that is needed to keep our shops, hospitals, manufacturers and the rest of the economy moving during the coronavirus pandemic.

To aid with the delivery of essential items, the UK Government previously issued a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the drivers’ hours rules.

This temporary relaxation expired on 16 April 2020 and the guidance was withdrawn on 17 April 2020. Please see Gov.uk for any further changes to the drivers hours rules.

Any changes in your hours will depend on the company you work for. However, the government guidance has changed in response to COVID-19, so if your company would like to adapt your hours within these guidelines, they will be able to.
I’m worried about keeping my hands clean, where can I wash them?
Keeping clean is a big concern for everyone at the moment. The NHS are advising everyone to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds but we know this isn’t always easy on the road, so make sure you carry hand sanitiser with you on your trips - just in case.

The Road Haulage association have also worked with Public Health England to ensure that trucker drivers are allowed access to toilets at distribution centres to wash their hands.
What do I do if my truck breaks down?
Breakdown services are currently running, and have been doing so throughout the lockdown, but it is important to remember that they will be under pressure, just like all other services and businesses at the moment.
Will my theory test be cancelled?
Theory tests are currently postponed, for up to 3 months from 21 March 2020. Please visit Gov.uk to see updates as the situation develops.

A DVSA spokesperson confirmed that “a testing service will still be available to those who have a critical need, such as the NHS and drivers delivering goods across the UK.”

“If your test has been postponed the DVSA will automatically rebook your test, free of charge, as soon as possible. DVSA will send you another email with the new date and time as soon as it’s been rebooked.”

If you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus you should cancel your theory test - there will be no charge. If your test is over 3 working days away you can cancel here. If your test is within the next three days, email or call the DVSA.
Has truck driver CPC been cancelled?
The Government announced temporary changes to Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training, which allow bus and lorry drivers who cannot complete compulsory Driver CPC training to continue to drive. For more information, please visit the Gov.UK site.

If you’ve yet to take a test, then the government confirmed on 20 March 2020 that driving tests are suspended for up to three months due to coronavirus. There is an exception for critical workers. If you have any questions you are best contacting the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency directly.
Can I still refuel my truck?
If you, or any member of your household, shows symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) then you should self-isolate and follow the guidance on the NHS website. The NHS are advising that people with no symptoms and are not ‘at risk’ should still practice ‘social distancing’.

When social distancing, try to use self-service pumps and use disposable gloves when handling the pump and paying, pay by contactless where possible. When filling up, avoid any human contact.
I was due to attend a speed awareness course, what should I do?
As with cars and bikes, classroom speed awareness courses have been postponed for the foreseeable future – effective from 20 March 2020.

Individuals are asked to contact their course providers for further details, and some are now taking digital speed awareness courses. Check the NDORS website for more information.
What if my truck needs an MoT or service?
The DVSA previously announced that all MOT testing of lorries and trailers will be suspended for three months from 21 March 2020.

Any lorries and trailers which were due for their test in the suspension period will be issued with exemptions automatically. Some vehicles (such as those due for their first MOT test and vehicles returning to service with a test certificate that expired before March) may require an application for exemption certificates.

There are some concerns about this in the industry, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett has commented: “These are unprecedented times that need creative and pragmatic new approaches. It is vital that all vehicles on our roads remain safe to use and their roadworthiness must be maintained at all times. Routine testing is a vital part of our safety culture, and we believe it should be restored as soon as possible.”

The RHA does have concerns about the three-month suspension. The Association believes that roadworthiness testing should recommence as soon as possible using qualified ATF staff operating under delegated authority from the Secretary of State.”
Do I still need to pay congestion charges in London’s LEZ and ULEZ?
From Monday 18 May 2020, congestion charges in London Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) and Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) will resume.

The daily fee will be increased from £11.50 to £15, in an effort to help fund a £1.6 billion bailout for Transport for London. From 22 June 2020, the congestion charge will applied until 10pm, seven days a week.

Previously, TfL had suspended the London congestion charge from 23 March 2020.

For up to date information about TfL’s response to Coronavirus please visit the TfL website here.
This article represents Auto Trader’s opinions and interpretation of the current situation and does not necessarily reflect the latest government guidance and advice. Please always consult the latest government guidance and advice before taking any decision based on this article.

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