With NHS staff rightly focused on the nationwide response to COVID-19, the government is taking action to protect essential supply chains by making temporary provisions for commercial drivers aged 45 and over, to forgo the need for a D4 medical in order to renew their driving entitlement.
This change is temporary and will only apply where the driver does not have any existing notifiable health conditions, and their licence has not expired before 1 January 2020. The licence will only be valid for 1 year instead of 5 years and the driver will need to submit a completed D4 when the licence is due for renewal in 12 months.
Drivers will still be required to self-declare any medical conditions that may affect their ability to drive. Those with health issues that prevent them from driving safely will not have their licence renewed. All drivers must ensure they are medically fit to drive.
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Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic DVSA have decided to suspend periodic tachograph calibrations and inspections on vehicles.
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.
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.
If your tachograph develops a fault, this must be repaired in line with the normal requirements.
With regard to RIDDOR and reporting of deaths involving COVID-19, you must only make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) when:
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