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Information for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak.


Contents

 

  1. Using public transport
  2. Driving private vehicles - cars, vans, motorbikes
  3. Bus and lorry drivers
  4. Freight, bus and road transport businesses
  5. Transport workers
  6. Maritime and shipping
  7. Aviation and flying
  8. Overseas travel

Stay at home

 

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, you should only use transport:

  • to get essential items, such as food or medicine
  • to go to support a vulnerable person
  • to get to work, if you cannot work from home
  • if you work in transport, for example you are a driver

1. Using public transport

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK transport and travel advice

Guidance From Department for Transport

Using public transport during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  • Stay at home
  • Public transport – buses, rail, underground, trams, ferries
  • Air travel
  • Travelling in the UK
  • Working in the transport industry

2. Driving private vehicles - cars, vans, motorbikes

 

Coronavirus: MOTs due up to 29 March 2020

Guidance From Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

What to do if your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date was on or before 29 March 2020.

  • Stay up to date
  • What to do if your MOT has run out
  • You or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus
  • You are extremely vulnerable from coronavirus
  • You’re not self-isolating or extremely vulnerable
  • Driving if your MOT or vehicle tax has run out

 

Coronavirus: MOTs due from 30 March 2020

Guidance From Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 - but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

  • Stay up to date
  • Eligibility
  • How the 6-month extension works
  • What you need to do
  • Keep your vehicle safe to drive

 

Coronavirus: driving tests and theory tests

Guidance From Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Theory tests are suspended for one month, and driving tests are suspended for up to 3 months due to coronavirus - but tests are available for critical workers.

  • Stay up to date
  • Theory tests
  • Driving tests
  • Book an emergency test if you’re a critical worker

 

Coronavirus: specialist vehicle approval tests

Guidance From Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Approval tests for newly-built, rebuilt, radically-altered and imported vehicles are suspended due to coronavirus - but critical vehicles can still be tested.

  • Stay up to date
  • If your approval test was cancelled
  • Book an emergency IVA test for vehicles critical to the COVID-19 response

 

DVLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Guidance From Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Please use our online services, which are all currently available. Please do not send in any paper applications until further notice.


3. Bus and lorry drivers

 

Coronavirus: Driver CPC requirement temporary changes

Guidance From Department for Transport and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Temporary changes to allow bus and lorry drivers who cannot complete compulsory Driver CPC training to continue to drive.

  • Stay up to date
  • Enforcement arrangements
  • Where this applies
  • Insurance
  • Remote training
  • Check your training record
  • Never held a Driver CPC or Driver CPC expired before 1 March 2020
  • Further information

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): drivers’ hours relaxations

Guidance From Department for Transport and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Guidance on the relaxation of drivers’ hours rules, in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Stay up to date
  • Relaxation of drivers’ hours rules
  • Drivers’ hours rules for goods vehicles
  • Emergency relaxations
  • Drivers’ hours relaxations
  • Existing drivers’ hours relaxations
  • Health and safety legislation

 

Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the drivers’ hours rules: all sectors carriage of goods by road

Guidance From Department for Transport and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Temporary relaxation of the EU and GB drivers’ hours rules for drivers carrying goods by road.

  • Relaxation of EU drivers’ hours rules
  • Relaxation of GB drivers’ hours rules
  • Timing of the relaxations
  • Who can use the relaxation
  • Interaction with other relaxations
  • Using the relaxation

 

Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the drivers’ hours rules: delivery of essential items to consumers

Guidance From Department for Transport and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules for drivers making essential deliveries to consumers' homes.

This publication was withdrawn on 

This temporary relaxation expired on 3 April 2020.

 

Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules: drivers supplying supermarkets

Guidance From Department for Transport and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules for a 30 day period, for drivers supplying supermarkets with food and other essential items.


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4. Freight, bus and road transport businesses

 

Coronavirus: MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers

Guidance From Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Your lorry, bus or trailer will be exempt from needing an MOT for 3 months from 21 March 2020. You might need to apply for this, depending on your vehicle.

  • Stay up to date
  • What you need to do
  • Any lorry, bus or trailer that needs a first MOT (annual test) before 31 March 2020
  • A lorry, bus or trailer returning to service where the test certificate expired before March 2020
  • A lorry or trailer needing a dangerous goods (ADR) test before 21 March 2020
  • What to do if you have not been issued an exemption

 

Coronavirus: dangerous goods vehicle (ADR) annual inspections

Guidance From Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Dangerous goods vehicle annual inspections have been suspended from 21 March 2020 because of coronavirus - find out how to get a waiver to use your vehicle.

  • Stay up to date
  • Eligibility
  • What you need to do
  • Rules for using the waiver

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Heavy Goods (HGV) and Public Service Vehicle (PSV) Operators

Statutory guidance From Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain

Advice issued to assist the transport industry during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

Traffic commissioners: contingency and emergency planning, coronavirus (COVID-19)

Statutory guidance From Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain

Seeks to support industry through flexible working practices and a proportionate approach.

Statutory Document setting out the approach that traffic commissioners will adopt in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Great Britain.

 

COVID-19: advice for the freight transport industry

Guidance From Department for Transport and Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Guidance for the freight transport industry on international travel following government advice for British nationals.

  • Health and safety
  • Borders and travel restrictions
  • Insurance
  • Consular help
  • Latest health advice

 

Packaging and transport requirements for patient samples – UN3373

Guidance From Department for Transport

Guidance on the transport of patient specimens suspected of containing Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Purpose of guidance
  • Interpretation of Packing Instruction 650
  • Packing instruction P650

5. Transport workers

 

COVID-19: guidance for staff in the transport sector

Guidance From Department for Transport and Public Health England

Guidance on COVID-19, including general precautions for staff and guidance on the assessment and management of arrivals into the UK.

  • What you need to know
  • Background
  • Symptoms
  • What to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a transport setting
  • Travel arrangements
  • Cleaning and waste
  • Limiting spread in transport hubs
  • Handling baggage, post or freight
  • Arrivals into the UK
  • Toilet and shower facilities

 

Coronavirus: MOT centre and tester guidance

Guidance From Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Guidance on providing MOT tests during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including how to limit the spread of coronavirus.

  • Stay up to date
  • Rules on opening
  • What to do if someone becomes unwell in your MOT centre
  • Limiting the spread of coronavirus at your centre

6. Maritime and shipping

 

COVID-19: shipping and sea ports guidance

Guidance From Public Health EnglandDepartment for Transport, and Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Guidance for shipping and sea ports on coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • What you need to know
  • Background
  • Symptoms
  • What to do if you have had a person with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) in a marine setting
  • Specific action for ships and shipping companies
  • Limiting spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in marine settings
  • Cleaning and waste
  • Disembarkation
  • Useful links

 

UK seafarer careers: COVID-19 guidance, training provision, information and examination syllabuses

Guidance From Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Training for seafarers including, an COVID-19 update, career information, written and oral exam syllabuses and details for nautical colleges and training centres

  • COVID-19: Contingency Plan and Guidelines for Seafarers
  • Foundation degrees
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher National Certificate (HNC) certificates
  • Careers at sea – merchant navy opportunities
  • Nautical colleges, yacht deck training providers and small vessel engineer training providers
  • Training centres
  • UK marine offices
  • Oral exam syllabuses
  • Written examination syllabuses
  • For consultation reference
  • Royal Naval MoUs
  • External maritime organisations

 

MIN 614 (M+F) Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UK Ship Register approach to registration services for UK Vessels

Guidance From Maritime and Coastguard Agency

This MIN provides information on how the UK Ship Register is undertaking registration services including Civil Liabilities Certificates and Continuous Synopsis Records due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


7. Aviation and flying

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): recreational general aviation

Guidance From Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority

Guidance on recreational general aviation (GA) flying during the coronavirus outbreak. 

  • Stay at home
  • Recreational flying
  • Maintenance workshops
  • Return to business as usual
  • Risk of transmission
  • Air traffic management

8. Overseas travel

 

Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance From Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Latest update: special charter flights
  • Exceptional travel advisory notices
  • When you return to the UK: protect yourself and others
  • If you cannot return to the UK
  • If you live abroad permanently
  • If you’re concerned about friends or family overseas
  • Our travel advice and consular support
  • Latest health advice

Source: Department for Transport and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency


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