CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): SAFER PRACTICE FOR INTERNATIONAL HAULIERS FROM 6TH APRIL 2021

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The Department for Transport has announced that rules for safer behaviour for hauliers making international journeys will take effect from 6th April.

Hauliers entering England from outside of the Common Travel Area (UK, the Crown Dependencies (Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Isle of Man) and Ireland) staying for longer than 2 days must take a coronavirus test within two days of arrival and every 3 days thereafter.

It will also be a legal requirement from 6th April for hauliers to self-isolate in the cab for the duration of their time in England.  Hauliers may leave their cabs for essential purposes, including obtaining food, seeking medical and emergency assistance, using wash facilities including using communal showers, refuelling, and to ensure vehicles and loads are roadworthy.

Hauliers who are UK residents are able to isolate at home whilst not working.

Fines of up to £2,000 may be imposed for failing to comply with the new testing requirements, and up to £1,000 for not complying with the cab self-isolation requirement.

Full details of the requirements can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-hgv-operators-and-drivers-crossing-an-international-border