We’ve answered a few key questions mainly for truck drivers and operators. The following links contain the Government’s latest advice for employers and general advice for the transport sector.

I’m a truck driver, am I a key worker and can I go to work?

It depends what industry you drive for. The Government says workers involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery, as well as those essential to delivering critical goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines) are all considered key workers.

Other transport related employees are also classed as key workers – “those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.”

Following a government update on Sunday 10th May, restrictions were lifted to allow people who cannot work from home to return to work – as long as they can do so safely and following social distancing advice. This means that drivers working in the construction industry may, if they choose to do so, get back to work from Wednesday 13th May.

You can find out more at www.gov.uk

Will I need to work more hours?

This is ultimately up to the company you work for as government guidance has changed in light of Covid-19

The usual limits are:
  • EU daily driving limit of 9 hours
  • Daily rest requirements from 11 hours
  • Weekly driving hours are 56 hours
  • Fortnightly driving limits are 90 hours
  • Daily breaks of 45 minutes after 4.5 hours driving
  • Requirement to start a weekly rest period after six-24 hours periods
The new, temporary limits are:
  • EU daily driving limit of 11 hours
  • Daily rest requirements reduced to 9 hours
  • Weekly driving limits 60 hours
  • Fortnightly driving limit 96 hours
  • Daily breaks of 45 minutes after 5.5 hours of driving
  • Requirement to start a weekly rest period after seven 24 hour periods - although two regular weekly rest periods or a regular and a reduced weekly rest period will still be required within a fortnight

I can’t always wash my hands – how can I keep them clean?

By now, we’re all well aware that we should be washing our hands regularly for at least 20 seconds – especially after coming into contact with any other members of the public. This is especially challenging while on the road, so we advise you carry hand sanitiser.

Truck stops and service stations, at present, remain open and they must offer a place for you to clean your hands.

The Road Haulage Association has worked with Public Health England to ensure that distribution centres give you a place to wash your hands. They should all be aware of this legislation but if not please show them the letter that can be found at the RHA website.


Should I be refuelling?

Yes, though it is best to exercise caution. Try and use self-service filling stations, use disposable gloves when touching anything and enact social distancing when paying.

If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus the government advise you stay at home and self-isolate for at least 7 days.

My truck needs an MOT or service – what should I do?

The DVSA have announced that all MOTs for trucks will be suspended for 3 months starting on the 21st March 2020.

Any vehicles that were due for their MOT within this period will be automatically issued with an exemption certificate. Some vehicles with specific circumstances may need to apply for an exemption certificate. Find out more about this at the Government website.


I drive in London, do I need to pay the congestion charge, LEZ or ULEZ?


Starting on 23rd March, Transport for London (TfL) suspended the London Congestion Charge, the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Low Emission Zone (LEZ). All of them have been suspended indefinitely.