Coronavirus Ireland: Updated list of essential retail outlets after Government announces two week lockdown

Essential retail outlets will remain open but must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines

The Government have released an updated list of essential retail outlets after a two-week lockdown was put in place in the battle against coronavirus.

All non-essential trips and social gatherings have been banned under the harsh new measures.

The order remains in place until Easter Sunday, April 12.

Essential retail outlets will remain open but must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines.

Other business that off call-out or delivery services will be allowed to remain open on that basis only.

Here’s the list in full.

Essential retail outlets
1. Retail and wholesale sale of food, beverages and newspapers in non-specialised and specialised stores

2. Retail sale of household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences and businesses

3. Pharmacies/Chemists and retailers providing pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical or dispensing services

4. Retail sale of selling medical and orthopaedic goods in specialised stores

5. Fuel stations and heating fuel providers

6. Retail sale of essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including animal feed and medicines, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding

7. Laundries and Drycleaners

8. Banks, Post Offices and Credit Unions

9. Retail sale of safety supply stores (work clothes, Personal Protective Equipment, for example)

Businesses that can only offer an emergency call-out or delivery services
It is recognised that there may be emergency needs arising in a number of areas, the following retailers who can offer an emergency call-out or delivery service can continue to operate on that basis ONLY:

opticians/optometrists
retailers involved in the repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycle repair and related facilities (tyre sales and repairs for example)
hardware stores, builder’s merchants and stores that provide hardware products necessary for home and business maintenance, sanitation and farm equipment, supplies and tools essential for gardening/farming/agriculture
retail sale of office products and services for individuals working from home and for businesses
retailers providing electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for the home.

Physical distancing measures that must be adhered to
Essential Retail Outlets must implement physical distancing measures:-

ensure adequate distancing between customers and shop assistants in line with public health guidelines
only let people into the store in small groups and ensure spaces are not crowed.
manage queue control inside and outside the door to maintain the necessary physical distance.
all Essential Retail Outlets are encouraged to provide online services where that is possible and appropriate to minimise footfall.

RSA Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Updates – Temporary relaxation of EU driving and resting time rules due to COVID-19

RSA Updates

The temporary relaxation of EU driving and resting time rules due to COVID-19

Introduction: In light of the potential impact of the Coronavirus on HGV operations and the importance of the road haulage sector to the national economy and in response to requests from the haulage industry, the Road Safety Authority and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport have agreed to allow a temporary and urgent derogation in respect of certain provisions of the EU driving and resting time rules. The proposed derogation will apply to all operators and drivers subject to the EU driver’s hours and tachograph rules engaged in the carriage of goods.

Coming into effect: The derogation comes into immediate effect from 18 March 2020 up to 16 April 2020 which will be reviewed every week as regards application and scope.

Read moreRSA Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Updates – Temporary relaxation of EU driving and resting time rules due to COVID-19

Department of Transport – COVID-19 Guidance for Supply Chain workers

Ireland Department of Transport

 

Ireland Department of Transport

Update 17 March 2020

  • Restrictions

The Irish Government have issued special advice about travelling, including restricting movements for 14 days on those entering Ireland who has been too affected areas. Freight transport is exempted.

The government published a guidance note for supply chain workers. This document contains about one and a half pages of useful guidelines for drivers.

To reduce the risk of infection, the ferry company Seatruck Ferries has temporarily stopped shipping any HGV drivers or any other passengers in their Irish Sea vessels.

Accompanied road transport (complete truck combinations with driver) is then stopped until further notice, but the company will continue to carry unaccompanied semi-trailers, containers and swap bodies.

  • Relieves

In response to the extraordinary crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Ireland has agreed to a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times rules for the drivers of vehicles engaged in domestic and international goods transport.

This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 and applies from 18 March 2020 and will run until 16 April 2020, provided that road safety is not affected [impaired] when transport companies make use of these exemptions.

Employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users. For the above-mentioned category of drivers, the following provisions will be temporarily relaxed as follows:

  • Derogation to Art. 6(3): the fortnightly driving limit is lifted from 90 hours to 112 hours.
  • Derogation to the Art. 8(6): in any two consecutive weeks a driver shall take at least two reduced weekly rest periods whilst maintaining the rule that a weekly rest period shall start no later than at the end of six 24-hour periods from the end of the previous weekly rest period. There shall be no requirement for compensation or for a regular weekly rest period to be taken.

(Source: Department of Transport)

 

 

Green Truck 2019 – The Results

Green Truck 2019 ECO-Ranking
Scania R450
Scania R450

The Scania R450 won with consumption of 23.25 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres. The Scania G 410 was placed third with average fuel consumption of 24.02 litres.

 

Scania R 450 convinced with the smallest average fuel consumption of 23.25 litres per 100 kilometres, the lowest CO2 emissions at 738 grams per kilometre, the highest speed with 80.42 km/h and the best score for fuel-efficiency.

 

The Scania G 410 was also tested by both magazines, Verkehrsrundschau and Truck and took a third-place in the environmental ranking with average fuel consumption of 24.02 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 762 grams per kilometre.

 

Protecting the climate, driving efficiently Every year, VerkehrsRundschau presents the Green Truck Award to the most environmentally friendly tractor truck from the previous test year. 13 vehicles are in the running, and it‘s a close race.

Read moreGreen Truck 2019 – The Results

The posting of workers for the Netherlands comes into force on 1st March 2020

The Netherlands

As of March 1, 2020, there is a duty to notify for employers abroad and relevant self-employed persons from countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland who have a temporary posting in the Netherlands

This applies in particular to posted professional drivers and own goods transport is also subject to the new regulation.

Read moreThe posting of workers for the Netherlands comes into force on 1st March 2020

Mobility package: Transport Committee backs deal with EU Ministers

Truck Parking
  • Clear rules on posting of drivers

  • Better enforcement to fight illegal practices

  • Improved rules on drivers’ rest times

 

A deal between Parliament and Finnish Presidency negotiators on reforming the road transport sector was approved by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday.

The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods carried out by non-resident hauliers on a temporary basis in a host member state) aim to put an end to distortion of competition in the road transport sector and provide better rest conditions for drivers.

Read moreMobility package: Transport Committee backs deal with EU Ministers

5 Reasons to Invest in a Vehicle Camera Solution

Vehicle Camera Solution

In today’s crash-for-cash climate, the presence of vehicle cameras is a rising trend that hasn’t gone unnoticed. From simple dash-cams to full multi-camera systems, installing a vehicle camera solution protects your drivers against false claims, improve driving behaviour and lower insurance premiums.

But the benefits don’t stop there. Have a read of our top 5 reasons why you should be investing today…

Read more5 Reasons to Invest in a Vehicle Camera Solution

EU agreed on a compromise agreement on mobility package

EU Mobility Package
EU Mobility Package

The negotiators from the EU Parliament and member states have agreed on a compromise on the controversial reform of the rules for truck drivers. After years of inquiries and difficult negotiations, EU countries have agreed on new rules for the road haulage sector. The new rules will be introduced in 2021 and will also cover Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.

The EU Parliament, Commission and Council of Ministers sat through one final night of negotiations and agreed at 6.30am on Thursday 12 December. The new legislation must be formally approved by the Council and the Parliament. After that, the 28 EU member states have 18 months to include the changes in national legislation. The rules will also cover EEA countries, i.e. Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

“The agreement means all those who run domestic transport companies in Ireland must offer Irish wages and working conditions and in Germany must offer German wages and working conditions. And if you are a permanent resident, you must register the truck and pay taxes in Sweden,” said Swedish MEP Johan Danielsson (S).

 

Read moreEU agreed on a compromise agreement on mobility package

No agreement in the first EU-Mobility Package meeting with the new elected MEP’s

Fines for cabin camping only in the act
Fines for cabin camping only in the act

No agreement in the first EU-Mobility Package meeting with the new elected MEP’s

Negotiators of the European Parliament and the Council did not find a compromise on planned reforms for road freight transport during the nightly meeting. Above all, the flexibility of drivers’ driving and rest periods is controversial. The EU Parliament and Council negotiators met in Strasbourg on Monday to Tuesday night to discuss their positions on the planned reforms to road freight transport. However, the seven-hour meeting failed to deliver a breakthrough, according to the Transport Review by Ismail Ertug, Deputy Group Chairman of the S & D Group in the European Parliament. When and how it will continue, is currently not foreseeable. There will probably be another meeting in one to two weeks.

While most of the three dossiers on amendments to cabotage, driving and rest time regulations and secondment agreements were foreseeable, the European Parliament and Council do not find each other in the flexibilization of drivers’ driving time and rest periods as proposed by the Council. The Council is committed to ensuring that two consecutive weekly rest periods are possible in future. Parliament wants drivers and vehicles in international traffic to return to their country of origin every four weeks by truck.

Read moreNo agreement in the first EU-Mobility Package meeting with the new elected MEP’s

Mercedes maker Daimler targets €1 billion in savings with job cuts

The Daimler Group has warned that tougher emissions rules in the EU will hurt its profits over the next two years. Daimler Group is struggling with falling profits as it looks to make a costly switch to electric vehicles. In the segment of vans and buses, the car manufacturer expects growth, and in the truck core markets a downturn.

The Daimler Group expects various commercial developments in the commercial vehicle segment in the future. In the course of further urbanization and the digitization of the trading business, the carmaker sees a growth field in the van business. In order to increase the competitiveness of Mercedes-Benz Vans, the material and personnel costs in this environment should nevertheless be reduced by 100 million euros.

As far as market share and profitability are concerned, the Daimler Group rank the Daimler Buses and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) business units among the best in the industry. Together, they would make up 55 per cent of sales. The profitability of Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Europe and Latin America –

Read moreMercedes maker Daimler targets €1 billion in savings with job cuts

Volvo Trucks Sells First Electric Trucks to Selected Markets in Europe

Volvo Trucks announced the start of sales of Volvo FL and Volvo FE electric trucks in selected markets within Europe, including for distribution and refuse collection, as the region faces increasing demand for environmentally conscious urban transport.

Volvo Electric Truck
Volvo Electric Truck

One challenge is to maximize the payload at the same time as optimizing the driving range, according to Volvo Trucks, a unit of Gothenburg, Sweden-based Volvo Group.

Read moreVolvo Trucks Sells First Electric Trucks to Selected Markets in Europe

Romanian MEP Adina Valean approved as European commissioner for transport

BUCHAREST (Romania), November 7 (SeeNews) – The European Commission (EC) said it has approved Romanian liberal MEP Adina Ioana Valean as the new commissioner for transport.

Adina Ioana Valean - Romanian EU Commissioner for transport
Adina Ioana Valean – Romanian EU Commissioner for transport

“Romania today nominated two candidates for the Commissioner position. Both candidates held interviews with the president-elect and performed well. The president-elect of the European Commission has decided that Adina Valean will take over the Transport portfolio,” EC deputy chief spokesperson Mina Andreeva said on Wednesday evening during a press briefing in Brussels, as seen in a video file posted on the Commission’s website.

Read moreRomanian MEP Adina Valean approved as European commissioner for transport

Are Europeans paying more at the pump because of increasing taxes?

How much more in taxes do petrol car drivers pay than diesel drivers, even though diesel engines are the main cause of the air pollution crisis in our cities? Which EU countries have managed to eliminate diesel’s unfair fiscal advantage? In which EU countries is zero tax levied on palm oil diesel? Answers to all these questions – and more – can be found in T&E’s interactive tool based on datasets of fuel consumption taxes for road transport in all 28 EU member states since 1995.

In real terms, today western Europeans pay less fuel tax than 20 years ago

Transport is the biggest emitter in the European Union. Road transport – cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles – accounts for 21% of total EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While climate change has become a political priority of the new Commission (aka the European Green Deal), in real terms (considering inflation), fuel taxes have decreased in recent decades. In fact, the sales-weighted average petrol and diesel fuel tax dropped from 64 cents per litre of fuel in 1998 to 54 cents in 2018.

Read moreAre Europeans paying more at the pump because of increasing taxes?

4 in 10 cars sold globally are SUVs – making them No 2 driver of emissions growth

The increasing sales of SUVs are the second-largest contributor to the rise in global CO2 emissions, the International Energy Agency has found. Between 2010 and 2018, the higher polluting vehicles SUVs doubled their global market share from 17% to 39%, sending their annual emissions to more than 700 megatonnes of CO2. That’s more than the annual total emissions of the UK and the Netherlands combined.

SUV

The IEA figures show that four in 10 cars sold worldwide last year were SUVs. In Europe, more than one in three cars sold were from that segment; in the US it’s one of every two cars sold.

Only the power drove a larger increase in carbon emissions, the IEA said. While highly profitable for carmakers to sell, SUVs are heavier and less aerodynamic – and therefore less fuel-efficient – than other cars.

Read more4 in 10 cars sold globally are SUVs – making them No 2 driver of emissions growth

World’s biggest truckmaker rules out gas trucks in pursuing carbon neutrality

The world’s biggest truck manufacturer, Daimler, has said it will no longer develop fossil gas-powered trucks as they will not advance its goal of offering a carbon-neutral fleet. Daimler Trucks said it would instead invest in electric and hydrogen lorries.

daimler truck eactros

Noting that gas engines are fossil-based Daimler Trucks and Bus head Martin Daum said the company was not going to ‘spend a lot of money on something that does not have a long-term future, when we can use that money much better elsewhere.’

Read moreWorld’s biggest truckmaker rules out gas trucks in pursuing carbon neutrality

MEP’s from Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania oppose part of the Macron Package

Bulgaria mulls taking Macron’s ‘mobility package’ to EU court

Bulgaria mulls taking Macron’s ‘mobility package’ to EU court

Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania oppose part of the changes.

The “Macron Package” introduces new rules for posted drivers, including a higher minimum wage and regulation of their stay in proper accommodation or in Safe and Secure Parking Places. The most contentious issue is the return of empty trucks to their country of origin once every four weeks. This would prevent transport companies from Central and Eastern Europe from providing their services to the market of Western Europe, the so-called “cabotage”.

Read moreMEP’s from Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania oppose part of the Macron Package

The EU Mobility Packages – Europe on the Move

Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen

Transport and mobility policies look set to go into overdrive under the next European Commission, as a heady mix of climate change ambition and competition concerns dictate the direction of travel. This is what the vision looks like.

Incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen built support for her candidacy by pledging to put green policies at the heart of her five-year-long mandate. Her nominations for Commissioners have largely reflected that promise.

“It is great to see the challenge being recognised in the appointment of Timmermans as vice-president for the EU Green Deal. This is a major assignment. Reaching climate-neutrality won’t be easy,” according to policy analyst Annika Herdberg.

Read moreThe EU Mobility Packages – Europe on the Move

Preventing lorries being used as weapons (‘VAWS’)

Countering Vehicle as a Weapon: Best Practice Guidance for Goods Vehicle Operators and Drivers has just been released by the UK Department for Transport and addresses VAW attacks, writes Tim Norris of Ashtons LegalSolicitors.  

VAW stands for ‘Vehicle as a Weapon’.  Such an attack requires relatively low-level preparation and little or no training but is potentially devastating in its impact. The guidance categorises all goods vehicles within that term to include anything from a small van to a large lorry.  

Best Practice Guidance covers:

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Driver CPC – two months to go for the deadline of 9 September 2019

DCPC

Only 2 months to go for professional truck, bus and coach drivers’ to complete their Driver CPC training before the September deadline.

All drivers need to make sure they’ve completed 7 hours of periodic training by 9 September 2019.

 

Check how much training your driver/drivers’ have done

Read moreDriver CPC – two months to go for the deadline of 9 September 2019