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Department for Transport
16 Jan 2021, 9:24 a.m.

Information and Advice Sites are available across the UK for HGV, LGV and van drivers and crew to: ✅ Take a free COVID-19 test ✅ Complete a free border readiness check to ensure correct documentation to cross the EU border Find your nearest Site 👉 https://t.co/ntvGXXV2IB https://t.co/v01G3F2AAe


Departmental Publication
Department for Transport

Jan. 16 2021

Main Page: Carry out international road haulage
Relevant Document: Road Haulage Association (webpage) Guidance and Regulation
Departmental Publication
Department for Transport

Jan. 16 2021

Main Page: Carry out international road haulage
Relevant Document: Carry out international road haulage (webpage) Guidance and Regulation
Departmental Publication
Department for Transport

Jan. 15 2021

Main Page: Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce meeting, 14 January 2021
Relevant Document: Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce meeting, 14 January 2021 (webpage) News and Communications
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Department for Transport
15 Jan 2021, 6:59 p.m.

All UK Travel Corridors suspended to protect against new COVID-19 variants. From 4am Mon 18 Jan, all travellers to the UK (including British & Irish nationals) must: ✅Take a test in the 3 days before departure ✅Self-isolate for 10 days 👉https://t.co/POzQEu5Ndr https://t.co/nCdUfav6P8


Departmental Publication
Department for Transport

Jan. 15 2021

Main Page: All UK travel corridors temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants
Relevant Document: All UK travel corridors temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants (webpage) News and Communications
Written Question
Passengers: Coronavirus
15 Jan 2021, 3 p.m.

Questioner: Baroness Randerson

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a requirement, once possible, for air, sea and rail passengers arriving in England to have had a vaccination against COVID-19 as an alternative to such passengers being required to have a recent negative test result before entry.

Answer (Baroness Vere of Norbiton)

The Government wants to open up international travel in a responsible and safe manner as set out in the recommendations of the Global Travel Taskforce Report, and we will continue to be guided by the science including whether COVID-19 vaccines could be used to facilitate international travel in future. We are working with partner countries on a range of issues to ensure an internationally recognised approach to enable travel.


Written Question
Motor Vehicles: Testing
15 Jan 2021, 2:58 p.m.

Questioner: Catherine West

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of further extending the MOT eligibility period in response to the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown.

Answer (Rachel Maclean)

MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans were automatically extended by six months from 30 March 2020 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These extensions ceased from 1 August 2020 and there are no current plans to reintroduce extensions to MOT due dates.

Most garages remain open and are carrying out MOTs. MOT garages have received guidance on how to carry out MOT tests in a COVID-19 secure way and many MOT providers have also been able to introduce contact-free testing services, including pick-up and drop-off of vehicles.


Departmental Publication
Department for Transport

Jan. 15 2021

Main Page: Use of tyres aged more than 10-years on goods vehicles, buses and coaches
Relevant Document: Use of tyres aged more than 10-years on goods vehicles, buses and coaches (webpage) Guidance and Regulation
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Department for Transport
15 Jan 2021, 10:49 a.m.

If you're travelling to England, you must take a test in the 3 days before your departure. You could be fined £500 on arrival to England without a valid negative test result. For more guidance on testing, follow the link 👉 https://t.co/h2vkwDqBCm #TravelSafely https://t.co/BiBxLWY2S3


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Department for Transport
14 Jan 2021, 9:01 p.m.

From 4am Fri 15 Jan, we're removing Chile, Madeira & the Azores from the #TravelCorridor list. At 4am Sat 16 Jan, Aruba, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba & Qatar will also be removed. Arrivals to England from these countries will need to self-isolate👉https://t.co/VbzpQfWJph


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Department for Transport
14 Jan 2021, 8:46 p.m.

From 4am Fri 15 Jan, we're removing Chile, Madeira and the Azores from the #TravelCorridor list. At 4am Sat 16 Jan, Aruba, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius, Saba and Qatar will also be removed. Arrivals to England from these countries will need to self-isolate👉https://t.co/VbzpQfWJph


Tweet
Department for Transport
14 Jan 2021, 6:08 p.m.

Travel Update Due to a new strain of #coronavirus identified in Brazil, travel into England from countries in South America, as well as Panama, Cape Verde and Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) will be suspended from 04:00 15 Jan 2021.✈️🚢 👉 https://t.co/mTINHvq4Le https://t.co/IOcwFA83hs


Written Question
Business Travel: Coronavirus
14 Jan 2021, 5:36 p.m.

Questioner: Jim McMahon

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government last reviewed the merits of its decision to exempt high value business travellers from existing covid-19 quarantine restrictions for international arrivals in England.

Answer (Robert Courts)

The Secretary of State must review the need for the requirements imposed by the “Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”) at least every 28 days. This means determining whether each of the requirements remain necessary to achieving the public health aims of the Regulations. The statutory review includes consideration of both the requirement for international arrivals to complete a Passenger Locator Form and the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days, as well as consideration of the package of the measures as a whole including exemptions. Each restriction is judged by reference to its continuing necessity as the pandemic develops; and based on the available information at each stage about the effectiveness and impact of the measures in reducing the domestic transmission from imported cases of COVID-19.

The last review of the Regulations was completed on 11th January 2021. The next review of the Regulations must be completed by 8th February 2021.


Departmental Publication
Department for Transport

Jan. 14 2021

Main Page: Travel from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde banned to prevent spread of new variant
Relevant Document: Travel from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde banned to prevent spread of new variant (webpage) News and Communications
Written Question
Railways: Construction
14 Jan 2021, 4:33 p.m.

Questioner: Sarah Olney

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average cost of reinstating one mile of rail track on a disused line where the track bed remains available.

Answer (Chris Heaton-Harris)

The Department has made no such estimate. The Government is progressing work on a number of rail reinstatement schemes through its Restoring Your Railway programme. Each scheme will have unique characteristics in terms of the works required to deliver the desired train service outputs.


Written Question
Bridges: East Renfrewshire
14 Jan 2021, 4:04 p.m.

Questioner: Kirsten Oswald

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons Highways England is responsible for determining the future development of the bridges between Neilston and Uplawmoor on a former rail line in East Renfrewshire.

Answer (Rachel Maclean)

In addition to its primary role as highway authority for the strategic road network in England, Highways England manages the Historical Railways Estate on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport across England, Scotland and Wales. It is planning to infill up to twenty-three bridge structures in Scotland over the next five years for the purpose of maintaining the safety of nearby communities and the drivers who use the roads which cross them.

East Renfrewshire Council has indicated that there are future plans for the former Lanarkshire and Ayrshire railway. There will be further discussions between Highways England and the local authority about plans for the three bridges. Highways England enjoys a strong working relationship with local councils, allowing for an open dialogue about local authority responsibilities and the potential future use or transfer of ownership of bridges.


Written Question
Driving Tests: Coronavirus
14 Jan 2021, 3:31 p.m.

Questioner: Patricia Gibson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to extend Driving Theory Test certificates, in view of the fact that many learner drivers find their certificates will expire before the current period of lockdown is likely to end.

Answer (Rachel Maclean)

The maximum duration of two years between passing the theory test and a subsequent practical test is in place for road safety reasons; to ensure that a candidate’s knowledge is current. This validity period is set in legislation and the Government has no current plans to lay further legislation to extend it.

It is important that road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills are up to date at the critical point that they drive unsupervised for the first time. Those with theory test certificates expiring may have taken their test in early 2019. Since then, their lessons and practice sessions will have been significantly curtailed during recent lockdowns and it is likely that their knowledge base will have diminished. Research suggests that this would be particularly harmful for hazard perception skills, a key factor in road safety.

Ensuring new drivers have current relevant knowledge and skills is a vital part of the training of new drivers, who are disproportionality represented in casualty statistics. Taking all this into consideration, the decision has been made not to extend theory test certificates and learners will need to pass another theory test if their certificate expires.


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Department for Transport
14 Jan 2021, 11:16 a.m.

Travellers to England from 4am on Monday 18 January must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 3 days before boarding. Arrivals from countries not on the Travel Corridor list need to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of result 👉 https://t.co/cwV8vCngw7 https://t.co/YQ7cu8JWJQ


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Department for Transport
14 Jan 2021, 10:16 a.m.

We want your views on how to improve rail journeys in #Manchester, so when passengers start travelling again their trains run on time.🚆 Find out more about the proposals to make services in the #North more reliable & have your say here 👉 https://t.co/l9Pjc3e31h #YourRailway https://t.co/X6FsmE0am3


Departmental Publication
Department for Transport

Jan. 14 2021

Main Page: Timetable options to improve rail performance in the north of England
Relevant Document: Timetable options to improve rail performance in the north of England (webpage) Open consultation
Departmental Publication
Department for Transport

Jan. 14 2021

Main Page: Timetable options to improve rail performance in the north of England
Relevant Document: Timetable options to improve rail performance in the north of England (PDF) Open consultation
Departmental Publication
Department for Transport

Jan. 14 2021

Main Page: Consultation launched to improve Manchester’s railways
Relevant Document: Consultation launched to improve Manchester’s railways (webpage) News and Communications
Secondary Legislation

Laid - 14 Jan 2021 In Force Not stated

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Pre-Departure Testing and Operator Liability) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Department: Department for Transport
Made negative procedure
Parliamentary Status - Legislation

Part 1 of these Regulations amends the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/568) to introduce a requirement for persons travelling to England from outside the open borders area comprising the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland (the “common …


Bill Documents
14 Jan 2021 - Amendment papers
HL Bill 98-I(a) Amendments for Report, supplementary to the marshalled list (PDF)
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] 2019-21 - Government Bill