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Is COVID-19 misinformation causing you to take unnecessary risks?

15 November 2020

Source: Driving for Better Business.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced multiple different industries and organisations to adjust their normal working practices, introduce temporary measures and even relax certain regulations in a bid to help operations continue amidst unprecedented challenges.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is no different. On 20th March, it announced that MOTs for heavy vehicles would be suspended for up to three months, as would driving tests except for critical workers. Five days later, it announced a six-month MOT extension for cars, vans and motorcycles.

With a variety of different announcements taking place at the same time, there is a risk of misinformation being circulated, especially on social media. Some individuals are misinterpreting the relaxation of certain rules – for example, failing to understand that drivers’ hours regulations were modified to support essential workers – not all workers. Organisations which misinterpret the legislation could fall foul of fines, reputational damage and putting their drivers’ welfare at risk through unsafe shift patterns.

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