COVID-19 – Statutory Directions Updated

The Traffic Commissioners have updated their coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for transport operators.

The update, issued on 23rd June, details changes to legal issues including:

  • an increase to the maximum time given for a period of grace for financial standing an operator can receive from 6 months to 12 months
  • return of in-person tribunal hearings from 6th July 2020
  • information about requesting temporary variations to local bus services ahead of a return to normal services as lockdown restrictions ease
  • virtual training

Financial Standing Periods of Grace

The maximum period of grace for financial standing that an operator can seek has increased.

The law has now been changed to increase the maximum to 12 months, with the Senior Traffic Commissioner suggesting an initial 6-month starting point, up from the previous 6-month maximum and 4-month starting point.

This extension applies to any determination made between 1st March 2020 and 30th September 2020, giving operators the opportunity to recover their finances during the extended period following the resumption of normal trading as the lockdown eases.

To view the STC’s updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Document, click here.