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COVID-19 advice note and financial standing updated

12 Nov 2020

The Traffic Commissioners have updated the advice note issued to assist operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


The updates include changes to the process for temporary Local Bus Service Registration variations in England, Scotland and Wales. The provision to allow short notice temporary variations will now continue beyond 4 January 2021 in view of the continuing uncertainty facing operators. This provision will be reviewed on 1 March 2021.


After ten months of the fee being waived the £60 registration fee will be reintroduced for any temporary changes made from 4 January 2021. In England and Scotland, there will be changes to the notification periods from 4 January 2021.


In addition, the updated advice note covers:

•            clarification of when a vehicle is off the road during periods of lockdown for the purposes                    of maintenance (Q7)

•            recognition of the extension of the furlough scheme until 31 March 2021


Read more about the latest updated to the traffic commissioners' COVID-19 advice for operators


The Senior Traffic Commissioner’s Statutory Document No. 2 on Finance has been updated to reflect new financial standing levels for January 2021. The new levels will be £8200 for the first vehicle and £4550 for each subsequent vehicle.