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Consultations Documents





Allowing NHS ambulance services to carry out driving tests for their staff

Consultation description


In Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland), driving tests are carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Some organisations are allowed to carry out tests for their own staff. This consultation is seeking views on allowing:

  • NHS ambulance services and foundation trusts to carry out driving tests for their staff
  • emergency services and the Ministry of Defence to carry out driving tests for each other

This consultation is about extending the delegated testing arrangements that are available to police and fire services to NHS ambulance services and foundation trusts. It is also about allowing the services to conduct driving tests for one another, which we call ‘cross-testing’.


It has been DVSA’s intention to make these changes for some time. This is because some police and fire services have told us that they would like to co-operate in the way that they go about driver training and testing. More recently, the MoD has also expressed an interest in this idea.


Finally, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has reinforced our view and given urgency to the need for delegated testing to be available to NHS ambulance services. Although DVSA was able to provide tests for ambulance drivers and paramedics during the national lockdowns (for England, Scotland, and Wales), the proposal would have provided good options and additional resilience.


This consultation seeks your views on both of these proposals. It applies to Great Britain, but not to Northern Ireland as driver testing there is not run by DVSA. There is a series of questions about the possible impacts on road safety and how the NHS and emergency services might adjust their approach to driver testing if these changes are made.


Further information:




Consultation closes 24th August 2021


Changes to the UK operator licensing regime and arrangements for the temporary posting of workers in the UK and EU: request for evidence


The current O Licensing regime covers goods vehicles weighing 3.5 tonnes and over, over and larger passenger carrying vehicles .

The consultation seeks views and information as to the changes set to take place in 2022.  Under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) negotiated between the UK and EU there was an agreement to extent the O licensing regime to include goods vehicles of 2.5 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes gross weight, medium and large vans.

The consultation ends on 24th August 2021, and is your chance to have your say.








Consultation on the proposed merchant shipping (radiocommunications) (amendment) regulations 2021

Consultation closes at: 11:45pm on 11 May 2021

Consultation description

This consultation seeks your views on the draft merchant shipping (radiocommunications) (amendment) regulations 2021 that propose to implement an up-to-date version of chapter IV of the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS) into UK law and give direct effect to future changes to chapter IV by means of a power to make an ambulatory reference to those international requirements.

The 2021 regulations will amend the existing merchant shipping (radio installations) regulations 1998 to limit their application to ships engaged on domestic voyages which fall outside the scope of chapter IV.

This package of legislative changes will include the introduction of two new M-Notices; a merchant shipping notice that will revise the (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)) requirements in the 1998 regulations and a marine guidance notice that gives guidance on aspects of the application of chapter IV.

A full list of consultation questions is contained in section 5 of the consultation document.

Responses and the evaluation form are welcome from Tuesday 16th March 2021 until Tuesday 11th May 2021.

Further details: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/969232/Annex_G_-_Consultation_Document_-Radio_Regulations_.pdf


Consultation: Ending the sale of new diesel buses

Applies to: England

Summary: Proposes ending the selling of new diesel buses within England.

Consultation closes at: 11:59pm on 11 April 2021

Consultation description

Consultation proposing ending the sales of new diesel buses in England. The exact year of withdrawal is a subject of the consultation as well as the views on the:

  • impacts on different sectors of industry and society
  • barriers to achieve the proposal
  • measures to be used by us and others to support phase out

​This consultation was announced in the national bus strategy for England and part of the Independent Committee on Climate Change’s advice on meeting the UK’s commitment to end its contribution to climate change by 2050.

Further information and consultation document:





13. NEW CONSULTATIONChanges proposed for Highway Code

This consultation closes at
31st March 2021


Highways England are seeking views on proposed changes to The Highway Code that are intended to improve safety for users of motorways and other high-speed roads.  

Proposed amendments will include new and additional guidance on:

•            the availability, appearance, and safe use of emergency areas

•            the use of variable speed limits to manage congestion

•            the use of the red ‘X’ sign to close lanes and provide a safer area for the people and vehicles

              involved in incidents and roadworks

•            the use of hard shoulders that become extra lanes during periods of congestion

•            how road users can help keep themselves safe in the event of a breakdown

•            how safety cameras are employed to promote compliance with speed limits and lane


Highways England also propose to include guidance that strengthens the Code in relation to other factors that are contributing to incidents on motorways and other high-speed roads such as:

•            driver fatigue

•            unroadworthy vehicles

•            unsafe towing

•            tailgating

The consultation period runs from 1 March 2021 until 23:59 on 29 March 2021

Use the link below to respond to the consultation






12. NEW CONSULTATION - Union connectivity review: call for evidence

This consultation closed at
4pm on 30 December 2020



Invites responses to an independent review, led by Sir Peter Hendy, on how transport can support economic growth and quality of life across the UK.

Consultation description

On 30 June 2020, the Prime Minister announced an independent review, led by Sir Peter Hendy, of how the quality and availability of transport infrastructure across the UK can support economic growth and quality of life across the whole of the UK.

This union connectivity review will provide independent advice to the UK government.

The terms of reference were published on 3 October 2020.

The government has asked Sir Peter to consult widely, and this call for evidence seeks views and responses from:

  • industry
  • academics
  • local authorities
  • engineering experts
  • the general public

further information:




Consultation on next steps for more environmentally friendly haulage

Government launches 2 consultations following successful trial of longer semi-trailers, which have been shown to cut emissions and boost haulier productivity.

  • government launches consultation on introducing longer goods vehicles permanently to Britain’s roads
  • trial shows longer semi-trailers (LSTs) reduce haulage miles, emissions and accidents
  • consultation on next steps forms part of wider plans by government to decarbonise transport while supporting a green recovery

Longer goods vehicles that increase productivity and reduce haulier emission levels could become a permanent fixture on Britain’s roads as the government today (Monday 9 November 2020) launches a consultation into their future.

Longer than conventional heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) but not heavier, LSTs can carry 3 more rows of supermarket goods cages on each journey compared with existing trailers.

A trial of LSTs that has been underway for the past 7 years has shown that they’ve saved lorry drivers travelling millions of miles – cutting emissions and boosting productivity. In the past year alone, the 2,600 vehicles involved in the trial have saved lorry drivers 33.5 million miles and 48,000 tonnes of CO2 – equivalent to taking over 20,000 cars off the road. The results also show the trailers were involved in fewer personal injury collisions compared with standard size HGVs.

Off the back of these positive results, the government has proposed to end the trials early and, through today’s consultation, seek views on whether LSTs should be allowed to permanently operate on roads across the UK.



Expanding the offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving to include non-connected mobile application actions

Consultation proposing:

  • broadening the offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving so that it captures standalone mode functions as well as the existing interactive communication functions
  • to introduce a new exemption to the using a hand-held mobile phone while driving offence to allow drivers to make contactless payments using a mobile phone at appropriate locations, for example at drive through food outlets

These changes, if implemented, will need to be reflected in The Highway Code, and the consultation document includes the suggested revised wording.

This is an open consultation closing at 11:59pm on 17 January 2021

Further information:


9.  CONSULTATION - closed

Enforcing Operation Brock plans in 2021

Published 3 August 2020

From: Department for Transport


Proposes legislative amendments for enforcing traffic management plans for outbound heavy commercial vehicles in Kent after the EU transition period.

This consultation closes at - 11:59pm on 23 August 2020

Consultation description

After the EU transition period ends, the EU will impose new controls on goods arriving from Great Britain potentially causing disruption to heavy commercial vehicles (HCV) traffic moving through the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel and the Short Straits Channel crossing.

in 2019, when facing a similar problem and with help of Kent Resilience Forum we implemented Operation Brock to manage HCV traffic and deal with any potential disruptions which was supported by 3 statutory instruments.

As this may occur again at the end of the 2020 EU transition period we are proposing:

  • extending the sunset clauses in the SIs to end of October 2021
  • updating road layouts to reflect potential changes to the Operation Brock plans
  • alter border readiness plans so checks are completed with an online system, called the Smart Freight Service, and take place outside Kent

We are additionally suggesting extra options for supporting HCV traffic management in Kent.




8.  CONSULTATION - closed 

Open consultation

Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders


Proposes amending The Highway Code to introduce a hierarchy of road users, clarify pedestrian and cyclist priority, establish safer overtaking.

This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 27 October 2020

Consultation description

Consultation seeking views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly the groups of:

  • cyclists
  • pedestrians
  • horse riders

The main alterations to the code being proposed are:

  • introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
  • clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road,
  • providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions to advise drivers to give priority to cyclists at junctions when travelling straight ahead
  • establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders

Respond on line or complete a response form.

Further information:


7.  CONSULTATION - closed

Open consultation

Increasing the renewable transport fuel obligation buy-out price for biofuels suppliers


Proposes increasing the renewable transport fuel obligation (RTFO) buy-out price for fuels suppliers in order to continue greenhouse gas savings.

This consultation closes at

11:59pm on 11 August 2020

Consultation description

Suggests increasing the RTFO buy-out price for fuel suppliers and to ensure the continued greenhouse gas savings through biofuels.

Recent increases in the cost of biofuels relative to petrol and diesel mean that there is a greater risk that suppliers may ‘buy-out’ of their obligations to supply renewable transport fuel.

This would result in lost greenhouse gas savings plus impacts on the UK biofuels industry.

To combat this threat, we propose increasing the RTFO buy-out price to ensure the continued supply of biofuels and other renewable fuels.

Response form returned by email


6.  CONSULTATION - closed - 

Roads policing review: future methods to improve safety and reduce


This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 5 October 2020

Consultation description

We are reviewing existing roads policing to:

  • identify which current methods are most effective
  • understand how the capability and capacity of enforcement services can be enhanced to improve safety and reduce future casualties on roads

As part of the review we are exploring how:

  • we can better use intelligence to target dangerous behaviours
  • technology can assist in enforcing road traffic law now and in the future
  • to better understand the value of enforcement in influencing road user behaviour

Since 2010, we have seen a plateauing in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads after years of steadily declining numbers and have instituted this review to combat that situation.


5. CONSULTATION - closed - 

Regulating CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans after transition

Consultation closes at 11:59pm on 21 August 2020

Consultation description

There are plans for a CO2 emissions regulatory scheme for new cars and vans registered in the UK after the EU transition period ends.

We seek views on suggested:

  • implementation plans
  • operational procedures

The scheme will be implemented after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. It aims to ensure continuity to the regulation of CO2 emissions from new cars and vans when they are first registered in the UK.


4.  CONSULATION - closed - 

Regulating CO2 emission standards for new heavy-duty vehicles after transition

Consultation closes at 11:59pm on 21 August 2020

Consultation description

There are plans for a CO2 emissions regulatory scheme for new heavy-duty vehicles registered in the UK after the EU transition period ends.

We seek views on suggested:

  • implementation plans
  • operational procedures

The scheme will be implemented after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. It aims to ensure continuity to the regulation of CO2 emissions from new heavy-duty vehicles when they are first registered in the UK.




3.   consultation closed - CONSULTATION - Future of transport regulatory review: call for evidence on micromobility vehicles, flexible bus services and mobility as a service

Consultation description

​Call for evidence asking for information and views on 3 areas of the ‘Future of transport regulatory review’. The 3 areas are:

  • micromobility vehicles
  • flexible bus services
  • mobility as a service (MaaS)

This call for evidence asks:

  • whether certain micromobility vehicles (such as electric scooters) should be permitted on the road, and if so what vehicle and user requirements would be appropriate.
  • how effective existing rules are around flexible bus services, and which other areas of the bus, taxi and private hire vehicle framework should be considered in this review.
  • what the opportunities and risks of MaaS platforms might be, and what role central and local governments should play in their development.

The ‘Future of transport regulatory review’ was first announced in March 2019 as part of the Future of mobility: urban strategy.



2.  consultation closed - Consultation proposing on introducing E10 petrol for UK vehicles.

Proposals on how to introduce E10 petrol for vehicle use throughout in the UK.

This consultation closes at  11:45pm on 3 May 2020

Consultation proposing on introducing E10 petrol for UK vehicles.

Unleaded petrol currently contains up to 5% bioethanol, a grade known as E5, whereas E10 petrol contains up to 10% bioethanol and is not currently available.

This consultation is:

  • proposing introducing E10 petrol as the 95 octane “Premium” grade
  • proposing ensuring the ongoing availability of E5 petrol in the higher octane “Super” grade only
  • proposing amending the mandatory labelling of E10 petrol
  • launching a call for evidence on future transport biofuels policy

Introducing E10 petrol:

  • will reduce CO2 emissions from petrol vehicles
  • could help the UK meet emissions reductions targets

This consultation is a result of suggested actions from the E10 and consumer protection government response

This consultation follows our 2018 call for evidence into whether and how E10 could be introduced in the UK.

Published 4 March 2020

Last updated 27 March 2020 — see all updates

From: Department for Transport



1.  consultation closed - Older tyre ban in bid to improve road safety

The consultation follows the 'Tyred' campaign by Francis Molloy, whose son Michael died in a coach crash caused by a 19 year old tyre in 2012.

The consulation launched on 23 June runs for 10 weeks closing on 1st September 2019 at 11:45pm.  The consultation asks whether older tyres should be banned on buses, coaches, lorries and minibuses as well as whether the ban should be extended to taxis and private hire vehicles.

DVSA have already advised bus operators not to use older at the front of their vehicles and the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness has been updated to reflect the advice that older tyres should not be used on the front axles of heavy goods vehicles as well as buses and coaches.

Consultation available on the link:

DfT - On a proposed ban on tyres aged 10 years and older from heavy goods vehicles, heavy trailers, buses, coaches and minibuses.