CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) STATEMENT
Old Group’s first priority through these unprecedented times is to
protect the health and safety of our staff and customers.
a multi site group we are prepared for market disruption. We have also
implemented many sensible measures per site, to support our readiness
and ongoing ability to deliver our services to our customers.
of Old along with all logistics companies are aligned with the British
government, "Whatever it takes" to protect the supply chain that
provides food, medicine and other necessary goods to the population.
are constantly monitoring the situation, following the guidance
provided, and will update you accordingly with all developments.
Knights of Old
#NHSCovidHeroesFor those on the front line, the fighting force that keeps going - we owe so much to our NHS
TEMPORARY RELAXATION OF DRIVERS' HOURS 23:59 16/04/2020
In response to requests from Industry, the Department for Transport
has, pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006, agreed to
a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of EU
drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for the drivers of
vehicles involved in the delivery of food, non-food (personal care and
household paper and cleaning) and over the counter pharmaceuticals when
undertaking the following journeys:
1) Distribution centre to stores (or fulfilment centre)
2) From manufacturer or supplier to distribution centre (including backhaul collections)
3) From manufacturer or supplier to store (or fulfilment centre)
4) Between distribution centres and transport hub trunking
5) Transport hub deliveries to stores
This exemption does not apply to drivers undertaking deliveries directly to consumers.
This temporary relaxation applies from 00:01 on Wednesday 18 March
2020 and will run until 23:59 on Thursday 16 April 2020 and will apply
only to the drivers specified in this notice. The Department reserves
the right to withdraw the relaxation earlier or extend the relaxation if
The department wishes to make clear that driver safety must not be
Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired -
employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their
employees and other road users.
For the drivers and work in question, the EU drivers’ hours rules can be temporarily relaxed as follows:
a) Replacement of the EU daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
b) Reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;
c) Lifting the weekly (56 hours) and fortnightly driving limits (90 hours) to 60 and 96 hours respectively;
d) Postponement of the requirement to start a weekly rest period
after six-24 hours periods, for after seven 24 hours period; although
two regular weekly rest periods or a regular and a reduced weekly rest
period will still be required within a fortnight;
e) The requirements for daily breaks of 45 minutes after 4.5 hours
driving replaced with replaced with a break of 45 minutes after 5.5
hours of driving.
Drivers’ must not use relaxation ‘a’ and ‘d’ at the same time. This is to ensure drivers are able to get adequate rest.
The practical implementation of the temporary relaxation should be
through agreement between employers and employees and/or driver
The drivers in question must note on the back of their tachograph
charts or printouts the reasons why they are exceeding the normally
permitted limits. This is usual practice in emergencies and is, of
course, essential for enforcement purposes.
KEY WORKER SCHOOLING: 20/03/2020
And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the
spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they
should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a
limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children
whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely
cared for at home.
Health and social care
Education and childcare
Key public services
Local and national government
Food and other necessary goods
Public safety and national security
Utilities, communication and financial services
light of the current Corona-Virus (COVID-19) situation, the business is
putting as many sensible precautions in place to protect all staff.
Until further notice extra cleaning of vehicles will take place.
PLANT 1: All
group vehicles that come onto site must go through the vehicle wash,
afterwards a team of cleaners will spray the high risk external areas
i.e. handles, doors, straps. and they will give the driver cleaning
equipment for the driver to clean the inside of the cab.
completed they will issue a vehicle cleaned permit to the vehicle and
this will be needed for this vehicle to be released from site, if a
driver doesn’t have the permit they will repeat this process before
PLANT 4: All
group Artics must go to plant 1 daily, all other vehicles that come on
site a team of cleaners will spray the high risk external areas i.e.
handles, doors, straps. and they will clean the inside of the cab.
WESTLANDS: Shunter will spray the high risk external areas i.e. handles, doors, straps. and they will clean the inside of the cab.
ALL OTHER SITES: Group drivers will be given the equipment to clean vehicles.
MHE: All group drivers will be given the equipment to clean the machine during and at the end of the shift.
GETAC AND TABLET USAGE:
light of the current Corona-Virus (COVID-19) situation, the business is
putting as many sensible precautions in place to protect staff and
We have made the discussion to temporary change
the process when delivering stock to any customer site and getting the
customer’s signature as proof of delivery.
The temporary process
will be that the Driver puts an X where the customer signature normally
goes and then asks their name and prints the name below.
This will continue until the end of the pandemic and then revert.
(Covid-19): Knights of Old Group’s first priority in this exceptional
time is to protect the health and safety of its staff and customers.
are monitoring every new development and adopting our response on a
daily basis. As the situation evolves we will continue to provide our
staff with clear, factual information so that they can provide our
customers with the most up to date advice.
of Old Group’s first priority in this exceptional time is to protect
the health and safety of its staff and customers and are committed to
the following actions:
Keeping staff updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure in the workplace.
Ensuring all staff contact and emergency contact details are up to date.
managers know how to spot symptoms of coronavirus and are clear on any
relevant processes, e.g. sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures
in case someone in the workplace develops the virus.
Ensuring there are clean places to wash hands with soap and hot water and encourage everyone to wash their hands regularly.
Staff capacity and mitigation of service failure
- Providing access to hand sanitisers (if available) to staff and visitors.
- Keep gates/doors open to reduce contact.
- Reduce / eliminate meetings or gatherings of employees.
- Reduce / eliminate physical contact for all.
- Reduce / eliminate employee’s movement between buildings / sites.
- Implement home working if possible.
- Ensure a distance of 2m between workers where possible.
- Monitor all visitors to our sites on their previous destinations, foreign travel or any Corona Virus related illnesses.
- Request information from delivery points of any previous cases or potential cases of Corona Virus.
all managers in procedure in the event of an employee demonstrating
suspected Corona Virus symptoms or calling in sick with suspected Corona
- Removing any employee / visitor from any Knights of Old
Group site who display suspected Corona Virus symptoms and clean any
work stations / vehicles used.
- Increase frequency and intensity of cleaning routines including vehicles, work stations and communal areas
are committed to maintain our services during this difficult period and
have put the following measures in place to ensure there is minimal
disruption to our operations.
- At Knights of Old group we
have our own in house agency supplier and this puts us in a rather
unique position in terms of resource and this combined with our
preferred user subcontractors and partners puts us in a very strong
position to sustain a period of disruption within the business.
are ensuring that key personnel are limiting meeting in person and are
located in different geographical areas of the business including home
working when possible.
- We have assessed at each site and
individual departments to identify any staff that can be used to
backfill critical roles should any staff member contract coronavirus and
need to self-isolate at home.
- We have assessed those employees with multiple licenses who would be able to backfill operative / driver roles if necessary.
would like to thank you for your continued support during this time and
please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further
is on everyone’s mind at the moment and Knights of Old is taking a
proactive and common-sense approach to reassure our customers.
recognise that our sites hosts drivers from around the UK and Europe on
a daily basis and we are following the latest advice from the
government. We have introduced additional measures to ensure the highest
levels of workplace hygiene.
- We are following government advice and will respond where appropriate and communicate any changes with staff.
- We regularly clean all areas of the sites used by drivers and have hand-washing facilities for drivers.
- All staff have access to hand-washing facilities, especially our FLT drivers who access vehicles and communal areas.
- Office staff have hand wash, sanitiser and wipes to disinfect surfaces such as keyboards, phones and desks.