DKV virtual gig raises €20,000
to fight coronavirus
An online live concert recently hosted by BAR Affiliate DKV has
raised €20,000 to help Italian frontline healthcare workers in the
battle against coronavirus (Covid-19).
Soulmates vocalist Jeanette Ekua Assiamah and multi-instrumentalist
DKV distributed medical care packages to ensure safe
journeys for drivers delivering essential supplies during
June 2020 Removals & Storage 9
DKV’s “Next Unplugged” event, which featured a
performance from German festival-favourite duo
Soulmates, raised the funds for SOSLambrate, an
Italian charity providing volunteer emergency
assistance such as ambulance and telephone support
to medical services in the city of Milan.
The concert was streamed online to all DKV
employees. Donations were made for every participant
in attendance and the grand total was doubled by DKV.
Delivering healthcare packages
for HGV drivers
In addition, to support heavy goods vehicle (HGV)
drivers undertaking deliveries of essential supplies
through the pandemic, DKV has distributed several
hundred care packages containing respiratory marks,
lunchboxes and hygiene guidance at rest stops across
The BAR Affiliate recently carried out a similar
campaign at roadside restaurants in Poland and is
planning further initiatives for many more countries
on the continent.
For more information, visit
Online motorway services directory to
ease long-distance trips
A new website launched by the Department for Transport shows drivers and crews on long-distance jobs
which motorway service stations are open and operational during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The online directory provides live updates on the status of all motorway services on the national road
network, the facilities available at each site (including parking, fuel, convenience stores and food), as well as
any closures or service interruptions.
Find out what financial support your
business is eligible for
The Government has launched a new online tool to
help businesses and self-employed workers identify
what financial support is available to them during the
coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The gov.uk tool asks business owners to complete a
brief online questionnaire before directing them to a
list of government loans, grants and other schemes that
they may be eligible for.
parked up fleets
Michelin has detailed basic steps to help road
transport companies protect the condition of their
tyres during extended parking and quickly return
their vehicles to service without the need to replace
This follows a recent survey by the Road
Haulage Association (RHA), which found that
46% of the UK’s heavy goods vehicle (HGV) fleet
– around 240,000 trucks – had been laid up with
no work in April as a result of the coronavirus
Michelin warns that tyres are not designed to
support the weight of a parked truck or trailer
indefinitely and require routine precautions to
protect them against gradual damage. To prepare
vehicles for prolonged parking, Michelin advises
operators to inspect all tyres for visible damage and
abnormal wear that could deteriorate over time.
They should also check that cold tyre pressure is in
line with the manufacturer’s recommendation, and
that an appropriate valve cap is fitted to each tyre.
Ideally, these checks should be repeated
on a monthly basis, and any pressure loss
investigated and remedied. Every four months it
is recommended that vehicles should be driven
around a yard or, at the very least, their tyres
rotated a quarter turn. Before re-entering any
vehicle or trailer into operation, tyres should once
again be visually inspected for wear and checked
for any loss of pressure. Michelin says this basic
advice is also relevant to firms laying up fleets of
vans and cars.
Volvo Truck and Bus is also reminding operators
of several additional measures they can take to
ensure their fleets are properly maintained while
stationary, including turning off any isolator
switches, sustaining battery charge and topping up
fluids. The truck manufacturer agrees that drivers
should check their vehicles are in a roadworthy
condition on a monthly basis to ensure they are
ready to start up again without problems.
For more information, visit www.trafficengland.com/motorway-service-areas
Operators can apply for a
Statutory Off-Road Notice (SORN)
to take a vehicle out of service
and stop taxing and insuring it.
Applications can be made online
at www.gov.uk/make-a-sorn To use the support finder tool, visit www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder. For an
overview of the financial support currently available to small to medium-sized businesses by
BAR Affiliate Wellers Accountants, see page 27 of this issue.