New Members and New Driver’s Hours Rules

More New Members

Without having access to information from the all the other trade bodies, (new and old) we cannot say for certain, but AIM is probably the fastest growing trade association in the UK removals industry.

We believe this is largely due to the positive feedback we receive from our members and unsolicited comments on social media.

New Member – All Star Removals

all-star-removals-logoAll Star Removals is based in the Skelmersdale and operates all over the North West. Offering both conventional and self-storage, they would be happy to discuss trade assistance and storage with other members.

We welcome All Star on board and look forward to working with them in the future.

You can contact All Star Removals at


New Member – Van Man Exeter

vanmanexeterVan Man Exeter is a comparatively young business that got off to a great start with their professional approach. A member of Devon and Somerset council’s Buy with Confidence scheme and earning consistently good reviews, we’re confident they will benefit from and be an asset to our growing membership.

You can contact Van Man Exeter via their website at


Updated Drivers’ Hours Rules

The DVSA have released the updated rules for driving hours. Here are some key points to note:

Daily duty
In any working day the maximum amount of duty permitted is 11 hours. A driver is exempt from the daily duty limit (11 hours) on any working day when he does not drive.
A driver who does not drive for more than 4 hours on each day of the week is exempt from the daily duty limit for the whole week.

This may benefit movers carrying out short-distance, local moves and could alleviate some of the potential problems caused by this year’s changes to CHAPS.
Record keeping is also featured in the update with a flow-chart that explains exemptions. However, we feel keeping accurate records will help to avoid any unnecessary misunderstandings.
On Working Time Regulations, the update states;

Drivers who are subject to the UK domestic rules on drivers’ hours are affected by four provisions under GB Working Time Regulations 1998 (as amended).
See Annex 2 for more details.

Unfortunately, the link to Annex 2 is broken, so here is the link to The Working Time Regulations 1998 on

As with any legal changes, you should seek advice from the experts in that field.

Steering Group

We are currently making arrangements for the next Steering Group Meeting to be held in Birmingham. This will make it easier for some of our members to attend.

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COVID-19 Statement

Although there is no rule to prevent them from doing so, not all removals businesses are working during the Coronavirus measures advised by the Government.

Those that are working have been provided with clear guidelines by the Government and supported by AIM, with safe working procedures, specific documents and frequent information updates.

Removals firms

Removal firms are able to operate and should follow the latest government guidance on safer working. Where moves are carried out, social distancing should be followed.
Companies should ensure employees understand how to operate safely and communicate this to customers.

  • Removers should contact the household in advance to check that no member of the household is showing symptoms of coronavirus or self-isolating. If they are, works should be delayed.
  • They should also encourage households to ensure all internal doors are open and surfaces and possessions have been cleaned with household cleaning products prior to them entering the property.
  • No work should be carried out by a person who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
  • Removers should wash their hands on entering the property using separate towels of paper towels which need to be washed or disposed of safely after use.
  • Removers should seek to minimise contact with homeowners and remain 2 metres apart from householders at all times.
  • Removers should implement a buddy system and ensure that the same people work together when moving bulky items and furniture.
  • Removers should bring their own refreshments but you should ensure they have access to hand washing facilities, using separate towels or paper towels if possible,
    which should be washed or disposed of safely afterwards.