National Campaigning Update 16th February 2012

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Overnight subsistence rates for 2012

The HMRC approved “without sleeper cab” subsistence rate for 2012 is £33.85, while the “with sleeper cab” rate is £25.40, an increase of 5.2% in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) on 1 November 2011.

Operators with local arrangements with HMRC should also look to uplift overnight subsistence rates by 5.2%.

A briefing note for members can be viewed HERE

LST permit revisions

The DfT has revised its longer-semi-trailer permit allocation to in the light of a small number permit returns and to take account of a couple of anomalies in the first allocation:

Details are at:

Longer semi-trailer trial:permit allocation January 2012

Longer semi-trailer trial: revised permit allocation February 2012

Meanwhile, the RHA is discussing with the DfT how to take forward any further allocations and changes of allocations. Feedback from members is welcome – 67% of all companies operating the trailers are RHA members. Email


Geoff Dunning interviewed on cycle safety

RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning was interviewed this week on BBC You & Yours, on Radio 4 in a feature on HGVs and cycle safety.

Dunning stressed that trucks are essential to the economic development of towns and cities and that haulage operators are open to the adoption of safety features when the costs of installation do not outweigh the benefits generated.

A Cemex spokeswoman was also interviewed and appeared cautious about the fitting cameras to trucks, saying that evidence was needed that cameras would not distract the drivers from the view ahead.

Click here to hear the You & Yours discussion

A scheme that could give cyclists a five second head start at traffic lights has been proposed by Ken Livingston who is challenging Mayor of London Boris Johnson at elections on 3 May.


HA aim on  prompt payment

By 2015 around 20% of Highways Agency construction projects aim to use a system that will see subcontractors paid directly from a central project bank account.

Crossrail projects already use the system, and now work on the M4/M5 managed motorway scheme near Bristol, and the M62 junction 25 to junction 28 managed motorway scheme in Yorkshire will be using direct payments.

The Ministry of Defence is also due to adopt the system later this year, use of project bank accounts are expected to be rolled out rapidly across public construction projects so that there is 20% usage across government by 2015.

The RHA has been campaigning for some time for prompt payment of government sub-contractors, who include many hauliers.


RHA meets Treasury

Director of Policy Jack Semple, and policy manager Sonia Purser met Treasury officials this week to raise member concerns ahead of the Budget on 21 March.

Issues covered included fuel duty, with strong concern over the increase planned for August in terms of both the haulage sector and the impact on growth. We are also having detailed discussion on aspects of the road user charging proposals, which we are also discussing with the DfT.

HMRC and pre-pack losses

After dropping reforms that would have given creditors three days to object to a pre-pack, the government is to allow HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to ask ailing businesses for security, if it is feared a pre-pack might be used to avoid settling a tax liability.

From April,  if HMRC thinks there is a serious risk that PAYE or national insurance contributions will not be paid over,  companies can be asked  for a cash deposit or a bank bond, with the threat of a fine of up to £5,000 if the security is not produced.

The RHA is attending a meeting next week with the Insolvency Service to see what can be done to improve the system for creditors and competitor businesses as things stand.

More information is in the Economic News

HGV traffic volumes flat

Heavy goods vehicle traffic levels were stable in the last quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 according to Department for Transport statistics.

Light van traffic was 5% higher in the fourth quarter of 2011 than in the fourth quarter of 2010, and for all motor vehicle traffic, volumes were 3.6% up comparing quarter four of 2011 to the same period in 2010.

For all traffic, when the effects of winter 2010 snowfalls are discounted, then the increase in traffic volumes between the final quarters of 2010 and the same period in 2011 are estimated to be under 0.5%.

Figures come from the Department for Transport.

Free London 2012 workshops for freight operators and their customers

Transport for London (TfL) is offering free workshops, both inside and outside the capital, to help hauliers running into London’s transport ‘hotspots’ operate smoothly during the Games.  The workshops will cover:

  • Overview of the Olympics
  • Use of Olympic Route Network
  • Implications on freight and delivery operations
  • The Games as an opportunity to reduce, re-time, re-route and re-mode
  • Case studies highlighting how companies have started to prepare
  • What’s available to help you prepare

Click on the link below for full details:

Free London 2012 workshops


For more economic news please go to the Economic Update.

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