Local Elections - RHA calls for sector support from combined authorities

Local Elections - RHA calls for sector support from combined authorities

28 Mar 2024 Posted By RHA Policy


The RHA is calling on combined authority mayoral candidates to support the transport sector ahead of local elections in England.

The Association has issued a number of asks in the lead up to the elections on 2 May through their Driving Up Growth: Combined Authorities and the RHA manifesto.


RHA asks on transport plans:

  • Clear and coherent road freight strategies are developed in consultation with the industry, that support businesses and the transition to Net Zero.
  • Educate constituent authorities and officials on the importance, role and operations of the road haulage and coach industries, and ensure full consultation and collaboration on any polices that would affect operations e.g. air quality controls, traffic congestion measures, road safety policies.
  • Allocation of devolved transport funding to create a defined list of local road improvements to support schemes that improve important regional freight corridors.

RHA asks on skills:

  • In line with a skills strategy that identifies the opportunities that the road transport industry creates for skilled, well-paying jobs, encourage education providers to support the courses and qualifications needed by the road haulage industry in their area.
  • To use the Adult Education Budget to support the funding of heavy goods vehicle mechanics courses, including assistance with the purchase of equipment.
  • Bootcamps – continue to provide Cat C bootcamps for those looking to join the industry and introduce new bootcamps for Cat D licences, tyre fitters and vehicle inspection.

Richard Smith, RHA Managing Director, said:

“Combined Authorities play a crucial role in strategic planning, particularly in transportation, skills and business support.

“It’s essential they continue to collaborate with the haulage and coach sectors, and other key players to drive regional and national economic growth.”

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