RHA Messenger 7 June

7th June 2017

European Commission plans cabotage increase

As flagged in messenger last week, the European Commission is proposing a range of regulations that will impact on UK hauliers either directly or indirectly even after Brexit. Wide-ranging new rules are set out in the new “Mobility Package”, as flagged in Messenger last week.

Changes include further liberalisation of cabotage rules to allow unrestricted work over five days, this ignores the significant safety and social concerns expressed in Western Europe. The RHA will oppose this change and renew its call for member states to improves and consistent enforcement over visiting hauliers.

Increased regulation for all hire or reward transport vehicles below 3.5 tonnes is also proposed, although this does not include repute, and there is a threat to time-based HGV charging schemes such as the UK’s successful HGV road user levy.

The proposals now go to the European Parliament and Council of Ministers before they can become law, a process likely to take at least 30 months. The RHA will be lobbying alongside the UK government where we have similar views and directly in Brussels, expressing concerns and proposing amendments.

The RHA is compiling a guide to what is an extensive new set of regulations, which we will complete shortly. Members wishing to receive a copy should email Duncan Buchanan at d.buchanan@rha.uk.net.

Meanwhile, we will be pressing the newly-elected government for enforcement action related to visiting hauliers.


Brussels haulage protest

Use of low-cost foreign hauliers in domestic transport was the focus of a union protest at the Schumann roundabout outside European Commission headquarters in Brussels last week, as the Mobility Package was announced.

The European Transport Workers Federation used a trailer referencing a well-known furniture retailer, to suggest that EU policy is turning road haulage into an increasingly nomadic industry with some international drivers expected to work for months on end in unacceptable conditions.


RHA talks Brexit in Brussels

Director of policy Jack Semple is speaking about Brexit, customs and road haulage regulation at the European Logistics and Supply Chain Conference 2017. The event takes place in Brussels on June 27 and 28.

Overnight allowance

The RHA is seeking feedback from members on the functioning over the overnight allowance, to further strengthen our lobbying of MPs and ministers. We can already show not only that the new

checking requirement is inappropriate but that its introduction by HMRC has been an utter shambles, with wildly differing and contradictory advice being given to the industry.

We will also be using this evidence in our response to HM Treasury’s call for evidence on overnight allowances, which we will submit over the next two weeks. Comment: d.buchanan@rha.uk.net


Brexit and Wales

The RHA has submitted evidence to the Welsh Assembly on the impact of Brexit on Welsh ports. Policy director-designate Duncan Buchanan will give oral evidence in Cardiff next Monday.

The written evidence can be viewed HERE: Members can contact Duncan at RHA’s Brexit email address, brexit@rha.uk.net


Kent death – appeal for witnesses

Police are appealing for the driver of an HGV to come forward following the death of a cyclist in Kingsnorth (A2070) last Wednesday 31 May at 19.40

The cyclist, John Durey died following a collision with a white Mercedes A180 car that was overtaking the HGV – the size/colour of which is not clear. The vehicles were travelling in the direction of Hamstreet/Brenzett, near a group of cyclists.

If you believe one of your vehicles/drivers may be able to help please call 01622 798538 or email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk quoting AW/MS/117/17. Read more here.


Trucks and cyclists in Scotland

The RHA will be representing the haulage industry at a conference in Glasgow on Active Travel – that is, the promotion of walking and cycling as modes of transport. There will be a particular focus on cycling.

Members in Scotland with relevant views or experience are invited to contact Duncan Buchanan, d.buchanan@rha.uk.net.