RHA Messenger 19 July

19th July 2017

Aldi fined £1 million over pallet truck accident

Aldi Stores has been fined £1 million for a Health and Safety  breach, following a serious foot injury to a delivery driver using a powered pallet truck.

Aldi relied on a system in which new drivers shadowed more experienced drivers before working alone, despite having had incidents in this area previously. The prosecution was by Amber Valley Council. (here)

The RHA was interviewed on Radio 4 two months ago, when we stressed the necessity of a safe system of working and appropriate training for pallet deliveries. We are examining heavy pallet deliveries using fork lift trucks with the Health and Safety Executive.


UK customs ‘may not be ready for Brexit’

The UK’s planned new customs system may not ready if the UK leaves the EU customs union in 2019, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.

The NAO said HMRC’s current estimate of the maximum number of customs declarations after March 2019 was for around a 200 million increase on the 55 million existing declarations per year. HMRC estimates that around 180,000 traders will have to make customs declarations for the first time under the new system, assuming the UK leaves the EU customs union.

For more information on the report click here.

Meanwhile, the author of the European Union’s Article 50, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, has issued a call for a debate about halting Brexit, warning that its “disastrous consequences” are becoming clearer every day. Brexit has seriously damaged the UK’s international reputation, he says.


DVSA annual report

The DVSA has issued its annual report for 2016-17, in which it confirms that they will be introducing new roadside checks which target lorry drivers and operators who cheat on vehicle emissions in August 2017.

The report also stated that the DVSA conducted 674,000 HGV driving tests and that the DVSA will be working with commercial vehicle operators on a live pilot scheme for ‘earned recognition’. It’s been designed such that haulage and bus companies share information with the DVSA, demonstrating their high levels of safety compliance.

For more information click HERE.

You can read DVSA’s annual review HERE.


Hot penalty for Blue Chilli

Blue Chilli Transport, a haulage firm based in Immingham, has had a £417,000 penalty from HMRC for deliberately defaulting on tax. M.C.L. Transport Ltd, Bury St Edmunds, was penalised £27,000.

Firms penalised for tax defaults are published HERE.


RHA meets HMRC again

The RHA is meeting HMRC again on Friday - the second time in two weeks - regarding bespoke overnight allowances. HMRC is seeking to clarify what employers are required to do and the RHA is additionally making the case for a complete re-think, to find a practical solution acceptable to the industry.

Our consultation on employee expenses can be read HERE.

Feedback to j.semple@rha.uk.net


Mersey Gateway tolls flowing

Hauliers can register from this week for the merseyflow tolling system at the new Mersey Gateway and Silver Jubilee bridges. Details HERE.

Comments on the new system welcome to c.rampley@rha.uk.net