Messenger 09 August

9th August 2017

The Truck Cartel and Emission Standards

The issue of the truck cartel is about more than just the price of trucks – it’s also about the way emission standards were introduced over the 14 year cartel period (from Euro III to Euro VI).

The European Commission found that the truck manufacturers cartel coordinated the timing and cost compliance with stricter emission rules.

The Commission judgement is here.

Someone in RHA says “We are concerned that the co-ordination of the price of Euro V and new Euro VI vehicles in 2013 encouraged a massive spike in the sales of Euro V lorries is 2013. This is now causing problems for operators because proposed clean air zones are targeting Euro V lorries for fines and restriction by as early as 2019.”

“The RHA does not believe it is right that Clean Air Zone rules should be applied to Euro V HGV’s until the vehicles are at least 10 years old, that will be the end of 2023 for Euro V’s. Given the cartel behaviour we expect to evaluate if this should form part of the truck cartel claim.”

To join our group claim against the truck cartel please visit

Our press release on this issue is available here.


Over 200 Drivers a Day Get Caught – It Could Be More

In the first 4 weeks of the new mobile phone rules more than 200 drivers a day were caught using mobile phones, however this would be much higher if there were more police officers on the road.

It is vital that hand held mobile devices are not used while driving. Operators need to keep on top of the issue continuously to ensure their drivers understand that using smart devices while driving is a danger to themselves and others.

In the RHA response to the 2016 consultation (available here) we pointed out that roads policing numbers had dropped 23% since 2010 – technology doesn’t catch drivers driving poorly or those on their phones.


DfT Announces £75m for Road Maintenance

Nineteen projects across the local road network in England have been awarded up to £75 million for essential road maintenance. Included in the package are works in the North East and West Midlands to avoid weight restrictions.

RHA Policy Director, Duncan Buchanan, said “While we welcome this spending to accelerate the important maintenance of local road networks, we need to see much more effort in improving journey time reliability across the whole road network. Congestion and unreliable journeys are a massive drain on the competitiveness and productivity of the UK economy.”

The DfT announcement and a map identifying the location of the improvements is available here.


Importance of Health and Safety

A haulage firm has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £53,401 after a load from the top of a double-decked trailer fell onto a worker.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident on 3 February 2015, found that this site had not implemented systems and procedures for unloading of trailers at depots, produced by the haulage firm. It was also found employees were not properly informed about pedestrian and vehicle segregation rules, and little was done about the work not being followed.

The RHA urges its members to take precautions to avoid such incidents and to adequately educate their workers on pedestrian and vehicle segregation rules.

The RHA urges its members to take precautions to avoid such incidents and to adequately educate their workers on pedestrian and vehicle segregation rules.

Contact RHA H&S Services to find out how we can help you do this > call 01274 863100 or email


Updated Guidance: Categorisation of Roadworthiness Defects

DVSA has recently updated the C of D please follow this link to the new guidance document - Categorisation of defects guide

Updates include:

  • changes to emissions control system checks
  • the withdrawal of delayed prohibition action for incorrect tyre load index
  • various document formatting fixes

The RHA and DVSA recommend that vehicle owners, operators and drivers familiarise themselves with this guide to become more aware of DVSA’s inspection standards and possible defects. This will help to ensure your vehicles are used in a safe condition.