RHA Messenger 30 August

30th August 2017

Traffic commissioner promises tough penalties for tailgaters

HGV drivers will face strong action if they are caught tailgating, Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Nick Jones, has warned.

Jones’ pledge came after he added an extra month to professional driving bans of two HGV drivers who were reported for tailgating. The Traffic Commissioner also took action against the employer of the drivers ordering it to reduce its fleet for a limited period.

The RHA urges its members to avoid tailgating in all circumstances.

 

Announcements impact road safety

We have had two important announcements during August that will have a huge impact on road safety on our roads.

  1. Learner drivers will be allowed to use motorways for driver training
  2. Lorry platooning will be carried out on UK roads

It would be good to hear back from members whether they belive either of these announcements will be of value safety wise to the road haulage industry.

Please email c.snape@rha.uk.net to share your views.

Find out more HERE.

 

Pioneering project from RHA and Close Brothers

The RHA and Close Brothers Asset Finance have joined forces to launch a pioneering programme to help smaller firms to take on young driver apprentices.

Close Brothers will contribute to the cost of apprentices at 20 RHA member firms with fewer than 20 vehicles. The project is part of the RHA’s commitment to leading a transformation in the way that the industry recruits and trains HGV drivers and other workers.

An application form for the ‘RHA/Close Brothers SME Apprentice Scheme – 20/20’ can be downloaded HERE

Deadline for entries is Friday 29 September, don’t delay, apply today!

 

Don't miss out on our Autumn Conference

We’re really hoping to see you at our Autumn Conference:  you’ve still got time to buy your ticket for the event next week, Thursday 7 September at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

We’ve got a brilliant and diverse panel of speaker from all over the industry, and we’d love to see you there.

Senior Traffic Commissioner Richard Turfitt will be telling you how to stay on the right side of his team, Catherine Brooks from Highways England reports back on the state of the roads and roadworks and the DVSA’s Gordon McDonald will also be there to take your questions.  We’ve got a great debate lined up on air quality too – don’t miss it!

Buy your tickets HERE and don’t forget to tweet about it using the hashtag #RHAConf17

 

Do car drivers behave dangerously?

Road safety has a huge part to play in the everyday life of the drivers employed by our members. With the proliferation of forward facing camera's being deployed now, is it time we made the authorities aware through the content captured or is it up to an individual to report?

Forward facing cameras can catch all road users behaving dangerously. Find out the things that lorry drivers think car drivers do which cause them the most problems on the road HERE