RHA Messenger 13 September

13th September 2017

New Overnight Allowance HMRC RHA Guidance

New guidance on operating overnight allowances has been published by HMRC and the RHA.

The HMRC guidance was created with the RHA to help operators and drivers use the system that had fallen into confusion and uncertainty. The guidance will also be used within HMRC to ensure consistency of advice given by HMRC itself. Important clarifications have been made about the obligations drivers and operators must meet. 

The RHA question and answer guide supplements the HMRC guidance with extra information targeting the questions we have received in the past from members. 


Brexit - Getting prepared

At the Autumn Conference last week the RHA Policy Director, Duncan Buchanan, highlighted the great uncertainty that exists for the road haulage sector as a result of Brexit. Much work is going on with Government departments on customs and other issues, but many members are now asking about what they need to do to prepare.

At the conference 2 key areas were highlighted where operators should start thinking about action to prepare for Brexit.

Firstly, labour. Members needs to think about how to step up training over the next 18 months. The RHA will be pushing Government for more flexible approaches for the use of the Apprenticeship Levy that fits better with the industries needs in preparation for Brexit.

Secondly, accountability for delays. The RHA is urging members to consider how costs arising from Brexit caused delays are shared between hauliers and customers. There is a risk that severe delays will arise in supply chains - it is vital that members protect themselves from being responsible for costs arising from those delays.