RHA Messenger 01 November

1st November 2017

New Parking Restrictions A20 Kent

New HGV parking restrictions have been introduced on the A20 in Ashford, Kent.The area affected is between the Charing and Drovers roundabout, this trial started on 30.10.17. The restrictions are in place between 2000 and 0700 hours in laybys and on some industrial estates too. Penalties include clamping and fines up to £250. These restrictions have caused local Truckstop facilities to be fully booked and drivers have had to find alternative facilities. Find out more information here. 


Weekly  in-cab rest restrictions  - STARTS TODAY

We would like to remind members that from today the DVSA plan to start enforcement of a ban on in cab weekly rests taken on public road.  They will start issuing fines to drivers if they are caught spending “their full weekly rest break in their vehicle in places where it causes a problem”.

The RHA obtained clarification on how this measure will be enforced – the information provided by DVSA is available here. DVSA intend to target rests taken on public roads and in lay-bys. Members should be aware that in areas of very high demand – Kent and other places of severe parking shortage, that weekend rests will become much more difficult to organise.


Fuel Duty – the campaign continues….

RHA CEO, Richard Burnett has again written to the Chancellor in advance of the budget regarding the level of fuel duty. The RHA has again highlighted that the road haulage industry is vital for the competitiveness of the UK. With inflationary pressures impacting many businesses now is the time to reduce fuel duty by 3 pence per litre and to consider a long term reduction in the duty level for freight activities.

Fuel Price Update

The RHA member fuel price survey shows that prices remained high throughout October – believed to be due to oil price increases which saw Brent climb $60 in the past week.

Members can view the monthly update here (if logged in) or alternatively they can contact Nick Deal n.deal@rha.uk.net for more information


Cycle Superhighway 9 – RHA concerned about more congestion

The RHA has responded to a TfL consultation on Cycle Superhighway 9 (here). We expect to see more similar consultations all over the UK. 

The superhighway is proposed to run from Olympia to Brentford in West London. This is a key route for freight through Hammersmith and including Kew Bridge Road and the South Circular Road. TfL predicts more delays of about seven minutes each during peak hours at two key locations. The RHA raised concerns about the extra congestion and pollution that will be caused, the lack of consideration for freight, the reduction in carriageway width and the ability for Heavy Goods Vehicles to manoeuvre safely within the new infrastructure. We highlighted issues with the location and provision of loading and unloading bays for goods vehicles and the limited time for loading in bays.


Brexit – Customs need up to £450m

The RHA has been raising concerns that not enough is being done by HMRC to deal with practical consequences of Brexit customs requirements.  Last week, Jon Thompson - HMRC CEO - confirmed to the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament that HMRC will need to recruit up to 5,000 additional staff to manage customs formalities after Brexit.  He advised that between £300m and £450m will be needed next year in addition to £70m that will be spent this year on preparation.  The RHA are in discussion with HMRC on developing practical methods of working to ensure fluid movements through ferry ports and the Channel Tunnel when customs controls are introduced.


RHA Member Information update

Members may have been contacted by a company called Analytiqa on behalf of the RHA asking about information we have on file. The reason for this is we are currently updating our systems and ensuring we have the correct and upto date details on all our members.  Any question please feel free to contact us via email here.