RHA Messenger 08 November

8th November 2017

RHA Relieved about Truckers' Toilets Changes

The RHA, along with the Department for Transport, Truckers Toilets and Unite the Union, have been lobbying hard for the right of drivers to have access to toilet and welfare facilities at collection and delivery points.

In the past it has been found that some locations refuse entry to facilities for visiting drivers. Following negotiations with the Health and Safety Executive they are now in the process. We have lobbied the Health and Safety Executive who are now in the process of changing policy to ensure all vising drivers have full access and those refusing may be punished. 

Find out more HERE


London Mayor Announces Advanced ULEZ

The Mayor for London has announced that the Ultra Low Emission Zone for central London will be introduced 17 months early in September 2019.

This is the first stage of an on-going programme that will charge all non Euro VI lorries an extra £100 to enter central London. Later this year the Mayor plans to consult on the extension of the ULEZ area for lorries across all London.

The RHA has lobbied hard against this advanced timing in the ULEZ rules. When introduced in April 2019 just under half the lorries in the UK will be Euro VI. Many operators will need to continue to use Euro IV and Euro V lorries after that date and will have to pay the £100 per day charge.

Read the RHA press release HERE.


Highways England Target Driver Behaviour

Highways England, in accociation with the police, have, for the past few years, been using a lorry to identify poor driver behaviour on the motorway network. While most lorry drivers behave professionally and work safely with care for other road users, there are still far too many drivers of all vehicles using mobile phones and driving without care, attention and respect for the safety of other road users. This enforcement is a vital part of supporting road safety.

Highways England have advised that of the 4,000 vehicles stopped about 45% were drivers of lorries.

Our press release is available HERE


Brexit: RHA Call for Land Transport Agreement

The RHA is campaigning for the establishment of a Land Transport Agreement between the UK and the EU to cover road haulage after Brexit. The RHA believes that an agreement (similar to the one in place between Switzerland and the EU now) would serve the UK and EU sectors very well.

The proposal is to allow all international road haulage to, from and across all of the EU and the UK for all EU and UK licensed operators. This proposal is being made to the Government as a practical and simple solution for a post Brexit arrangement that should work for international trade and the sectors concerned.

Our Campaign Paper is available HERE.


DVSA End Roadworthiness Test Exemptions 

Following on from consultations by the Department for Transport, DVSA have now confirmed the ending of most roadworthiness test exemptions for large vehicles. Vehicles that were exempt from annual MOT tests include volumetric concrete mixers, most mobile cranes, breakdown vehicles and some vehicles based on Scottish Islands that come to the mainland. Those used exclusively on small islands will still be exempt. 

The changes are in line with the RHA response to the consultation. Full details from DVSA on the vehicles that will be tested and the phasing of the changes can be found HERE.


Oxford Council Propose Zero Emissions Zone

Oxford propose to implement the first Zero Emissions Zone (ZEZ) in England by 2020. The plan is to begin in the city centre and will expand over the following 15 years to include a larger area.

Heavy Goods Vehicles will not be included until 2035, which is a huge relief to the road haulage sector. It is believed that technology will have advanced by this time so that HGV’s could be operated with zero emissions.

We have praised the council for taking into account the very important part our sector plays in resupplying the thousands of retailers in the city. 

Full details can be found HERE.


TCs Ask Operators to Improve Brake Testing

Traffic Commissioners have warned commercial vehicle operators to improve their approach to brake performance testing.

Their intervention comes as the issue of poor brake testing – or the complete absence of any checks – is appearing “far too frequently” during investigations by enforcement officers. 

The regulators added that, despite the clear lessons learned from the Bath manslaughter case, operators are simply paying lip service to brake performance testing. In many cases, there’s too little recorded on the brake test to offer a meaningful assessment. In others, no information is recorded at all.

Find out more about maintaining vehicle roadworthiness HERE.