RHA Messenger 29 November

29th November 2017

Help Us to Reform the HGV Road User Levy

All operators of HGVs at or above 12 tonnes gross weight using UK roads have been required to pay the HGV Road User Levy since 1 April 2014.

The Department of Transport is looking to reform the 2014 process and now has a call for evidence on how to reform the heavy goods vehicle levy so that it:

  • rewards hauliers that plan their routes efficiently
  • incentivises efficient use of roads
  • improves environmental performance, including air quality and carbon emissions

They want to engage closely with industry and individuals to develop these proposals, and we therefore suggest members' participation.

The call for evidence will be open until 26 January 2018, and we would value your input and evidence to support our policy development which will include the interaction with other schemes.

Get involved HERE.


Winners Announced: Close Brothers Project

Since June 2017, RHA members with less than 20 vehicles have been able to apply for the pioneering funding scheme to recruit young drivers into the industry, and today we can announce that the following 20 hauliers have been selected. 

The scheme is part of Close Brothers Asset Finance’s long-established commitment to supporting small and medium sized enterprises. With the support of the RHA, the scheme will help these 20 members recruit and train the next generation of LGV drivers.

This ground breaking scheme has not been seen before in the road haulage sector, and the RHA hope that it will encourage other financial institutions to invest in their supply chains.

The winners listed below are all keen to start the project and the RHA has partnered with TRS Training who will undertake the apprenticeship training:

Bateman Skip Hire, Bristol     -   Freightright Ltd, Ashford  -  Daniels Transport, Norfolk

Meadley International Transport Ltd, Melton  -  UK & European Construction, Mitcham

Milesmore Ltd, Bristol  -  T W Bowler Ltd, Stockport     -  J S Hosking & Son, Liskeard

Economove Ltd, Thirsk -  West Road Haulage Ltd, Derby  -  Newall Plant Ltd, Attleborough

Carl Chapman & Sons Transport Ltd, Wakefield  -  Rose Plant Hire, Peterborough

AAA Logistics Ltd, Kibworth  -  Selecta Systems Ltd, Birmingham

N D Young Transport Ltd, Okeford Fitzpaine  -  P Lack Haulage Ltd, Bedfordshire


Road Investment Strategy Solutions

RHA members are invited to contribute ideas and potential solutions for road schemes in England under Road Investment Strategy 2 – 2020 to 2025.

Full details can be found HERE.

The RHA will be responding to Department for Transport and Highways England Consultations expected early next year and we need your ideas as to where this investment will be made to the greatest effect.  

Please email your suggestions to Tom Cotton or phone 01932 838900 / 07864 609064 by 20 December 2017.


Howdens Joinery fined £1.2m after driver death

Howdens Joinery has been fined £1.2m after a visiting HGV driver was crushed to death at the firm's Cumbria site. 

The driver was crushed to death by a forklift truck that overturned whilst lifting kitchen worktops from a trailer in 2014.

An investigation by the HSE found that that the forklift truck had been overloaded.

HGV drivers visiting the kitchen manufacturer and supplier's site were also not kept at a safe distance from loading and unloading operations, which put them at risk.

The operator pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Carlisle Crown Court on 22 November.

Guidance on Road Transport Safety can be found HERE


BFGoodrich to Enter UK and Ireland Tyre Market

From January next year, tyre manufacturer BFGoodrich will be entering the UK and Ireland truck tyre markets.

The company sells more than 1.6 million tyres a year to the CV market across the world except Europe.

From next year it will offer its range of 54 steer, drive and trailer tyres available in 17.5”, 19.5” and 22.5” fitments, across Europe to truck, coach and bus operators.


How Does Congestion Affect You?

Good freight connectivity is important for increasing economic growth, competitiveness and productivity. Economically, freight congestion causes delay that impacts all road users, including freight itself, and environmentally, it increases pollution and carbon emissions.

A reassessment of freight connectivity is needed to tackle rising congestion, especially in urban areas, impacted heavily by a recent increase in van traffic. This has been driven by major shifts in consumer behaviour, such as an increase in online shopping and demand for deliveries, as well as growth in other traffic such as service vehicles.

The study should focus on the effect of congestion on the efficiency of freight movements and emissions, the impact this has on the economy and competitiveness.

Find out more HERE.


Changes to LGV Drivers' Medical Standards

Good news – a lobbying group which the RHA play an active part in has succeeded in DVLA having to amend driving regulations for drivers thought to have sleep apnoea! 

Following the introduction of the EU Directive in January 2016, there was much confusion about when a driver thought to have sleep apnoea had to notify the DVLA and this resulted in some losing their licences unnecessarily, albeit temporarily.

However the OSA Partnership Group teamed up with other groups with an interest in sleep apnoea and has been working with the DVLA to simplify the guidelines.

The new wording focuses on ‘excessive sleepiness having, or likely to have, an adverse effect on driving’ and therefore whether a driver is safe to continue to drive. Previously the DVLA had used a measurement made during a sleep study that does not always suggest that sleepiness is affecting driving.

This is a much clearer and fairer way to assess whether driving can continue. It should make drivers more confident to come forward with any worrying symptoms of sleep apnoea.

Read more HERE


Ontime Automotive Fined: Worker Crushed 

Ontime Automotive is to pay £100,000 in fines and costs after a worker was crushed to death by the upper deck of a vehicle transporter.

In May 2013, John Wallace was jet washing a twin-deck recovery vehicle at the company’s site in Hayes, Middlesex when the upper deck collapsed, trapping him.

J&J Conversions, which manufactured the vehicle recovery equipment, was also prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as the equipment was found to have been badly designed.

The HSE claimed that a limited number of Ontime Automotive employees knew how to operate the device.

Ontime Automotive, based in Waterside Drive, Langley, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Southwark Crown Court earlier this month and was fined £50,000 with £50,000 in costs.

J&J Conversions, of St Peter Street, Winchester, also pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations. It was fined £100,000 and must pay £9,490 in costs.

Guidance on Road Transport Safety can be found HERE