ULEZ Across Whole of London from 2020
The Mayor has issued a consultation regarding the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone across the whole of London from October 2020.
This will require lorries to be Euro VI (2014 onwards) or face a penalty of £100 per day when entering Greater London. The money raised from the lorry fines will be spent on a range of measures, “including increasing funding spent on tackling air quality (over the next five years) and cleaning up our bus fleets”.
The RHA will be analyzing the consultation fully, but at this time no regulatory impact assessment of the proposal has been published. The RHA is maintaining the view that the proposal is a tax and is not acceptable as the air quality gain is insignificant compared to the cost of fines.
Our press release is available HERE.
Close Brothers Apprenticeship Winners
Following a rigorous and detailed selection process, the 20 successful winners of the pioneering ‘RHA/Close Brothers SME Apprentice Scheme – 20/20’ have been named.
As part of their long-established commitment to supporting small and medium sized enterprises, Close Brothers Asset Finance, together with the Road Haulage Association, launched a scheme encouraging RHA members with less than 20 vehicles to apply for funding to recruit and train the next generation of HGV drivers.
Under the scheme, Close Brothers will help pay for 20 apprentices to learn their skills, meaning the signed up hauliers won’t have to bear the full cost of employing the apprentices until they are making a positive contribution to their business.
Becki Quick, Director of Meadley International Transport Ltd: “We are delighted to take advantage of this apprentice scheme and the employee we have in mind is over the moon and we feel very fortunate to have been selected and would like to thank the RHA and Close Brothers Asset Finance for the opportunity.”
Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the RHA: “Our industry is facing a massive skills shortage and, with Brexit looming, it looks set to get worse. This is a ground-breaking scheme so by helping 20 of our members to recruit, train and employ new drivers will go some way to reducing the shortage.”
John Fawcett, CEO, Close Brothers Asset Finance Transport division, said:
“Britain’s transport companies urgently need to recruit and train a new generation of skilled drivers if they are to grow in an increasingly competitive market. We are proud to continue our tradition of actively championing apprentice schemes and believe this pioneering scheme will provide genuine financial support to the SME sector.”
Apprenticeship scheme winners:
• AAA LOGISTICS
• Bateman Skip Hire
• Buckleigh Laundry
• Callagh Haulage
• Carl Chapman & Sons Transport
• Coopers Transport Services
• Daniels Transport
• Economove Limited
• J S Hosking & Son
• Meadley International Transport
• N D Young Transport
• Newall Plant
• P Lack Haulage
• Ranns Construction
• Rose Plant Hire
• Selecta Systems
• T W Bowler
• West Road Haulage
For more news from Close Brothers Asset Finance please click HERE.
Have You Joined the Earned Recognition Pilot?
DVSA have confirmed that from 31 January 2018 companies achieving Earned Recognition status will no longer routinely have vehicles stopped by examiners. DVSA examiners will also be less likely to visit their sites.
At the same time, DVSA will publish a list of operators taking part in the earned recognition pilot on GOV.UK to recognise their commitment to meeting driver and vehicle standards.
You can still apply to join the Earned Recognition pilot HERE.
The pilot will be running until the end of March and applications for the pilot must be sent by 28 February 2018.
A96 Developments: Have Your Say
AECOM are asking for your input into developments on the A96.
Please fill in this survey and email it to email@example.com by 15 December.
Sustainable Road Freight: Safety First
At the fourth International Workshop in Sustainable Road Freight in Cambridge last week, RHA Policy Director Duncan Buchanan highlighted the need for policy makers to put the customers of road operators at heart of their thinking in making freight more sustainable.
Duncan said: “The primary focus for an operator is meeting the demands of the customer with a safe operation. Policy makers need to look at how some regulations such restricted licenses and the London Lorry Control Scheme undermine the efficiency of road operations”.