Leeds and Sheffield Clean Air Zones are Coming
Leeds have announced that they plan to launch a consultation on a Leeds Clean Air Zone in January 2018. The council's favoured option is for all lorries of Euro V or earlier to be charged £100 “when entering inside the outer ring road.”
The RHA has a meeting planned with Leeds before Christmas to discuss the issue. Further information can be found HERE (from page 635).
Sheffield has also advised that they will be conducting a feasibility study into a Clean Air Zone for the area in 2018. Read more HERE.
We strongly oppose early application of Clean Air Zones to newer vehicles (those less than 12 years old). Our policy can be found HERE.
Read our recent Air Quality Fact Sheet.
Brexit: Keep Your Eyes Peeled for RHA Guidance
You will have noticed the recent progress in the negotiation of the UK exit from the EU.
Early in the New Year the RHA will be providing some initial guidance on what operators will need to do to prepare for Brexit.
We will cover the three key challenges for our sector – labour, access to the international haulage market and customs.
Coming Soon: RHA's Annual Cost Report
The RHA will be publishing the annual cost report later this week, and members will be able to view it via our website. The report is based on the answers received from members in the annual haulage cost movement survey.
The report will show that costs in 2017 (excluding fuel) increased by 3%. With fuel included, the overall increase is 4.1% which reflects the significant impact of a 7% increase in fuel cost.
The report highlights increasing concern over the lack of available quality drivers, it shows that this has resulted in additional expenditure for recruitment, training or agency cover.
Brexit also has members extremely worried for the future and there is further unwelcome news on the ULEZ and Direct Vision standards that means hauliers do not have confidence about current and future fleet requirements. We remain in very challenging times.
DVSA Opening Times Over Christmas
DVSA will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Other opening times are:-
Friday 22 December: 8am to midday (drivers premium line will be open until 4pm)
Saturday 23 December: 8am to 2pm
Wednesday 27 December to Friday 29 December: 8am to 5.30pm
Saturday 30 December: 8am to 2pm
Midlands M5 improvements – HE drop in events
Highways England is hosting drop-in events on Thursday 14 and Monday 18 December to update people about plans for the work that will start on the M5 in the New Year and the delivery of the repair scheme on the Oldbury viaduct.
Highways England Head of Service Delivery, Andrew Butterfield, said: “These drop-in events are an opportunity for people to find out more about what’s happening. We’d also like to thank people for their patience while we make sure this route can serve commuters and other drivers for many years to come.”
The drop-in events are as follows:
• Thursday 14 December – 1pm to 8pm – Worcester Warriors, Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, Worcester, WR3 8ZE
• Monday 18 December – 1pm to 8pm – Chateau Impney Hotel & Exhibition Centre, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 0BN