Brexit: New Legislation
Last week the Government published legislation to allow it to introduce new permits, and rationing of those permits if needed, for international road haulage after the UK leaves the EU.
They also introduced a requirement for all UK trailers working internationally to be formally registered which will ensure they can operate freely after Brexit, and now, when towed by non-UK tractor units.
We’ve supported the preparation, but called upon the Government to work towards an arrangement that won’t require permits. See our press release on this here.
Bogus self employment
The Government has launched a consultation on Employment Status which follows their response to the recent Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.
Members are invited to complete the consultation survey if they’re having or have had issues with bogus self-employment or personal service companies; the Government seeks comment by 1 June 2018.
We'll be compiling a short summary for members, and to make it easier for members who want to respond directly. We’ll also be responding to the consultation.
Download the consultation here.
Overnight HGV parking crisis
Last week we met with council officials from Ashford and Kent to find solutions to the lack of overnight lorry parking spaces and facilities in Kent.
We raised concerns about trial overnight parking restrictions which prevent drivers from even taking their 45-minute rest breaks on a section of the A20 in the Ashford area; this was an unintended consequence of the experimental trial Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) they introduced in October. We pressed hard for no more trials to be sanctioned and called for more overnight parking at new lorry parking facilities. There are companies waiting in the Ashford area and other areas of high demand elsewhere. Local council officials agreed that progress needed to be made and are working to support these facilities.
Transport for the South East
We attended a TfSE work programme meeting on Monday; it’s a new stakeholder group conducting an economic connectivity review to identify the economic priorities for the South East.
We had a key discussion on the development of the Major Road Network – that is the network of roads being developed to support the Strategic Road Network and regional connectivity. This was the first stakeholder workshop with more planned throughout the year. Similar engagement is expected across England.
The TfSE area is effectively everything east of the M3 and south of the M25 to the coast.
Lorry sales declined in 2017
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reported that lorry sales fell by 2.6 per cent in 2017. Much of the decline was in the market for rigids which dropped by 5 per cent overall, but by 6.7 per cent in the category above 16t. The fourth quarter comparison between Q4 2016 and Q4 2017 was even more dramatic showing a decline of 9.5 per cent.
RHA Policy Director, Duncan Buchanan, said: “This large decline in the rigid market is a great concern. It reflects feedback we’re getting from members over the massive uncertainty in the market being caused by the Mayor of London’s proposals Direct Vision Standards proposals.”
Red X lane enforcement
In discussions with Highways England we understand that Red X camera enforcement will initiate lane safety.
We expect enforcement through fines will start around April with warning letters issued up until then. We’ll update you when we know more.