Roadwayupdate 21 February

21st February 2018

DFT consulting on proposals for the creation of a major road network

The Department for Transport is currently consulting on Proposals for the creation of a Major Road Network, this consultation closes on 19th March 2018.

RHA members are invited to reply to this consultation themselves, or to respond to Tom Cotton, by email to Head of Licensing and Infrastructure policy  by the 14th March 2018, so that your views can be assimilated for inclusion in the RHA consultation response.

Full information on this consultation is available here.  


Traffic commisioners take action on those flouting AdBlue requirements 

"It should be self-evident to all operators which vehicles require AdBlue"

That's the message from Traffic Commissioner Nick Denton, after he told a Stoke-on-Trent firm that its ignorance of AdBlue requirements had been "astonishing". 

AdBlue requirements are part of your basic operational issues and should not be ignored. 

That's the message from Traffic Commissioner Nick Denton, after he told a Stoke-on-Trent firm that its ignorance of AdBlue requirements had been "astonishing". 

The director claimed he wasn't informed about AdBlue when he bought the vehicle. But Mr Denton said the business should have known the Euro 4 vehicle needed AdBlue.

The firm's licence was revoked and their transport manager disqualified. 


The Timber Transport Conference heads for the Highlands 

Sponsored by Volvo, the Timber Transport Conference heads for the Highlands where the timber harvest is forecast to increase by 50% over the next two decades.

We are also in the constituency of Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary

• Processors will talk about the challenge of sourcing timber over a fragile road network

• The Highland Council will focus discuss the management of the longest length of minor road in the UK

More details and online booking process are here


Introduction of smart tachographs in new vehichles confirmed for 2019 

The introduction of the smart tachograph has been confirmed for new vehicles for 2019. With over six million trucks and buses with tachograph’s already fitted across the EU, the new smart devices should reduce the administrative process and tampering of current digital tachographs. The smart tachographs also come with new regulations that will strengthen the enforcement of key road safety rules that apply to larger commercial vehicles and buses.

A link to the more technical information is available here


Reinvest revenue from lane rental schemes into improving the road network

The Government has announced the roll out a Lane Rental scheme on England’s roads in a bid to reduce congestion from roadworks.

From late 2019, councils can charge utility companies up to £2,500 a day to work on the busiest roads at peak times. This follows pilot schemes running in London and Kent, since 2012 and 2013, respectively.

“Congestion costs the UK economy £9 billion a year,” said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett. “So the Government, councils and highways authorities need to think creatively about how to tackle it.

“The road network is clogged-up and in a poor state of repair, and has suffered as a result of continual under-investment and short-term thinking. We urge authorities to reinvest all surplus Lane Rental revenues in high-quality road improvement schemes to help make the network fit for purpose.”

The scheme has significantly increased utility companies’ operating costs in the pilot scheme areas which has seen a worrying development as some companies have delayed planned works.

“DfT reports that some utility companies have waited until infrastructure has needed repairing to avoid incurring the extra costs as emergency works don’t incur charges,” Richard Burnett continued.

“This isn’t a good sign and certainly flies against the move to encourage contractors to plan and synchronise their work schedules to reduce disruption to road users; so this needs managing very carefully.

“The last thing we need is more unplanned roadworks.”