New lorries face 22% price hike
The RHA has attacked the government's plans for a 22% tariff on new HGVs as misguided and bad for the economy. This hike would affect HGVs coming into the UK from Europe, if there’s a ‘no-deal Brexit.
Tom Cornwell, RHA area manager, told BBC Essex the tariff would mean the cost of a HGV at around £85,000 would rise to over £100,000. This goes against the government's drive for haulage firms to upgrade their vehicles to Euro VI.
The Association is calling on the government to urgently rethink their plans as they will undermine UK competitiveness across all sectors of the economy.
See the full story on RoadwayLive.
Brexit agreement to allow UK operators into EU
UK hauliers can continue to move goods between the UK and the EU (and Norway) using UK operator licences for the rest of 2019 (without the need for ECMT permits).
There are some new limitations on cross-border EU trade (member state to member state), and cabotage.
For the first few months of a “no-deal” the limit is two trips within seven days of an unloaded international journey; for the following three months only one trip will be allowed within seven days. ECMT permits will be required for deliveries/collections to third countries.
RHA policy director England and Wales, Duncan Buchanan, said: “The confirmation of the agreement is very helpful if there is a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
“The majority of UK – EU international road haulage can move without the complexity of needing ECMT permits which means many operators will no longer need the permits they’ve been allocated.
“The other win is that there should be enough ECMT permits to meet demand for third-country transit. We now call on DfT to review its allocation plans for short-term permits, so they are easily accessible for all operators who need them”.
Make sure to keep up to date with RHA’s Brexit Checklist.
Leeds £13.8m CAZ lorry subsidies
Leeds City Council has opened a competition for Euro VI lorry grants.
The grant can be used to buy new or used Euro VI lorries that replace non-Euro VI trucks operating in the planned Leeds Clean Air Zone. Up to £16,000 per lorry is on offer (up to five HGVs per company).
Funding also covers CVRA accredited retrofit (not currently available for HGVs) and the payment of exit fees for a lease agreement for a non-Euro VI HGV that is replaced with a Euro VI.
The competition is open until 15 April. See Leeds City Council’s Competition Document for more details or visit their website.
Cardiff rejects CAZ charging
Cardiff Council has ruled out introducing a clean air zone and plans to spend £32 million on a range of measures to reduce air pollution and congestion in the city.
The council’s cabinet will hear an outline business case tomorrow (21.03.19). If approved the authority will apply to Welsh Government for the necessary funds to begin the two-year programme.
Cardiff’s air quality plan includes; electric buses, a bus retrofitting scheme, a city centre traffic management scheme and a low emission taxis scheme.
Govt intervention needed in French customs chaos
The RHA is calling on government to help put an end to the chaos at French Channel ports and Eurotunnel. French customs officials are still ‘working to rule’ causing long delays and leaving drivers vulnerable to attacks from migrants.
The Association has written to the DfT, urging them to put pressure on the European Commission to intervene with the French authorities, in a bid to restore fluid and safe freight movements across the Channel.
The customs staff action is putting a huge strain on operators and drivers as lorries queue for up to 12 hours to get into ports. Trucks waiting to access ports and Eurotunnel are held in queues along motorway hard shoulders leaving drivers without access to facilities and making themselves an easy target for migrants.
For the latest updates from France see RoadwayLive.
Driver apprenticeship programme survey
The RHA is working to change the existing Driver Apprenticeship programme from Category C licence training to Category C+E. The existing system does not allow funding for both licence categories.
The Institute for Logistics wants evidence from operators to established that funding is needed. They have asked us to provide that evidence, but it needs to come from the RHA's members.
We need an 80% response. Without it, the IFA will not see a need to change the existing scheme.
We have come up with a quick, 4-question survey.
It takes less than a minute to complete and you can find it online.