RoadwayUpdate 10 July

10th July 2019

RHA on Panorama

RHA CEO Richard Burnett has appeared on BBC Panorama.

He highlighted the haulage industry's frustration with the slow pace of government Brexit preparations.

The RHA has been helping guide the government on how to minimise the impact of Brexit on the UK economy and supply chain.

But a lack of information being passed to hauliers by government is causing frustrations for the industry, who are finding it incredibly challenging to prepare for Brexit.  

See a clip below or read the full story on RoadwayLive.


Longer Semi-trailers

Hauliers can still bid to run longer semi-trailers under a DfT trial.

The Department has an unallocated quota and would like to see more operating under the trial.

Longer semi-trailers are high capacity trailers that can be 14.6m or 15.65m long. 

The Department has invited operators who have not participated before as well as those who have already taken part. Find out more online.


Major road closures

There will be three overnight closures of the A9 between Luncarty Junction and the A923 Junction at the end of July.

The closure will run from 20:30 to 06:00 on the nights of Monday 29 July, Tuesday 30 July and Wednesday 31 July.

There are also major changes to planned diversions for the total closure of the M27 between junction 2 and 3 this weekend (from 22:00 hours Friday 28 June to Monday 1 July). Diversions will be signed. 

Further information is available at Transport Scotland.


Sheffield Clean Air Zone

Sheffield City Council is consulting on the possible introduction of a clean air zone in the city.

The plan is to charge all non-Euro VI lorries entering the zone £50 per day to enter from early 2021. 

The Council is asking the Government for £50 million to "help those whose livelihoods depend on a van or taxi" – it appears the council is not seeking support for those operating lorries. 

Further background is provided by the Council. 

The RHA will be objecting to proposals in the consultation.The Association believes there is lack of evidence regarding the contribution to NOx emissions made by lorries.

The consultation opened on 1 July, ends 25 August – it takes the form of a survey and can be filled online.


Smart Motorway Advice

Highways England has issued a guide to safely navigating Smart Motorways. 

It's aimed at all motorists, designed to improve how the roads are used and making sure drivers know their legal obligations. 

Much is obvious but as all professional operators will know not everyone follows the rules.

Further information can be found on RoadwayLive.


‘Heavy Vehicle Horrors’

A new post, “Heavy vehicle horrors" has been published on GOV.UK's Moving On blog.

In the post, Jim Bithnell, vehicle standards assessor, shares some of the worst examples of heavy vehicles presented for their annual test.

Duncan Buchanan, RHA Policy Director for England and Wales, said: "Most operators are compliant safe operators, businesses that do not work safely let the whole sector down and are an unacceptable risk to all road users."

You can read the full post online.