RoadwayUpdate 24 July

24th July 2019

Keep borders free-flowing, RHA urges Boris Johnson

RHA CEO Richard Burnett has called on the new Prime Minister to ensure borders remain free-flowing after Brexit.

Operators are frustrated with a lack of clarity on what’s expected of them and how new systems will work.

“We urge the Prime Minister to ensure that his Government puts the right systems in place and gives firms the support they need to continue transporting freight efficiently,” he said.

Get the full story on RoadwayLive.


Driver shortage – hauliers give evidence to parliamentary group

Rod McKenzie told the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Road Freight and Logistics in Westminster last week that government needs to do more to tackle the driver shortage.

He warned that the shortfall could reach 150,000 next year and called for lorry drivers to be given the same immigration status after Brexit as other professions.

He said the Apprenticeship Levy isn’t working for our sector. We’ve become a donor industry, only drawing down £12m of the £280m we’ve paid in. C+E licence acquisition isn’t supported as an apprenticeship standard despite vigorous lobbying, and the Road to Logistics scheme isn’t getting the help it needs.

The group, chaired by Sir Mike Penning MP, also heard evidence from Kate Lester from Diamond Logistics, M.A. Ponsonby boss Mike Ponsonby and Nick Bithell from the Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme.


#LoveTheLorry – Get involved with National Lorry Week

Would you like to feature in a video to promote the haulage industry?

Star RHA video producer, Kela Kay wants to interview members for a National Lorry Week video, showcasing our industry. Get in touch with the RHA marketing team if you’d like to help.

In the meantime, send us a video or take to Twitter. The best tweet will win a £100 voucher, but don’t forget the hashtag, #LoveTheLorry

National Lorry Week runs between 16-22 September. Check out RoadwayLive for more.


Vehicle Load Security Week

Police and DVSA officials are cracking down on dangerous vehicle loads this week, focusing on hazardous goods and load security.

The enforcement operation is part of a Health and Safety Executive campaign to make roads safer by highlighting risks of not transporting goods properly.

DVSA’s Load securing: vehicle operator guidance.


Manchester clean air charges

Register for a free Transport for Greater Manchester roadshow where they’ll run through clean air plans, including the £100 daily charges for non-Euro VI trucks.

TfGM says it’s an opportunity to have your say on the proposals before they’re set in stone.

When: Tuesday 10 September (08.30hrs – 14.00hrs).

Where: AJ Bell Stadium, 1 Stadium Way, Eccles, Manchester M30 7EY.


FORS features at Autumn Conference

Find out about FORS, and FORS reform at the RHA Autumn Conference at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham on Thursday 3 October.

We’ll also be covering the latest news on driver training, compliance, enforcement and Brexit preparations. 

Book your place now.