RoadwayUpdate 31 July

31st July 2019

Keep goods flowing, RHA urges Gove

Richard Burnett wrote to Michael Gove this week. He called on him to act urgently so goods can continue to flow across borders if there’s a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

He set out measures which he said would ensure high volumes of freight could continue moving if customs controls are introduced on 31 October.

Mr Burnett urged Mr Gove to press government departments to:

  • Produce clear guidance on how the whole end-to-end journey will operate
  • Open and authorise new and substantial customs facilities for transit
  • Introduce consolidated and simplified import safety & security declaration system
  • Launch emergency and free online customs training for traders
  • Make lorry holding facilities such as Operation Brock fit for purpose
  • Abolish the 22 percent tariff on new trucks.

Quick progress on these actions would minimise delays in the supply chain as customs sites and logistics firms face overwhelming bureaucracies, he said.

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Actions to take ahead of Brexit

The RHA is recommending international operators follow an essential checklist to prepare for Brexit, deal or no deal:

  • Get your EORI number now
  • Register trailers
  • Ensure drivers and vehicles can operate internationally
  • Know what type of customs is required
  • Tell customers goods won’t be carried without complete paperwork 
  • Don’t take on liability for importers’/exporters’ responsibilities.

The RHA checklist will be updated this week – information can be found online.


Who are Boris’ new ministers?

A new prime minister means a reshuffle and some new (and familiar) faces in the government. 

Michael Gove took the position of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster; Steve Barclay kept his post as Brexit secretary and Grant Shapps is taking over as Transport Secretary.

Managing director for policy and public affairs, Rod McKenzie runs the rule over the new appointees we’ll be working with in Whitehall.


#LoveTheLorry – promoting National Lorry Week

National Lorry Week is back!

It's your chance to get the UK to #LoveTheLorry 

The RHA is calling on its members to help promote the haulage industry as a new/change of career option. It’s time to inspire the next generation.

If you’re holding an event or want to get involved with one, email the RHA or call: 01932 841 515.


Leeds – Bid for CAZ new truck funding

Leeds City Council is re-opening the bidding process for operators looking to upgrade to Euro VI ahead of a clean air zone (CAZ) in the city.

From 1 August you can apply for a grant of up to £16,000 if you’re Leeds based or operate in the city.

The launch of the CAZ which will see operators of pre-Euro VI trucks facing £50 daily charges has been postponed. The Association will update members when a new date is announced.

Birmingham’s CAZ which has been postponed for the same reason won’t be operational until at least July 2020.


Ready for Direct Vision Standard?

Transport for London (TfL) has urged operators to ‘prepare their fleet’ in time for the launch of the Direct Vision Standard.

They’ll begin issuing permits from October for the controversial scheme which will see operators of ‘non-compliant’ trucks fined £550, and drivers £130. Enforcement begins in October 2020.

The RHA remains highly critical of the scheme and maintains that regulation should be set at national and international level – locally devised policies cause confusion.