RoadwayUpdate 21 August

21st August 2019

Automatic EORI numbers

As no-deal preparations gain momentum, businesses that trade internationally will automatically be assigned anEconomic Operator Registration and Identification number.

Over the next fortnight, HM Treasury and HMRC will allocate EORI numbers to over 88,000 companies. That’s in addition to the 72,000 firms who’ve already registered.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett has long called on the government to take this action but warns that firms still don’t have the clarity they need to fully prepare for a ‘no-deal’ scenario. 

“This is a long overdue move that will keep UK businesses trading with customers and suppliers in the EU – but it’s only the beginning of the process. Traders still aren’t getting the information and support they need to tackle the customs formalities they’ll be facing after Brexit.”

Hauliers should also be aware that this automatic process will only benefit VAT registered businesses. Any firm which isn’t VAT registered will still need to apply for an EORI number.


Yellowhammer hits home

The leaked Operation Yellowhammer report has reinforced the RHA’s repeated warnings over a lack of ‘no-deal’ planning.

The dossier outlines some of the possible outcomes of a no-deal including disruption to fuel, food and medicine supplies. As many as 85% of lorries are thought to be unprepared for French customs checks. 

In an interview with Sky News, RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett explained the report confirms what the Association has been saying for the last two years. “It’s not scaremongering, it’s the reality of the situation in the event of a ‘no-deal’.”

Check out the full interview below.


700,000 pothole complaints

Local authorities received over 700,000 complaints about potholes and other road defects during 2018.

This startling figure comes from research carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses via Freedom of Information Act requests. They also found that councils across the country paid out more than £1.9m in compensation for vehicle damage.

Duncan Buchanan, RHA Policy Director for England and Wales, said: "It is vital for road safety, and the competitiveness and productivity of UK businesses that highway authorities properly maintain our roads."

Read the whole story on RoadwayLive.


Thurrock lorry fines amongst highest in UK

In an effort to prevent illegal lorry parking, Thurrock Parkway has seen strict enforcement action in the form of fines. Accordingly, the road has been ranked as one of the top ten roads outside London to get fined.

Almost £90,000 worth of fines were issued on Thurrock Parkway last year, which came from 1,693 notices on the road handed out by Thurrock Council. It means the road has the fifth-highest level of fines for 'nuisance parkers' outside of London.

The RHA’s Chrys Rampley hit back saying: “Last year's National Survey of Lorry Parking carried out by the Department for Transport highlighted an acute shortage of lorry parking in the South East. The problem has been exacerbated by the recent closure of a number of laybys in the Thurrock area.”

Get the story on RoadwayLive.


London deliveries on World Car Free Day

TfL have released advice for hauliers ahead of London’s Reimagine event for World Car Free Day on Sunday 22 September 2019.

There will be extensive road closures and restrictions in place throughout the City of London, Southwark and Tower Hamlets. These closures will come into effect at 07:00 on Sunday 22 September until 19:00.

However, TfL have said they expect the surrounding area to remain busy following the re-opening of the roads.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive.


Tackling the issues facing hauliers

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett and Sir Mike Penning MP, chair of the APPG for Road Freight and Logistics, visited Maritime Transports facility in Felixstowe last week.

They discussed the challenges facing hauliers up and down the UK, including the skills shortage and an apprenticeship levy that isn’t fit for purpose. Several factors are contributing to this including the lack of relevant approved apprenticeship standards.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Road Freight and Logistics, is due to publish their findings into the skills crisis shortly following extensive consultation with the industry.

Catch up with this story on RoadwayLive.