RoadwayUpdate 7 August

7th August 2019

'The clock is ticking' – RHA calls for Brexit action

In a series of media appearances today, the RHA drew attention to the haulage industry’s need for clarity around Brexit.

Richard Burnett, RHA chief executive called on government to provide more information. Speaking on BBC Radio Kent he said, “All we’re trying to do is make sure that we’ve got a clear process from government to ensure that we inform and tell hauliers what they need to do. But we simply haven’t got that clarity."

Rod McKenzie, managing director of policy and public affairs, supported Richard's statements on both BBC Sussex and BBC Essex. He explained, “We’ve always said a no-deal Brexit without a transition period would be damaging for the logistics sector and the wider UK economy.

Duncan Buchanan, policy director for England and Wales appeared live on BBC News.

Get the full story on RoadwayLive.


RHA speaks up at publication of Motorway Services User Survey

Last week (1 August 2019), Transport Focus published the results of their 2019 Motorway Services User Survey at an event in South Mimms. The RHA’s Head of Licensing and Infrastructure, Tom Cotton, spoke at the event.

He confirmed the importance of motorway service areas to those in the haulage industry, whose workplace is the road. “Motorway and trunk road service areas are the watering holes and bunkhouses for HGV drivers.”

The survey found that, “HGV drivers continued to be less satisfied with facilities offered specifically for them, such as parking and showers than they are with other aspects.”

Read the whole article on RoadwayLive.


Baroness Vere - New DfT Roads Minister

Baroness Vere has been appointed as the new Roads Minister at the Department for Transport. Her responsibilities include Roads and Freight – so she is a key Government contact for the road haulage industry.

As Under parliamentary under-secretary of state for Transport her key responsibilities include:

  • Roads security freight (excluding EU Exit and rail)
  • Taxis and buses
  •  Light rail

Read more on RoadwayLive.


Countering vehicles as weapons

Yesterday (6 August 2019) the Department for Transport published guidance on reducing the risk of vehicles being used as weapons. 

The guidance covers:

• Security culture - including pre-employment checks for drivers and staff

• Site security - such as vehicle access and operating centres

• Vehicle security - including checking vehicles and what to do if a vehicle is taken.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive.


Leeds CAZ grants hit legal issue

A second round of funding is to be launched by Leeds City Council after hauliers were found to be ineligible for clean air zone (CAZ) grants.

Funds of up to £16,000 were on offer so hauliers operating from or within Leeds could ‘upgrade or retrofit’ their vehicles. But during the evaluation process, the council found legal constraints related to State Aid which prevented the lawful issue of funds.

But the RHA has another issue with the council's scheme. Grants might be made available for retrofitting, but these technologies do not currently exist for HGVs (except for bin lorries).

Get the full story on RoadwayLive. 


Lorry drivers, 'Look Out Look Up!'

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has launched its Look Out Look Up! campaign to help reduce the number fatalities amongst lorry drivers as a result of collision with overhead power lines.

Over the past 10 years, half of all collisions with overhead power lines have involved a lorry-type vehicle and a quarter of all fatalities from overhead power lines involved a lorry driver.

The Association released a video highlighting the dangers of overhead power lines and a called for workers to familiarise themselves with safety advice.

Catch up with this story on RoadwayLive.