RoadwayUpdate 16 October

16th October 2019

Is your business ready for Brexit?

Leaving the EU, deal or no deal, will be a tremendous challenge for UK transport operators and traders. Businesses moving goods to and from Europe will be most affected, but many domestic operators will be too.

To help you understand more about the potential impact and to provide you with practical support, the RHA are hosting free seminars and webinars throughout October.

Free 90-minute seminars

  • Will look closely at the impact of a no-deal on border management and the movement of goods
  • Explain how this will affect traders, importers, exporters, hauliers and drivers
  • Detail the key protocols and rules that you will need to follow
  • Prepare you with checklists and details of where to find relevant and useful further guidance.

Free webinars 

  • Will provide the very latest information available on 22nd and 28th October.

Book your place online.

We also have a free, dedicated, telephone helpline 01274 863120.

 

Scotland launches LEZ Support Fund 

The Scottish government is launching a fund to prepare HGVs for the launch of Low Emission Zones in cities across Scotland.

Grants of £1m will be available from the LEZ Support Fund, created to help bring commercial vehicles into compliance with emissions standards laid out by LEZs via retrofitting.

Smaller HGV firms, as well as van and taxi fleets, will all be eligible for the grants, which are to support the cost of upgrading engines or exhausts “in order to reduce emissions and protect public health”.

Only retrofit schemed accredited by CVRAS will be allowed access to the funding. The CVRAS (Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme) is a robust certification programme for manufacturers of retrofit emissions reduction technology that will enable LEZ compliance.

Funding from the Support Fund will be available in the current and next two financial years. However, this will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

While the funding is initially set at £600,000 per year, this amount could increase later this year if there is sufficient demand. The funding thresholds will begin at 100% of equipment costs per vehicle.

State aid rules will apply to this funding, meaning that operators will need to apply under ‘de minimis’ – i.e. under €200,000 over three financial years.

 

Have your say on the Leeming Bar parking ban

North Yorkshire’s Hambleton District Council are due to run a second public consultation over its crackdown on Leeming Bar Industrial Estate, and you can have your say. The Council’s consultation closes on November 5th 2019.

Almost 900 warnings about overnight parking have been issued to drivers on the estate since the PSPO was brought in.

This followed complaints from residents and traders due to drivers using the area to sleep overnight, often with their vehicles running, and leaving waste at the site. The order allowed the council to hand drivers flouting the PSPO a £100 fixed penalty notice.

Rather than bans, we need facilities.
Hauliers must be able to park safely and securely, with access to toilets, showers, food, water and a place to park without the fear of assault or theft.

We encourage any members or other hauliers who have been affected by the ban, or by the lack of facilities in the area, to take part.

 

Updated driver walkaround video and guidance

DVSA has revised their driver walkaround guidance.

The updates cover bridge strikes and reporting in-service defects.

The online guidance is now easier to understand for both PSV and HGV drivers.

And there’s a new video to share with your drivers to help them get their walkaround checks right. 

 

Last-minute hiring for Brock ‘far too little, too late’

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett has hit out at government’s last-minute recruitment drive for additional enforcement officers ahead of Operation Brock. This follows the posting of a job advert yesterday, urgently seeking to hire enforcement officers to operate along the M20 once Brock comes into effect on October 28th.

The role, open for ‘up to three months’, offers £12 an hour to enforcement officers, preferable with an SIA badge, to work with Highways England and police. The job description states that “Duties will be to check lorry drivers and ensure that they have the appropriate documentation with them. You will be working alongside the police and Highways England officers.”

Operation Brock aims to minimise traffic issues in Kent after the UK leaves the EU at the end of the month. The plan includes parking lorries bound for the Port of Dover along a 13 mile stretch of the M20, M26, and Manston Airport. With just nine working days until Operation Brock comes into effect, there are serious concerns over the efficacy of this hiring drive.

“This is far too little too late,” said Richard Burnett. “It doesn’t give enough time to properly train, let alone hire, these important staff. It highlights the need for a transition period. Business is not ready for Brexit at the end of this month.”

Operation Brock aims to ease traffic problems in Kent after the UK finally leaves the EU, involves parking lorries headed for France on a 13 mile stretch of the coastbound M20, M26, and Manston Airport.