RoadwayUpdate 2 October

2nd October 2019


Brexit Awareness for Hauliers               

The RHA is working hard to complement the work that Government has already started and next week we are embarking upon a series of webinars and roadshows to provide clarity to traders and hauliers as to what they need to do to be Brexit-ready.

Throughout October we will be co-ordinating a nationwide series of roadshows and webinars . We will be hosting 66 seminars across 22 locations from Aberdeen to Plymouth including Wales and in Northern Ireland. Each will have the capacity to brief a minimum of 150 people.

Tomorrow morning at 10am, the website for bookings ‘goes live’. We will, of course, be publicising this through our social media channels @RHANews, Facebook, RoadwayLive, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Customs checks bad for business in Northern Ireland, says RHA

The Road Haulage Association warns that customs posts on either side of the Irish border would harm the economy.

This follows reports that Government proposes that customs clearance zones be set up to check goods and paperwork. Businesses on both sides of the border currently benefit from free access; customs formalities would simply lead to delays and increased costs.

RHA Northern Ireland policy manager, John Martin has urged the Government to strike a deal with the EU which will keep goods flowing freely across the border.

“All parties need to take stock, drop the red lines and compromise to solve the problem. Time is running out and all parties around the table need to stop political posturing and make a deal.

“If reports that the Government proposes customs posts are true it’s clear they haven’t been listening to businesses in Northern Ireland.

“It’s crucial we maintain unfettered access both ways to ensure the continued and efficient movements of goods.”

RHA responds to DfT call for evidence on carbon off-setting

Chris Ashley, newly-appointed policy spokesman on the environment and regulation, has responded to a Call for Evidence by DfT on carbon off-setting in transport.

He urged the Government to implement a public information campaign to educate the public on the benefits of carbon off-setting schemes.

The Government intends to use the call for evidence to explore options to drive a change in consumer behaviour by mandating the provision of information on the carbon impact of everyday travel by air, train and coach. The Government is also looking to extend this to include information on the “emissions journey” of a product. You can read our response here.

Chris said, “Whilst greater transparency on carbon emissions to enable consumers to make informed choices is a good thing, we urge the Government to support this with a public information campaign. This is so that consumers are fully aware of what carbon off-setting is and how carbon off-setting schemes work.”

“The last thing hard-working truckers need is more bureaucracy to inform carbon off-setting schemes that are of, as yet, unproven benefit.”


RHA on Radio4 Today


Richard Burnett, RHA chief executive, has spoken out on BBC Radio 4 to highlight the issues facing hauliers and haulage firms as the October 31 Brexit deadline looms. With predictions from some that leaving the EU without a deal will cause huge delays at ports across the UK, haulage firms are dependant on businesses in the EU and the UK to get the paperwork right to prevent queues at Dover and other ports, but the RHA is concerned that the information isn't clear enough and isn't being seen by enough people.


RHA Policy Scotland



Martin Reid, RHA Policy Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland, has given evidence at the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s pre-budget evidence session on road maintenance.

One of the key points that Martin made was to call for a move towards quality repairs, rather than quick fixes which must be repeated regularly, saying ‘The cheapest [option] is very very rarely the best option when you’re looking at a whole of life contract.’

Martin also stated that preventative maintenance is always better than reactive maintenance, both for road users and for those in charge of planning and orchestrating the ongoing care and maintenance of the road network.