With political parties preparing for a general election on 12 December, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit planning continues.
The Government has stood down its planning for a No-Deal Brexit – codenamed Operation Yellowhammer. This follows the pulling of the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement bill and the EU decision to grant a Brexit extension until the end of January 2020.
Reacting to news, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “In the short term, businesses will be relieved that a damaging no-deal Brexit has been averted, but an extension is only prolonging the agony of uncertainty meaning that firms still cannot plan for the future.
“We need a deal and a transition period to keep the supply chain moving. Government must make best use of this extra time to get firms who import or export goods border-ready.”
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Smuggling safeguards needed
Following the tragic events which unfolded in Essex last week, the RHA is continuing to call for better safeguards against people smuggling.
In one of many interviews, Richard Burnett appeared on Channel 4 News with Krishnan Guru-Murthy to discuss the ongoing issues that hauliers in the UK face with people-smuggling gangs.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Richard urged the relevant agencies to tackle the people smuggling threat.
“This tragedy has highlighted the fact that we’re not just talking about the risk to goods crossing the Channel post Brexit – lives are being risked – and lost.”
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RHA wins first Truck Cartel legal battle
This week the RHA won its first legal battle to secure compensation for truck operators who suffered financially as a result of the unlawful price-fixing cartel involving the major European truck manufacturers.
The Competition Appeal Tribunal agreed with the RHA that its funding arrangements and the provisions of its insurance documents are fit for purpose and will entitle the RHA to proceed with its collective claim.
Richard Burnett said: “This is a very important milestone in what may prove to be a lengthy journey to recover compensation rightfully owed to truck operators.
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Make smart motorways safer
Better refuge areas and clearer signage would make smart motorways safer, says the RHA.
The recommendations are two measures the Association says the Government must adopt amid concerns about safety on the network.
RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett says that smart motorways have improved journey times but concerns linger about confusing signage and inadequate refuge areas.
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Direct Vision Standard ‘a distraction’
TfL’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) comes into effect on 26 October 2020. This leaves haulage firms less than a year to apply for London HGV Safety Permits.
Hauliers who operate inside London will need to apply for a permit for their vehicles if they’re over 12 tonnes. Operators will then be granted a permit if the vehicle meets the minimum DVS star rating.
If your vehicle does not meet the minimum DVS star rating, TfL have said that hauliers will need to install ‘Safe System improvements‘.
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Bristol's proposed air quality measures
Bristol City Council has announced their plans to tackle air pollution in the city, which could see the introduction of both a charging Clean Air Zone and a ban on diesel cars within a smaller set area.
The proposal would come into effect in 2021, with pre-Euro VI HGVs charged £100 and taxis charged £9 to enter the CAZ.
The zone is set to include part of the M32, the old city, Redcliffe, Spike Island, the Harbourside, and part of Hotwells.
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