RoadwayUpdate 6 November

6th November 2019

Bristol ‘pay-to-pollute’ charges attack business

Charging hauliers to enter a clean air zone in Bristol will put firms at risk, warned the Road Haulage Association.

All lorries face bans from a number of main roads and pre-Euro VI trucks will face £100 daily charges in plans Bristol City Council is submitting to the Government.

But the Association warned that the charging scheme will force firms with lorries registered as late as 2013 to choose between prematurely replacing their fleets, paying the crippling charges or going out of business.

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Investigation into recovery fees after hauliers charged ‘astronomical fees’

The government will be launching an investigation into rising roadside recovery costs which are affecting hauliers and recovery operators.

This investigation will be led by the Home Office and follows claims that the increasing costs are being driven up by the fees which are taken by the managing agencies running the schemes for the police and Highways England.

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RHA highlights threats and danger to hauliers from gangs

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett has been quoted in a Vice article talking about the increasingly violent attacks on hauliers by people-smuggling gangs.

Richard reported that over the last five years he’s had reports of hauliers being attacked with baseball bats and knives, and female drivers threatened with sexual assault.

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RHA guide to hand-held and hands-free mobile phone devices

The RHA has released a guide to the use of mobile devices in cabs, promoting safety, efficiency and compliance in the freight sector.

The guide advises that while the use of mobile phones has become an integral part of modern-day life, during a mobile phone conversation, drivers may notice fewer hazards or fail to act appropriately in response to hazards occurring in front of them.

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Urgent police appeal over migrants

Essex police have urged Ronan and Christopher Hughes to come forward and hand themselves into police in Northern Ireland.

Ronan Hughes, 40 and his brother Christopher Hughes, 34 from Armagh, Northern Ireland, are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking in connection with the deaths of 39 people, whose bodies were found in a container in Grays last week.

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Terrorism threat level lowered, danger remains

The Cross-sector Safety and Security CommunicationsF initiative has released an update of the UK’s terrorism threat level, which has been reduced to Substantial.

This new status means that an attack is still likely, and therefore personnel need to remain vigilant. This is especially true around haulage yards, after the increase in ‘vehicle as weapon’ attacks in recent years.

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