RoadwayUpdate 18 December

18th December 2019

New government must work closely with our industry

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett has written to PM Boris Johnson, calling on him to work with the freight and logistics industry on a number of key issues of vital importance to member companies.

In his letter, Mr Burnett said: “Over the past 3 years we have highlighted the risks and impacts of whatever Brexit approach is taken. Enough time to implement and transition to any new arrangements for customs, lorry access regulations and labour is essential to maintain the UK’s supply chains.”

Read more on RoadwayLive.

 

‘Hopelessly inadequate’ plans won’t ease M4 gridlock

The RHA has urged the Welsh Government to reinstate plans for an M4 Relief Road that would reduce congestion in South Wales.

The call comes as the Association branded a new bid to ease gridlock on the M4 as ‘hopelessly inadequate’ and accused officials of tinkering around the edges.

‘Fast-track’ recommendations published by the South East Wales Transport Commission could see new traffic management measures and increased patrols on the route. But Commission chair, Lord Burns admitted the plans would only have a ‘modest’ impact on congestion.

Read the RHA’s press release.

 

Brexit – it’s no longer if or but…

The UK now has a new government.

With Boris Johnson at the helm and a majority of 80 MPs, it’s almost certain that his Withdrawal Agreement will pass through parliament, and that the UK will be leaving the EU. Here’s what this could mean for our industry.

It is expected that the Government will ratify the withdrawal agreement and the UK to leave the EU formally relatively fast, most likely on 31 January 2020. This will start the planned transition/implementation period which will run until at least 31 December 2020.

So what happens next?

Read RoadwayLive to find out.

 

Bridge strikes at an unacceptable level

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has issued fresh warnings about bridge strikes. 

A hot topic in the recent Commissioners’ Annual Report is the disappointing number of incidents of vehicles colliding with bridges.

Regulators say regulatory action is “a real possibility” for those failing to take the necessary steps.

Some of the common causes of bridge strikes are:

  • Drivers taking short cuts whilst engaged on “not in service” journeys
  • Staff with insufficient route knowledge returning a vehicle to depot
  • Drivers taking a double deck vehicle on a single deck route
  • Misunderstanding of road signs

Checkout RoadwayLive for the full story. 

 

Clear out the clutter

Haulage firms and drivers must ensure that items placed in the cab of their vehicles do not obscure windows or obstruct vision.

An HGV driver has been fined by Cheshire police after a stop and search found that the lorry’s dashboard was cluttered with ‘stuff’.

Cheshire police then tweeted an image of the windscreen, seen below, with a message which read: “HGV stopped at Sandbach this evening. Windscreen was heavily cluttered with accessories preventing the driver from having a clear view of not only the front mirror but the road ahead. Driver fined and prosecuted.”

Catch up with the full story on RoadwayLive.

 

Pregnant woman among migrants found in lorry

A group of 20 migrants, including a pregnant woman, have been found in a refrigerated lorry in Stoke.

The migrants were discovered after a worker heard banging coming from the inside of a delivery truck. With the temperature inside the lorry set to just 1°C, the pregnant migrant was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital by paramedics.

Two other migrants were arrested on suspicion of illegal entry into the UK.

Read more on RoadwayLive.