RoadwayUpdate 22 January

22nd January 2020

LGV Apprenticeship set to split

The Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver Apprenticeship is set to change. 

This summer will see the scheme replaced with two alternatives. 

One will include category C+E licence while the other will be based on urban driving, only including a category C licence. 

The split follows widespread criticism that the current standard is not fit for purpose as it only offers a category C licence, even though most operators need drivers with a category C+E licence.

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Bath CAZ puts business at risk

The RHA has warned that charging hauliers £100 to enter a clean air zone in Bath will put firms at risk.

Bath and North East Somerset Council is going ahead with plans to slap pre-Euro VI trucks with the charges from November – subject to government approval.

The RHA fully supports the drive to improve air quality but warns local authorities against launching schemes which jeopardise businesses.

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Haulage industry "struggling like hell" to fill vacancies

Richard Burnett has spoken out in The Times to highlight the massive recruitment issues faced by the haulage industry.

The RHA chief exec said that the industry is "struggling like hell" to recruit the number of drivers needed to keep the UK economy moving.

With 98 percent of good consumed in the UK being moved by road, and the haulage and logistics industry being the fifth largest employer in the UK, it's vital that the sector does more to secure the 66,000 drivers and other staff that the industry – and the economy – desperately needs.

Get the full picture on RoadwayLive.


RHA’s first Facebook Live forum

Today the RHA hosted its first ever live Facebook forum with Highways England (HE). Covering topics from red X enforcement to roadworks planning, the haulage industry had a chance to quiz HE officials.

Chairing the event, RHA’s Managing Director of Policy and Public Affairs Rod McKenzie spoke with Mel Clarke, HE’s Customer Service Executive Director (Operations Directorate) and Traffic Officer Hannah Moffit.

“This was a first for the RHA – and it was absolutely terrific. It shows how we connect with both our membership and authorities, acting as a go-between so both are talking about the issues which matter to them. We had some fantastic and very challenging questions raised by RHA members and it was an honour on their behalf to pass them to HE staff and challenge the authorities. I think that HE are highly engaged with RHA members and want to do better on roadworks, communications and enforcement issues."

Hosted by T Baker & Sons the event demonstrated the open and generous nature of RHA members. If you weren’t able to catch the event, don’t worry. You can watch the whole thing on Youtube!


Drivers risking their lives on ferry crossings

A recent investigation claims that lorry drivers are risking their lives by remaining in their cabs during ferry crossings.

The investigation, run by Marine Accident Investigation Branch, followed an incident in 2018 where nine HGVs toppled over and 22 vehicles were damaged on a P&O European Causeway service between Larne and Cairnryan.

While there are international regulations on the matter, the report found that many drivers do not exit their cabs during crossings.

Catch up on RoadwayLive.


All change at NaVCIS

DCI Brett Mallon from Gloucestershire Police has recently been appointed the new Head of Unit replacing DCI Gordon Roberts.

The RHA's Security Manager, Chrys Rampley and the Security Forum Chairman John Traynor recently met with DCI Mallon and the NaVCIS Freight team to discuss plans for 2020 to combat HGV cargo crime.

Initial discussions are underway with Crimestoppers to launch a campaign with the Motorway Service Operators. Starting with a pilot scheme it is hoped this will then be rolled out nationwide.

Catch up on RoadwayLive.