RoadwayUpdate 8 January

8th January 2020

Oxford Zero Emission Zone 'absurd'

Charging trucks to enter a zero-emission zone in Oxford will put firms at risk, warns the RHA.

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council are considering proposals to launch a 'Red Zone' in the city centre from December whereby vehicles which fail to meet zero-emission standards will face £10 daily charges.

Considering there are no zero-emission trucks currently on the market, the RHA is accusing town hall chiefs of imposing another tax on businesses.

Get the full picture on RoadwayLive. 


Pay report

The RHA's recently published pay report shows the number of firms giving a pay rise shrank compared to the previous year.

According to the RHA survey, there has been an average 2% pay award nationally. In hourly terms though, C&E drivers wages rose 5% or from £10.54 to £11.07 per hour (median).

The pay report supports the recent cost of movement report, estimating the recruitment and retention shortage to be at 60,000. The average weekly hours were found to be at 55, which happen to be about the age of the typical driver too.

Becoming an employer of choice will no doubt help keep wheels turning. Without drivers, consignments will fail to be delivered or indeed collected on time when that happens, companies will fail.


RHA's New Year wish list

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett has written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP to highlight some of the industry's most pressing issues.

The letter calls for an urgent reform of the Apprenticeship Levy for the road freight sector. The current system simply isn't working and uptake amongst operators is minimal. As things stand, over £360m has been paid in yet only £20m (approximately) has been withdrawn.

The RHA is also asking for support with investment in vehicles and infrastructure to meet ambitious Government air quality targets.

Immediate action is also needed to address the widespread shortage of safe and secure parking facilities for vehicles and drivers. Alongside this, the letter addresses the UK's higher fuel prices compared to EU competitors and the poorly maintained roads across the UK.


Decarbonising freight and logistics

The environment was a key issue in December's General Election. 

So the RHA's latest strategy paper is calling for a freight roadmap to achieve a net-zero carbon future.

The issue of decarbonising freight needs a coherent response and it's vital the freight and logistics sector is on the front foot to shape the reforms necessary.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: "The Government must ensure supportive policies exist that give our members the confidence to plan for a green future. By contrast, policy "mis-steps" such as clean air zones which have undermined trust must be avoided."

Read more on RoadwayLive.


e-CMR ratified in UK

UK-based hauliers will soon be able to use digital 'e-CMR' contracts of carriage, as well as traditional paper forms.

Coming into effect on 19 March 2020, e-CMR will allow national and international transportation to and from the UK to be carried out with digital consignment notes.

CMR stands for "Convention relative au contrat de transport international de marchandises par route", and is the standard contract of carriage for goods being transported internationally by road.

Find out more on RoadwayLive.


43 years for HGV targeting gang

A Leeds based gang have been jailed for a total of 43 years after being involved in the organised theft of over £1.5m of goods from lorries across the country.

A number of different vehicles were found to be linked to members of the gang, and these vehicles were making frequent overnight trips to places including Thames Valley, Northamptonshire, the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Greater Manchester and a number of others.

Upon checking with the relevant police forces in these areas, it was discovered that many of these overnight journeys matched with the timings of thefts from HGVs.

Catchup on RoadwayLive.