Roadway Update 20 February 2020

20th February 2020

Parliamentarians want your views on clean air zones

A cross-party group of parliamentarians want to know how clean air zones (CAZ) are affecting your business.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Road Freight and Logistics (APPG) – which represents our sector’s interests at Westminster – is investigating the impact of clean air zones on our industry.

They’ve launched an inquiry to find out what problems you’re facing with CAZ and what you want the Government to do to support your business.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here

The RHA has also dismissed the proposed CAZ in Bradford as ‘inflexible and unfair’, which you can read about here.


Government short-sightedness is putting Britain’s supply chain at risk

More detail is needed on the Government’s ‘points system’ for immigrants and the criteria for establishing the basis of ‘skilled’ work, says the RHA.

The Association is extremely concerned that the ability to drive a heavy goods vehicle is not considered to be a skill. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett.

The average age of an HGV driver is 55, less than one percent are aged under 25 and the cost of training is approximately £5,000.

“Profit margins are so low, between one and two percent, that employers simply cannot afford to train new drivers,” he continued. “They need to employ those that are already qualified but with a 60,000 shortfall this is impossible.

Read the full story here


Government must make firms border-ready

The RHA has urged the government to fully prepare businesses for new customs procedures to avoid traffic chaos in Kent.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said giving business the clarity and time to gear up for new border processes is key to keeping traffic and goods moving.

“Government must announce when industry can expect to see what customs operating procedures will look like so firms can get on with preparing for new trading realities.

“We need the guidance to be clear and we need it immediately.”

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.


Act now to avoid fines for entering London

The RHA’s Duncan Buchanan urges  hauliers to ensure they have an HGV Safety Permit before Direct Vision Standards comes into effect later this year.

In a road safety meeting this week Duncan was told that there are 220,000 lorries that enter London each year that will have to comply with Direct Vision rules from 26 October this year.

So far, only around 10,000 have obtained the compulsory HGV Safety Permit.

The penalty for entering London without an HGV Safety Permit is £550 for the operator, plus £130 for the driver.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.


RHA praises the huge positive impact of the AWPR

The RHA is praising the positive effect that the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) has had after a hugely successful first year.

Martin Reid, director at the RHA, has been vocal in his support of the road, which has been particularly beneficial for hauliers, saying: “The AWPR allows road freight to keep moving avoiding the bottlenecks that were all too familiar on the old A90.

“There is also little doubt that the reduction in traffic congestion will have a positive effect on air quality and quality of life in general for the residents who live along the old route.”

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.


People-smuggling gangs target refrigerated trailers

The RHA is calling for action from the UK government to put pressure on French authorities to crack down on attacks from people smuggling gangs in France.

This follows reports received by the RHA of increased activity from people smuggling gangs in northern Europe.

An RHA member informed us that they were approached by police whilst parked up at a rest area on the A10, Aire de Rouille Pamproux Sud, which is South-West of Poitiers, some 8 hours from Calais.

Officers informed the haulier that they have attended three refrigerated trailers which had holes cut in roofs, and found around 37 migrants inside the trailers.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.