RoadwayUpdate 12 February

12th February 2020

Will this be the end of cabotage?

The RHA has issued an updated operator checklist, helping hauliers to prepare for the regulatory and economic changes due to apply from 1 January 2021 when the transition period ends.

One of the key points of new information relates to cabotage. It's expected that the European Commission will disallow cabotage from UK firms in the EU.

The UK government policy is that there should be "symmetry", and therefore EU operators would not be allowed to undertake cabotage in the UK from 2021.

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FORS 'is not doing what it was meant to do'

Traffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney has said that FORS "is not doing what it was meant to do", and its auditing processes aren't thorough enough.

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), is a voluntary accreditation scheme for fleet operators. It aims to raise the level of quality within fleet operations and to demonstrate which operators are achieving exemplary levels of best practice in safety, efficiency, and environmental protection.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett calls for an urgent reform to the FORS system.

He said, “a long-standing concern with the current FORS arrangement is the ability for an operator to meet FORS standards, but not necessarily those required to meet the obligations of holding an operator’s licence.”

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Prepare businesses to avoid border delays

The Government must fully prepare businesses for new customs procedures if border delays are to be avoided next year, urged the RHA.

Richard Burnett, RHA Chief Executive told Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that officials have failed to commit to a deadline to provide 'the promised operating model for customs processes'.

He added that businesses need that clarity immediately if they've got any chance of being border ready on 1 January 2021.

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Driving apprenticeships in the right direction

The shortage of qualified HGV drivers is reaching critical levels across the UK.

Representatives of the logistics sector have urged the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) to provide the apprenticeship standards that logistics businesses need to start training the next generation of drivers.

The RHA and FTA are now calling on IFATE to recognise the distinctly different occupations of urban and trunker driving and the specific skills required for each job.

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Don't repeat disastrous CAZ mistakes

The RHA has urged the Welsh government to recognise the progress the haulage sector has made reducing emissions.

The call comes as officials from the Senedd, the national assembly of Wales, launch an inquiry into air quality.

Chris Ashley, the Association's head of policy for environment and regulation urged Welsh government to avoid imposing unfair daily charging zones, as are being planned in England. Haulage firms have led the way in adopting cleaner air technologies. NOx emissions from trucks have been reduced by 60 percent since 2013.

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Driver kills two while playing games

The RHA condemns the actions of a haulier who's 'absurdly dangerous driving' cost two people their lives.

Trucker James Majury was accused of using multiple apps, including a fantasy castle game, for the duration of his journey before being involved in a multi-vehicle collision, which proved fatal for two of those involved.

Majury pled guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and five counts of causing serious injury.

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RHA HR team scoops award

IRIS Software Group is the largest privately held software company in the UK providing software and services for accountants, schools, corporates and non-profit organisations. Its applications are used by over 86,000 SMEs use IRIS bookkeeping, HR and payroll solutions. 3 million UK employees are paid by IRIS payroll solutions and 620,000 are managed by IRIS HR solutions.

The IRIS customer awards celebrate excellence among their many thousands of customers and this year, the three-strong HR team from the Road Haulage Association fought off strong competition and were awarded IRIS’s highest accolade in the human resources sector – HR Team of the Year.

Clare Murphy, Danielle Casbon and Laura Forster were delighted to take the spotlight at Birmingham’s ICC to collect their award.

Commenting, RHA head of HR, Laura Forster said: “I know I can speak for Clare and Danielle when I say that we are thrilled to bits to receive this award. Running a busy HR department is never plain sailing but, as this confirms, we’re a great team. To have such confirmation that we are among the top performers in the HR sector is really very exciting”.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett who also attended the awards ceremony was keen to add his praise. “Great HR is key to creating and maintaining a happy and productive workforce and I am very proud of the RHA’s team”.