RoadwayUpdate 26 February 2020

26th February 2020

Budget: Cut fuel duty to stimulate growth, RHA urges Chancellor

The RHA has urged the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, to announce a fuel duty rebate for hauliers in his Budget Statement on 11 March.

The Association said an ‘essential user rebate’ of 15 pence per litre – which would effectively cut fuel duty to German levels – would make UK businesses more competitive. 

Launching the RHA’s Budget Submission, chief executive, Richard Burnett said that UK hauliers are competing for business at a disadvantage to overseas operators who can undercut UK rates by coming to the UK with tanks full of cheaper fuel.

Read the full story here.

Hauliers claim victory as Coventry clean air zone plans are scrapped

Plans for a controversial clean air zone in Coventry have been scrapped in a move the RHA described as a victory for common sense.

The Government has backed Coventry City Council’s plans to improve air quality which avoid charging hauliers and other road users.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said the decision is a victory for common sense and challenged other local authorities to follow suit.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.


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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.


HGV drivers should be on UK Shortage Occupation list

The RHA is troubled that the ability to drive a heavy goods vehicle is not considered to be a skill, amid concerns that new immigration rules will make it harder for firms to recruit drivers from abroad.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: “Profit margins are so low that employers simply cannot afford to train new drivers. They need to employ those that are already qualified.”

He warned that the industry is not able to use Apprenticeship Levy funding to help with training and recruitment despite contributing £320m to the fund since April 2017.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.


New campaign aims to sort UK's road signs

Transport Focus have launched a new campaign named Sort My Sign, aiming to improve the UK's road signs.

They want to know when you see signs on motorways and major roads that need to be repair or improved, and have a dedicated site to allow you to report issues with signage.

Transport Focus will then press Highways England to sort individual problems and get policy changed so these things don’t happen in future.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.

Trucker threatened with knives and guns in France

A terrified trucker was threatened with guns and knives at a French service station on Thursday night (20 February), the RHA has been told.

The driver reports being threatened by a migrant gang whilst parked off the A26 in Guignicourt, near Reims – 150 miles from Calais. Police were called and the driver was able to continue their journey but they’re said to be very shaken after the ordeal.

The report comes amid concerns that the situation in Calais is deteriorating.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.