RoadwayUpdate 5 February

5th February 2020

Shifting HGVs to alternative fuels needs realistic timescale

Boris Johnson has announced that from 2035, the UK will see a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans. This is five years earlier than previously planned.

Reinforcing government's commitment to delivering its net-zero by 2050 target, he confirmed the intention of bringing forward the current date for phasing out the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans.

Commenting, RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: "Of course we all want to tackle climate change, but it has to be done in a realistic and manageable way. Changing the UK's car fleet to electric is one thing. They are increasingly available, with improving range and infrastructure that will work for users.

“For vans, this is less clear cut as payload and duty cycles are much more demanding. The changeover process for heavy goods vehicles is different again."

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Calais: Attacks on truckers have to stop

The RHA continues to call for the UK government to put pressure on French authorities to crack down on migrant attacks around Calais.

The RHA's Rod McKenzie spoke out on BBC radio about the ongoing migrant crisis in northern Europe.

Rod relayed the details of a recent attack suffered by an RHA member. A gang of around 20 migrants used roadblocks, knives, iron bars and bricks in an attempt to stop and gain access to a lorry heading back to the UK.

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Brexit: 'Enormous amount of work and preparation' required

Richard Burnett has warned that the next 11 months of Brexit negotiations will be critical for the haulage industry.

The RHA's chief executive said he expects "nothing to change" when the UK withdraws from the EU on January 31st.

In an interview with the PA, he warned that an "enormous amount of work and preparation" is required to ensure business carries on smoothly once the transition period ends on December 31st 2020.

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NI MoT crisis: new lifts ease backlog

Two new vehicle lifts have been brought in to ease the MoT crisis in Northern Ireland. This follows rigorous campaigning by the RHA's John Martin, who spoke out about the issue on TV last week.

The two new lifts have been installed in Belfast and Londonderry, having been purchased from the same company which provided the other 55 lifts. These will allow a limited number of MoT tests and inspections to continue for cars and light vehicles after they were cancelled last week.

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Didn't catch John's interview? watch it below.


RHA frustrated after HGV parking axed

The RHA has condemned a move by Highways England to drop plans to build an HGV parking area along the route of the Lower Thames Crossing.

This change comes as a further consultation launches into the construction project. Connecting Kent, Essex and Thurrock it would become would Britain's longest road tunnel.

Chrys Rampley, RHA infrastructure manager, said that both Thurrock's council and residents have continually objected to the lorry park. She said, "I'm bitterly disappointed that the plans have been dismissed".

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Portsmouth NO2 monitoring station paves way for CAZ

Portsmouth City Council are stepping up their clean air zone (CAZ) preparations with a new NO2 monitoring station.

Designed to check air pollution in the city, the station would work in tandem with other sites. The data produced will help the city prepare the ground for a CAZ in 2022.

This scheme would see daily charges for heavy goods vehicles, buses, coaches and taxis entering the city which don't have the latest Euro VI engines.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive.