Roadway Update 11 March 2020

11th March 2020

Govt: Official Advice for Transport sector on Coronavirus

The Government has published new advice aimed at those in the transport and logistics trade who are worried about Coronavirus and how it might affect you.

These links will take you to the relevant Government page:

COVID-19: decontamination in non-healthcare settings

COVID-19: guidance for staff in the transport sector

COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.


2020 Budget doesn’t tackle the Coronavirus threat to logistics and the supply chain

The RHA is concerned that the Budget, released today, doesn’t tackle the crisis caused by Coronavirus.

Also known as COVID-19, the illness is threatening many logistics businesses and the greater supply chain which is vital for the UK economy.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “This feels like a sticking plaster to cover the potentially gaping wound of Covid-19.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.


'Paperwork mountain' looms after transition

The UK has turned down the opportunity to participate in the EU's safety and security zone after transition, leading to delays for cross-channel trade from 1 January 2021.

British negotiators have declined an agreement with the EU which would have allowed for fast-track security checks for trade.

This decision will lead to a mountain of paperwork as declarations will be required for every consignment travelling between the EU and UK in either direction.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.


Last day to have your say on CAZs

Today is your last chance to let a cross-party group of parliamentarians know how clean air zones (CAZs) 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.

This is your opportunity to make your voices heard, and to let politicians know about the problems you’re facing with CAZs and what you want the Government to do to support your business.

Take part in the feedback on RoadwayLive here.


Family-run haulier must find £5m for CAZ prep

A family-run haulage firm is facing closure as it struggles to prepare for Birmingham's proposed clean air zone (CAZ).

Tipper and grab lorry business Paul McGowan, has estimated that it will cost £5m to ensure its fleet is fully Euro VI compliant.

Based in Montague Street, Birmingham, the firm said the cost of upgrading its vehicles to comply with air quality rules could put 120 jobs at risk.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.


Trucker arrested after 10 people found in lorry

A truck driver has been arrested on human trafficking charges after 10 people, including eight children, were found a lorry near Ghent in Belgium.

The trucker, from Glasgow, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to traffic children into the UK, and is one of four arrests made following a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation into a group suspected of transporting migrants from Europe in the back of lorries.

Thought to be from south-east Asia, the migrants, believed to include two adults were found in a lorry containing a shipment of tyres on Thursday 5 March.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.


4,500 litres of diesel stolen from Stallingborough

Thieves have syphoned thousands of pounds worth of diesel in overnight raid on tankers in North East Lincolnshire.

The raid targeted Commercial Vehicle Services on 9 March, entering the site overnight after cutting a hole in the fence.

More than 4,500 litres of diesel from tankers inside Commercial Vehicle Services, with fifteen diesel tankers being attacked by the thieves who smashed the tank caps and the anti-syphon devices off of the vehicles before stealing the fuel.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.