Roadway Update 15 April 2020

15th April 2020

Scotland: Further £220m in grants for businesses – announced 15.04.20

Scottish Government has announced today that around £220 million of further grants will be made available for businesses, to help them deal with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The new package of measures includes £120 million to extend the Small Business Grant scheme to ensure that, in addition to a 100% grant on the first property, small business rate payers will be eligible to a 75% grant on all subsequent properties.

A further £100 million fund is also being made available to protect self-employed people and viable micro and SME businesses in distress due to COVID. This fund will be channelled through local authorities and enterprise agencies to target newly self-employed people and businesses who are ineligible for other Scottish Government or UK Government schemes.  

Applications for the £100 million fund will be open by the end of the month, and the new arrangements for the Small Business Grant will be in place to receive applications on 5 May. 

You can view the full details of the announcement here.


Welsh Resilience Fund – Updated 14.04.20

On 30th March Wales’ First Minister announced the Welsh Economic Resilience Fund. This has been instigated to compliment other support measures for the Welsh economy, businesses and charities experiencing a sharp drop in trading as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fund’s total value is expected to be £500m, comprised of £100m loan finance and a £400m non-repayable grant. 

Click here for further details.

We have now established that hauliers are included in the list of businesses that can benefit from these packages. 

This could provide a valuable financial lifeline, for our Welsh members.

For small businesses they can submit a Micro Application, which must meet the following criteria:

  • The business is not eligible for the Business Rate Grant
  • Employs between 1 – 9 employees
  • Operating address and employ in Wales
  • Able to provide a trade out plan and strategy
  • Are VAT registered with turnover above £80k per year
  • Have experienced a greater than 40% drop in turnover since 1st March 2020
  • Business must aim to maintain employment for 12 months
  • Only 1 application per business
  • Evidence of reduction in turnover as a result of Covid 19
  • Evidence of business address within last 3 months

SME businesses can submit an SME Application, which must meet the following criteria:

  • Confirmation that not applying for any other WG non – repayable funding source
  • 10 or more full time equivalent employees, but less than 250
  • Are VAT registered with turnover above £80k per year
  • Are not eligible for 25k Business Rates Grant, if the applicant has received this grant, any funding provided will be deducted from the final amount approved, under this scheme.
  • Have experienced a greater than 60% drop in turnover since 1st March 2020
  • Operating address and employ in Wales
  • Able to provide a trade out plan and strategy
  • Are you already accessing existing funding, (Job Retention etc) and funds from own bank, HMRC & DBW Finance, before applying for this fund

The applications will be on a first come first served basis and the whole process from application to approval and receiving into bank account. Should be no more than 10 days.

A similar package is being developed for larger businesses and an announcement is expected in a couple of weeks.


RHA Webinars

The current situation in which we all find ourselves right now is no reason to stop doing what we all do so well; communicating with each other.

For obvious reasons, we can’t currently do many things in the same way, but we can adapt. Something that we as an industry to extremely well.

We’ve already held some very successful regional member briefings and our next step is to hold free to attend webinars.

These will obviously cover the current situation and the necessary procedures regarding the current pandemic, along with updates on operator compliance and best practice measures. Ideally suited for those at the operational coalface and those with the TM Statutory obligations.

All webinars will begin at 11am and last for approximately 30 minutes.

We look forward to seeing you on-line!

To book your place, go to:


Spring industry update

Darren Lomax


TM undertakings including drivers' hours, medicals & MOTS

Simon Higgins


Preparing for a DVSA visit   

Graham Pask


Applying for government money - Furlough etc.

Linda White


Infringement management analysis reports / missing mileage

Tom Cornwell


Managing drivers and the benefits of CoE

Rachel Binns


London issues, Direct Vision Standard, Low Emission Zones   

Linda White


Roller Brake Testing requirements  

Will Salkeld


Driver Health and Wellbeing – your responsibilities 

Simon Priest


Clean Air Zones - impact for operators      

Rhys Williams


Employment contracts and what they should contain 

Linda White


BackhouseJones COVID19 Q&A Webinar

Join the BackhouseJones team at 12 noon on Friday 17 April so that they can respond to any questions you may have regarding the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on your transport business.

Please submit questions to by 6pm on Thursday 16 April.

Just click here to register.



RHA Training is delivering several courses online which can be accessed anywhere with a computer and internet connection. We’re currently delivering Driver CPC to help drivers keep up to date with their training hours as well Transport Manager Refresher and Operator Licence awareness training.

We have a range dates available which can be booked online here.

If you have a requirement for multiple candidates or can’t find a suitable date then contact us at and we’ll do our best to accommodate your requirements.    



RHA Shop

Despite these unprecedented times, I want to assure our valuable customers that our operations continue to run at full capacity.

The RHA Shop is maintaining good stocks and delivery times are good. Latest arrivals include respirators, gloves, compliance stationery, daily defect report pads, inspection and maintenance pads, analogue and digital tachograph supplies and vehicle and driver security accessories.

Should you have a need for any supplies, contact one of our customer care team on; 01733 263434. Alternatively place your order online.



Keeping you up to date

Rest assured, we will continue to provide regular information and updates on the CCOVID19 Corona virus situation and the repercussions for the road haulage and logistics industry as and when they are announced.

You can access all of the information here, from our free news app, RoadwayLive and our other social media channels -  Twitter @RHANews, Facebook and LinkedIn.

If you have any other issues you want to raise with us, please get in touch via our COVID19 feedback email address: