Roadway Update 13 May 2020

13th May 2020

RHA Annual General Meeting

In line with Government advice regarding public gatherings and social distancing, the Association’s 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held via a video conference link on Thursday, 28 May 2020 at 11:00am.

RHA members wishing to participate should email s.marsh@rha.uk.net and include their RHA membership number.

They will then be sent the necessary AGM joining instructions.

 

New furlough rules

Government has announced that the new furlough rules will help firms manage irregular workloads as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the beginning of August, workers furloughed on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be able to return to work on a part-time basis.

Employers will be asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.

The CJRS will remain open until the end of October with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salaries. Full details can be found here.

This means that firms will be better prepared to service inconsistent and unpredictable workloads as the economy begins to recover.

We have been calling for improved measures which will offer employers greater flexibility to get their furloughed staff safely back to work as and when volumes dictate.

We are also asking for other industry support measures including debt support, a fuel duty rebate, and a business rates holiday.

 

Business restart advice

The Government is publishing guidance on working while dealing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Several documents have already been published including Working Safely from Vehicles and Working Safely in Factories, Plants and Warehouses.

The latest information regarding transport can be found here

The Government is asking employers to “carry out an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment. This risk assessment must be done in consultation with unions or workers.

An example template of a risk assessment for road haulage can be at https://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/casestudies/pdf/roadhaulage.pdf

While this example is not related to COVID-19, it does provide a template that many may find useful when creating a new COVID-19 risk assessment.

All of the Government guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

RHA Webinars

Our webinars began in response to requests for up to the minute information as a result of the operating changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have been tremendously successful and to date, hundreds of operators have taken part. As a result, we will continue to hold them, twice weekly, once we return to whatever will pass as ‘normal’.

Webinars cover a huge range of issues from the current COVID-19 pandemic, updates on operator compliance and best practice measures to London issues, Clean Air Zones and employment contracts.

They begin at 11.00hrs and last for 30 minutes.

To find out more click here.

Book your free place through Eventbrite.

Tomorrow’s webinar covers driver health and wellbeing, an issue which is probably more relevant now than been before.

14.05.20          Driver health and wellbeing – your responsibilities               Simon Priest

19.05.19          Employment contracts and what they should contain           Louise Moules

21.05.20          CAZ’s impact for operators                                                    Rhys Williams

26.05.20          Reducing insurance costs during COVID-19        RHA Insurance Services

And if you miss out, we are uploading all of our webinars shortly after the event, so you will have the chance to see them again.

They include:

  • Managing drivers and contracts of employment
  • London – Direct Vision Standard and clean air
  • Spring industry update
  • Transport manager undertakings (drivers’ hours, medicals and MOTs
  • DVSA visit preparation
  • Applying for government money, including furlough
  • Infringement management analysis reports/missing mileage

 

COVID-19 information updates

You can access all of the information here, from our free news app, RoadwayLive and from 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 COVID-19 feedback email address: covid19info@rha.uk.net and we’ll get back to you just as soon as we can.

And do not forget to leave your contact number.