RoadwayUpdate 20 May 2020

20th May 2020

Squeezing freight off the road will slow recovery

We are actively urging the Government to rethink plans to ‘reallocate’ road space which will reduce capacity for motor vehicles and slam the brakes on COVID-19 recovery.

Government guidance provides for more designated walking and cycle space as commuters return to work but we are concerned that plans ignore the need to move the freight.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett has made the point in a letter to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Baroness Vere that squeezing vehicles into less space will clog up the roads – harming the environment and slowing productivity.

The RHA is extremely concerned that government communication about this initiative overlooks the need to accommodate freight activities and has serious concerns over the potential for the wholesale removal of capacity that the guidance promotes.


TFL undermining London’s competitiveness

Moving the focus to London, the RHA has also urged London’s mayor and transport chiefs to better accommodate road freight to kickstart the capital’s coronavirus recovery.

Last week, Sadiq Khan and Transport for London reduced road capacity for motorists whilst pledging a longer-term programme such as car-free zones which could mean even more logjam misery.

The Association has told both Mr Khan and TfL’s surface transport managing director, Gareth Powell that new measures must accommodate all road users, and called on officials to assess the impact road space ‘reallocation’ will have on the movement of goods.

We all want a sustainable environment, but it should not be at the expense of the economy and jobs.

Many measures which favour cyclists have impacts on other road users, especially freight operations that need to work to meet the demands of customers.

London’s leaders should communicate regulatory changes well in advance - many firms were caught on the hop by Monday’s last-minute reactivation of charging zones.

We are also calling on officials to exempt goods vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes from the Congestion Charge in a bid to reduce some of the financial burden on hauliers and their customers as they start the long recovery from COVID-19.


RHA Webinars – free and available to everyone

These 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 begin at 11.00hrs and last for 30 minutes.

To find out more click here.

Book your free place through Eventbrite.

26 May’s webinar will be delivered by RHA Insurance Services and will cover, in particular:

  • How to save premiums while keeping your fleet fully insured during lockdown.
  • Laid up vehicles and what insurers want to know - where they are parked up etc.
  • What discounts you can expect
  • How to obtain a payment holiday on your premium finance

On 28 May it will be delivered by the RHA’s legal services partners, Backhouse Jones.

Many operators have taken advantage of the furlough scheme however you may be wondering what your staffing options are going forward. 

This 30-minute webinar will provide a whistle-stop discussion on the employment implications of the coronavirus pandemic on your business including:

  • Bringing staff back from furlough
  • Temporarily reducing your workforce
  • Considering redundancy

Other webinars

28.05.20     Redundancy – An overview                                     Laura Smith, RHA Legal Services

02.06.20     How to give your office a clean bill of health           Stuart Allen, RHA Health & Safety

11.06.20      Roller Brake Testing, the Requirements                 Will Salkeld, RHA

16.06.20      HSE LOLER Guidance – An update                       Chrys Rampley, RHA

25.06.20     Undertakings of the Transport Manager                  Simon Higgins, RHA

By the way, we are uploading all of our webinars shortly after the event, so you will have the chance to see them again.


RHA video – by drivers, for drivers

If you haven’t yet see seen the video that has been produced by the RHA’s one, in-house videographer, Kela Kay then you’re really missing out.

It’s all about a group of hard-working truck drivers as they keep the nation moving, fed and safe through the toughest time in decades.

So far, it has been seen by 222,000 people on Facebook with 27500 engagements including 1,5000 shares and 729 likes.

Have a look at the video here. If you like it then please go to Twitter and retweet it, including @RHANews, share it on your Facebook Page, LinkedIn – in fact anywhere where it can be seen.

It’s up to us as an industry to make sure that our workforce is not only remembered as the ones that have got the nation through some very dark times – we must continue to celebrate them every single day. Without them, we have nothing.

Please help us reach as wide an audience as possible by posting the video on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and your other social media channels, using the hashtag #HGVHeroes

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 and include their RHA membership number.

They will then be sent the necessary AGM joining instructions.

The Association’s audited Report and Accounts can be found here.