Roadway Update 17 June 2020

17th June 2020

COVID-19 recovery: How’s your business doing?

Have your volumes increased as lockdown measures have eased?
How are furlough and redundancies affecting your operation?
What are the biggest challenges you expect to face in the coming months?

The Department for Transport wants to understand the impact the pandemic is still having on your business and what further support you need to continue through recovery.

Help us build the strongest case to press the Treasury for the support you need here.
 

Post-transition processes on EU imports relaxed

Post-transition processes on standard imports from the EU will be relaxed for six months. The checks on goods will be phased in next year which will give firms breathing space as they prepare for new trading arrangements.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett welcomed what ministers said was a ‘pragmatic and flexible’ step allowing firms to defer customs forms and tariffs until July. But there are still concerns that huge bureaucracies on exports will kick in on 1 January unless the EU reciprocates on British goods, as he told Sky News.

Read RHA reaction to the Government’s announcement.
 

London Congestion Charge increase – a cash grab on business

The RHA responds to Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s announcement that the capital’s Congestion Charge will increase on Monday.

From Monday 22 June the Congestion Charge will increase to £15 and it will operate between 07.00hrs–22.00hrs, seven days a week.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: “With last week’s shocking news that the UK economy contracted by a record amount, Transport for London needs to take a more sustainable approach to goods moving around the capital – one which recognises that environmental and social wellbeing depends on economic wellbeing.”

Last month the RHA called on the mayor to exempt goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes from the Congestion Charge saying it would simplify operations and save money for the sector’s customers.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.
 

Brexit – Do you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland?

At the end of the transition period when the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force there will be changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

• Do you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland?
• Do you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland on behalf of someone?
• Are you based in Northern Ireland and currently receive goods from Great Britain?
• Do you send parcels between Great Britain and Northern Ireland using Royal Mail or an express operator?

If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, your business may be affected.

We’re encouraging all businesses who move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland to complete the latest questionnaire from HMRC.

 

Will the Government’s new cycling plan hinder recovery?

The Government’s new plan to encourage cycling in UK cities seems innocent enough, but is it really?

This is the question asked by Rod McKenzie, RHA managing director of policy and public affairs, in the latest edition of Roadway Magazine.

Rod dives into the Government’s troubling plans to ‘reallocate’ road space away from vehicles and assign it to cyclists, and explains why it may not be as simple, or as effective, as many seem to think.

You can read the full article here.

 

Returning to the UK – truckers don’t have to isolate so long as they’re working

Truckers are exempt from having to isolate for 14 days when returning the UK.

The exemption only stands if it is clear you’re entering for work purposes – it doesn’t apply if you’re returning from annual leave.

You’ll need to complete the online Public Health Passenger Locator Form before entering the UK – but not any more than 48 hours beforehand.

Drivers – we suggest you also fill out this template which you can paste on to headed paper to confirm who you’re working for. 

Face coverings are also now required on Channel crossings now that the Government has made it compulsory on public transport in England.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive here.