Roadway Update 5 August 2020

5th August 2020

Post-Brexit border fines for truckers ‘impractical and counterproductive’

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett has condemned the inclusion of fines for hauliers in the Government’s Operation Brock Brexit border plans as ‘impractical and counterproductive’.

The Government has confirmed in a recent consultation document that part of their planning for minimising post-Brexit border delays includes on-the-spot fines of £300 for truckers who approach the new border without the correct paperwork, or who attempt to circumvent Operation Brock queues.

You can read more on this story from the Financial Times here.

 

Relaxation of vehicle maintenance intervals ends next month

The Traffic Commissioners have announced that from 1 September the relaxations on vehicle maintenance intervals will end.

This update came as part of their latest update to their Advice for Operators document.

The traffic commissioners introduced relaxations to vehicle maintenance intervals at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, from 1 September all vehicles and trailers must return to the inspection frequency stated on their licence.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

 

Brexit & Borders: Your questions answered

The RHA has put together a detailed Q&A, explaining how cross-border trade with Europe will work next year after the Brexit transition period.

There’s lots importers and exporters will need to do to get to grips with new processes and take steps to ensure goods flow fluidly across borders; all of which will need to be done regardless of whether or not the UK strikes a trade deal with the EU.

You can read the full document here.

 

RHA partners with UK’s leading supplier of driver medicals

The RHA is partnering with D4Drivers, the UK’s leading supplier of driver medicals, to improve and promote health and wellbeing throughout the haulage industry.

D4Drivers will be providing access to affordable and reliable medical services for all RHA members.

More information about D4Drivers and the driver medicals and business services they offer can be found here.

Alternatively, give D4Drivers a call on 0300 30 30 668, to book an appointment or find out more.

 

Businesses must give truckers access to toilets – it’s the law

We’re calling on HGV drivers who’ve been denied access to toilet facilities to bring complaints to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

You have a right to access toilets when you’re working, indeed denying someone access to facilities is against the law.

The Department for Transport (DfT) and HSE set this out clearly in an open letter to reassure drivers, and to remind businesses of their obligations under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises.

 

HGV Heroes

The HGV Heroes campaign recognises the fantastic work road hauliers have been doing recently, across multiple disciplines, skills and qualifications, in order to keep our country going during these challenging times.

You can nominate a hardworking drivers, logistics staff, office workers and warehouse staff, either as individuals, teams or entire organisations here.