Roadway Update 16 September 2020

16th September 2020

Budget 2020 – RHA calls for measures to achieve sustainable recovery

The RHA has today released a new budget document, calling on the Government to provide funding for key areas of the vital haulage industry which have been hard hit by the coronavirus lockdown and the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit.

These requests include a fuel duty freeze, an essential user rebate, investment in skills, and infrastructure investment.

You can read the full document here.


Brexit: ‘We won’t be ready’ for post-transition trading

The RHA is repeating calls for Government to step up its efforts to hire the 50,000 new customs agents who will be required after the Brexit transition period.

From 1 January 2021, an additional 260m customs declarations will be required for goods travelling from the UK to the EU, requiring an additional 50,000 new customs agents.
However, the number currently available to deal with the new wave of paperwork is far below what is needed.

You can read more on this story from RoadwayLive here.


RHA Brexit Checklist – What you need to do now

With the clock ticking down until the end of the transition period, it’s vital that you’re aware of what you need to do to continue trading between the UK and EU, and how to do it.

Within the checklist we highlight potential issues, what actions you need to take to avoid them, and when you need to take these actions. We also provide guidance on how best to do this.

You can read the full document here.


Mallon pledges support for NI hauliers

The RHA is welcoming the news that Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon is to ‘take responsibility’ for providing financial support for hauliers in Northern Ireland.

It has been confirmed that Ms Mallon has pledged that the NI haulage industry will have the financial support that it needs during the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic uncertainty.

The announcement follows months of campaigning from the RHA, as we repeatedly urged that Northern Ireland’s hauliers need more help to get through the financial impacts of the Covid-19 lockdown and drive economic recovery.

You can read more on this story from RoadwayLive here.


Petition: Review planning legislation to include facilities for HGV drivers

We’re calling on all operators to sign a petition which calls for adequate parking areas and facilities for truckers.

The petition calls on the Government to review planning legislation to force councils to include adequate safe and secure HGV parking with refreshment and washing facilities for drivers when allowing large distribution parks to be built, based on percentage capacity, or when undertaking major road improvement or construction works.

At 10,000 signatures government will respond to this petition
At 100,000 signatures this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament

You can sign the petition here.


National Lorry Week: New schools challenge launched

This year, as part of National Lorry Week, we’re asking primary and secondary schools to join us in celebrating the logistics industry.

Without trucks, moving things to where they need to go the country would struggle. Can you imagine carrying a case of baked beans on a bicycle?

Every shop relies on trucks and vans to keep their shelves filled.

So, as part of #NLW, we want to show our appreciation for each and every person working in the industry.

You can find out more on RoadwayLive here.