Roadway Update 10 February 2021

10th February 2021

Government must secure enough customs agents for UK Business

The RHA is urging the Government to act over the dramatic decline in UK exports to the EU since Brexit.

The precipitous fall in export volumes comes as mountains of red tape and complex new customs processes were introduced post-Brexit.

UK businesses are now required to grapple with reams of new paperwork before they can export goods to the EU, a costly and time-consuming process made worse by the severe lack of trained customs agents in the UK.

It’s vital that more must be done to recruit and train more customs agents so that trade can flow more freely into the EU.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


Self-certifying your DVS rating to operate in London

London’s transport chiefs have updated their advice on applying for an HGV Safety Permit to operate trucks in the capital under the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) scheme.

After 1 March your HGVs over 12 tonnes (GVW) driving in Greater London must meet DVS standards.

You can apply for a permit for a vehicle they don’t have the details of if you know it has a zero-star rating.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


RHA Customs Brokerage: Safety & Security Declarations now available

The RHA's Customs Brokerage is now able to offer Safety and Security Declarations through our managed service to both new and existing customers.

A Safety and Security Declaration (SSD) is used by border authorities to analyse the potential risk caused to their territory by goods crossing their border.

We know that this has been a huge challenge for hauliers over the last few weeks and we are pleased to be able to open up this service to the industry.

These declarations are a requirement for all movements and are the legal responsibility of the haulier.

Find out more about the RHA Customs Brokerage here.


Movement Assistance Scheme assists GB to NI movements of animals and plants

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has introduced the Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS), to support traders and businesses in meeting new requirements for moving animals, plants and associated products from Great Britain (GB) to Northern Ireland (NI) which came into effect from 1 January 2021.

The Service includes advice to businesses through a helpline, as well as the reimbursement of some certification costs associated with the new requirements.
Together, these measures aim to support traders as they continue to move agri-food goods from GB to NI.

Find out more about the Movement Assistance Scheme here.


Crimestoppers: Help stamp out people smuggling

Crimestoppers has launched a new campaign, targeting people smuggling in the haulage industry. is appealing to hauliers to help stop people smuggling with the launch of a hard-hitting campaign.

Their new Say No to People Smuggling campaign calls on commercial vehicle drivers to report any suspicious activity in an effort to stamp out illegal people smuggling and the organised gangs which often target truckers.

Drivers are being asked to come forward anonymously if they suspect other drivers are being approached to carry items for payment; see false driving licences or driver identification; witness regular breaches of security within the port complex they visit; or see suspicious or unusual activity by people or vehicles around the truck.

Find out more here.


RHA supports National Apprenticeship Week

The RHA has long been a supporter of National Apprenticeship Week. For the road freight sector, the skills shortage is a recognised critical issue. Coronavirus and Brexit have had a massive impact on employment patterns, with many drivers leaving the industry or returning to their home country. The industry is currently reliant on around 60,000 non-UK EU nationals.

Before Coronavirus took hold in the Spring of last year, we estimated that there was a shortage of approximately 60,000 HGV drivers across the sector. The average age of an HGV driver is now around 55, and with only 1% under 25 there have not been enough young drivers coming through the system to replace those retiring. 

Our industry has contributed over £470m into the apprenticeship levy while only being able to draw down less than 10%. The levy is widely considered as a stealth tax on our sector and whilst we have many suggestions of how this can be improved so far, they have been ignored.

We are calling on the Chancellor to make provisions in the forthcoming budget to support the reform of the apprenticeship and training system - it is not fit for purpose and needs to be more responsive and flexible to meet business needs.