Roadway Update 17 February 2021

17th February 2021

DVS and LEZ: Avoid charges in London after 1 March

From 1 March 2021, London’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) will be enforced, as well as changes to the Low Emission Zone (LEZ), both of which could mean charges for your HGVs operating in the area.

Direct Vision Standard
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.

Low Emission Zone changes

Tougher Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards will mean operators of pre-Euro VI commercial vehicles also facing charges to drive within the Greater London area from 1 March.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

UK coach operators get RHA support and guidance

As a key representative organisation for road transport operators, we are committed to driving business on our roads.

Our experience of, and reputation for, working with government to lead change puts us in a unique position to support UK coach operators.

With up to 90% of the UK coach fleet parked up over the past year, we know the sector requires urgent support, operational guidance and tailored solutions to support business recovery.

At 11am on Thursday 18 February, we’re holding a one-hour webinar when Mark Williams of Bus and Coach Buyer will put questions to RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett.

Register your free place here.


Three new information & advice sites available for commercial vehicle drivers

It remains absolutely vital that all commercial vehicle drivers travelling to the EU are ready for the new paperwork and customs checks at the border before they arrive in Kent.

Three new information and advice sites have been added by the Government this week. The new sites are:
• Birchanger: Old Dunmow Road, Bishops Stortford, CM23 5QZ
• Baldock: A1(M), 10, Radwell, Baldock SG7 5TR
• Cobham: 9/10 M25, Downside, Cobham KT11 3DB

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


Clean Air Strategy for Northern Ireland: RHA response to DAERA consultation

The RHA is supporting proposals by the Northern Ireland Executive to create a Low Emissions Zone framework, but urging that it does not repeat the same mistakes England has made over Clean Air Zone policy.

In our response to the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA)’s consultation on its Clean Air Strategy for Northern Ireland we strongly support the need to improve air quality in Northern Ireland, and have advocated DAERA’s solution of continuous investment in vehicle standards to achieve this.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


RHA to give evidence to Scottish Parliament on Brexit tomorrow

The RHA will be among a number of organisations giving evidence today to Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee on the impact of Brexit.

Starting at 9:00 on Thursday 18 February, Martin Reid, our policy director for Scotland and Northern Ireland, will providing an insight from the haulage industry as the committee investigates the impact of the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement upon key sectors of the Scottish economy from representatives of primary sector organisations.

You can read the meeting papers ahead of time here.

The event will be streamed live here, starting at 9:00 on Thursday morning.


RHA welcomes discussions over Northern Ireland protocol

The RHA welcomes the commitment of the UK government and the European Commission in continuing discussions to address outstanding issues relating to the Northern Ireland protocol.

After several years of discussions setting up the future relationship between the UK and the EU it is inevitable there are practical operational challenges the new working relationship will create.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.