Roadway Update 17 March 2021

17th March 2021

RHA welcomes news of changes to border control timings

The RHA has welcomed Michael Gove’s announcement of a delay to post-Brexit SPS import checks until October. 

The association believes it buys valuable extra time for traders and hauliers to prepare for the new complex border arrangements.

Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Mr Gove’s announcement will, of course, lessen the headache for many international hauliers, still reeling for the tidal wave of additional red tape that has beset them since the transition period ended on 31 December 2020.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

 

DVSA – Industrial action 

You may have seen some recent activity in the press about proposed industrial action by Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members. DVLA have provided the following update on the current position:

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union has formally notified DVLA that the result of a recent ballot of members has returned a ‘yes’ vote in favour of industrial action.

DVLA will of course keep us informed of any developments.  In the meantime, they would be most grateful for help in encouraging members to use DVLA’s digital services wherever possible rather than submitting paper applications. 

A full list of digital services and information on these services is available at GOV.UK. More information is available here.

 

 

RHA vindicated again over latest Export Figures

The RHA’s campaigning over delays at ports in January has been vindicated by the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics which show exports to the EU fell by 40% in January. 

This is despite claims from the Government that trade flows and exports were “near normal” and that customs issues were “teething troubles”.

The RHA has consistently argued that the problems were not short term but were part of the Brexit deal agreed in December and traders and hauliers have suffered as a result.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.
 

 

Kent’s road safety consultation shows ‘lack of understanding’

We have submitted a response to Kent’s Vision Zero road safety strategy consultation, warning that their lack of appreciation and understanding may lead them to duplicate systems that already exist.

Kent County Council is currently consulting on the Kent Road Safety Strategy to 2026 and thirty-year vision to 2050. The stated objective is to have zero road deaths on Kent roads.

However, there are some issues with parts of the consultation, which appear leading and designed to support and promote pre-conceived actions without proper detailed understanding or assessment.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

 

RHA meets with NI's Brandon Lewis on new trading arrangements

Earlier this week we had an extremely productive meeting with Brandon Lewis, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to discuss the impact of the new trading arrangements between Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.

Mr Lewis was extremely sympathetic, and understood the concerns raised.  He also assured those present that he will work closely with the RHA going forward, and we anticipate further talks with him and his team in the weeks ahead.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

 

Coach operators miss out on Government funding – again

The Government has announced an extra £3bn funding for buses but has once again overlooked the coach industry.

Although funding for passenger transport is welcome the coach sector and the essential services it provides are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The need for support has never been greater.

Coach operators have invested heavily to meet the demands of clean air legislation. However, successive lockdowns have left them with little or no income and they’re now facing the prospect of a second year with little to no income.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

 

Changes to VED rates effective 1 April 2021

In his Budget statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, announced the following changes to vehicle excise duty:  

  • an increase in VED rates for cars, vans and motorcycles in line with the retail price index (RPI) for vehicle licences taken out from 1 April 2021.
  • a freeze on the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) VED rates from 1 April 2021
  • a 12-month extension to the HGV Levy suspension from 1 August 2021.

 The updated Rates of Vehicle Tax, effective April 2021, are available here.