Roadway Update 24 March 2021

24th March 2021

Relaxation to enforcement of drivers’ hours rules ends next week

The current, temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules is due to end on March 31.

This closing date is under constant review, but the Department for Transport (DfT) have said that there is currently no intention to extend the relaxations beyond the end of March.

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates will also be changing from Thursday 1 April.

Earlier this month Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, a number of changes to vehicle excise duty as part of the 2021 Spring Budget.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


RHA: Shared Island Consultation must act to avoid ‘stranded assets’

The RHA has responded to the Shared Island Consultation: Climate and Biodiversity Challenges and Opportunities.

Conducted by the National and Economic Social Council, the consultation sought the perspectives from key stakeholders on policy approaches on climate and biodiversity in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

This is with the intention of providing “a basis for wider dialogue and engagement on the all-island dimensions of climate and diversity.”

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


McCulla and Lidl NI launch fully-green transport fleet

RHA member McCulla Ireland has partnered with Lidl, to power their delivery trucks with bio-methane generated by in-store food waste, becomes first retailer in UK and Ireland to do so.

In the coming weeks, using food waste collected from all 41 Lidl Northern Ireland stores, McCulla will start to create fully renewable bio-methane gas at its anaerobic digester (AD) plant in Lisburn to power a sustainable, next generation transport operation which then delivers produce to Lidl stores across Northern Ireland every day.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


Collapse of GB – RoI freight movements set to worsen

Freight movements between Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, already under strain since 1 January, could be even harder hit once Covid restrictions have been lifted.

Since the end of the Brexit transition period and the introduction of complex new customs paperwork, many haulage firms have changed the routes they’re sending their goods, to avoid the red tape and the costly delays associated with getting any of it wrong.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


NaVCIS warns of increase in cargo crime

The National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) has reported that the month of March has seen a dramatic rise in HGV, trailer and cargo thefts, which have been matched by a string of arrests across the UK.

Since the start of the year, NaVCIS has calculated that 669 such offences have taken place, with a cost price loss value of over £12m.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


RHA Coaches members thrash out PSVAR and Covid recovery issues

RHA Coaches members have set out some of the big challenges they face in our latest roundtable member sessions.

Flawed accessibility legislation and Covid-19 recovery were the focus this week as operators met with our key policy experts to shape a better future for the industry.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.