Roadway Update 15 April 2021

15th April 2021

ONS figures: Improving, but still a long way to go

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed an increase in exports in February following a record slump at the beginning of the year. The figures also show that the wider economy also returned to growth.

The ONS said that goods sales to the bloc rose by £3.7bn (46.6%), having fallen by £5.7bn (42%) in January – but they were still well down compared with last year. The worldwide pandemic has had a massive effect – imports from the EU showing a much weaker recovery.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


IR35: Potential pitfalls and how to avoid them

Our road transport tax consultant Alastair Kendrick has given us an update on the Government's IR35 tax changes, which came into effect last week.

Alastair explained to us some of the arrangements he's seen in the commercial vehicle industry, which demonstrate that those advising operators working in supply chains need to exercise care and be alert to these trends and associated risks.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

Workplace testing: UK’s new testing regime and implications for Welsh hauliers

The UK Government has introduced new testing requirements for hauliers and other commercial vehicle drivers arriving in England from outside the UK, who intend to spend more than two days in the country.

However, officials from the Welsh administration have said that they were not made aware of this announcement ahead of time, and are currently developing their own advice to Ministers for Wales.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


95% price hike for coach charges at LHR comes as ‘complete surprise’

We’re calling on Heathrow Airport to reconsider their recent dramatic increase in prices for their West Ramp coach park.

From 1 July, the cost of using West Ramp will rise from £28.98 to £56.54 per vehicle, an increase of 95%.

We are extremely concerned that the new charges will lead to people simply not using the coach park, as the huge price increase cannot be absorbed by coach operators and will have to be passed on to customers.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

Join us in raising money for Transaid

This week, until Sunday 18 April 2021, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett is  hosting a virtual run for Transaid, the charity that transforms lives through vital road safety and healthcare programmes in Africa.

If you want to participate, just run as far as you can knowing that you’re doing it for a good cause. All participants will have seven days to get active, and then submit their longest run by Wednesday 21 April 2021.

Richard has pledged to run a full marathon – a distance of 26.2 miles. It’s also the distance between his home and the RHA’s new Custom Brokerage Office in Birkenhead.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, a key opportunity to raise awareness of the disease

As this month is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Dr Lisa Wilde, Director of Research and External Affairs at Bowel Cancer UK has written about the issues for the latest edition of Roadway Magazine.

Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK – that’s over 42,000 people every year, making it the fourth most common cancer.

It’s also the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it shouldn’t be, as it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives if diagnosed at the earliest stage, however this drops significantly as the disease develops.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.


RHA Benevolent Fund: We can help if you’re suffering financial hardship

If you’re suffering from financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis there could be help at hand.

The RHA Benevolent Fund – a charity set up to support people who are or have been connected with the Association – may be able to offer some financial help.

It’s mainly financed by donations from RHA members, and money raised at social functions.

Read more on RoadwayLive here.