In the forthcoming Autumn Statement the RHA is asking the Chancellor to support the thousands of small haulage businesses across the country who keep Britain moving through the following key measures:
- Take action to reduce the cost of fuel through tax relief, introducing a targeted essential user rebate of at least 15 pence per litre for HGV drivers and coach operators.
- Commit to no increase in fuel duty for diesel for a further two years.
- Outline what support will be provided for businesses beyond six months as part of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, especially in light of the reversal of the proposed cut to corporation tax.
- Reform the Apprenticeship Levy to provide greater flexibility for skills training.
- Confirm long term funding for additional training places on the HGV Skills Bootcamps.
- Extend the National Skills Fund to include all training levels.
- Provide increased funding for safe and secure lorry parking facilities.
- Reform the National Planning Policy Framework to make it easier to secure planning permission for lorry parking facilities.
- Establish a cross-departmental taskforce to review existing driver facilities.
- Commit to creating a commercial vehicle decarbonisation roadmap, to accommodate the diversity of vehicle operators.
- Reform the existing Clean Air Zone policy to target the oldest and most-polluting vehicles.
- Protect the interests of the coach industry by engaging with them on the development of new policies on road safety and low/zero emission vehicles.
Click here to read the RHA's full submission