Put road freight at the heart of transport policy making, urges RHA

The Road Haulage Association has called on political parties to put road freight at the heart of transport policy making ahead of the general election.

The Association in its election manifesto document has highlighted five key areas which must be addressed to keep the economy moving:

• Transition to net zero

• Skills shortage

• Infrastructure investment – roads and lorry parking

• Fuel duty

• Brexit

Bristol ‘pay-to-pollute’ charges attack business, say hauliers

Charging hauliers to enter a clean air zone (CAZ) in Bristol will put firms at risk, the Road Haulage Association has warned.

All lorries face bans from a number of main roads and pre-Euro VI trucks will face £100 daily charges in plans Bristol City Council is submitting to the Government.

But the Association warned that the charging scheme will force firms with lorries registered as late as 2013 to choose between prematurely replacing their fleets, paying the crippling charges or going out of business.

DPD takes delivery of unique ecargo bike

UK parcel delivery company DPD has taken delivery of its first 10 electric assist cargo bikes from Oxford-based manufacturer EAV. 

Five of the unique bio-mechanical hybrid electric-assisted pedal bikes are currently being tested on the streets of London, York and Newbury, while the other five are being shipped to DPD business units in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France to help support British manufacturing and exporting abroad.

Darker days affect van drivers' physical and mental health; new research

More than a third of van drivers in the UK suffer from fatigue during the darker, shorter days of autumn and winter, while nearly half admit to almost having fallen asleep at the wheel, new research suggests.

According to the Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer, which monitors the opinions of more than 2,000 people in van community, more than eight in 10 (83%) feel more tired in the autumn and winter compared to summer, with 45% admitting they suffer from low mood more in the darker, colder winter months.

Haulage company fined after worker becomes trapped under forklift

A haulage company has been fined £20,000 following an incident where a warehouse operative was injured at its business premises at Snetterton, Norfolk.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that on 22 March 2018, whilst working in Foulger Transport Ltd’s hub warehouse, Martin Shepherd was struck by a moving forklift truck and knocked to the ground. Before the vehicle came to a stop Mr Shepherd’s foot became trapped under the wheel, breaking bones in the upper part of the foot.

Regulators set out revised strategy for commercial vehicle industry

The Traffic Commissioners (TCs) for Great Britain have published their strategic ambitions for the licensing and regulation of operator licence holders, transport managers and professional drivers.

The revised plan sets out commitments to raise standards and provide better services, including: 

• Licence applications get a decision within 35 days, on average

• No licence applications are outstanding over six months

• All public inquiry cases are listed for a hearing within 12 weeks

The strategy also outlines the commissioners’ wider ambitions to:

London’s Direct Vision Standard scheme goes live

Applications for London's Direct Vision Standard (DVS) permits have now opened.

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) requires all lorries over 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight to be granted a permit to enter or operate in Greater London.

Transport operators are being urged to apply sooner rather than later to ensure they can continue operating their vehicles in London after the first phase of the scheme launches in October 2020.

FTA launches dedicated working group for growing van sector

The Freight Transport Association, one of the industry’s largest industry groups, has launched a dedicated working group specifically for van drivers and operators. 

The FTA said its Van Policy Working Group, which will comprise more than 40 leaders from within the sector, will discuss “the key policy compliance issues facing van drivers” and “seek to ignite change within the sector”. 

Tribunal gives green light for hauliers’ cartel compensation claim

The Road Haulage Association has crossed the first hurdle in what is expected to be a lengthy legal battle to secure compensation for truck operators hit financially as a result of the unlawful price-fixing cartel involving the major European truck manufacturers.

The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) agreed entirely with the RHA that its funding arrangements and the provisions of its insurance documents are fit for purpose and will entitle the RHA to proceed with its collective claim.

Tarmac and Forth Ports join forces to create new aggregates terminal at Tilbury2

Tarmac and Forth Ports have announced a new partnership to create the UK’s largest construction materials aggregates terminal at Tilbury2, the new port being constructed on the north bank of the River Thames.