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UK Haulage Industry News & Entertainment
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Introducing She’s RHA
After discovering that the haulage industry will need to recruit 1.2 million more people by 2022, the RHA have set out to encourage more women to join the industry. Currently only 1% of drivers are women and the RHA believe more needs to be done to represent women in a positive way. To tackle the issue the RHA have introduced She’s RHA – an initiative celebrating women in the industry. Read More...
Transport Minister Announces New Green Truck Fund
The £15 million vehicle fund is great news for fleet operators as they aim to reduce carbon emissions. As well as £15 million for vehicles a supporting £4 million for infrastructure will be provided. The money will be used for research and development into new technologies. Read more...
UK plans to build the world’s largest lorry park
The government agree to build a 3,600-lorry parking area in Dover and The Freight Transport Association are delighted. The development is said to cost approximately £250 million and be the size of 90 football pitches – making it the largest in the world! Read more...
FTA’s Top 10 Crunch Issues for British Logistics
As the UK prepares to leave the European single market the FTA lay out their plans, announcing some of the issues they will be monitoring and influencing over coming months. Access to the single market, border control, customs arrangements, and fuel duty are amongst some of the issues being monitored. For more information take a look at the FTA’s ABC guide to Brexit. Read more...
HGV sales are on the rise
According to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), HGV sales rose by almost a fifth during the first three months of 2016. Over 10,000 commercial vehicles weighing six tonnes plus were registered during this quarter – an increase of 19.2% compared to the same period in 2015. Read More...
Tackling the HGV Driver Shortage
On May 18th
the Road Haulage Association (RHA) launched its new initiative known as ‘Road to Logistics’. The scheme is the result of a collaboration between the RHA, Microlise and services charity - Care After Combat. The purpose of the collaboration is to tackle the UK’s HGV driver shortage by providing veterans with jobs that ease them back into the community. Find out more...
Self-Employed Driver Warning
Employers hiring drivers with self-employed status from agencies or umbrella brands have received a warning from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) this week, notifying them that they could be violating the rules. If employers are found in the wrong they may face considerable penalties including tax arrears, interest and penalties. The issue has been highlighted by both the HMRC and Road Haulage Association. Read more...
HGVs Targeted by Mayoral Candidates
As London’s mayoral vote draws closer it seems that HGV’s are a main talking point. The rush hour ban; which will see HGV’s banned from London roads during rush hour seems inevitable, especially as the four main mayoral candidates plan to cut the number of HGV’s on London roads. Read more...
Does the UK HGV levy discriminate against non-UK hauliers?
The European Commission has taken the first step in infringement proceedings – issuing a letter of formal notice to UK authorities. The letter asks for further explanation of the UK HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicles) levy as national users benefit from a 1:1 reduction of vehicle taxes.
The levy was introduced to ensure vehicles weighing in excess of 12 tonnes make a contribution to the UK road network. However according to Global Tax News the current payment plan means that national users do not contribute to this. Find out more...
Goldsmith’s aim to clean up London
If conservative MP Zac Goldsmith is elected Mayor of London he aims to clean up London’s air pollution. Which may be unwelcome news for the HGV industry as Goldsmith looks to introduce tougher standards in an act to get lorries off London roads. The transport manifesto also included the creation of an electric vehicle scheme and a new deal for cyclists.
Chereau Debut at CV Show
Chereau will debut their newest enhancement in controlled temperature HGV technology at the CV show this month. The SmartOpen-C is the latest technology consisting of a door that opens above the roof. There are many benefits to this new design including increased hygiene and longer driving times. Read more...
Good news for HGV industry in the 2016 budget!
March’s budget included a freeze on Vehicle Excise Duty rates (VED) and the Road User Levy for larger trucks and goods vehicles. Read More...
Driverless HGV's on UK roads
The testing of driverless Lorries is said to be in George Osborne’s speech this month. It is said that driverless technology will use less fuel and enable group movement. Initial tests will begin on the M6 in Cumbria. Read more...
Safety Scheme Success
It’s looking up for the construction industry as CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety) gain 100 supporters for the cause. The organisations aim is to improve safety for vulnerable
road users with the hope that the number of accidents will decline. Read more here...
London Transport Plan
HGV’s generally get bad press when it comes to the streets of London but things may be about to change. London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan’s vision for London includes an affordable transport system offering opportunity for the freight and logistics industry. Find out more...
Rush Hour Ban
November 2015 saw the beginning of an ongoing debate – whether or not HGV’s should be allowed on London roads during rush hour.
The conversation began after shocking statistics were released showing many cyclists deaths were due to collisions with HGV’s.
This story is back as Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon recalls the issue for a second time. Read more...
Diesel Cuts, Good News?
Supermarkets are slashing the cost of diesel to below £1 which according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is a good thing for the freight industry. With FTA members reporting that the cost of fuel is their number one concern the reduction is a welcome change.
Although there are some concerns for the future with Mr Hookham commenting: “Never forget that at £1 per litre – 60p is fuel duty and about 16p will be VAT, so the biggest winner is the Chancellor. We need to see the Government helping businesses at these uncertain times with a further reduction in fuel duty in the Budget this March.” To find out more here
Increase in fixed penalty fines
2016 could see an increase to fixed penalty fines for using a hand held mobile phone at the wheel. Those who will be most affected by the increase are drivers of large vehicles such as HGVs.
The idea behind the increase is to stop repeat offenders – meaning first time offenders may still be offered an educational course to change behaviour.
According to government statistics - 2014 saw 21 fatal accidents and 84 serious accidents where a mobile phone was a contributing factor.
The most notable difference will see drivers of large vehicles receive 3 to 6 points for using a mobile device at the wheel.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "Using a mobile phone at the wheel is reckless and costs lives - I want to see it become a social taboo like not wearing a seatbelt”.
Education and HGVs...
Despite warnings from the Road Haulage Association that the current shortage of HGV drivers could put the economic recovery at risk, there was no mention in the last budget of any funding aimed at recruiting and training a new generation of drivers.
So how bad are things for the UK haulage industry, and is there a solution to the problem of falling driver numbers without the support of George Osbourne and the Treasury?
In the past 5 years, HGV licence applications have dropped by more than 32,000 and it is estimated that by the end of 2016 the UK haulage industry will be 60,000 drivers short.
So, is there a solution?
One answer could be found with new technologies eliminating the need for HGV drivers altogether but, even with the might of Google leading the way, this solution is many years away.
So is there a viable solution in the short term? Actually there might be. It’s often argued that youngsters no longer want to become lorry drivers due to the lack of glamour but it be simpler than that, could it be that our young adults just aren’t aware that driving trucks is an option?
A report in 2015 by The All Party Parliamentary Group for Freight Transport stated that “While the general public has some awareness of the drivers and the role that they play in the movement of goods, they are generally unaware of the roles which are required to sustain a fleet of commercial vehicles...”
With the reduction of the age limit for an HGV licence to 18, greater flexibility in truck insurance options for younger drivers and an average articulated lorry driver salary of £30,000could it be that a simple campaign to ‘drive’ awareness in schools, colleges and to the nearly one million young people who are currently not in employment, education or training (NEETs), could help to stem the tide and ensure that Christmas 2017 doesn’t need to be cancelled after all?