The European Commission has launched a call for proposals to access €100 million in Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding to improve the network of safe and secure truck parking areas (SSTPAs) across the European Union.
The Department for Transport (DfT) introduction of a temporary relaxation of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules from 12 July until 8 August was recently extended until the end of September with trade union, Unite, reporting that the Government was planning on take it even further.
Following sustained pressure from the haulage industry and others, the Government finally agreed to introduce a short-term visa system to allow EU drivers to return to the UK at the same time as it acted to improve training and testing for local people trying to qualify as drivers.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has issued updates to heavy vehicle testing customers to clarify its policy on when part-paid heavy vehicle retests apply and the addition of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) trailer registration numbers to MOT certificates.
With the Government’s Autumn Spending review on the horizon, organisations are beginning to make their wish lists known to the Chancellor and Logistics UK has put forward a significant proposal: asking for fuel duty to be frozen “forever” to help the sector make the shift to alternatively fuelled vehicles on the road to Net Zero.
For several months, the industry has been complaining to Ministers that not enough is being done to tackle the ongoing failure to replace the number of drivers who have retired or left the sector for other reasons.
After several months of industry complaints about the absence of necessary actions to tackle the lack of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, the Government has recently taken steps to address the issue.