Tuesday, 14 June 2016

RHA: Boris blasts EU for stopping tipper truck type approval safety changes . . .


Boris blasts EU for stopping tipper truck type approval safety changes

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Frustration over EU bureaucracy which appears to be holding-up type approval changes that could enhance tipper truck safety was given as an example by Mayor of London Boris Johnson of why he wants the UK to leave the EU. Johnson made his comments about tipper trucks when he was interviewed on the BBC Andrew Marr show on Sunday.

You can watch the relevant section of the interview about 41 minutes into the programme here.

Freight security migrant crisis conference 27-28 April 2016, London

A Pan European Freight Security and the Migrant Crisis Conference will be held in London, on 27 and 28 April 2016.

The conference is designed to provide practical solutions to freight industry security problems currently being faced and will look at technical solutions ranging from anti-slash curtains, to perimeter and electronic beams, as well as warning systems, anti-tamper alarms, CCTV, X-Ray scanners, GPS systems, hi-tech fencing and intrusion detection systems.

Speakers include RHA chief executive Richard Burnett, the Home Office immigration minister James Brokenshire, John Keefe, UK Director of Public Affairs at Eurotunnel Group, Jean-Marc Puissesseau, President Port De Calais, Gilles Debove, Deputy Secretary General, SGP Police Unit Force, Port de Calais, as well as other industry representatives.

When asked about the likely impact of a UK exist from the European Union on the situation at Calais, and particularly whether UK border controls would remain on French soil RHA policy director Jack Semple commented: “The core issue is that migrants are desperate to get to the UK and as long as that is the case, they will see lorries as their best chance of getting here.”

You can find details of the event here.

DVSA Moving On – Out now

The DVSA’s blog Moving On is available now with information on record keeping, vehicle side guards, changes to the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) test times from 1 March 2016, as well as items looking at improving online services for vehicle operators and changes to headlamp aim tests for trucks and buses.

You can read the blog here.

Greater capacity on the Liverpool to Dublin ferry route

This week Seatruck Ferries is enhancing the service provided by its three ship fleet working on the Liverpool to Dublin route by replacing one ferry with a much larger vessel taking almost double the number of trailers.

Seatruck says that the move is in part related to HGV driver shortages which mean that more hauliers are looking at the economics of using unaccompanied trailers on certain routes. The ferry operator says that demand for more crossing capacity saw it increase its fleet from two to three vessels only last year. 

Seatruck now offers three sailing per day in each direction and when the new larger ferry starts working the crossing there will be space on that vessel for 110 trailers on each sailing.

The ferry operator also says that the completion of the M6 Link road is expected to reduce the transit time to Heysham Port from junction 34 of the M6, from which its ships sail.

- See more at: https://www.rha.uk.net/news/2016-03-march/rha-messenger-9-march#sthash.O6uSuZJ6.dpuf

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