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RHA welcomes PMs stance on fuel duty

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has welcomed reports that the government has recognised the impact of fuel duty on the economy.

Reports emerged earlier this week that one of the changes to be ushered through in a upcoming ’emergency budget’ will be a cut in fuel duty – the first for eight years.

Some sources have suggested the cut could be in the region of 2p a litre.

Reacting to the news, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “After many years of tireless lobbying in conjunction with Fair Fuel UK it seems that the penny, quite literally, is beginning to drop. It’s apparent that the Prime Minister and the Chancellor are listening to us.

“For years UK hauliers have been operating at a disadvantage to their European counterparts. A cut in fuel duty will go some way to levelling the playing field with the rest of Europe.

“For truckers, time is money and every penny has to count. The positive knock-on effects of a cut in fuel duty would come as a great relief, for the members we represent and the transport and logistics industry as a whole.

“A cut in fuel duty would be a crucial and well-timed measure to help stimulate the economy during these challenging times.”

RHA implores Gove to act on ‘no deal’ Brexit safeguards

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has called on the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, to act urgently so that goods can continue to flow across borders in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

In a letter to the cabinet minister in charge of Brexit arrangements, RHA Chief Executive, Richard Burnett set out the measures he says would ensure high volumes of freight could continue moving if customs controls are introduced on 31 October.

He urged Gove to press government departments to:

  • Produce clear guidance on how the whole end-to-end journey will operate
  • Open and authorise new and substantial customs facilities for transit
  • Introduce consolidated and simplified import safety & security declaration system
  • Launch emergency and free online customs training for traders
  • Make lorry holding facilities such as Operation Brock fit for purpose
  • Abolish the 22 percent tariff on new trucks

Burnett said that the Association is frustrated with the previous government’s lack of progress in its Brexit preparations and believes that Whitehall officials have underestimated the complexities of international road haulage.

“We need to focus on the immediate action required for our industry to be prepared… the priority is very simple – to maximise the number of freight vehicles that can cross the border quickly to ensure the supply chain everyone is reliant upon can continue,” added Burnett.

Quick progress on the RHA’s six actions would minimise delays in the supply chain as customs sites and logistics firms face overwhelming bureaucracies, the Association said.