Thursday 29th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

FTA and RHA join forces to voice concern

The Freight Transport Association and Road Haulage Association have together voiced their concern at the recent advice issued by the Department for Transport regarding garage technicians and mechanics driving HGVs to statutory annual tests being considered in-scope of the Driver CPC Directive.

The two associations wrote a joint letter to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Stephen Hammond MP, stating that they believe that for companies to achieve full compliance for their staff in just over a year would be a massive task and cost for the freight industry and would deliver little benefit.

“FTA feels strongly that the recent advice issued by the DfT represents an unreasonable reading of the Directive which we believe will put undue burden on our members and all businesses within the logistics sector, said Theo de Pencier, FTA chief executive.

“It also appears to run contrary to the Department’s stated aim – presented in the Logistics Growth Review and the Red Tape Challenge – to reduce the regulatory burdens placed on industry.”