Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

FTA and RHA call for more info on foreign hauliers

The Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association are calling on the government to introduce a system of collecting information from visiting hauliers, which it says would protect the integrity of UK road safety and which could be used to form a formal European database exchange.

The FTA and RHA say that with one in seven of the heaviest trucks on UK roads now coming from overseas, it is no longer acceptable that UK enforcement authorities do not have direct access to information on the compliance record of the vehicle and driver in the same way as UK trucks.

RHA chief executive Roger King said: “’If we are to continue to see a growth in the operation of foreign lorries in the UK, and at present it seems as if we will, then at least let us have rather more confidence that they are being operated safe and sound than is the case at present.”

The FTA and RHA have made a formal submission to the Road Haulage Task Group