Friday, December 14, 2012

Freight Vehicle Total Lower as Road Haulage Operators Have a Chance Now to Influence the Future

Overhaul of Government Transport Departments after New Public Consultation
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has noted how encouraged it is by the way which the road freight sector is holding up despite the overall economic gloom. Figures released yesterday by the Department for Transport (DfT) show that the number of registered heavy goods vehicles operating on UK roads fell by only 5,600 during 2011. Another positive note comes with the news that the DfT intends to publish a consultation to establish the future direction of its four motoring services executive agencies: Driving Standards Agency (DSA), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), a consultation YOU can contribute to.

Speaking about yesterday’s statistics RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning commented:

“Of course it is regrettable to see a reduction in vehicle numbers; many of them will have been members of our Association, however, it provides a clear indication as to the key role played by road transport operators in the recovery of UK plc. This figure, although down on that for 2010 clearly reflects the increases in efficiency within the industry, the resilience of firms suffering economic difficulty and the fortitude of its workforce. Together these have not only enabled industry to keep the wheels of the economy turning, but are now working hard to increase and improve the UK’s economic future by keeping the supply chain moving.”

With regard to the consultation, this will cover many subjects dear to the hearts of British motorists of every type. Subjects covered range from simplifying the taxing of vehicles and applying for driving licences using digital media, investigating the possibilities for increasing the type and locations of driving test and HGV test centres etc. The written statement by Stephen Hammond, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport can be seen in full HERE and public opinion will be sought until the 7th March 2013.

Once again Geoff Dunning was quick to make the views of the RHA clear saying:

“These Agencies are responsible for the smooth-running of the UK’s road network including vehicle and driver licensing and testing for safety and roadworthiness. Each Agency has its own specific part to play and the DfT’s wish to involve as many road user groups and individuals in this consultation, is an indication of just how keen they are to maximise and the efficiency of the four agencies”.

Those wishing to participate in the Public Consultation can do so via the Government website link HERE.

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