Monday, September 3, 2012

Road Haulage Scheme to Protect Against Legal Threats within Freight and Logistics Sector

Association Member Service Will Assist Truck Operators
Shipping News Feature

UK – In our piece last week we examined the particular vulnerability of logistics operators to unforeseen hazards associated with employment law and the legality or otherwise of agreements forming a shipping contract yet these are only a tiny portion of the legal minefield that companies within the freight sector can be vulnerable to. Now the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has re-committed to its long standing policy of assisting its members with such matters by offering a comprehensive new legal service.

RHA Legal Services is available to any main member, subject to a subscription fee based on the number of commercial/goods carrying vehicles operated and complying with simple terms and conditions. Once signed up, members will be able to access comprehensive legal advice, assistance and representation from suitably qualified and industry specific lawyers.

The full legal costs of many aspects likely to affect truck operators are covered by the scheme including every aspect of employment law, regulatory requirements and representation in matters such as Operator Licences, VOSA investigations plus financial and environmental entanglements and the defence against prosecutions. The new service is administered by specialist in transport and logistics law Backhouse Jones, headed by its director Michael Cunningham and a solicitor who has forged a strong alliance with the RHA and its members over the last thirty years. He commented:

“...a mistake here, a poor decision there, can make or break an operator and for this reason, hauliers are well advised to surround themselves with legal advisers who can deliver the right decisions when the pressure is on.”

Additional assistance limited to one hour per issue is also inclusive in matters such as commercial contract law and disputes, corporate matters such as mergers, shareholding agreements and banking plus advice on property affairs, leases and dilapidation issues. RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning said of the new scheme:

“We really are very pleased to be able to offer this cost effective and invaluable service to members. It is of paramount importance in today’s uncertain economic climate that we can give members the peace of mind that that own legal adviser is literally just a phone call away”.