Wednesday, November 24, 2010

UK Truck Operators Have A New Voice

But Internal Squabbles Between Haulage Representatives Must End
Shipping News Feature

UK – A recently formed organisation representing the views of UK hauliers has appeared on the truck scene fronted by an ex member of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) Southern and Eastern Regional Council. The lobby group, britishtruckers.com, is led by Peter Carroll, a man who has a history of campaigning and links with the haulage and freight forwarding industries.

According to recent reports Mr Carroll has already criticised the RHA for lack of action with regard to foreign trucks which he believes have lower safety standards, the benefit of cheap fuel and are a threat to British jobs. The RHA have apparently sharply refuted the remarks and reiterated earlier statements regarding their progress regarding the matter saying they had persuaded the Government to provide funds to deal with the problems which range from unsafe vehicles and illegal cabotage to the use of magnets to nullify tachographs.

It will be hoped by all sectors of the industry that, instead of entering a war of words with each other over the problems faced by drivers and their employers, the two groups can take a mature stance and work in harmony to alleviate many of the perceived problems.

Any operator interested in signing a petition prepared by the new group can do so at their website.