RHA launches ‘Driving Forward’ report

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Trade body the RHA launched its new ‘Driving Forward report on Monday 6 November, looking at the steps to a successful sustainable future for road freight and coaches.

“Our industry faces real challenges including rising vehicle and equipment prices, higher labour costs, a skills shortage, not enough facilities to support HGV and coach drivers in their work and a confusing patchwork of regulations that vary, town by town and city by city. And that’s before the red tape at border crossings, and the challenges of meeting net zero targets,” the organisation says.

’Driving Forward’ focuses on four key areas, namely vehicles, infrastructure, people, and regulation, setting out key needs and targets in each. Working with the transport industry to successfully transition to net zero compliant HGVs and coaches is paramount, it says, as well as the provision of adequate facilities and infrastructure for drivers across the UK. Investing in the next generation of drivers and technicians will also be key, as will ensuring proportionate taxation and standards nationwide.

”We have developed a series of policy recommendations which we believe will be effective in delivering the change the sector needs to see,” the RHA added.