International truck operators have been left in limbo after the French government announced a further – this time indefinite – suspension of its Ecotax road user charging scheme. The scheme, which has been delayed twice already, was due to apply from 1 January 2014 to goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes GVW on around 15,000km of French roads not currently covered by existing tolls. After widespread protests in north-west France about the scheme – which reports have suggested would net around […]
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is urging operators to prioritise safety and compliance, following a Metropolitan Police operation in London on Monday (18 November), which saw more than 20% of lorries stopped issued with fixed penalty notices totalling £2,300.
The skills shortage and the industry’s image will be at the forefront of a workshop hosted by the RHA at the Microlise Transport Conference.
The RHA is to make an emergency submission to the government this week demanding that it steps in and sorts out the industry’s driver shortage, before it undermines the fragile economic recovery.