The government has confirmed that it plans to trial truck platoons on the UK’s strategic road network in the 2016 spring Budget. The budget document added that it will “consult on sweeping away regulatory barriers within this Parliament to enable autonomous vehicles on England’s major roads” over the coming summer. It is thought that the trial will involve testing platoons of ‘driverless’ trucks on stretches of motorway, making use of cruise and proximity controls. It will examine the effect of […]
The RHA is calling on the government to support the haulage industry after 6,500 responses within 36 hours to a survey of hauliers showed that 46% of the UK truck fleet – around 240,000 vehicles – is now parked up with no work.
The government must avoid any “distraction or dilution” from the trailblazer apprenticeships as the April 2017 start date approaches, the RHA has said.
Industry associations remain divided over the support the logistics sector requires during the COVID-19 crisis, with the Association of Pallet Networks (APN) demanding a fuel duty derogation and the FTA preferring the Treasury concentrate on alleviating fixed costs.