Continued devolution in the UK will “drive nothing but cost and confusion” for the haulage industry, according to RHA chief executive Richard Burnett. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne (pictured, main), announced plans to devolve further powers to parts of the UK in his 2016 Budget announcement today, including the creation of elected mayors in East Anglia, the West of England and Greater Lincolnshire. “North, South, East and West – the devolution revolution is taking hold,” Osborne said. But […]
MPs voted against a suspension on the proposed 3ppl fuel duty rise yesterday (12 November), despite pressure from Labour MPs, Tory backbench campaigners and lobbying from FairFuelUK (FFUK). A Labour-led motion to suspend the proposed increase in January to at least April was defeated 282 votes to 234. FairFuelUK claim that the increase will cost 35,000 jobs and prolong the recession by a further three years. Quentin Willson, spokesman for FFUK, said: “Everybody is saying this is a toxic tax […]
A website for operators keen to swap or acquire rights to operate longer semi-trailers has been launched by the RHA. The longer semi-trailer permit exchange information board is free to use, and is non-profit making. Jack Semple, RHA policy director, tells MT that companies can make requests either in confidence through the RHA or advertise their identity online. “The RHA hopes the service will enable firms that do not currently have longer semi-trailer allocations to acquire them as well as […]
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has been branded ‘complacent’ and accused of carrying out a ‘continued whitewash’ after insisting that its study last year of the UK fuel market yielded no credible evidence of any market manipulation.