FTA chief executive David Wells fears the government may try to blame the haulage industry for “failing to plan” for a no-deal Brexit in the event of subsequent road transport disruption. He said that the organisation is doing all it can to avoid significant issues post Brexit and is stepping up pressure on the government to address a range of “big concerns”. In particular, Wells has urged the government to relax financial rules on O-licence applications for smaller operators. “Let’s […]
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 […]
No-deal Brexit: Border controls to be ditched and emergency measures enacted, as UK runs out of time
A no-deal Brexit will see border controls ditched and emergency measures to control queues put in place, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
Seven trade associations call on government to mitigate clean air zone impact or see hauliers go bust
Seven trade associations, including the FTA and BVRLA, have joined forces in a letter to government warning of the financial impact that clean air zones (CAZs) could have on HGV operators and local businesses.