The RHA has repeated its plea for more government help for hauliers, after a new survey revealed 16% of operators are in danger of becoming insolvent within four weeks.

The RHA survey of 600 companies also revealed frustration at the government’s furlough system, which operators say is still too inflexible.

More than half of those surveyed called for the introduction of weekly furloughs to help them meet fluctuating customer demands.

Another 30% fear that with MOT testing suspended during lockdown they will face significant delays in getting their vehicles tested once the measure is withdrawn.

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The RHA is urging the Government to delegate MOT testing to non-DVSA staff and to reopen authorised testing facilities to start clearing the backlog of around 100,000 trucks.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said financial packages have helped keep firms afloat but the industry needs more support to pull through the crisis and kick start recovery.

“Hauliers have made it clear that ministers must pledge more help and remove the obstacles that will hamper firms’ efforts to get back on the road.

“Furlough scheme payments and bounce back loans have plugged some gaps but they won’t be enough to sustain cash-strapped businesses beyond the very short term.

“Debt support, flexible furlough rules and a DVSA commitment to quickly expedite the MOT backlog would boost the industry as it gears up for recovery,” he added.