Page 4: Road haulage: RHA
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) represents some 9,000 member companies operating over 100,000 vehicles. A significant number of members employ 10 or fewer staff. Transport services are essential in modern economy, and over 80% of the UK’s domestic freight is carried by road. Road haulage is highly regulated: vehicles, operators and drivers are subject to numerous sets of rules. Some of these stem from the EU, others apply solely in the UK.
Transport policy and practice raise big issues. The RHA represents its members when any relevant issue arises. It negotiates continually on behalf of members, not only with national government and the European Commission but daily with local planning committees and regional transport groups etc. These discussions are extremely wide ranging. Recent issues, some still unresolved, include:
- the impact of high diesel duty rates on the competitiveness of the UK haulage industry
- night working restrictions and their impact on operating efficiency and costs
- the 48 hour working week and its effect on costs and on drivers’ earnings
- responsibilities of drivers and hauliers regarding illegal immigrants found aboard vehicles.
Support services to RHA members cover specialist advice on all aspects of running a haulage company. They include providing tailored insurance policies, asset finance, legal help, a breakdown recovery service and, through the RHA web-site, data on full or part return loads available in the UK and Europe.
Further information about the Road Haulage Association can be found at www.rha.net