National Lorry week and update on the Government’s Net Zero programme


National Lorry week and update on the Government’s Net Zero programme

National Lorry week takes place this year from October 23 to 29 and is run by the RHA (Rod Haulage Association).

Now in its ninth year the event has been looking to the future of the industry. This year it focused on promoting road safety among primary school children, and showcasing the vital role that lorries play in our daily lives.

Its roadshow travels across the four nations of the UK for four weeks, showcasing the industry and everything it has to offer.

Meanwhile The Government has announced the next stage of its Net Zero programme committing £200m into ZERFD significantly to help to de-risk the transition to Net Zero.

While the RHA is committed to the project it also recognises the complexity of the policy for road haulage.

“Richard Smith, RHA Managing Director, said: “Unlike cars and vans, the pathway to decarbonise remains unclear as significant technical challenges exist to reduce emissions from trucks and coaches.”

However, the RHA has launched its own NetZero initiatives> They are a Net Zero Forum created in August 2023 and the publication in early September of its own “roadmap” to Net Zero to structure the tasks that lie ahead so that we can decarbonise the HGV and coach fleets rationally and viably.

Did you know there’s a National Lorry Week?


Did you know there’s a National Lorry Week?

This September marks the fourth year of an event that focuses on the haulage industry and in particular on the people who make sure we all get our food and other supplies on time.

Started by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) it runs this year from Saturday 15 September to Friday 21 September.

This year the RHA is encouraging members to visit schools, communities and colleges so that we can attract the next generation of workers into our industry because it has been estimated that by 2022 the industry will need to recruit 1.2 million more workers.

This includes not only drivers but also workshop technicians, warehouse operatives and management.

The Road Haulage Industry is the UK’s fifth largest sector, consisting of around 7,000 businesses, employing 2.5 million people and contributing an estimated £75 billion to the country’s economy.

According to the RHA Eighty-five per cent of everything we buy, eat, wear and use is moved by a UK-registered lorry.

You can visit the RHA website to find out about any events happening in your area and if you see us out and about on the road give us a wave or tweet #LoveTheLorry