Freight Crime


Freight Crime

The RHA has launched a drive ahead of the local elections to get freight crime taken more seriously.

It says freight crimes cost the haulage industry and the UK economy around £250m a year.

It wants to see more consistency with how police forces manage abnormal load enforcement.

The campaign calls for:

Full engagement with the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NavCIS) including reporting instances of freight crime directly to the unit and requesting assistance where significant instances are reported;

Including freight crime in policies relating to organised crime and liaise with other forces including through the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners;

More safe and secure truck parking;

Supporting truckstops with investment in security measures;

Creating a local awareness campaign;

Also don’t miss the Truckfest in Lincoln next month (May 4-6).  There’s a discount for RHA members.

Late payments and calls for a dedicated logistics minister


Late payments and calls for a dedicated logistics minister

Like many industries the haulage industry is no stranger to late payments.

So we welcome new rules coming in in April which will mean that companies with public sector contracts have to abide by 30-day payment terms within their supply chains for that specific work.

The RHA has welcomed this as a step in the right direction but called for action to go further.

The organisation, which represents hauliers like ourselves is also pressing for the creation of a dedicated minister for logistics with cross-departmental responsibilities.

A letter calling for this has been signed by the heads of not only the RHA but also the British Ports Association, the UK Warehousing Association, British International Freight Association, the British Association of Removers and Logistics UK among others.

They call for the Government to “recognise the value the sector provides to the economy.” according to the associations, it “generates £163 billion in Gross Value Added (GVA) and contributes significant tax revenue for the UK, including £5 billion from Fuel Duty and Vehicle Excise Duty alone.”

We agree.  It is about time the importance of the logistics sector of which we are a part was recognised and properly valued.

RHA Campaigning


RHA Campaigning

The RHA continues to campaign to improve conditions for the haulage industry and  among other things is focusing on costs ahead of the upcoming budget.

Ongoing campaigns include making it easier for businesses to do business through lower costs and simpler regulation and removing obstacles to doing business internationally.

In June the RHA has announced it will be taking part in The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge on Thursday 20 June.

The event will take place at the Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire – and will promote the importance of equality, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I) across the logistics and warehousing sectors.

The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge promotes how inclusivity can be tackled collaboratively and collectively. This year will see new fun physical, mental, and skill-based activities put to teams.

New challenges include:

– The Big Diversity Sports Day which will feature sack racing, skipping and beanbag balancing

– Golden Bungee Balls will put teams in a head-to-head endurance test where they need to retrieve as many golden balls as possible while bouncing across a giant inflatable

– Toxic Jigsaw will see the teams navigate a giant 150-foot-long inflatable in pairs and complete a jigsaw

– ID Parade tests teams’ recognition and memory skills to identify celebrities

– Mortar Attack sees teams navigate their way through hazards and launch a rocket – streaming a smoke trail up to 1000 feet into the air – before making their way back to their crashed shuttle

– Semaphore Whisper is a game of Chinese whispers using a flag semaphore with teams split into three groups, one responsible for delivering the message, another deciphering it and the final confirming the final communication

– A Silent Disco dance-off

The challenge is also a platform for attendees to share best practices and network to help shape a more inclusive sector.

A bittersweet anniversary


A bittersweet anniversary

35 years ago this month saw the birth of Ticks Haulage.

Tick started ‘Ticks Haulage’ with a 7.5 ton crane lorry. The company is based in Manningtree, Essex, where it also has a self storage facility.

As you know Tick sadly died before we reached this milestone, but we’re sure he would have been happy to see the business continuing and going from strength to strength.

We have been regular attendees at various Truckfests showing off our lorries and as some of you will know Harry has been raising money for MacMillan Cancer Care.

We’re all proud of our history and Harry’s efforts.

Truckfest Peterborough

Truckfest Peterborough

Truckfest Peterborough

We will be at Peterborough with our trucks in all their glory for the Truckfest event on April 30 and May 1.

This is the first Truckfest of the year’s calendar so why not come along and see us at the Est of England showground.

Visitor parking is free and available on site. Limited disabled parking spaces are also allocated, please display your blue badge on arrival to the show.

Among the entertainments will be:

  • Monster Truck Car Crushing Action. See the mighty Swamp Thing and Slingshot in action.
  • Broke FMX. …
  • Slingshot Ride Truck. …
  • Lots of trucks on display! …
  • Owaysis…
  • Twist of Rock. …
  • Sound Injectors. …
  •  Gladness

Why not come along and say hello?

Fuel prices are climbing dramatically


Fuel prices are climbing dramatically

Our fuel prices have risen by 15p per litre in the last two weeks.

But we are not alone.

According to the Road Haulage Association (RHA) following a meeting with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Road Haulage & Logistics its chairman MP Greg Smith said fuel costs are “the most urgent issue facing road haulage”.

Add in the costs of regular vehicle servicing and price pressure is growing.

RHA executive director of policy and public affairs, Rod McKenzie, said: “Our members have seen operating costs increase 17% for an HGV – it costs an extra £20,000 per year just to fuel one truck…we must reduce the tax burdens on our sector and address our skills shortage which otherwise will hinder UK growth”.

Road haulage coronavirus updates


Road haulage coronavirus updates

More information on all the following is available on the RHA website here.

Driver medicals.

On 17 April 2020 the Department for Transport announced temporary changes for applying for renewing vocational licenses. The changes apply to HGV drivers over 45 whose licences are due to expire, or have expired, since 1 January 2020.

Under this scheme, HGV drivers aged over 45 will be able to apply for a temporary 1-year licence, providing they do not have any medical conditions that affect their driving.

For HGV drivers over 45 years old & whose licence is about to expire, DVLA should have sent the D47 application form to renew the licence. 

Temporary relaxation of driver hours rules

The information about this is on the Government website here.

The drivers’ hours relaxations apply from 00:01 on Monday 23 March 2020 and will run until 23:59 on Sunday 31 May 2020.

Anyone driving under the EU drivers’ hours rules or the GB drivers’ hours rules and undertaking carriage of goods by road can use the relaxations where necessary. The relaxations are not limited to specific sectors or journeys.

Operator licence renewals

RHA is reminding hauliers that they still need to renew their licences despite the lockdown if they are still working, but it can be done online. See this link:

The RHA has also written to the Government to stress that many hauliers have been affected by the lockdown and urging it to provide some help.

It calculates that nearly50% of lorries are now parked up, especially those hauliers whose businesses depend on work in the construction, removals, waste recycling, car transporting, retail, manufacturing, events and fuel sectors.

National Pothole Day


Our business efficiency depends on our being able to deliver on time

January 25 was National Pothole Day!

One of the election manifesto pledges made by our now newly-elected government was to spend  up to £25b to upgrade key roads across the UK over the next 5 years, or which £2b would be spent on fixing the ever-growing problem of potholes.

Motorists will know the damage they can do to cars, but they can affect lorries even more severely.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is pushing the Government to honour its pledge. 

Now that the decision to leave the EU is nearing being finalised the haulage industry will need to be even more competitive and efficient than it already is.

But that means that the roads we travel on must be fit for their purpose.

The FSB (Federation of Small Business) has calculated that local authorities received over 700,000 complaints about potholes and other road defects during 2018, that’s a pothole complaint every 46 seconds!

RHA Policy Director for England and Wales, Duncan Buchanan, said: “It is vital for road safety, and the competitiveness and productivity of UK businesses that highway authorities properly maintain our roads.”

For the sake of our customers, we can only support this demand for urgent action.