RHA launches manifesto at CV Show14 April 2015

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is launching its 2015 General Election manifesto at the Commercial Vehicle Show, which opens today (14 April) at the NEC, Birmingham.

The association is calling on the 2.1m voters working in logistics to seek out political candidates who will support a 3ppl cut in fuel duty and other recommendations aimed at saving the economy £14bn in congestion related costs.

Thos include: attending to the problems with the road infrastructure; dealing with the shortage of HGV drivers; and improving security, safety and environmental policies.

"The UK's economic recovery will rely on maintaining consumer confidence and boosting business output, keeping pounds in pockets," states RHA chief executive Richard Burnett.

"Today we are proposing 17 measures the next government should act upon to help achieve these aims," he continues.

Burnett says the road haulage industry is an "essential enabler of economic growth, employment and wealth creation". For him, that means the next government must, at least, keep fuel duty frozen, invest towards achieving a congestion free, fit for purpose, roads network and keep the supply chain moving by helping to recruit and train drivers.

As part of its bid to raise the sector's profile, the RHA is sponsoring Speedworks Racing's team car in the British Touring Car Championship. The car will be on the RHA stand (5G40) for the duration of the CV Show and, today, will be joined by driver Tom Ingram.

Visitors to the stand can also see a demonstration of RHA Analysis, a tachograph analysis service, and can enter a competition to win free fuel.

Laura Cork

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