Last night the Chancellor announced further measures to support businesses.
Whilst we welcome these measures they are simply not enough to ensure transport businesses survive and we are working around the clock with the government to define them so that they work for our industry.
As highlighted earlier this week, we have asked the Secretary of State for Transport for a package of measures to support the transport and logistics sector specifically.
Since then there have been a number of announcements relating to drivers’ hours regulations, London Lorry Control Scheme and the Traffic Commissioners setting out the approach they will adopt in response to COVID-19.
We will continue to provide regular information and updates on this unrolling situation and you can access them first and foremost via our app, RoadwayLive, via our website and our social media channels on Twitter and FaceBook.
Ian Studd, BAR Director General commented; ‘The measures announced yesterday by the Chancellor, whilst welcome for certain industry sectors and most notably the leisure industry, do not directly address the specific concerns of the removals industry sector, and nor I suspect do they for most of the wider logistics industry. The Chancellor’s solution is, on the face of it, for all businesses to load up with debt which will ultimately need to be repaid, and at a time when the market will almost certainly not have recovered to pre-crisis levels. That, I suspect, is the last thing that our Members will want to do and so I am seeking to reinforce that message, both via our relationship with the RHA and, wherever possible, directly with the Government’s Task Group discussions’.