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					RHA INTERNATIONAL GROUP BULLETIN NO. 339                                          OCTOBER 2009


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LOAD SECURING INCIDENTS

Further to last month’s Bulletin item on load securing, any members affected by fines for inadequate
load securing, especially in Germany, Belgium or Luxembourg, are requested to forward copies of
the fine notice to the International Dept. We are particularly interested in how each offence is
described.

DRIVER CPC EXEMPTION CARD SCAM AND FOREIGN PRACTICE

Further to the item in last month’s Bulletin about the CPC Exemption Card Scam, the Vehicle
Operator Service Agency (VOSA) and the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) are asking us to report
any incident where a driver is asked to produce CPC Training Cards when abroad. It may be that
certain Member States are enforcing the new Training Directive differently from the UK and are not
observing the practice of letting visitors operate to national rather than host country rules.

If any incidents occur please contact the International Dept international@rha.uk.net Tel: 01932
841515 and provide as much information as possible (where, when, who)

WINTER EQUIPMENT

A list of Winter equipment requirements can be obtained in a pdf file from the International dept by
email international@rha.uk.net or calling 01932 841515


GROUP NEWS


INTERNATIONAL GROUP MERIT AWARD

In addition to the IRU Diploma of Honour, RHA members can nominate any of their employees for
the RHA International Group Merit Award.

The International Group Committee felt the need to recognise staff loyalty and achievement among
the many thousands of dedicated employees (drivers, traffic office staff, warehousemen and fitters)
working for Group member companies. The result is the RHA International Group Merit Award
Scheme.

The object of the scheme is to encourage and reward staff with the added benefit of publicising the
more positive aspects of our industry, to create loyalty incentives and to stimulate competitiveness
within companies and between Group member companies, to raise the awareness within the RHA
generally, of our Group and its professionalism, demonstrating a tangible benefit of Group
membership.

At ANNEX A is an application form (for you to photocopy) showing on the reverse the conditions of
the Scheme. You are invited to submit applications in accordance with the terms and conditions to
Peter Cullum, Head of International Affairs. The Awards will be in the form of an attractive certificate
bearing the recipient’s name and company, signed jointly over the official RHA seal by the Group
Chairman and the Chief Executive, an International Group lapel.

This year we had only a few recommendations for the IRU Award. However, members can make
this up by acknowledging the good work done by all employees, especially in these difficult times.



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GENERAL

1. AUSTRIA – INCREASE IN TOLL RATES FROM 1ST JANUARY 2010

  AISÖ, the Austrian Association, has provided us with additional information regarding toll
  calculation according to the Euro-category that will apply from 1 January 2010 to vehicles with a
  MPW of over 3.5t. Vehicles need to register their actual EURO category as soon as possible,
  otherwise the Euro 0 toll rate will apply to new customers and Euro I if you already have an
  existing contract.

  For registration, the driver has to go to a GO selling point (the full list is available at www.go-
  maut.at ) as the vehicle’s EURO-class has to be stored on the Go-Box, to be considered on toll
  payment. The registration may be done by the driver at every manned or non-manned GO selling
  point. After the vehicle data has been given to the GO selling point, the driver receives a printout
  of a certificate, on which is stated: the emission category (EURO) that is now stored in the Go-
  Box; Go-Box ID-Number and registration number. This certificate must always be carried on
  board the vehicle. Before each transport, one must check that the correct Go-Box is in the
  vehicle. If the certificate is lost, it may be printed again at every GO selling point or centrally via
  the Selfcare-portal (http://www.go-maut.at/go/overview_selfcare.asp?ID=81)

  Existing contracts do not need to be terminated, nor does the Go-Box need to be replaced.

  For further information, please see the following webpage:
  http://www.go-maut.at/GoMedia/File/de-
  AT/FAQ%20EURO%20Emission%20Categories%20%28Englisch%20-%20English%29.pdf


2. DENMARK – EXTENSION OF THE LOW EMISSION ZONE

  From 1st November 2009, the low emission zones in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg are to be
  extended to the municipal border, thus, including the whole of the municipality. All Danish
  vehicles of more than 3.5tns have to display a low emission sticker in their windscreen, however,
  we have had confirmation that foreign vehicles will still need to be able to prove their euro rating
  and/or the fitment of particulate traps, but do not have to display a sticker.


3. GERMANY – TIGHTENING OF LOW EMISSION ZONE REQUIREMENTS

  From 1st January 2010, the environment rules will be tightened in several German cities.
  Therefore from the 1st Jan, vehicles entering the Berlin and Hannover environmental zones will
  be limited to nothing older than Euro 3 with a particulate trap (paperwork proving the fitment will
  have to be carried) – vehicles displaying a green sticker. In Bremen, Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich
  and Münster vehicles no older than Euro 2 with particulate trap (paperwork required) – yellow or
  green stickers.

  All other low emission zones in German will still permit vehicles displaying red, yellow or green
  low emission zone sticker, however no Euro 0 or 1 vehicles will be permitted, Euro 1 with
  particulate traps are accepted (with paperwork).

  There are at present 33 cities in Germany with Low Emission Zones and another 8 zones are
  planned. Site to obtain stickers through is http://www.tuev-nord.de/en/traffic/Order_2897.htm
  An English version of the order form can be found at ANNEX B

4. GREECE – NEW TOLLS

  A list of updated toll prices can be found at ANNEX C


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5. ITALY – NEW TRUCK PARK – BRESCIA EAST

  Our Italian sister association, Conftrasporto, has just informed us of a new parking facility:
  Autoparco Brescia East. Facilities include secure parking both short or long stay with up to 400
  spaces, refuelling, restaurant, hotel and truck and trailer repairs.

  The park is situated on the A4 near the Brescia Est toll both, 15km from Brescia, also close to
  the A4/A21 junction.

  Further details are at ANNEX D and contact details are as follows:

  Autoparco Brescia Est
  Via Sandro Pertinin No 16
  Tel: (0039) 30 204 0311
  Fax: (0039) 30 204 0073
  Email: info@autoparcobrescia.it
  Web : www.autoparcobrescia.it


6. SPAIN – DON’T BE CONFUSED

  You may have seen in the trade press that the Basque government has lifted the Sunday driving
  ban FOR INTERMODAL TRAFFIC.

  This only applies to unaccompanied trailers and containers that have arrived by sea. Don’t get
  caught out, it DOES NOT apply to overland haulage movements by heavy goods vehicles.


7. TRANSPARK – IRU ONLINE ONE-STOP SHOP

  The International Road Transport Union (IRU) have joined forces with the International Transport
  Forum (ITF) to bring out TransPark, and inclusive web-based platform offering online services
  free of charge to truck drivers, transport managers and logistics planners.

  Transpark allows drivers and managers to search and locate truck parking areas in over 40
  countries, or to down load a pdf version for use on the move, as well has having access to
  various other pieces of information, including fuel prices and information on DocStop.

  Go to Transpark at www.iru.org or www.internationaltransportforum.org – click on link at top right
  hand side of screen. Register on-line to gain access to this application.

8. CHRISTMAS/FAIRY LIGHTS

  A reminder that it is illegal in some countries to have the cab of a vehicle lit by Christmas/Fairy
  lights.

9. DUTY FREE ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO

  With Christmas fast approaching, please remind your drivers that there are limits as to the
  amount of Duty Free goods that can be bought into the UK. Also bear in mind that if purchases
  are made outside of France (generally the last country to pass through before arriving in UK), the
  French have their own limitations which are different to the UK’s and in the past drivers have
  been caught out when trying to bring in tobacco from Spain, for example.       Now might be the
  time to review the limits and ask your drivers to complete the declaration which can be found at
  ANNEX E



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  There have also been some minor changes made to the importation of duty free goods for
  personal use from an NON-EU Country. Details can be found at:
  http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_
  pageLabel=pageVAT_ShowContent&id=HMCE_PROD_010220&propertyType=document


10. HIGHWAYS AGENCY

  A1(M) Hatfield Tunnel
  The Highways Agency have a full closure of A1(M) Hatfield Tunnel (North and
  Southbound carriageway) on Saturday 24th October 2009.
  Reason: Essential Maintenance Times: 10.00pm to 6.00am

  Signed Diversions will be in place and this is via the A1001.

  Traffic travelling Southbound will leave the A1(M) at Junction 4 follow the signed diversion
  and rejoin the A1(M) at Junction 2.

  Traffic travelling Northbound will leave the A1(M) at Junction 3 and follow signed diversion
  and rejoin the A1(M) at Junction 4.

  M3 Junctions 3-4 Acoustic Barrier – October to December 2009
  The Highways Agency will be constructing an acoustic barrier along the northbound M3 between
  Junctions 3 and 4.
  The barrier will be 3.5m high and approximately 1000m long. It will run from the southern extent
  of the Connaught Park estate to the end of the Junction 3 northbound off-slip.

  The barrier will be constructed as part of the drainage and slip-road widening works currently on
  site. It will fall within the existing Traffic Management arrangements and will be completed at the
  same time as the existing schemes on the M3 between junctions 3 and 4. The barrier will be
  positioned a metre or more inside the existing motorway boundary, to provide access for future
  maintenance.

  Details of the acoustic barrier scheme will be made available at www.highways.gov.uk


11. H M REVENUE & CUSTOMS

  Excise Movement & Control System (EMCS)
  Following representations from business, HMRC will delay introducing EMCS in the UK to
  generate movements (Functional Stage (FS) 1) until 1st January 2011. The existing ‘paper’ AAD
  system will be retained until then.

  EMCS will be available from 1st April 2010 to receive and receipt goods from operators in those
  Member States which are at FS1. Where movements are received under EMCS operators must
  use EMCS to receive and discharge those movements. If goods are received under the cover of
  the ‘paper’ AAD, they should continue to be receipted and discharged using the existing rules.

  Precise details of which Member States will be able to receive EMCS movements from 1st April
  2010 are still not fully available, although HMRC expects this information soon.

  Also in response to concerns raised around the potential impact of including all intra-UK
  movements within the scope of EMCS some types of movement may – at the operator’s
  discretion and subject to certain conditions – be excepted.



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  Fuel Checks
  HMRC has advised us that it will be increasing the number of roadside fuel checks in the next
  few months and wishes to remind operators that they must be able to provide a fuel sample
  whenever required. HMRC will also be taking greater interest in paperwork supporting fuel
  uploads for distances travelled. A roadside check will normally consist of HMRC personnel
  accompanied by either police or VOSA officers.

  Some drivers have had difficulty providing a fuel sample because their vehicle has been fitted
  with an anti-syphon device. HMRC is now training its officers to safely sample fuel from other
  parts of the vehicle fuel system and is reviewing its current Code of Practice so that vehicle
  delays are minimised.

  However, members must ensure that they or their drivers do nothing to impede a check
  otherwise an immediate fine and impounding of the vehicle could result.

  Also in response to concerns raised around the potential impact of including all intra-UK
  movements within the scope of EMCS some types of movement may – at the operator’s
  discretion and subject to certain conditions – be excepted.

12. PREVENTION OF FALLS FROM TANKERS

  The Tanker Group has recently published a revised guide to preventing falls from Road Tankers,
  including members incident data which stands at it’s lowest point since our records began in
  2000 (0.27 incidents per million miles driven). HSE information is included of how/where falls
  occur.

  The guide is intended to strengthen the case for site operators to take more adequate
  precautions rather than just relying on vehicle operators.

  Tanker Group members should already have a copy.

13. THINGS TO REMEMBER

  Attestation Forms – To enable drivers to keep a complete 28 day record of their activities.
  Available electronically from the international dept, international@rha.net Tel: 01932 841515

  Community Authorisation – International Operators Licence
  It is an offence to send vehicles over 3.5tns into Europe without the Certified Copy of your
  Community Authorisation.         Fines are imposed if drivers are sent with photocopies of the
  original. If you have to apply for a replacement CA from VOSA because of theft or damage, we
  suggest you obtain a letter from them confirming that a request has been made for a
  replacement and that you give the driver copies of any police reports that may have been
  supplied to prove a theft had taken place. HOWEVER, carrying this will by no means guarantee
  that a fine will not be imposed. Foreign Authorities are usually very cut and dry about this
  legislation. If you don’t have the original certified Community Authorisation copy, you are
  breaking the law.

  Healthcare Abroad – E101 and E111
  As well as the European Health Insurance Card (formally an E111) drivers should also carry an
  E101 when driving/working abroad. This relates to your National Insurance contributions while
  you are working outside of the UK.

  Information regarding the E101 can be obtained from the Centre for Non-Residents Helpline at
  the      Inland    Revenue      on      0845       915      4811   or    go    to     website:
  http://search.hmrc.gov.uk/kbroker/inldrev/inldrev/search.lsim?sr=0&nh=20&cs=iso-8859-
  1&sc=ir&ha=7&mt=0&qt=ca3821, where you can download form CA3821 (for the Employer) and
  CA3822 (for the Employee).

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  If personnel do not already have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) visit website:
  www.dh.gov.uk/travellers or call 0845 606 2030.

  Immigration Checklist via Home Office on the Internet
  The recent formation of the UK Border Agency has meant that accessing the Immigrant Checklist
  requires a new link as follows:

  www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/workingwithus/transportindustry/vehicleoperators/effectivesy
  stem
  Click on the ‘Useful information for drivers’ on right hand side.
  Or alternatively contact the international dept for the RHA version of the forms.

  Laminated Documents
  In Germany legislation was introduced prohibiting the lamination of road traffic documents such
  as the Certified Copy of the Community Authorisation, EMCT permits and other documents
  containing technical, safety and environmental regulations.       If you have laminated such
  documents you are advised to de-laminate them as you could be fined for doing so.

   Receiving Monthly Bulletins & Newsflashes by Email
   Don’t forget that you can receive Monthly Bulletins and Newsflashes by email. It’s cheaper for
   the association and quicker for you. Also, if you already receive email, but want to add a new
   contact just let the International Dept know. international@rha.net


14. DIESEL PRICES IN EUROPE

  The table below gives a summary of the average prices including VAT in local currency and
  sterling:


  COUNTRY        EURO/ LOCAL      STERLING     COUNTRY               EURO/LOCAL       STERLING
                  CURRENCY          PENCE                             CURRENCY          PENCE
  Albania           125.00            0.83      Kosovo                   € 0.91           0.83
  Andorra           € 0.83            0.76      Latvia                     0.65           0.83
  Austria           € 0.96            0.87      Lithuania                  3.14           0.83
  Belarus           € 0.55            0.50      Luxembourg               € 0.88           0.80
  Belgium           € 1.03            0.94      Macedonia                 47.50           0.70
  Bosnia &            1.79            0.84      Montenegro               € 0.97           0.88
  Herzegovina
  Bulgaria             1.83           0.85      Netherlands              € 1.09           0.99
  Croatia              6.88           0.87      Norway                    10.79           1.18
  Czech Rep.         26.20            0.93      Poland                     3.67           0.80
  Denmark              8.87           1.09      Portugal                 € 1.02           0.93
  Estonia            15.20            0.88      Romania                    3.60           0.76
  Finland            € 0.99           0.90      Russia                    20.01           0.42
  France             € 1.05           0.96      Serbia                    96.80           0.95
  Georgia              1.60           0.58      Slovakia                 € 1.11           1.01
  Germany            € 1.12           1.02      Slovenia                 € 1.02           0.93
  Greece             € 0.98           0.89      Spain                    € 0.93           0.85
  Hungary           286.00            0.98      Sweden                    12.04           1.06
  Ireland            € 1.06           0.97      Switzerland                1.63           0.98
  Italy              € 1.10           1.00      Ukraine                    6.10           0.45




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15. EXCHANGE RATES
                                                                  £1 = 1.0967 EURO
              th
   As at 19 October 2009                                   €1 = 0.9364 SDR (£7.800 per kg)

Albanian Lek                            150.90        Lithuanian Litas                         3.79
Bosnia & Herzegovina Marka                2.14        Macedonian Denar                        67.49
Bulgarian Lev                             2.14        Norwegian Krone                          9.14
Croatian Kuna                             7.92        Polish Zloty                             4.58
Czech Koruna                             28.23        Romanian New Leu                         4.71
Danish Krone                              8.16        Russian Rouble                          47.99
Estonian Kroon                           17.16        Serbian Dinar                          102.11
Georgian Lari                             2.75        Swedish Krona                           11.40
Hungarian Forint                        290.79        Swiss Franc                              1.66
Latvian Lats                              0.78        Ukraine Hryvna                          13.41


16. RHA TRAINING COURSE DATES
   November
    2   Nov             H&S, Manual Handling & Security            Glasgow
    3   Nov             H&S, Manual Handling & Security            York
    4   Nov             Fuel Efficient Driving & Green Strategy    Peterborough
    4   Nov             H&S, Manual Handling & Security            Ashford
    5   Nov             Managing Your O Licence                    Norwich
    5   Nov             Fuel Efficient Driving & Green Strategy    Reading
    5   Nov             Fuel Efficient Driving & Green Strategy    Bradford
    6   Nov             Fuel Efficient Driving & Green Strategy    Hull
    6   Nov             Fuel Efficient Driving & Green Strategy    Bristol
    9   Nov             Fuel Efficient Driving & Green Strategy    Southampton
    9   Nov             Fuel Efficient Driving & Green Strategy    Manchester
    9   Nov             Understanding Drivers Hours', WTD, Tacho   Perth
    9   Nov             CPC National Freight Course                Bradford
   10   Nov             Fuel Efficient Driving & Green Strategy    Wolverhampton
   10   Nov             Fuel Efficient Driving & Green Strategy    Edinburgh
   11   Nov             Fuel Efficient Driving & Green Strategy    Colchester
   11   Nov             Fuel Efficient Driving & Green Strategy    Dartford
   12   Nov             CPC National Freight Course                West Midlands
   12   Nov             CPC National Freight Course                Reading
   12   Nov             CPC National Freight Course                Peterborough

   How to attend
   Call 01733 261456 (office hours Mon-Fri, 9-5)
   Fax your booking form to 01733 330279
   Email training@rha.uk.net
   Online www.rha.uk.net/training

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17. BENEVOLENT FUND – CENTURIONS SCHEME

   The winners of the RHA Benevolent Fund - Centurions Scheme for August 2009 were

   £125            Mr M Wreford       Wreford Transport Northampton
   £75             Mr D Hill          Rase Distribution Ltd Lincs
   £50             Mr K Bowker        W H Bowker International Lancs

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   Winners for September 2009 were

   £125       Mr P Miller            Bucks
   £75        RPC Transport          Somerset
   £50        Mr J Hancock           Lincs

   Details on how the Centurions Scheme works and how to join are obtainable from Alistair
   Morrow, at the RHA Scottish Office on 0131 472 4180.


18. BELGIAN TRADE FAIR – TRAILER ‘09

  Trailer ‘09
  20-24 November 2009, at the Xpo in Kortrijk (Belgium)

  Trailer is a biannual international trade fair for semi-trailers, trailers, bodies, construction,
  components, and accessories for goods handling and logistics. The website is: www.trailer.be

  Approximately 100 exhibitors will be participating in Trailer ’09. For a complete list, go to the
  Trailer ’09 website, click GB for English, then Exhibitors and finally Exhibitors Edition 2009.

  For further information contact:

  Flanders Investment and Trade
  1a Cavendish Square
  London W1G 0LD
  Tel: 0207 307 77 10
  Fax: 0207 307 77 11
  Email: fitlondon@fitlondon.org

  For general information about Flanders Investment and Trade, please have a look at:
  www.flandersinvestmentandtrade.be (and click: F.I.T. for foreign companies).


19. CAN YOU HELP?

  Ice Bear needs a lift to Copenhagen
  The Ice Bear Project is a UK-based non-profit arts organisation that creates sculptures to tell
  people about the Arctic environment. To help get the message across, wildlife artist Mark Coreth
  has made a life-size bronze sculpture of an adult polar bear. This will be frozen into water in a
  purpose-built transport tank. Then it needs a lift to Copenhagen by 5 December, in time for the
  UN Climate Conference. Once there the Ice Bear will be the centrepiece of the WWF's Arctic
  exhibition on Nytorv Square. During the event, the ice will melt to leave a bronze skeleton, a
  pool of water and a symbolic message about the power of people to shape our environment.
  The organisers say they plan "lots of opportunities" for press coverage of the Ice Bear's journey,
  but importantly, they need someone with a truck to give the bear and its tank that lift to
  Copenhagen.
  More from William Todd-Jones on +44 (0)7 860 511 024 or toddamos@mac.com




                  THE RHA HAS NO LIABILITY FOR THE GOODS OR SERVICES OFFERED ABOVE
                OUR THANKS TO THE SOURCES OF SOME OF THIS INFORMATION PARTICULARLY
          ITD (DENMARK), AISO (AUSTRIA), CLC( LUXEMBOURG),TLN (NETHERLANDS), GIZ (SLOVENIA)
                                          AND THE IRU IN GENEVA




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