Campaign for Safer Roadside Rescue and Recovery builds momentum
The rescue and recovery sector’s call for safer working conditions after three fatalities in close succession has been given a boost after several MPs threw their weight behind the Campaign for Safer Roadside Rescue and Recovery.
Nine MPs, including former roads minister Sir Mike Penning, have united to create an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Roadside Rescue and Recovery, with the inaugural meeting set for 20 November.
Meanwhile, Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford, raised awareness of the campaign during a parliamentary debate on roadside safety last week. Addressing parliament, Crouch highlighted the campaign’s main aims: a call for recovery vehicles to be fitted with red warning lights (like other emergency services) instead of amber lights; the DfT to collect data on the number of casualties involving recovery workers, as there is no specific record; and to get the Slow Down, Move Over ethos incorporated into the highway code.
Campaign mastermind and FairFuelUK co-founder Peter Carroll said: “It’s fabulous to have the support of such a prominently capable politician; and when allied to the support of Sir Mike Penning and the other MPs who have come forwards to join the APPG, I feel the industry is on the cusp of finally having a really meaningful voice in parliament.”
By Laura Hailstone
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Applications and decisions - 19 November
AWL Transport Consultants has applied for a standard international licence with authorisation for six vehicles and six trailers to operate from Taylor Business Park, Risley, Warrington.
R Singleon and Sons of Poulton-Le-Fylde has asked for a standard national licence with authorisation for five vehicles and eight trailers to operate from Willow Bank, Neds Land, Poulton-Le-Fylde.
Morecambe-based SCS Logistics has asked to increase authorisation at its existing operating centre on Penrod Way, Heysham, Morecambe to 20 vehicles and 20 trailers.
Go Fetch Transport has been granted a standard national licence for two vehicles and two trailers to operate from Sandwash Close, Rainford Industrial Estate, St Helens. A condition of the licence is that the firm provides evidence that it has the required funds to cover operations between December 2018 to February 2019 inclusive. This evidence is to be provided by the end of March 2019.
RPS Transport of Ipswich has been allowed to remove its operating centres on Unity St, Ipswich and at Rudd Marquees, Kings Lynn. It has been given permission to increase its authorisation at another existing operating centre on Leslie Road, Ipswich to 25 vehicles and 20 trailers.
Doherty & Lafferty of Dumbarton has applied to increase its authorisation at its operating centre at Dumbuck Yard, Glasgow Rd, Dumbarton to 20 vehicles and seven trailers.
P Ryan & Son of Chryston has been given permission to open a new operating centre on Garnkirk Industrial Estate with authorisation for 13 vehicles and 15 trailers.
J Mac Transport Solutions has applied for a standard national licence to operate three vehicles from the Lewis Works on Jute Lane, Brimsdown, Enfield.
By David Harris