Covid-19: Useful on-line advice for tipper operators and rental sector

Tipper operators and vehicle rental and leasing companies are the beneficiaries of new Covid-19 advice resources.

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has published two handy 20-page pocket guides to dealing with the Covid-19 situation, which will be of benefit to tipper operators and drivers. Aimed at employees and managers respectively, the well-illustrated guides are based around “10 rules of engagement” in the battle against the virus throughout the working day.

As well as information relevant to static workers, sections also cover use of vehicles and procedures at customer premises. The guides can be downloaded from www.quarrysafe.com and are supported by a range of informative posters.

The BVRLA has published an operating guide to support those working in the vehicle rental and leasing sectors as businesses in England start to resume operations following lockdown. Its 20-page guide provides sector-specific advice tailored for BVRLA members and others operating in the industry, helping them to resume business in a way that protects employees and customers. The sector has been playing a vital role during the crisis by keeping key workers mobile, often at short notice.

The Guide to Operating during the Covid-19 Pandemic is available as a free download, while the BVRLA Covid-19 Business Advice web page also contains useful information.

 

Positive news for gas truck operators

The latest statistics show that the bio-gas content of gas supplied for road transport use has now reached 80%. Previously, the environmental appeal of the fuel has been blunted by the low proportion of bio to fossil-derived content. As a result, operators aiming to deliver genuine reductions in greenhouse gas emissions have been discouraged from making the change.

In 2019, 14,466,554kg of gas was used for transport, of which 11,313,568kg was RTFO approved bio-methane.

Mike Foster, CEO of the trade body Gas Vehicle Network said “Clean, low carbon, gas powered vehicles are an obvious, sustainable ‘no brainer’ for the freight and transport industry. These latest statistics- a 22% increase from 2018- clearly show the direction of travel for the HGV sector. This is the result of the gas vehicle industry delivering vehicle technology and widespread infrastructure together with financial incentives- through the governments’ fuel duty differential scheme.”

“There are also great environmental benefits of gas in transport. Bio-methane fuelled HGVs emit 85% per cent less carbon into the atmosphere compared to a ‘clean’ Euro 6 diesel. Fleet managers and Government can achieve substantial carbon savings immediately by switching to low carbon gas powered heavy vehicle transport. The government also has in place a fuel duty differential until 2032, thanks to the work of GVN making it financially a sensible decision to switch to gas from diesel.”

With the technical and environmental issues addressed to a more satisfactory degree, the last remaining major hurdle is the public access refuelling infrastructure, although slow but steady progress is being made.

Meanwhile, the German authorities have announced that the MAUT motorway toll charge exemption for CNG and LNG heavy-duty trucks is to be extended until the end of 2023, subject to parliamentary approval.