RH Commercial Vehicles boosts management team

East Midlands Renault Trucks distributor RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) has appointed two internal staff to its management team. 

Bryan Stanton and James Daykin, who both work at RHCV’s Nottingham site, have been promoted to workshop manager and parts manager respectively.

Stanton has worked at RHCV for almost 20 years, while Daykin joined the company straight from college on a parts apprenticeship nine years ago.

The firm employs about 70 staff including eight apprentices across three sites in Nottingham, Alfreton and Cossington.
RHCV has been an authorised selling agent for Renault Trucks for nearly 30 years and provides new and used sales, service and parts for the full Renault Trucks range as well as all-makes parts and servicing for commercial vehicles.

Paul Pearson, commercial director at RHCV, said the company aimed to develop young talent through an extensive apprenticeship programme.

He added: “It’s been great to watch such talented guys progress through the company and into management positions. We aim to nurture talent wherever it may present itself.

“These promotions come at a time when we’re experiencing growth in the sector and seeing a more positive economic outlook, which is why we’re looking to strengthen and grow our services for existing and new customers.”

. Moving on up: (L-R James Daykin, Paul Pearson, Bryan Stanton)

Green Party calls for compulsory safety features on vehicles

The Green Party has called for mandatory safety features on new vehicles in its 2015 general election manifesto, released a week after its leader discussed her goal of introducing presumed liability of guilt for truck drivers involved in collisions with cyclists and pedestrians.

The manifesto calls for all new HGVs to be fitted with up to date safety technology to reduce collisions with cyclists and pedestrians, stating: “Pedestrian and cyclist fatalities and serious injuries when involved in collisions with lorries are predictable, preventable and unacceptable. The technology already exists and is in use in several countries.”

It adds that lorries already in use should also be required to have the equipment fitted, and that “lorries not so equipped will not be allowed into our towns and cities”.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said last week that she would like to see presumed liability introduced for HGV drivers involved in accidents with pedestrians or cyclists, whom the party refer to as “vulnerable road users.”

In a debate with an opponent for the Holborn and St Pancras seat, she said: “If we presumed liability then the lorry driver has to show that they are not at fault when you've got a huge disparity of power, of weight, between the cyclists and the lorry. We are talking about situations where the vulnerable road user is killed or injured by a much larger, more dangerous vehicle, and where they should be entitled to compensation unless it can be clearly shown that they were at fault.

“Presumed liability would really start to change drivers' attitudes and that is something we absolutely need to do in Britain."

Bennett added she had put forward a motion to change the law in question at her Party’s conference last year and was a long-term supporter of the approach. You can see CM's take on that on the legal blog.

The Green manifesto, which focuses predominantly on enhancing public transport services and encouraging people to walk or cycle, also says the party would “incentivise consolidation of white van deliveries” and work to reduce the number of empty or partially loaded journeys to reduce industry-wide carbon emissions.

The document  also calls for road freight to be reduced through the improvement of rail freight services. It also touches on the introduction of road-user tolls for HGVs and the abolishment of the former government’s road upgrade plan.