The Forum was formed in 1999 by the Transport Minister Dr John Reid so as to provide a platform for information and dialogue on the concerns regarding fuel taxes and diesel prices. The Forum included the membership of Government ministers from Transport, Trade and Industry and the Treasury together with transport industry trade associations, trade unions and individual transport companies. In a letter to Transport Minister David Jamieson FTA President John Allan says, ‘Can I ask you to call an early meeting of the Road Haulage Forum in order to allow a frank discussion of views.
forecasts and prospects of what the next few months may hold for our industry in terms of oil prices and how matters might be dealt with. I believe that such a meeting would go some way to both acknowledging that there really are some difficult problems ahead and how we all, industry and Government together, PPC Services might be able to deal with these problems. The FTA and others in the transport industry have called on the Government to scrap its plans for the proposed September increase and FAT is also. concerned that if the world price of oil remains at or around its present high level then action to help or support the industry may be required during the summer.
The Freight Transport Association says that periods of training and time spent dealing with safety advice and instruction should not be included in the calculation for the 48 hour week demanded of the transport sector when it comes into effect from March 2005. David Jamieson, for a meeting to discuss the prospects of excluding time spent undergoing training and safety instruction from inclusion within the average 48 hours per week. Turner says, ‘Ongoing training on a variety of subjects within the transport sector is important for the safety and efficiency of both an organisation and its employees.
Thanks to the work that we had done during the year, we felt extremely confident about offering Maria a full time position at the end of the year. What has been a real bonus is that experience during the apprenticeship has meant that she was quickly able to develop, take on responsibility and mature into one of our most efficient and reliable employees. We have learnt that there is a huge amount of talent and potential in schools and colleges. Student Apprenticeships has been a great way for us to tap into some of that. SRA to provide WSP with a CD with the entire contents of the Phase 1 Consultation report for uploading to the web.
Traffic Data Collection Report GOSW requested that all recipients of this report review it, Hire qualified SEO executive and provide comments by 28 March so that WSP can load it on to the web. The report was distributed to the Steering Group and they were asked to review the content in the light of knowledge that WSP had a few amendments to make. These amendments would be distributed for the selected pages but they were asked to provide comments by the 4 April. Discussion regarding TEMPO and the templates was had.
It was agreed that the approach for the forecasting was appropriate given current guidance but that issues raised by the Regional Transport Strategy and need to have sustainable PUA’s would eventually have an impact on how such forecasts are developed for the future. For the time being through WSP were to continue with the approach adopted so far. WSP to also provide figures to the Steering Group relevant to the LMVR. WSP to issue these figures by 28 March.
Environmental Report English Heritage expressed concern that the Environmental Assets report does not reflect the importance of listed buildings and that displays a lack of understanding by WSP of key environmental issues. Whilst it was accepted that Bath had been examined in some detail the listed building issue was an issue for the rest of the study area and was a key requirement for English Heritage to be comfortable with the report.
The report is also to acknowledge conservation areas, historic parks and gardens and battlefields. WSP to address this and to request hard copy maps from English Heritage to allow these areas to be converted to mapping. WSP indicated that the Steering Group has had the Environmental Assets report since before Christmas and whilst the comments made by English Heritage are relevant.