Industry views | 02 June 2016
In the past fortnight, two new major regulations updates have been introduced, which will have a significant impact on the UK logistics industry and its customers – one in the short-term and one in the coming years.
With automotive manufacturers investing considerable sums in the development and introduction of autonomous vehicles, the Queen’s Speech introduced legislation to reduce red tape around these new technologies in order to bring driverless vehicles to our streets in the next few years.
The Modern Transport Bill will put the UK at the forefront of safe technologies in the autonomous vehicles industry, such as drones, cars and lorries, and will be key in ensuring that appropriate insurance is available to support the use of autonomous and driverless vehicles.
At Wincanton, we see the Modern Transport Bill as the natural direction in which the industry is heading as new technology continues to be developed. A recent Deloitte report on emerging technologies forecast that 70% of companies will use developments such as predictive analytics and wearable technology to support their supply chains by 2020.
As a leading provider of supply chain solutions, we are always looking for opportunities to improve and innovate in order to provide our customers with the highest levels of service and add value to their operations.
Yet advances in technology must be underpinned by a knowledgeable and skilled workforce, and the Department of Transport’s (DfT) new Motoring Services Strategy, which was unveiled on 12th May, will put in place new structures to support talent development.
The strategy will provide more resources to all those learning to drive, including HGV drivers, and improve bureaucracy to ensure that haulage operators have better access to the DfT’s services.
As the largest British logistics firm, we welcome the DfT’s efforts to provide greater support and flexibility in the way drivers are trained and vehicles tested. We particularly support their ambition to give greater responsibility to transport and automotive industries in operating and testing vehicles.
We see this as a ground breaking initiative and a major step forward in ensuring that all haulage operators have access to the DfT’s services, in order to test vehicles efficiently and flexibly, and that drivers receive the right training.
We actively took part in the Government’s consultation, sharing our thoughts on how to boost training and licensing as well as ensuring that vehicles continue to be safe, and meet environmental and roadworthiness standards.
The Modern Transport Bill and the DfT’s Motoring Services Strategy, both have the potential to change the supply chain landscape on a fundamental level. We are ready to embrace these new opportunities and eagerly await confirmation from the Government on the timescales during which these pieces of legislation will be introduced, and the amount of funding that will be allocated.
These proposals will improve the UK’s supply chain and the service that we provide to our customers.