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Much UK Road Haulage News as DfT Rules on Lorry Parking and Permits and Trailer Bill Debated

Brexit Causes a Flurry of Truck Freight Related Action in Westminster This Week UK – It appears that, following much debate, the government has decided the answer to potential congestion at the Channel Ports post Brexit is to turn the nearest motorway into a lorry park. Plans revealed today by Roads Minister, Jesse Norman mean that the infamous ‘Operation Stack’, a scheme which has already brought opprobrium down[1] on the heads of ministers and is widely despised by the road haulage community, is being evolved to enable one entire carriageway of the M20 in Kent to be used to queue lorries whilst other traffic will travel in both directions between junctions 8 and 9 on the opposite carriageway.

This will be made possible using a contraflow on the northbound carriageway, which will be available for use by early 2019, when there is ever disruption to cross-Channel traffic as has been seen previously, and liable to be considerably more frequent should the right post Brexit deal on Customs procedures not be agreed. The Department for Transport (DfT) says it is also setting out plans to improve overnight lorry parking, so that fewer lorries will be left on local roads or parked in lay-bys overnight.

One hopes that it is more successful than in its previous plan to establish a giant lorry park near Stanford West in Kent, which fell apart[2] in November last year when it failed to prepare an environmental assessment meaning the plans were kicked out. Parking on a motorway for many hours on end prevents access to both water and sanitary facilities, so much for actively encouraging more gender equality into this area of the logistics sector. This latest announcement is nothing new, it is precisely the plan proposed when the parking plan fell through last year.

Today Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “We’ve seen the severe disruption that people in Kent had to face in 2015 when there were hold ups across the Channel. This interim plan will help to minimise that disruption and mean people will be able to go about their everyday lives, seeing friends and family or going to work, as well as businesses being able to get to their customers.”

The government says that schemes like the Dover Traffic Access Protocol (TAP[3]), which sees lorries held outside of the port town instead of clogging up Dover’s centre roads, and more holding spaces at the port have helped to prevent many instances of Operation Stack being called since the events of 2015. It has also today published its National Survey of Lorry Parking[4] which was a study taken in 2017 highlighting the areas around the country which need more overnight lorry parking provision. This document revealed what everybody involved in road freight already knew and now the DfT says work to address the paucity of spaces available to trucks is already under way, with plans from private developers for an extra 1,000 additional spaces across the country, which is intended to provide benefits across the UK, particularly in the south-east.

The government has also asked Highways England to review and identify sites across its land holdings which could provide an extra 1,500 spaces, which would help reduce the number of lorries parking overnight in laybys. As is currently the case with private housing, the government is pressuring local authorities via their planning offices to draw their attention to the strategic need for more lorry parking nationally. Jesse Norman and Planning Minister Dominic Raab have both written stressing the requirement and asking councils to survey results showing shortages in specific areas, presumably with a view to ensure they commit to negating the problem.

Councils may also get further powers to take action against hauliers which park inappropriately. The first 6 months of an 18-month trial on the A20 in Kent have seen the numbers of vehicles being clamped cut in half, and an increase in the number of lorry drivers staying in commercial parking sites, where they are available. The announcements got a lukewarm response from most of Britain’s road freight community.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA[5]), which has campaigned for years for sufficient rest facilities for lorry drivers across the UK, and a better plan to cope with cross-Channel disruption, was a little more upbeat, with Christopher Snelling, FTA’s Head of UK Policy, saying: “The proposed temporary solution for Operation Stack on the M20 is a good compromise for operators concerned about managing queues safely at the Channel ports in the event of cross-Channel disruption, until a permanent lorry parking area can be built. It is vital both for the logistics industry, and for Kent as a whole, that traffic can continue to flow freely throughout the county, and the proposed solution could provide that for now.

“FTA’s members will be keen to see that the plan has been carefully thought through, to ensure the safety of the drivers using Stack and of others on these roads at those times, and we look forward to working with government to ensure that appropriate facilities are provided for those needing to wait on the motorway. Our lorry drivers fulfil a vital role in serving the country’s manufacturing and business needs, and it is imperative that anywhere used for Operation Stack provides them with at least toilets and water supplies. “It is a positive step that the government is acknowledging the scale of the problem facing lorry drivers seeking appropriate places to take their legally mandated rests.

It is a travesty that the UK currently doesn’t provide enough spaces for its hardworking drivers to stop in, and the paucity of facilities which drivers can use creates an unnecessary and unavoidable blight on local communities where some drivers are forced to stop because they are out of any other option. These policies won’t solve the problem overnight but we see today’s announcements as a good step in the right direction and now want to work with Government to ensure we develop the facilities that our lorry drivers need.” The other news concerning Brexit and the road freight industry was the second reading of the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill in the House of Lords which the government introduced as part of its plans to ensure the UK can deliver a smooth and orderly transition.

A transcript of the debate can be read here[6]. The Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill has two purposes:

  • It creates the architecture for a number of scenarios, including a ‘no deal’ Brexit. It would allow the Secretary of State to deal with the consequences of a range of exit scenarios on the UK haulage industry by creating an international road haulage permit scheme; and
  • It deals with the consequences of the UK ratifying the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, specifically as it relates to trailers, by providing the Secretary of State with powers to make a trailer registration scheme.

The government has launched a consultation[7] to gather industry insight into its proposals for a permit scheme and a trailer registration system which is open until 20 June.

Confusion reigns over what exactly post-Brexit Britain will look like, the UK’s freight and logistics sectors has repeatedly called on the government for clarification on its planned trade agreements and is urging for its implementation to be as seamless as possible. The commercial haulage industry is at the heart of the GBP110 billion of trade that takes place between the UK and EU every year, directly contributing GBP13.1 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK economy. Negotiations with the EU will determine road transport provisions post-exit, and the provisions of the Bill are intended to enable the Government to put in place regulations that reflect the terms of any international agreement, which could include the new EU partnership agreement.

The government says that these regulations will be used to administer and enforce all bilateral permit agreements, the multinational European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permit scheme and any permit scheme needed for EU Member States.

Meantime the industry watches and waits.

Much UK Road Haulage News as DfT Rules on Lorry Parking and Permits and Trailer Bill DebatedMuch UK Road Haulage News as DfT Rules on Lorry Parking and Permits and Trailer Bill Debated

References

  1. ^ brought opprobrium down (www.handyshippingguide.com)
  2. ^ which fell apart (www.handyshippingguide.com)
  3. ^ TAP (assets.publishing.service.gov.uk)
  4. ^ National Survey of Lorry Parking (assets.publishing.service.gov.uk)
  5. ^ FTA (fta.co.uk)
  6. ^ can be read here (www.theyworkforyou.com)
  7. ^ launched a consultation (www.gov.uk)

School bus torn apart in dump truck collision, killing 2

MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (AP) — A school bus taking children on a field trip to a historic site collided with a dump truck on Thursday, ripping the bus apart and killing a student and a teacher.

The crash left the bus lying on its side on the guardrail of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, its undercarriage and front end sheared off and its steering wheel exposed.

Some of the victims crawled out of the emergency exit in the back and an escape hatch on the roof. More than 40 people were taken to hospitals.

Fifth-grade student Theo Ancevski, who was sitting in the fourth row of the bus and was treated at a hospital for cuts and scrapes, said he heard a scraping sound and the bus “toppled over.”

“A lot of people were screaming and hanging from their seatbelts,” he said.

Gov. Phil Murphy said one adult and one student were killed.

Their names had not been released. Murphy said the truck driver was hospitalized, but officials didn’t reveal his condition.

The front end of the red dump truck was mangled in the wreck, which took place about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of New York.

The truck was registered to Mendez Trucking, of Belleville, and had “In God We Trust” emblazoned on the back of it.

The bus had entered westbound Interstate 80 from southbound U.S.

Highway 206, police said. Cleanup crews loaded its wreckage onto a flat-bed truck on Thursday night as they cleared the roadway.

Police didn’t release details of how the crash happened, but the trucking company had a string of crashes in recent years and a higher than average rate of violations that sidelined its vehicles, according to federal safety data.

There were 45 people, including 38 students, on the bus.

Forty-three people from the bus and the truck driver were hospitalized, some in critical condition.

The bus was owned by the school district and had seatbelts, according to Paramus schools superintendent Michele Robinson. There is no federal requirement for seatbelts on full-sized school buses, but six states including New Jersey require them.

The bus was one of three taking students from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, a historic site depicting a Lenape Indian community and once-thriving port about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the crash scene. The other buses made it to the site but returned to the school about 50 miles (80 kilometers) away.

Some of the children were inside the bus and some were outside when first responders arrived, said Jeff Paul, director of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management.

“We had patients laying all over the median and on the interstate,” Paul said. “There were all kinds of injuries, every injury type you could expect in a crash of this magnitude.”

Thuy Nguyen, a nurse from Paramus, said she rushed to the school, where her son was taking a test after hearing the news.

“My heart just dropped.

You hear the name of the school … ,” she said before trailing off.

Robinson said the district was cancelling school trips for the rest of the year.

Mendez Trucking has about 40 drivers and trucks, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Its trucks had been in seven crashes, none fatal, during the last two years before Thursday’s crash, the FMCSA says. Messages left with the company weren’t returned.

Mendez has a higher than average vehicle out-of-service rate, which means inspections found violations that had to be corrected before the vehicles could be returned to service.

Mendez’s rate was 37.9 percent, according to the FMCSA, while the national average is 20.7 percent.

A Mendez-owned dump truck driven by a driver police say had a suspended license struck and killed a French fashion stylist in New York in January 2011, according to court records.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 118 people on school buses were killed in crashes from 2007 to 2016, the last year for which data is available.

Of those killed, 68 were passengers, including 58 school-age children, and 50 were drivers. School bus crashes killed 902 people in other vehicles over that span.

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Porter reported from Morristown, and Sisak reported from Philadelphia.

Associated Press writers Shawn Marsh in Trenton, Mike Catalini in Paramus and Christina Paciolla, Jeff McMillan, Alexandra Villarreal and Claudia Lauer in Philadelphia contributed to this report as did investigative researcher Randy Herschaft in New York.

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

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  • The crash happened on I-80 in Mount Olive Township in New Jersey at 10.22am on Wednesday morning
  • A student and a teacher were killed and dozens more students were injured in the accident
  • Twenty ambulances flocked to the scene to take the wounded children to nearby hospitals
  • Some of the students are still undergoing surgery in other hospitals. The dump truck driver is also in hospital
  • The bus belongs to East Brook Middle School in Paramus and is believed to have been taking kids on a trip
  • The school had a day trip for 5th Graders, who are aged 10 to 11, to Waterloo Village scheduled for the day
  • The truck belongs to Mendez Trucking which is based in Belleville and has a history of traffic accidents

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Two people, including one student, died and 43 people were injured in a horrifying school bus crash in New Jersey on Thursday morning.

The incident happened at around 10.22am on I-80 Thursday morning near Mount Olive Township as the bus from East Brook Middle School in Paramus made its way towards Waterloo Village with 38 students and seven adults on board for a school trip.

The children were all fifth graders aged between 10 and 11.

It is not clear how the accident happened but it involved the bus colliding with a red dump truck. The impact was so strong it forced the bus off its chassis.

The cab carrying all of the passengers and driver went flying into the metal barrier on the side of the highway as a result.

One adult and one student died.

The adult was a teacher, according to officials who spoke at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Forty-three people were taken to hospital and some remain in a critical condition. Some of the victims are still undergoing surgery in various area hospitals.

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This was the scene on I-80 near Mount Olive Township in New Jersey on Thursday morning after a bus carrying 5th graders on a school trip crashed into a dump truck. One teacher and one child died and many more were injured

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

First responders and motorists who got out of their cars to help the children are shown above on Thursday as the first police arrived

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

A view from an overpass shows the bus crashed through the barrier on the side of the highway and flipped on to its side. Students had not yet been taken to hospital and there was a rush of other motorists who offered to help them as they climbed out of the vehicle

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

The front of the bus was entirely mangled and it had come clean off its chassis as a result of the impact

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

Not only did the bus carriage come off its chassis but the cab, where the driver sits, also tore away from the rest of the bus, splitting the driver and the children up. The steering wheel was left entirely exposed

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

This is the mangled dump truck which was also involved in the accident. Its driver is receiving treatment in hospital. The vehicle belongs to Mendez Trucking which is based out of Belleville, New Jersey

The bus was one of three taking students from the school to the historic village.

The other two vehicles arrived safely at the historic site but, when teachers learned of the accident, made their way back to the school after 10 minutes.

The children were told at the time that they had to turn back because of a storm.

They only learned of the accident involving their classmates once they were back at the school. Police were seen searching the surrounding woodland with cadaver dogs afterwards.

Students on the other two buses have since revealed that none of them had their cell phones with them at the time because they all left their phones in lockers at the school before departing for the trip.

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said morosely: ‘I stand here as both the governor and somebody who knows the community very well. I am also here as a dad and you have days like this…. this is tragic.

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

A view from the overpass shows emergency workers loading students into ambulances as other traffic came to a standstill in the immediate aftermath of the crash

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

Police work at the wreckage of the crash on Thursday afternoon in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

The mangled wreck of the bus on Thursday morning. It remains unclear how many children were on board at the time

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

The extent of the injuries of other victims remains unclear but some are still undergoing surgery. At the scene of the crash, discarded bandages and pieces of gauze were left lying on the ground after being used by paramedics

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

Investigators are pictured at the scene of the crash on Thursday afternoon

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

Shattered glass from the windows were left on the highway along with clothes, pieces of paper and bandages that all flew onto the road in the accident

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

An investigator with a cadaver dog walks through the wreckage on Thursday afternoon

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

An investigator peers into the bus on Thursday to work at the scene. There were several agencies there by the afternoon

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, the teachers, the councillors, the staff, the extraordinary first responders who in many cases were at the scene of this accident.

‘It is with a heavy heart that we stand before you.

‘There were 38 students and seven adults on board including the driver, a total of 43 people of 45 were injured and were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

‘Some are in critical condition and are undergoing surgery so please keep everybody in your prayers.

‘There are two confirmed fatalities, god rest their souls.’

The bus collided with a red truck which belongs to Mendez Trucking, a Belleville based company.

The New York Post[2] reports that the company and, specifically the truck which was involved in Thursday’s accident, has a history of problems.

The same truck was involved in an accident on the NJ Turnpike in 2016.

It is not clear if it was the same driver.

The vehicle has the words ‘In God We Trust’ written on the back. The front of it was destroyed in the accident.

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

Investigators work at the scene of the accident on Thursday afternoon as the 43 survivors received hospital treatment and the relatives of the two people killed learned of their deaths

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

The bus remained at the scene long into the afternoon as investigators flocked en masse. It remains unclear what caused the crash

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

The entire body of the bus came off the chassis and went flying in to the highway median with the 38 students and seven adults inside. The cab where the driver sits also came apart from the rest of the carriage

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

The sun roofs on the bus were left flung open. The students are likely to have used them to escape after the bus flipped onto its side

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

Police will not give any possible explanation for the crash and are referring questions to the state investigators and county prosecutors

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

The accident happened on Interstate 80 near Exit 25 in Mount Olive Township. The children are believed to have been on their way to Stanhope on a school trip

As news of the crash emerged, petrified parents rushed to the school to find out if their child was one of those involved.

‘This is something you hope never happens in your hometown. We’re just waiting to hear from everyone we know,’ Angela Miaoulis, one parent, told North Jersey[3].

Her son is in the eighth grade.

Two patients are at St Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson. Ten were being cared for at St Clare’s Health in Dover and Denville. At least one patient was taken to St.

Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, and several patients were taken to Hackettstown Medical Center.’

Photographs from the crash show children sitting by the side of the road, hugging one another after escaping from the wreckage.

It remains unclear how the crash came about. The bus is from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey, ABC[4] reports.

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

A New Jersey State police officer observes the truck from an overpass on I-80 after the victims were taken to hospital

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

Police used dogs to help search the wooded areas surrounding the road in case anyone had been thrown from the vehicle

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

A K-9 unit is seen searching the wooded area next to the highway where the accident happened

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

All of the people in the bus and in the truck are accounted for in hospitals across the area. Before police were able to reach that conclusion, they combed the woodland nearby

According to the school’s calendar, a Grade 5 day trip to Waterloo Village in Stanhope was scheduled for today. Grade 5 children are aged between 10 and 11.

Mount Olive police said it was responding to the incident but would not give further details.

‘Crash investigation on Route 80 by mile marker 25.

‘Route 80 closed both directions.

Westbound traffic being diverted at exit 26. Expect heavy traffic and delays on Route 46,’ it said. The mayor described the scene as ‘horrific’.

At least two of the victims have been sent to St.

Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson.

Several others are being taken to Hackettstown Medical Center.

The crash shut traffic in both directions.

It remains unclear what the condition of both drivers is.

Teacher and student are killed and 43 are injured after school bus full of fifth graders on a day trip crashes into dump truck in New Jersey

Police say the bus belongs to East Brook Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey

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References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ The New York Post (nypost.com)
  3. ^ North Jersey (www.northjersey.com)
  4. ^ ABC (6abc.com)

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