Batched on Site Association issues response to Department for Transport’s decision
RESPONDING to the decision announced last week by Transport Minister Jesse Norman MP that regulations and weight limits for mobile concrete batching plants (aka volumetric concrete mixers) will start to converge with those of other HGVs from 1 September 2018, the Batched on Site Association today issued the following press statement:
“As a representative body for the mobile batching plant industry, the Batched on Site Association (BSA) has been working with the Department for Transport (DfT) over many years regarding future regulation of this specialist niche industry sector. This process has involved the BSA meeting with no fewer than four government Ministers and has been part of a wider review of road safety, and generally it is considered much positive progress has been made.
On 5 April 2018 Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution announced his decision on operating weight arrangements for mobile concrete batching plant (MCBP). Elements of such decision come as a surprise to the BSA given the general direction of travel of prior discussions with the DfT and Ministers, and not least universal acclamation of the important role this niche industry is now playing within the construction sector.
The BSA will be subjecting the detail of the announcement to close scrutiny and careful consideration, before entering into further discussions with the DfT to better understand the Minister’s thinking behind his decision, and to establish how the DfT believes the recently announced decision will be implemented.”