The Road Haulage Association is delighted that the hard work of recently retired Area Manager for the Yorkshire area, Margaret Edmunds, has been awarded an MBE for Services to the Haulage Industry in the New Year Honours List. New Year Honour for Margaret Edmunds

During Margaret’s 36 years with RHA, she advised, supported and guided literally thousands of member companies, from owner drivers to some of the largest fleet operators in the country on all aspects of running a haulage business.

Margaret’s specialist area was employment and in 1994 she highlighted need for the road transport industry to be better protected with its own Contract of Employment. As one of the most heavily regulated industries in the UK a Contract of Employment is a fundamental part of the control of employees, particularly HGV drivers.

She subsequently developed the RHA Contract of Employment Service, tailored to meet individual company needs. This has now been adopted by thousands of companies and has been issued to tens of thousands of employees working in the industry.

Margaret is also a founder member of Truckwatch the freight crime reduction initiative run by People United Against Crime (PUAC) a charity set up by the South Yorkshire Police (SYP) and operating from Sheffield. In 1997, South Yorkshire TruckWatch was established through a partnership between SYP, PUAC and the Road Haulage Association. Over the years, South Yorkshire TruckWatch has gained an excellent reputation for reducing freight crime and is viewed as a model of best practice.

“I am absolutely overwhelmed that I should be shown such appreciation for just doing a job which I absolutely loved,” said Margaret Edmunds.

“UK hauliers work tirelessly, against all the odds, to make sure that delivery deadlines are met yet it seems they take more criticism, face higher taxes and suffer more legislative injustices than just about any other sector of industry. And the post few weeks have shown just how effective and efficient this country’s road hauliers really are and I am proud to have spent the past 36 years representing them.

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