Hauliers costs scheme launched
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• Yesterday, Thursday, a pamphlet describing the joint cost and productivity scheme (CAPS) to be carried out on behalf of the RHA by the Centre for Interarm Comparison Limited was dispatched to 1,500 Road Haulage Association members. The first reports on this comprehensive study of road haulage costs (CM Jan 10) are expected in the late summer or autumn of this year. They will contain figures relating to the two most recent financial years and the figures will subsequently be updated in the summer or autumn of each of the following three years, • There will be two sets of reports: one will show how and why costs and profitability have changed from year to year and the other (for participants only) will provide inter-firm comparisons.
In a letter accompanying the explanatory pamphlet and an application form the chairman of the RHA Mr. Noel Wynn (Robert Wynn and Sons Ltd: Newport, Mon) describes the benefits which participating members will receive as "cheap at the price". "For all members of the association" says Mr Wynn "cost performance and profitability indeces will form a strong and reliable basis on which discussion can take place with the Government trade bodies and customers. We shall be able to improve the efficiency of our industry and show our achievements in a readily understandable form."
Each participant will be asked to contribute £20 per year over the four-year period during which CAPS will operate. This will make up the balance of the total cost of £62,000 to which the RHA is contributing £50,000.
The time which can be properly considered as training spent by staff of participating firms in providing the information for CAPS will qualify for a training grant from the Road Transport Industry Board. The scale of grants ranges from .E3 per day for on the job work by juniors in the clerical or sales department to .£15 per day with a maximum of £1,500 a year for off the job work by adults at management level.