Wright stalks RHA frauds
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• The Road Haulage Association plans to take action against non-members who use its copyrighted conditions of carriage.
RHA Eastern District manager Chris Wright says he knows of operators in his area who are misusing the conditions, and he warns that he will report them to Trading Standards officers if they do not stop. "I'm getting fed up with these people," he says. "It's legitimate members who suffer in the end."
Wright says he will move against any non-RHA hauliers who claim to comply with RHA conditions of carriage or storage, or use the association's logo on letterheads, business cards or vehicles.
The main advantage operators like these gain from claiming RHA membership is cheaper insurance, says Wright, who believes that there are "more than tens" of such hauliers in his region.
If the RHA has evidence that a nonmember is using its conditions of carriage it could either initiate a civil action for infringement of copyright, or report the haulier to the local authority which could take it to court for breaching the Trade Descriptions Act.
0 The FTA's conditions do not have a copyright clause.