The Board of Directors of the Road Haulage Association has elected Andy Boyle of Herefordshire-based A.B.E. (Ledbury) Limited as its new Chairman.

Andy takes over the job from Willie Oliver from Northern Ireland. "It's a fact that there is seldom what can be described as a 'good time' in the industry these days", said Willie Oliver. "The industry is going through a particularly turbulent time at present and I know that in electing Andy as the Association's new Chairman, the Board have chosen the right man for the job."

A.B.E. (Ledbury) have been members of the RHA for 38 years; Andy Boyle is himself a long standing RHA Board member and as such, is well aware not only of the issues he will be taking on; he also has a pretty good vision of what lies in store.

"Now more than ever the RHA is heard at Government level on a daily basis," said Andy Boyle. "Our task is to translate this into action that benefits our industry. We must not lose sight that for a large number of individual hauliers they are experiencing the worst of times. Rising fuel prices are having a crippling effect on today's operators and beating off competition from foreign hauliers is making a bad situation worse. The Association is fighting a constant battle on their behalf and I am confident that we can and WILL make a difference. I am proud to be leading colleagues who are totally committed to furthering the interests of all of those involved in UK haulage."

The Board also elected Johnathan Bulmer of Bulmers Logistics to the position of Senior Vice Chairman with Tony Jones of Courtenham Warehousing and Distribution taking over as Junior Vice Chairman.