As a requirement of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, which came into effect in July 2004, Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited (HPUK) has introduced a series of measures at all three of its ports to enhance security and tighten access controls, particularly to the terminals.
The ISPS Code requires ports to record all visitors to their facilities. As hauliers represent the largest group of visitors – for instance, making up some 4,000 movements in and out of the Port of Felixstowe each day - it is essential that HPUK introduces a way of recording their comings and goings, without adding to the time taken to process them through the gates.
Following extensive discussions with representatives from shipping lines, haulage companies, the Road Haulage Association, Felixstowe Port Users’ Association and Freight Transport Association, HPUK decided to introduce an identity card for hauliers, known as RHIDES, for Road Haulier IDEntity System, at The Port of Felixstowe and London Thamesport.
To obtain a RHIDES Card, haulage companies are required to ‘Register’ on the RHIDES website - more information about how to do this can be found at http://www.rhides.com/documents/guide-setup.pdf
Once registered, a haulage company will be given their own unique account, where they can manage their drivers RHIDES cards on-line.