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HTA Privacy Policy

This website is operated by The Heavy Transport Association (HTA).  The privacy of our users is extremely important to us and therefore we encourage all users to read this policy very carefully because it contains important information regarding:

  • who we are;
  • how and why we collect, store, use and share personal information;
  • your rights in relation to your personal information; and
  • how to contact us and supervisory authorities in the event that you have a complaint.

Who we are

The Heavy Transport Association (HTA) ('we', 'us', 'our') collect, use and are responsible for storing certain personal information about you ('you', 'your', 'yours').

The personal information we collect and use

Personal information is information which you can be identified from (and does not include any anonymised forms of information).

1. Types of personal information

We may process the following types of personal information in relation to you:

    • eMail address, contact number

2. Types of sensitive information

We may also process the following types of sensitive information in relation to you:

    • n/a

How your personal information is collected

This section describes how the above types of personal information are collected by us.  Your personal information will be collected as follows:

1. Personal information obtained from you directly

We will sometimes obtain information from you directly, including when you:

    • subscribe to the notification via eMail service;
    • we create your admin login to access members-only pages

2. Personal information obtained by use of cookies or other automated means

We will sometimes obtain information via automated technology.  This shall be by use of cookies and other similar technology.  A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your computer or electronic device when you access our website.  Similar technologies include web beacons, action tags, local shared objects ('flash cookies') and single-pixel gifs.  Such technologies can be used to track users' actions and activities, and to store information about them.  Usually this will be in order to monitor and obtain information regarding:

    • how many times a user visits the web page and what specific pages are viewed
    • on the first occasion that you use our site we will ask whether you consent to our use of cookies and/or other similar processing technologies.  If you do not consent, such technologies will not be used.  Thereafter you can opt-out of using cookies at any time or you can set your browser not to accept cookies.  However, some of our website features may not function as a result.

For further information on our use of cookies and other similar technologies, please see our policy document as described below.

3. Changes to the way in which we collect your personal information

In the event that we need to obtain personal information in relation to you from any other source than those described above, we shall notify you of this.

How we use your personal information

1. General purposes

In general, your personal information will generally be processed for the following purposes:

    • keeping you updated with association workstreams and any other industry relevant information

Any sensitive information in relation to you will generally be processed for the following purposes:

    • updating of membership administration

Lawful basis for processing of your personal information

We have described above the purposes for which we may process your personal information.  These purposes will at all times be justified by UK data protection law.

1. General lawful bases

The lawful basis upon which we are able to process your personal data are:-

  1. where we have your consent to use your data for a specific purpose;
  2. where it is necessary to enter into a legal contract with you or to perform obligations under a legal contract with you;
  3. where it is necessary to enable us to comply with a legal obligation;
  4. where it is necessary to ensure our own legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of a third party (provided that your own interests and rights do not override those interests).  Wherever we rely upon this basis, details of the legitimate interests concerned shall be provided to you;
  5. where we need to protect your own vital interests (or the vital interests of another person); and/or
  6. where it is needed in the public interest (or where we are acting in our official functions), provided that the task or function has a clear basis in law.

In general, in order to meet the purposes we have described above, we will process your personal information where it is necessary to comply with legal obligations which we are required to adhere to.

2. Lawful bases applicable to sensitive information

We have explained above that we may process sensitive personal information in relation to you. We have defined above the general purposes for which we process your personal sensitive information.  These purposes are justified by lawful conditions. There are however additional conditions which apply to sensitive personal information.

We will therefore only process your sensitive personal information for any or a combination of the following additional lawful reasons, which are:-

  1. where you have provided us with explicit consent;
  2. where it is necessary for employment, social security and social protection (and it is properly authorised by law);
  3. where it is necessary for your vital interests or the interests of another person;
  4. where the processing is carried out in the course of legitimate activities under a foundation, association or non-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim;
  5. where the information is made publicly available by you;
  6. where the processing is necessary for defending or establishing legal claims or court proceedings;
  7. where the processing is necessary for substantial public interest;
  8. where the information is necessary for medical or social care reasons;
  9. where the information is necessary for reasons of public interests or in the area of public health; and/or
  10. where the information is necessary for scientific research, statistical purposes, historical research or archiving purposes in public interest.

In general, in order to meet the purposes we have described, we will usually process your sensitive information where:

it is necessary in order to protect the vital interests of you or the interests of another person.  This shall only apply where the person whose vital interests are to be protected is unable to consent (for example to provide urgent medical treatment).

Sharing of your personal information

On any occasion where any of your personal information is shared with any third party, we shall only permit them to process such information for our required purposes, under our specific instruction, and not for their own purposes.  We are required to enter into a formal legal agreement to enable such sharing to take place.

We do not anticipate that we will need to share your personal information with any third party.  We will notify should this position change.

How long your personal information will be kept

Your personal information will only be kept for the period of time which is necessary for us to fulfil the above purposes.

We envisage that your personal information shall be retained by us for the following:

    • Name and postal address - 4 years; identity documents- 2 months; eMail address- 4 years; bank details- 3 months; IP address- 7 months

After the period described above, your information shall be properly deleted or anonymised.

Keeping your information secure

We will ensure the proper safety and security of your personal information and have measures in place to do so.  We will also use technological and organisation measures to keep your information secure.  These measures are as follows:

    • User account access is controlled by a unique username and password; All data is stored on secure servers; Payments details are encrypted using SSL

We are ISO 27001 certified.  This certification assists us in ensuring the safety of your personal information.

We have proper procedures in place to deal with any data security breach, which shall be reported and dealt with in accordance with data protection laws and regulations.  You shall also be notified of any suspected data breach concerning your personal information.

Use of your information outside of the United Kingdom

We have described above the purposes and lawful bases for which we process your personal information.  In order to meet those needs, we may transfer your personal information outside of the United Kingdom.

Your personal information may be transferred to:

    • Countries within and outside the EU

The recipient country or countries listed above have been deemed by the United Kingdom to have adequate protection in place so that the security of your personal information can be maintained.


Our website is not intended for children (anybody under the age of 18).  We do not intend to collect data from children.

Your rights

Under the UK General Data Protection Regulation you have a number of important rights free of charge.  In summary, those include rights to:

  1. fair processing of information and transparency over how we use your use personal information;
  2. access to your personal information and to certain other supplementary information that this Privacy Statement is already designed to address;
  3. require us to correct any mistakes in your information which we hold;
  4. require the erasure of personal information concerning you in certain situations;
  5. receive the personal information concerning you which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit this information to a third party in certain situations;
  6. object at any time to processing of personal information concerning you for direct marketing;
  7. object to decisions being taken by automated means which produce legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affect you;
  8. object in certain other situations to our continued processing of your personal information, or ask us to suspend the processing procedure in order for you confirm its assurance or our reasoning for processing it;
  9. object to processing our your personal information where we are doing so in reliance upon a legitimate interest of our own or of a third party and where you wish to raise to an objection to this particular ground;
  10. otherwise restrict our processing of your personal information in certain circumstances;
  11. claim compensation for damages caused by our breach of any data protection laws; and/or
  12. in any circumstance where we rely upon your consent for processing personal information, you may withdraw this consent at any time.

For further information on each of those rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the Guidance from the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on your rights under the General Data Protection Regulations.

If you would like to exercise any of these rights please contact our Data Protection Officer: MR JAMES EDES in the following manner:

    • via email to

Your Requirements

If you would like this policy in another format (for example: audio, large print, braille) please contact us using the details below.

Complaints procedure

We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you raise about our use of your information.

The UK General Data Protection Regulation also gives you right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority.  The supervisory authority in the United Kingdom is the Information Commissioner.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

This privacy policy was published on 19th February 2022 and last updated on 19th February 2022.

We may change this privacy policy from time to time and will notify you of any changes by:

    • eMail, if you have opted in to receive eMails; by notice on website header; by notice in the news section of the website.

Contacting us

Our Data Protection Officer is MR JAMES EDES.

Any requests or questions regarding the use of your personal information should be made to the above named person using the following method:-

    • via eMail to

Sources of further Information

This policy provides key information to you regarding the processed of your information.  For certain areas of our information processing, we have further comprehensive details contained in other documentation.  This information can be located as follows:

    • Our policy regarding the use of cookies and other similar technologies entitled HTA COOKIE POLICY can be located at:
    • Our policy regarding the use of your sensitive data entitled “privacy policy” can be located at:
      on our privacy link within

The Heavy Transport Association,
The White House, High Street,
Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire CH3 9PX

t: +44 (0)1829 773 104