Why it is good to talk about mental health

Mental ill health is still largely a taboo subject among truck drivers – but it shouldn’t be. By keeping it all in, thousands of drivers could not be accessing help for their conditions – and suffering unnecessarily as a result, says T&D’s editor, Dan Parton. Recent statistics from mental health charity Mind showed that 30%

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RHA’s National Lorry Week 11-16 September

RHA’s third annual National Lorry Week will be back 11-16 September 2017 – it’s your chance get the UK to #LoveTheLorry! We know that the haulage industry is the life-blood of the country, and we want to make sure the rest of the country knows it too! We’re calling on RHA members to help us promote

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She’s RHA

The contribution of women in haulage is often unseen. Unlike many industries, haulage remains a male-dominated environment. Incredibly, only 8% of the 1.8m people that work in the haulage industry are women and only 1% of HGV drivers are women. Government statistics* show that by 2022, the industry needs to recruit 1.2 million more people.

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Should drivers be allowed to take their weekend break in their cabs?

Should drivers be allowed to take their weekend break in their cabs? Or should the suggestion that it is in breach of the drivers’ hours rules be used to push forward an improvement in roadside accommodation? Commercial Motor asked their operator panel. Moves by countries such as France and Belgium to prevent drivers from taking their

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Semi-automated truck convoys get green light for UK trials

Government allocates £8.1m to trials of ‘platooning’ which proponents say could cut congestion and hauliers’ fuel costs The government has given the go-ahead for the first trials of convoys of semi-automated trucks on UK motorways. Up to three wirelessly connected HGVs will travel in convoy, with acceleration, braking and steering controlled by the lead vehicle,

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Lorry drivers snapped eating, reading and using mobile

Lorry drivers have been photographed on England’s roads eating, reading and using a phone while behind the wheel. Four drivers were photographed on the M20 near Ashford in Kent. Two were reading, one was holding cutlery and a food container and another appeared to be steering with his elbows. Road safety campaigners Brake branded the

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EU van plans spark industry fears

EU plans to increase regulation for the van sector have set alarm bells ringing at the Freight Transport Association, which says they could divert the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency from policing dangerous, badly maintained or overloaded vehicles. The EU’s Mobility Package proposals will require operators of vans to demonstrate their “financial standing” by proving

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New EU unveiling rules due to increase control of sector

New EU unveiling rules due to increase control of sector The European Commission will today unveil its “Mobility Package” with proposals for changes to the regulation of road haulage in Europe. This package of measures will be massive in scope, including driver rest, minimum wage arrangements and operator licensing rules. It will cover: Driving and

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Thousands of drivers caught despite mobile crackdown

More than 200 drivers a day were caught using a mobile at the wheel immediately after tougher penalties for the offence came into effect, figures show. UK police caught almost 6,000 drivers using their devices while driving in the four weeks after 1st March. The numbers were obtained by the Press Association under the Freedom

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Bank holiday traffic queues could become the norm post-Brexit, says FTA

Bank holiday-style traffic queues could become an everyday occurrence around Britain’s ports and airports after Brexit, says the Freight Transport Association, unless the government prioritises the needs of freight and logistics companies as part of the UK’s negotiations with the European Union. “Without giving due consideration to the freight industry and its needs, trade between

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Logistics firms secures lease to largest UK base

Logistics specialist XPO Supply Chain UK Ltd, the British subsidiary to American XPO Logistics group, has secured the lease for its largest UK warehouse in Tamworth. XPO Supply Chain UK has let a long-term lease on a 645,000sq ft distribution facility at Bonehill Road through logistic real estate specialists Logicor. The site previously housed a

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Lincolnshire firm demonstrates 84ft-long ‘super-lorry’

A Lincolnshire road haulage company has demonstrated an 84ft (25m) long “super lorry” to industry experts. The vehicle is currently illegal on UK roads, where lorries are restricted to 54 ft (16.5m), but are used in parts of Europe. Denby Transport claim its introduction could cut pollution and congestion on Britain’s roads. Interested in this

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Clean air policy could crush high street growth, says FTA

Trading conditions on British high streets could become increasingly difficult for businesses following today’s government plan on air quality, says the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The plan fails to give any clarity or certainty over what will happen, but it could result in diesel vehicles being restricted in 38 towns and cities across the UK.

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DHL invests in four new collaborative robots

DHL Supply Chain has announced the purchase of four Sawyer robots, the first step of its UKI robotics deployment programme. The robots will be flexibly used across its 19 co-packing and Production Logistics centres nationwide. Sawyer robots are some of the most advanced collaborative robots currently available and can support production and warehouse staff by

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Asos dumps controversial temp agency as Sports Direct row continues

Online fashion retailer ends deal with Transline, the agency embroiled in Sports Direct scandal and now faces insolvency. Controversial employment agency Transline has lost its contract with Asos as it tries to fend off insolvency. The company, which provided temporary workers for the online fashion business’s Barnsley warehouse, filed court papers protecting it from creditors

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Recruiting the next generation of LGV drivers

A letter jointly signed by the Minister of State for Transport, the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills and the Minister of State for Employment, has been sent to Transport Managers highlighting the support available for Road Haulage companies in recruiting and training apprentices. Dear Transport Manager Recruiting the Next Generation of LGV Drivers

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CV Show 2017 kicks off with a host of vehicle launches

The UK’s biggest automotive exhibition has opened its doors at the NEC, with major new truck and van launches and a host of innovations. Among the show’s major highlights are the global debut of DAF’s new CF and XF tractor units, which go on sale later this year. “CV Show 2017 is open for business,”

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RHA Messenger 19 April

General Election Impact Prime minister Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election, and its acceptance by the opposition parties, means normal business at Westminster stalls until after the vote on June 8th. That means the RHA is unable to lobby MPs over the HMRC’s imposition of new red tape related to overnight allowances for

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One in six drivers believe running a red light is legal

One in six drivers believe it’s legal to run through a red light, according to a new survey by Admiral. A survey of 2000 drivers revealed what annoys the British most on the roads, in addition to revealing what indiscretions the nation is guilty of when behind the wheel. The biggest annoyance for 52% of drivers

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Operating sat-navs to be included in revised driving test

Learner drivers will have to operate a satellite navigation system during their driving test as part of changes to the test aimed at helping save lives and improve road safety. From December 4, drivers will need to pass a modern test that will include new manoeuvres and a longer independent driving section to make sure they have the

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M25 named as UK’s slowest motorway

A new report by vehicle tracking company Satrak has revealed the slowest motorways in Britain. After analysing data from 527,000 vehicles over the period of a year, the most sluggish motorways have been highlighted using average speeds of the vehicles using them. Although one of the most important motorways in the UK, the M25 was

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RHA calls for enforcement of 45-hour weekly rest rules

The Road Haulage Association has written to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Lord Ahmed to voice its disappointment that the urgent issue of weekly rest rules has been further delayed while additional stakeholder views are sought. Commenting, RHA deputy policy director Duncan Buchanan said: “We do not believe the delay is necessary, the matter is

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Private testing makes sense but safety must come first, says FTA

Allowing exemplary commercial vehicle operators to test their own vehicles makes sense, but the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says safety standards must be a priority. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has released its five-year year business plan to help drivers stay safe on Britain’s roads. DVSA ‘s strategy includes a commitment to ‘look

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Councils call for ban on pavement parking

Laws allowing local authorities to ban pavement parking in London should be rolled out across the country, councils say. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, says all councils need extra flexibility to introduce bans if needed. This could free up congested pavements and stop pedestrians –

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Pothole repair rate drops again

The number of potholes filled over the past year has dropped again for the second successive year, reports this year’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey. It has shown a reduction in the average number of potholes filled per authority, although the total number remains high at 1.7 million – one every 19 seconds.

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CPRE report misguided says RHA

The Road Haulage Association believes that the report into the impact of road building from the Campaign to Protect Rural England is misguided. Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Only by ensuring a road network that is fit for use can the competitiveness and productivity of the UK be maintained. “We understand some of the reservations voiced by the CPRE. But, HGVs

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Insurance rate rises could hit hauliers hard says RHA

The RHA is concerned that hauliers may be in for a surprise when the time comes to renew their insurance premiums since the Lord Chancellor released details of a proposed change to the way that compensation payments are calculated. The discount (or interest) rate used to calculate these payouts will be cut from 2.5% to

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Logistics crucial to the UK’s future success, says Minister

Establishing strong global trading relationships, and maintaining the UK’s ability to deliver goods on time to customers all over the world, are cornerstones of the government’s vision for a stronger, more successful nation post-Brexit, according to the Rt Hon David Jones MP.  Speaking at today’s “Keep Britain Trading” conference, hosted by the Freight Transport Association,

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Government plans to update HGV road user levy

The government is planning to update the HGV road user levy. It will launch a call for evidence on updating the existing scheme this spring. Operation Stack lorry park gets go aheadIt said it wanted to work with industry to update the Levy so that it rewards hauliers that plan their routes efficiently, to incentivise

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Prison sentence for Polish driver who manipulated tachograph

Polish driver Wojciech Trzeciak has been given a two-month prison sentence and a 12-month driving ban after he used a magnet to interfere with a truck’s tachograph recording equipment. Nottingham Crown Court last week heard that DVSA officers found a magnet had been used to interfere with the electronic information provided to other parts of

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Calais rest area closures could compromise driver safety, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), the trade body which represents half the UK’s road fleet, is calling on French authorities to provide more safe lorry parking for trans-European freight transport around Calais, following the closure of four rest areas on the A16 and A26. Today’s announcement by Sanef, the French motorway operator, drastically reduces the

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60 second law update: drug-driving

In March 2015 the government introduced a law that made it an offence to drive with certain prescription and illegal drugs above specified blood levels in the body, whether their driving was impaired or not. The law, which covers England and Wales, was intended to bring drug-driving enforcement into line with that of drink-driving. The

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Top 10: the most common reasons for HGV annual test failure

Some 417,767 HGV annual tests were undertaken in the 2015/16 financial year, with an initial failure rate of 17.2%. Commercialmotor.com looks at the top 10 reasons why trucks failed their test in 2015/16, according to the DVSA. 9/10. Wiring Wiring issues accounted for 1% of the HGV fails recorded in 2015/16 – approximately 428. According

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60 second law update: mobile phones

Since 2003 it has been illegal for a driver of any vehicle – including a commercial vehicle – to use a handheld mobile device at the wheel. But from 1 March 2017 the penalties for mobile phone use will double. Drivers will automatically receive six points on their licence instead of three, and the on-the-spot

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New edition of Lowe’s handbook for transport managers and operators

With the UK’s forthcoming exit from the EU, transport managers and operators must be up to date on the latest changes to rules and regulations governing the UK’s Road Transport Operators. The new edition of Lowe’s Transport Manager’s and Operator’s Handbook 2017 is out on 3rd February 2017. Now in its 47th edition, it is

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‘Total roads rethink’ required to solve London congestion crisis

Road pricing, a workplace parking levy and reducing restrictions on night-time deliveries could all help cut congestion, according to a new report. Calling for a radical new approach, the London Assembly says the existing congestion charge is “no longer fit for purpose” and is based on “old technology”. Instead, it wants the Mayor of London,

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RHA rejects scapegoating of HGVs

The UK’s road haulage industry has been made the scapegoat to cover the decades of under-investment in road maintenance by infrastructure providers. Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Many of our worst roads have little or no HGV traffic while many of the best are used by HGVs all the time. “Local authorities have

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DVSA Top 10: the most common offences in 2015/16

Cases where drivers and operators have been fined by the DVSA or sanctioned by the traffic commissioners are often reported by Commercialmotor.com. But what were the most common offences committed by HGV drivers and operators last year? According to the DVSA‘s vehicle enforcement data for the UK, these were the 10 most commonly reported HGV offences in

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Shopping robots on the march in Ocado

There is a growing concern about the impact of automation on employment – or in crude terms – the threat that robots will eat our jobs. But if you want to see how important robotics and artificial intelligence can be to a business Ocado is a good place to start. “Without it we simply couldn’t

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RHA fears Brexit could ‘cripple’ food supply chains

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is warning that unless the Government negotiates the right customs controls during its forthcoming Brexit talks the UK’s sensitive food supply could be ‘seriously damaged’. It believes that the current rationing of vegetables has highlighted the danger. RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Nearly 30% of all food consumed in

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FTA says Driver CPC training must remain flexible

The Freight Transport Association is concerned that proposed revisions to the European Commission’s Driver CPC Directive (Certificate of Professional Competence) could limit operators’ ability to provide relevant training for their drivers. FTA says the planned changes (which prevent refresher courses on the same subject during the five-year period) could mean specialised training required in certain

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Ocado trials robot for food picking

Ocado has been testing the feasibility of using robotic hands for the picking and packing of shopping orders at its warehouses. Alongside its robotic arm, the trial “RBO Hand 2” uses a ‘compliant gripper’ with spring-like properties – this prevents the damage or bruising of delicate food products like fruit and vegetables. The RBO Hand

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Sales boost for Ocado

Ocado is ramping up operations at its new customer fulfilment centre at Andover after increasing sales by 13.6 per cent to £1.27 billion last year. The Andover CFC started operations in November. It uses Ocado’s proprietary modular fulfilment system which the company said can pick an entire order in less than five minutes compared to

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RHA demands audits to weed out bad operators

The Road Haulage Association has called on the government to introduce an auditing system that would weed out bad HGV operators. It wants to see a major change to the operator licensing system that would see all HGV operators being thoroughly audited on a regular basis. “We need to raise the bar for road haulage

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Ban lorries from using car sat-navs, say councils

Lorry drivers should be banned from using sat-navs specifically designed for cars, council chiefs have said. The Local Government Association (LGA) wants legislation brought in to make sure lorry drivers in England and Wales use a GPS system suitable for HGVs. It wants councils to have the power to ensure drivers avoid routes where they

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FTA’s five-point plan to Keep Britain Trading

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has drawn up five priorities for customs and border arrangements to keep Britain trading post Brexit. Deputy Chief Executive James Hookham, who outlined the issues to the Home Affairs Committee in Parliament this afternoon, said avoiding costly delays was crucial – especially if Theresa May’s vision of “tariff-free and frictionless”

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FTA offers fully funded traineeships & apprenticeships to fill skills gaps

Pressures on the freight and logistics industry to deliver goods to increasingly tight timescales are being heightened by shortages of skilled HGV drivers. In fact, the industry estimates that there could be up to 35,000 vacancies for trained operators across the country. To start addressing the problem, government funding to train up to 200 HGV

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Dangerous lorries to be removed from London’s roads

Transport for London (TfL) today published world-first research, which proves that having direct vision from the cab of a lorry rather than relying on mirrors and monitors has a substantial impact on improving road safety for pedestrians and cyclists. The findings have been published as TfL launches the first consultation into the use of its

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New 24h truck refuelling site opens at Port of Liverpool

Certas Energy has opened its new HGV refuelling site at the Port of Liverpool. Following twelve weeks of construction, the site will now provide diesel, gas oil and AdBlue® for port users. High speed pumps that pump 120 litres of fuel per minute will allow eight vehicles to fill up at the same time. Andrew

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Thousands of drivers caught in mobile phone crackdown

Almost 8,000 drivers were caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel during a week-long crackdown by police. Officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland issued more than 40 fines an hour during the campaign in November. They also issued 68 court summonses, delivered hundreds of verbal warnings and identified 117 other distraction offences such

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Road pricing must focus on those who have a choice, says FTA

The London Assembly’s proposed road pricing scheme to replace the Congestion Charge should target drivers who have a choice whether to use London’s roads, says the UK’s largest transport trade organisation the Freight Transport Association (FTA). Congestion is the biggest problem facing transport in London and FTA is pleased to see it being addressed in

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Tougher sanctions for drivers’ hours falsification needed, says RHA

The RHA has called for sanctions for drivers’ hours falsification to be increased, particularly for non-GB drivers, as drivers’ hours breaches continue to top the DVSA’s list of most commonly-committed offences. Vehicle enforcement data published by the DVSA this week showed that some 46% of the 3,271 offences detected during checks of both GB- and

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Severn Crossing tolls to be cut by up to 75%

Fleet operators will benefit from cuts to Severn Crossing tolls, following the return to public ownership, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced. The Government’s proposals would see the prices paid for all vehicles halved, making a significant difference to commuters, travellers, and small businesses in particular, with some drivers seeing savings of more than 75%.

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New trailer lock guards against theft and stowaways

A patented protection system for the cargo compartments of vans and semi-trailers has been launched on the market. Called Trailerlock, the device protects the rear doors of trailers and LCVs to prevent intruders from breaking into vehicles, either while moving or while at rest in parking areas. Trailerlock – which comprises a case, anchoring bolt,

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FTA welcomes £1.2bn roads funding

The Freight Transport Association welcomes the Department for Transport’s announcement of £1.2 billion roads funding for councils, made today (13 January 2017) as investment is vital to keep Britain’s infrastructure moving – for some time, the association has been concerned about the condition of roads in the strategic road network. Increasingly members have expressed their

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Drivers lack first aid skills

Many LGV drivers may be lacking crucial first aid and road traffic incident management skills, according to the RTITB. Drivers don’t have the first aid skills they needIt said that data from the Master Driver CPC Consortium, since September 2015 showed that only two per cent of Driver CPC Periodic Training courses delivered included first

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Driver charged after HGV blown over on Forth Road Bridge

A Currie European driver has been charged after his vehicle was blown over on the Forth Road Bridge this morning, which he was crossing despite the bridge being closed to HGVs. The structure was closed to the vehicle due to high winds when the incident occurred this morning (11 January) at 2am. A spokesman for

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Lorry Drivers to Protest Against “Inhumane” Conditions

Lorry drivers are planning to stage a protest at the port of Liverpool in a row over toilet and catering facilities. The hauliers describe conditions as “inhumane” with a lack of adequate services for drivers at the end of often long journeys. The protest will take place next Friday morning outside the main entrance to

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New edition of FTA legal guide now available

The Freight Transport Association’s much respected Yearbook of Road Transport Law 2017 sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres has now been published. Compiled by FTA’s team of transport legislation experts, the Yearbook is now in its 55th edition and has been fully updated for 2017. An indispensable guide for anyone involved in the running of road transport

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Learner drivers to have motorway driving lessons

Learner drivers will be allowed to have driving lessons on motorways under new plans set out today (December 30, 2016) by transport minister Andrew Jones. Currently, it is only possible to have driving lessons on motorways after the driving test has been passed. Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme. Under

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Unite Union Blasts ‘Inadequate’ Facilities For Kent Lorry Drivers

Unite union has criticised the state of facilities for lorry drivers across the UK – highlighting a particular concern for those passing through Kent. In a statement released today, the union called for a statutory, legally-binding code of practice so drivers have adequate parking and eating facilities, decent showers and toilets. Commenting on transport minister

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M6 should be priority for Government investment, drivers tell FTA

As the festive getaway begins, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has been looking at stretches of the UK’s strategic road network that would most benefit from Government investment following the Chancellor’s commitment in his Autumn Statement to fund improvements to congestion hot spots. Philip Hammond said last month the Government would spend £1.3bn on improving

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Margaret Calvert receives an OBE

You see her work during every driving lesson you carry out. It’s so iconic it’s been copied around the world. And now, Margaret Calvert, one of the designers of the UK’s road signage system, has received an OBE for services to typography and road safety. Margaret’s work is seen by millions of people worldwide every

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RHA welcomes tougher action on drivers ignoring Red X lane closures

The Road Haulage Association strongly supports the Department for Transport’s commitment to change the law, so that fixed penalties can be imposed by the police on drivers who ignore red X lane closure signs on motorways. The announcement came today in its reply to the Commons transport select committee regarding all-lane running and is exactly

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DVLA to supply tacho data

The DVLA has agreed to supply tachograph and CPC Data to the haulage industry. The data will be made available in the New Year, alongside driving licence data already available through the Association for Driving Licence Verification. Earlier this year the ADLV surveyed 100 UK haulage fleet managers and found that 91 per cent of

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DVSA considers outsourcing part four of the Driver CPC test

The DVSA is to gauge how practical it would be for external assessors to carry out Driver CPC practical demonstrations. From early December to early January 2017 it will trial whether it would be possible to outsource part four of the Driver CPC assessment, which includes vehicle walk-around checks and safe loading, to a third

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IAM RoadSmart launches its Christmas anti-drink-drive campaign

Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has launched its Christmas anti-drink-drive campaign – recommending that drivers should drink no alcohol at all if they are getting behind the wheel, and to make the designated driver of the group the ‘hero of the road’. IAM RoadSmart maintains there is no true safe limit as to when a

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Ocado Andover fulfilment centre goes live

Online supermarket retailer is now operating from its new Andover Customer Fulfilment Centre. The site began picking and delivering customer orders early last week. The online business said it expects volumes to increase over the next few months. The site is expected to add 65,000 orders per week at an estimated cost of £45 million.

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Better news from Calais. But will it last asks the RHA

The vital cross-Channel ferry and Tunnel routes for international lorry traffic appear to be returning to normal says the Road Haulage Association. However, the concern remains that the situation may change if the increased security measures at the Port are not maintained. Removal of the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp appears to have been effective in greatly

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Transport infrastructure to benefit from Autumn Statement

Exactly five months on from the decision to leave the European Union, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his first Autumn Statement. Mr Hammond confirmed that significant funds will be granted to improve road networks, develop digital infrastructure and support local transport networks and declared that “devolution remains at the heart of this Government’s

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Drivers urged to take vital sight test this Road Safety Week

With an estimated 2,900[1] road casualties caused by poor vision every year the Optical Confederation (OC) is joining forces with charity Brake to urge drivers to take a sight test this Road Safety Week. From 21 – 27 November the OC is raising awareness of the impact poor vision can have on driving as part

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More retailers reckon there’s no profit in Black Friday

The number of UK retailers that see Black Friday as an unprofitable and unsustainable promotion has doubled over the past 12 months, according to LCP Consulting’s latest report “The Future of Retail”. There is now just over a week to go to Black Friday 2016 (25th November), but some 61 per cent of retailers now

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Police launch week-long nationwide crackdown on mobile phone use at the wheel

Police forces this week are cracking down on mobile phone use by drivers in targeted operations to stop drivers from using handheld phones while driving. Operations include: dedicated patrols by officers using unmarked vans, helmet cams, high-seated vehicles and high vantage points to catch offenders, combined shifts with police officers and paramedics to educate people

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RHA welcomes government commitment to tackle illegal lorry parking

The Road Haulage Association has welcomed the government’s commitment to tackle illegal lorry parking but the issue can only be solved by better, legal parks to help drivers who are often desperate to find parking for their legal breaks. “Finding a safe and secure place to park, either over-night or during statutory rest periods is

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Amazon drivers ‘work illegal hours’

Amazon delivery drivers regularly work “illegal” hours and receive less than the minimum wage, it has been claimed. Drivers for agencies contracted by the internet giant told an undercover reporter they were expected to deliver up to 200 parcels a day. Some admitted breaking speed limits to stay on schedule, while others said time was

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Keep the UK competitive, FTA tells Chancellor

Britain’s ability to move goods around the world without additional cost or red tape must be a priority for the Chancellor, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) said in its submission to HM Treasury before this month’s Autumn Statement. FTA welcomed the Government’s recent announcement to back a third runway at Heathrow, which will be vital

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If you’re behind the wheel, leave your phone alone says RHA

Despite the Road Haulage Association’s constant calls for increased deterrents to eradicate the use of hand held mobile phones while driving, it’s still happening as reported in today’s Daily Mail. September’s report from the RAC highlighted the dangers of this practice and we fully support tougher penalties for those using hand-held phones while driving. “This

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Lorry driver jailed over four-death crash

A lorry driver who killed a mother and three children while distracted by his phone has been jailed for 10 years. Tracy Houghton, 45, died instantly along with her sons Ethan, 13, and Joshua, 11, and her partner’s daughter Aimee Goldsmith, also 11, when Tomasz Kroker smashed into stationary traffic. Judge Maura McGowan said his

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FTA Driver Shortage Report: analysis highlights reliance on EU nationals

A new analysis of professional drivers by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) released today shows a drop in driver shortages across the UK but highlights the sector’s reliance on staff from the European Union. The independent ‘Driver Shortage: issues and trends’ report, prepared for FTA by RepGraph Ltd, calculates the shortfall between the number of

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Improvement scheme announced for M4, M5 and A1

Highways England is to part-fund road improvement schemes worth up to £20 million to facilitate new housing in the South West and North East. The improvements to the M4 and M5/A30 will allow development of more than 3,300 homes and create more than 6,000 jobs for people living in Swindon, Exeter and Weston-super-Mare. The Transport

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Van drivers vote HGV drivers the best in new study

Nearly two-third (60 per cent) of van drivers believe they are made a scapegoat for perceived poor driving standards on UK roads, new research has revealed. According to a study1 by TomTom Telematics, fewer than one in ten van drivers (nine per cent) have been involved in a road traffic collision in the last 12

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FTA says Juppé’s call to move border would cause cross-Channel chaos

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has stressed the importance of retaining border controls in Calais in the wake of comments by presidential candidate Alain Juppé that they should be moved back to Dover due to the ‘disastrous’ image that the migrant issues are presenting of Calais and France. FTA has consistently called for the Le

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Government to revisit distance based lorry road user charge

The government is to look again at introducing a lorry road user charge, based on the distance travelled. The charge for HGVs would be considered along with a possible reduction in the level of fuel duty lorries pay. Commenting, Road Haulage Association director of policy Jack Semple said: “Such a project has the potential to

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Drivers requiring medicals waiting up to 31 weeks for licences

Drivers waiting for HGV licence renewals after taking the DVLA medical check face delays of up to 31 weeks due to a backlog of cases, CM has learnt. Firms are warning that the delays are exacerbating the driver shortage, particularly among drivers over 65 who are required to take a medical each year to retain

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Self-driving vehicles tested in UK public space for the first time

The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) in Milton Keynes has successfully tested its self-driving vehicles in public for the first time in the UK. The demonstration of a UK developed autonomous driving system marked the conclusion of the LUTZ Pathfinder Project, which has been developing the technology for the past 18 months. The project team has

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FTA disappointed at Mayor’s plans to bring forward ULEZ plans

The Freight Transport Association has reacted with disappointment to revised plans published by London Mayor Sadiq Khan today detailing proposals which could bring forward the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and its expansion. Under the proposals, a London-wide Euro VI requirement for lorries could now be introduced in 2019. FTA had previously warned

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EU staff are vital to logistics sector, FTA Chief tells Transport Secretary

Freight Transport Association (FTA) Chief Executive David Wells today told Transport Secretary Chris Grayling that EU workers are as vital to the logistics industry as they are to the NHS and construction sector. Mr Wells met the Mr Grayling to outline the Association’s priorities to ensure Britain’s businesses stay competitive post Brexit. FTA has more

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Haulage companies get Workplace Pension scheme warning

Haulage companies are amongst the 1.8 million businesses that need to establish and enrol their employees on to a Workplace Pension scheme by 2018, to avoid heavy fines, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Some may need to act even faster.stage-fright Ahead of Halloween 2016, FSB has identified what it’s calling ‘stage fright’

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Delivering in London is tougher than ever, say operators

Ninety-six per cent of transport operators questioned by FTA say delivering in London is harder than five years ago – with congestion, restricted delivery times and an excessive number of compliance schemes among the reasons. A survey by the Freight Transport Association in partnership with Road Transport Media (RTM) quizzed operators on their experiences in

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HGV cab catches almost 2,700 dangerous drivers on England’s roads

Irresponsible drivers have been caught breaking the law and endangering lives in a new safety initiative. Over the past 16 months, almost 2,700 drivers have been stopped for unsafe driving by a HGV cab, loaned by Highways England to police forces across England. Footage has now been released, taken by Cheshire Police, of a driver

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Life on the road as a female lorry driver

The haulage industry has a shortage of drivers, so the government is urging companies to encourage more women to get behind the wheel. But what’s life on the road like for a female trucker? “I’ve never been out on a job by myself before,” says Leonie John, as she smoothly pulls her 44-tonne truck out

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London mayor threatens to ban ‘unsafe’ HGVs

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he will ban the ‘most dangerous’ HGVs in the capital by 2020 in a pledge to cut down on cyclist and pedestrian deaths. TFL’s Direct Vision Standard will use a ‘star rating’, ranging from zero to five, based on how much visibility the driver has from the cab.

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DfT to increase maximum weight allowance for alternatively-fuelled trucks

The DfT plans to remove the payload disadvantage facing operators using alternatively-fuelled trucks on UK roads by increasing their maximum authorised weight by up to 1 tonne. An update to an EU weights and dimensions directive coming into force in May 2017 means operators undertaking international journeys will automatically receive this extra weight allowance. However,

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Educating drivers on smart motorways is key, says FTA

It is important to concentrate on educating drivers on the safe use of smart motorways, the Freight Transport Association has said following a statement by the House of Commons Transport Committee. Smart motorways use technology to actively manage traffic, keeping vehicles flowing freely and increasing the capacity of the road by either temporarily or permanently

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UK’s slowest motorway has an average speed of 24mph

The M606 has been named the slowest motorway in the UK, with an average speed of 24.62mph, according to RAM Tracking. Using tracking software in commercial vehicles across the country, the average speeds were captured from the January 1, 2016, to June 30, 2016, from which the data has been split into the north and

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National Lorry Week Next Generation Hailed As A Great Success

National Lorry Week 2016, with its focus on ‘The Next Generation’ was an unprecedented success with a huge array of events taking place across the UK. This year’s events followed on from a successful Parliamentary reception at the House of Commons on 14 September, which saw an impressive 28 MPs attend to show their support

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FTA encourages drivers and cyclists to Think! at left turns

As the Government launches its new cycle safety campaign, the Freight Transport Association is taking the opportunity to remind drivers and cyclists to be aware of the blind spot on the left side of a truck. The Department for Transport’s latest Think! safety campaign is launched today, encouraging cyclists to hang back at junctions so

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RHA National Lorry Week already a phenomenal success

Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “ Based on the success of last year’s event, we were confident that Love the Lorry 2016 would be just as good but we didn’t realise just how successful this year’s event would be. We’re only one day in and already the response from members has been phenomenal.

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Hands-free and hand-held phone use is quite different says RHA

Don’t confuse hands-free with using hand-held mobile phones while driving”, says Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett. Richard-Burnett-web1We welcome the RAC’s new report that highlights the dangers of using hand-held mobile phones while driving and fully support increased penalties for all drivers using hand-held phones while driving and also support calls for improved enforcement

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Repetitive CPC training could ‘threaten future of profession’

DVSA data has shown that LGV drivers are repeating the same driver CPC training topics. RTITB has warned that this could threaten the future of the profession, with drivers missing opportunities for continued development. “It’s a real concern that so many of the course topics that are currently being chosen for Driver CPC are the

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Hauliers feeling effect of Brexit vote, says survey

More than a third of hauliers (35%) have felt an effect from the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer. The latest quarterly report surveyed more than 900 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). In comparison, when all the UK’s SMEs in the survey were asked if they had

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RHA to play a key role in solving Calais crisis

The Road Haulage Association has been asked to come up with a solution to end the deteriorating security situation in the Calais area. At a meeting in the town on Friday, the region’s President Xavier Bertrand asked RHA chief executive Richard Burnett to work with French hauliers on a plan of action – to be

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Foreign drivers must be pursued for unpaid toll charges, says FTA

Foreign drivers who don’t pay the Dart Charge should be pursued as actively as those in the UK, says the Freight Transport Association (FTA). A Freedom of Information request by BBC Radio Kent has revealed that almost a quarter of foreign registered vehicles are failing to pay the charge for using the Dartford Crossing. Figures

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More efficient lorries cut road congestion and improve air quality

Up to 90,000 journeys avoided as lorries deliver extra road capacity Up to 10.6 million vehicle kilometres cut reducing congestion Air quality improved as CO₂ emissions reduced Up to 90,000 lorry journeys have been cut under a pilot scheme on Britain’s roads, which has led to cleaner air, and reduced congestion. The government’s trial project

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Calais blockade – drivers will be target for migrant attacks

The planned blockade of the major routes in and out of Calais will make drivers a sitting target for migrant attacks, warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA). Organised by French transport operators, local businesses and agricultural workers from the area, the protest involving at least 60 trucks and over 100 farm vehicles will completely block

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Know the height of your HGV, warns FTA

The FTA has reminded hauliers that drivers must always know the height of their load after an HGV carrying a digger collided with a footbridge over the M20 at the weekend. The motorway was closed for more than 24 hours after the digger hit a bridge on the London-bound carriageway between junctions 4 and 3

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FTA highlights impact of Calais blockade to organisers

FTA met with one of the organisers of Monday’s blockade in Calais to highlight its potential impact on the UK transport and logistics industry. Main routes into the French town will be completely blocked throughout the day as more than 60 trucks and 100 agricultural vehicles create a rolling roadblock on the A16 from Boulogne

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RHA National Lorry Week 2016 – Get up close and personal with a truck

Following the resounding success of National Lorry Week 2015, this year’s event promises to be even bigger. Taking place between the 19 – 24th of September, the awareness week will take the theme of ‘The Next Generation’ and has been developed to engage with schoolchildren and college students to highlight the wide range of employment

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MPs report on driver shortage

The House of Commons transport committee has published its report on skills and workforce planning in the road haulage sector, which includes recommendations on how the current driver shortage should be addressed. “For every driver the sector needs there are three people in the UK with a valid LGV licence who could do the work,

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Ladies wanting to take up truck driving on the rise

Over 79% of ladies are keen to get behind the wheel of a lorry, and there is a rise in younger women wanting to take up driving – according to FTA figures. A Twitter poll carried out by the Freight Transport Association, asked ladies if they were willing to drive a 44-tonne truck as less

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Self loading truck to debut at Hanover

A truck that can automatically drive itself into a bay for loading or unloading could save drivers critical time and reduce the risk of accident or injury, claims the manufacturer. The self-loading feature is among a series of autonomous technologies to be found on Knorr-Bremse’s ‘Future Truck’ concept, which will make its debut at next

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Britain’s most dangerous roundabouts revealed

Eight of the ten most dangerous roundabouts in Britain are located in London, according to road accident data from the past six years. The roundabout outside London’s Elephant and Castle station led the list with 163 road accidents recorded on the roundabout between 2009 and 2015. Central Birmingham’s Bordesley Circus tied with Newham’s Royal Dock

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Lifting 370 miles of roadworks helping deliver August Bank Holiday

The Freight Transport Association has applauded the removal of over 370 miles of roadworks from our roads next weekend, saying the move will ease the journeys for drivers across the August Bank Holiday. A Highways England announcement states that almost 98 per cent of England’s motorway and major ‘A’ roads, will have no roadworks, as

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A1 improvements could create safer, quicker and more reliable journeys

Upgrading the A1 in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire could cut congestion and help reduce the environmental impact, a new study suggests. The A1 east of England strategic study, which was commissioned by the Department for Transport, shows the need for improvements to be made to parts of the 62-mile section between London and Peterborough. Transport

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DfT figures prove road freight industry is more efficient than ever

Department for Transport (DfT) figures out today show continued improvements in the efficiency of HGV, helping meet the growing demand for delivery of goods across the UK. The DfT road freight activity statistics for 2015 show the amount goods were transported on the UK’s roads increased by 12% last year – but the logistics industry

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Options for Oxford-to-Milton Keynes link road outlined in DfT study

A new link road between Oxford and Milton Keynes would improve journey times by up to 30 minutes and support local economic growth, so says a new study published by the Department for Transport (DfT). The report suggests three possible road routes connecting the two cities, passing by Aylesbury, or Bicester and Buckingham. A sub-route

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Loughborough University research pinpoints most dangerous HGV designs

HGVs with high cabs have the most blind spots and pose the greatest risk to vulnerable road users, research by Loughborough University has found. Transport for London (TfL) commissioned the study to understand blind spots across HGVs as they are disproportionately involved in collisions involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in the capital city. The research

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What lorry drivers can’t see even with mirrors

It’s a question your life could depend on: do you know what a truck driver can’t see from behind the wheel? The answer may come as a bit of a shock to many of the millions of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who have to share roads with HGVs. For lorry drivers have blind spots all

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RHA hails new proposals for lorry driver funding support

An improved funding package for apprentices in the transport sector has been proposed that will open up even more opportunities for smaller firms. From April 2017, lorry driving apprentices will attract government support of up to £4,500, with an additional £2,000 depending on the age of the individual. Importantly, the funding obligation on smaller firms

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Ocado opens East of England depot

Online Grocer Ocado has taken a 48,000 sq ft warehouse in Peterborough, which it will use as a depot to serve the East of England. Ocado opens East of England depotUnit 3 at Darlows Business Centre in Peterborough was formerly occupied by City Link and has been taken by Ocado on a 15-year lease. Ocado,

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Operation Stack plans must solve future road problems in Kent

As the consultation for plans to build a major new lorry area in Kent to tackle disruption caused by Operation Stack was launched today, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says that the solution must put a stop to future problems on Kent’s roads. The Highways England consultation will last until 23 September. Contributors are encouraged

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How HGV drivers can help save the lives of traffic accident victims

Every day, victims of road traffic accidents die needlessly because individuals immediately at the scene don’t know the basics of first aid. Many deaths occur from little more than a blocked airway, a condition that, with the right training, is relatively easy to treat. Death from a blocked airway occurs in about 4 minutes –

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Driver shortage will hit UK pockets, warns FSDF

CEO of The Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF), Chris Sturman, has said that “unless there is immediate action, the impact of driver shortages will start to hit the pockets of the people of Great Britain.” The comment follows the publication of a Transport Committee report that found truck driver recruitment and training inadequate. “The

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Northants service stations targeted in haulage crime

Watford Gap and Rothersthorpe motorway services on the M1 have been targeted for haulage crime in the past two weeks, with wine and clothing stolen. RHA and NaVCIS (National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service) are working closely with RoadChef on crime reduction, so please report ALL incidents, however minor, to both staff at the service area

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Morrisons renegotiates Ocado contract

Morrisons has re-negotiated its contract with Ocado to lift the restrictions on store pick, cancel the profit share agreement and reduce the Research & Development fee. The retailer said the new deal would enable Morrisons.com to grow profitably in the UK. Ocado will develop a store pick solution for Morrisons.com. Prior restrictions will be lifted,

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No plans to scrap Driver CPC after Brexit

The government has said it has no plans to scrap the Driver CPC after Brexit. Responding to a question from CM about whether the Driver CPC would be kept, scrapped or amended, a spokesman for the DfT said : “Lorry drivers help keep Britain moving and play a vital role in boosting growth and prosperity

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Driver retention remains key issue for transport firms

Driver retention is the biggest challenge facing transport operators, according the survey of SMEs by Close Brothers. It found that businesses experienced 20 per cent driver turnover on average last year. More than one third (36 per cent) said that the main reasons for drivers moving on were higher salaries and improved benefits. A further

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Lack of healthy snacks is top frustration for lorry drivers

Finding a healthy snack while out on the UK’s road network every day is one of the biggest frustrations facing commercial drivers, according to research by RAC Truck Rescue. Of the 500 UK businesses surveyed, 41% said lorry drivers have reported this as their top roadside gripe. This compares to around one in five (21%)

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RHA to represent the haulage industry in cartel claim

The Road Haulage Association has sought legal advice and intends to honour its commitment to its members by pursuing the case for compensation from the truck manufacturers who have been identified as being involved in a coordinated truck price fixing cartel. RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “As the representative body with sole responsibility for

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DVSA collects £1.2m in HGV Road User Levy fines

The DVSA has collected more than £1.2m in roadside fines from foreign-registered operators for non-payment of the HGV Road User Levy. Some 4,058 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were issued to HGVs that had not paid the road user charge, while fines taken at the roadside totalled £1.22m, the DVSA said in its annual report and

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FTA poll confirms driver shortage fears

Low wages, inadequate roadside facilities and poor public perception all contribute to the road transport industry’s driver shortage crisis – and a Twitter poll conducted by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) confirmed that most parents don’t want their children to become truckers. FTA asked ‘would you encourage your son or daughter to become a truck

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Amazon to trial drone deliveries in UK

Delivery-by-drone took another step to becoming a reality after the UK government granted Amazon permission to trial the technology. The online retail giant is hoping to understand how drones can be used safely and reliably in the logistics industry, with the eventual goal of delivering parcels within 30 minutes. Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president of

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FTA backs call for decent facilities for drivers

“Decent parking facilities providing basic needs for lorry drivers are a must” – says the Freight Transport Association. Reacting to the Transport Focus – ‘Take a break – Road users’ views about roadside facilities’ report – FTA stated that it supports the view that it needs Highways England, local and national Government to work with

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RHA National Lorry Week 2016

Monday 19 September 2016 until Saturday 24 September 2016 ‘The Next Generation’ is the theme of the second annual National Lorry Week – awareness events will take place across the country between 19-24 September. It’s your chance get the UK to Love the Lorry! Source RHA

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UK haulage industry is the victim of price fixing cartel says RHA

The Road Haulage Association says the entire UK haulage industry is victim of the lorry price fixing cartel which has been heavily fined. European truck manufacturers are facing a record fine of 2.93 billion euros for inflating the price of new lorries – and costing haulage operators millions of pounds. There is widespread anger among

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EU low-emission strategy a step in the right direction – says FTA

Responding to the European Commission’s low-emission mobility strategy announced today – the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said that the proposed measures are a step in the right direction to reducing freight carbon emissions. Elements of the Communication have been welcomed by the FTA which noted that the strategy does not focus on only one

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Sadiq Khan boosts pollution fund to tackle London toxic air hotspots

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is to help some of London’s most polluted boroughs implement new hard-hitting measures to tackle toxic air quality hot spots and filthy emission fumes with an £11m fund. Five ‘Low Emission Neighbourhoods’ will be set up across eight boroughs, with pollution-busting measures including strict new penalties for the most

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FTA chief calls on PM to prioritise logistics in Brexit

Freight Transport Association (FTA) Chief Executive David Wells has called on the new Prime Minister to prioritise the logistics industry in Brexit negotiations to ensure goods can move freely between the UK and the rest of the world. In a letter to the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Mr Wells said the UK economy relies

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New transport secretary comments on HS2 and runway capacity

The new transport secretary, Chris Grayling, says he does not intend to scrap the high-speed HS2 rail project. The initial plan is for a new line from London to Birmingham, with later extensions to Manchester and Leeds. Mr Grayling told BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend: “I have no plans to back away from

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Driving test changes to ‘better reflect real-life driving’

Changes to the driving test will better reflect real-life driving, says the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). The proposals are to: Increase the ‘independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes Ask candidates to follow directions on a sat nav as an alternative to following road signs Replace current manoeuvres such

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Improved roadworks information vital so operators can plan ahead, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association agrees that Highways England has made a positive start in its first year but the association would like to see a better flow of information on forthcoming roadworks so that operators can plan ahead. FTA’s comments followed publication of the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) first annual assessment of Highways

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Consultation on driverless vehicle regulations a positive step, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says this week’s announcement by the Department for Transport (DfT) of a consultation on driverless cars is a positive step. As well as setting out regulatory changes to better facilitate the use of driverless vehicles in the future, the document also restates the potential positives from HGV platooning. The document

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Top priorities for hauliers post-Brexit

According to an FTA survey, the top three priorities for hauliers after Brexit are: continued full access to the Single Market, tariff-free access for goods and the preservation of access to the Single Market for services. Top priorities for hauliers post-BrexitMaintaining the ability to continue hiring non-UK drivers who have the right to work in

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RHA calls for new penalty regime for Red X driving offences

The Road Haulage Association calls on the government to introduce a camera-based fixed penalty regime for those drivers who ignore Red X lane closures on motorways. Commenting, RHA director of policy Jack Semple said: “We do not make a habit of calling for new penalties for drivers but, in this case, the law has fallen

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Free electric vehicle parking space for thousands in Milton Keynes

Transport Minister visits Milton Keynes to launch 15,000 free parking spaces for electric vehicles as part of the town’s Go Ultra Low City scheme. Andrew Jones was in Milton Keynes today (7 July 2016) to see how £9 million of government funding for electric cars is delivering a major boost to the city’s economy and

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Road Safety Laws: Are You Being Compliant?

Road safety laws are put in place to ensure that everyone is safe on the roads – that includes those driving for pleasure or work – whether that is a motorbike, car, van or truck. We know the general laws of the road such as ensuring your vehicle is regularly examined for road-worthiness and sticking

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Free guidance on safe trailer coupling and uncoupling published

The Freight Transport Association has been instrumental in the drafting of new guidance, published today, on the safe coupling, uncoupling and parking of commercial vehicles and trailers. The ‘Safe coupling and uncoupling guide’ is intended to assist employers, those who control sites where coupling and uncoupling is undertaken by users of large goods vehicles, managers,

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FTA says lorry area announcement will end misery on Kent’s roads

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the announcement of a new lorry area to solve the problems caused by Operation Stack will ease pressure on Kent’s roads and keep businesses moving. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced a site for 3,600 trucks at Stanford West – FTA’s preferred location – as a long-term solution to the

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Severn Bridges toll announcement is success for fairness

Transport Minister Andrew Jones’s announcement that the Severn Bridges won’t be a “cash-making exercise” when they return to public ownership has been hailed as a big win for the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and its members. FTA last month hosted a Severn Bridge Summit at Westminster attended by the Minister and other MPs which called

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London Mayor sets out ‘Clean Air Action Plan’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has set out his ‘Clean Air Action Plan’, in which the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone is brought forward to 2019 from 2020. The key points in the plan include: Implementing a £10 Emissions Surcharge (dubbed the ‘T-charge’) on the most polluting vehicles entering central London from 2017. The

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FTA’s ABC Guide to Brexit

A week after the EU Referendum result, the Freight Transport Association has identified the top ten crunch issues for British logistics as the country prepares to leave the European Single Market. These will be the issues that FTA will be closely monitoring and influencing over the coming months to protect the interests of its members

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Reform of LGV test will bring more flexibility

The Department for Transport (DfT) has outlined plans to improve the large goods vehicle (LGV) test in its motoring services strategy. The 27-page report, Safe, Secure, Sustainable: The Motoring Services Agencies, outlines proposals for changes to the way the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Vehicle Certification

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Nine in 10 hauliers want online CPC and tacho checking

A survey of over 100 senior UK haulage fleet managers, conducted by the Association for Driving Licence Verification, has shown that 91% of respondents want CPC & Tacho data to be available alongside online driving licence checks. They also believe that its inclusion would eliminate the industry’s current but imprecise reliance on visual data checking.

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EC considering more regulation for van operators

The European Commission (EC) intends to tighten the rules for van operators and bring them into line with the regulations that govern the HGV industry. The EC is seeking the industry’s thoughts on extending the requirements for financial standing, good repute, cabotage and professional competence to cover vehicles weighing less than 3.5 tonnes GVW, as

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RHA calls for Brexit clarification

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett has contacted every member of the association to reassure them that following the news that the UK is to leave the EU, the association is calling upon the government to clarify the situation for road hauliers. In his letter he says: “Whichever way you cast your vote last week, the

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Logistics industry not prepared for Brexit

Fewer than one in five logistics organisations had a post-Brexit plan in case the UK voted to leave the European Union, a Logistics Manager survey has revealed. The referendum vote to leave the EU was described as an “earthquake moment” by Road Haulage Association chief Richard Burnett. But Logistics Manager’s quarterly trends survey found that

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FTA says exit negotiations must ensure the goods keep moving

Following the announcement of a ‘leave’ result in the EU referendum, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says coming out of union risks new costs, restrictions and bureaucratic requirements being imposed on moving goods in and out of Europe. These additional burdens could add costs for FTA members and disrupt the UK’s supply chains. The Government

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Participants needed for online study into safety of HGV operations

Transport for London (TfL) wants to speak to employees who are responsible for health and safety management in an organisation with one or more HGVs. The study, conducted by TRL, will help TfL further understand the safety of HGV operations in London and nationally. Participants will be required to complete a short online survey, which

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IMechE statement misrepresents freight issues, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association has rejected assertions in a press release issued today by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers regarding its report ‘UK Freight: In for the long haul?’ The press release leads on claims that up to 30% of all road haulage vehicles on UK roads are empty, and that there are an average

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60-second law update: health and safety

Operators have been warned about more significant fines being imposed on businesses in the case of a fatality or injury at work, as well as the importance of proper coupling and uncoupling procedures and likely changes to maximum pallet weights. Tougher fines Following the publication of new sentencing guidelines that came into force on 1

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Women in Logistics award winners revealed

A director overseeing a £30m budget, a leader organising aid to war-torn countries and a young leader helping 15,000 drivers improve their road safety habits were the big winners at the Women in Logistics awards. The winners of the awards were revealed at the Annual Charity Ball and Awards Night. The Leader of the Year

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Video: Leave or Remain? BREXIT & the impact on UK logistics

If the UK leaves the European Union, how do you think it will affect the future of the UK logistics industry? In this exclusive video, logistics business leaders share their answers to this difficult question. In or Out? BREXIT & the impact on UK logistics Tony Wallis, Commercial Director, Toyota Material Handling UK Mike Alibone,

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RHA survey highlights split on Brexit

A survey by the Road Haulage Association has highlighted the divide between large and small hauliers over Britain’s membership of the EU. The majority of companies running larger fleets of vehicles wanted to remain, seizing 80 per cent of the vote. Only 17 per cent of those larger companies felt they would benefit from leaving

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FTA says enforcement not legislation is the answer

The Freight Transport Association says effective enforcement of vans must come before new laws following the announcement of three new European Commission consultations. The EC yesterday released the first of the three consultations about changes to operator licensing which poses a range of questions about the way two key pieces of transport legislation work and

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Face to face: cyclists and lorry drivers

Cyclists and lorry drivers have met at the House of Commons to work out an action plan to find common ground on what measures could reduce accident rates without affecting businesses. The round table convened by HGVtraining.co.uk, which has just produced some research which suggests that: * 24 per cent of Britons believe cyclists are

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Polish driver sentenced for having firearm

A truck driver has been given a suspended prison sentence after being caught with a stun gun in his cab. Polish driver Krystian Mieloch was stopped as he arrived at King George Dock in Hull on a ferry from Rotterdam on 20 December 2015. Border Force officers conducted a vehicle search and found a dual-purpose

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Clarity needed on future of Severn bridges, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called on members of the Welsh Affairs Committee to press the Government for clearer information about the future of the Severn crossings, which return to public ownership in 2018. FTA appeared before the Welsh Affairs Committee in Chepstow alongside FTA member Owens Group to give evidence about the two

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FTA calls for postponement of French minimum wage rule

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called for urgent postponement of a new employment law in France which means all foreign road workers visiting the country have to carry documents to prove they earn the French minimum wage. From 1 July, foreign vehicles operating on French soil will have to implement new reporting requirements to

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FTA publishes updated guide to truck turning and manoeuvring

By popular demand, the Freight Transport Association has published a new, updated edition of Designing for Deliveries, the longstanding guide to truck turning and manoeuvring for architects, planners and engineers designing and evaluating service areas and access roads for commercial vehicles. The new 2016 edition updates the standards for the latest vehicle changes including the

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FTA says safety must be priority when using mobile phones

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says safety must be a priority following new research that shows using a hands-free kit is as distracting as holding a mobile phone while driving. A University of Sussex study found that conversations could cause the driver to use the part of the brain that normally watches the road to

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DVSA plans to commence earned recognition scheme in early 2017

The DVSA plans to launch its earned recognition scheme in early 2017. It will reward operators with fewer compliance checks in return for access to their compliance data, which will help the agency focus its resources on the seriously and serially non-compliant. Speaking at the Woodfines Road Transport Conference in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, the DVSA’s compliance

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FTA says ‘Vans more important than ever’

The van and its driver are vital to the UK economy with more than four million of them on the road according to the FTA Logistics Report 2016. It shows the dramatic shift in the way the public shops; by the end of 2015, retailers predicted they would be delivering more than 860 million parcels

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Women in Logistics finalists named

Women in Logistics has revealed the final shortlist of the most influential individuals and businesses that will be bidding for a much sought-after award on 17th June. Seventeen finalists now have their eyes on just four prizes, which will celebrate the brightest and most ambitious stars from the sector as well as the company doing

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Death of road worker prompts HSE warning to HGV drivers

HGV drivers are frequently putting lives at risk by not following basic safety procedures when coupling and uncoupling vehicles, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned. The workplace health and safety regulator urged drivers to apply parking brakes and use (or retrofit) warning alarms to avoid a repeat of an incident in January 2015

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New resurfacing method lays record amount of road in one night

The new method being trialled by Highways England has led to over 1,100 tonnes of road surface being laid in one night – four times higher than average. A single crew from contractors Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald carried out the work on a two-mile stretch of the M6 between junctions 28 and 27 near Leyland

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Drivers unaware of how dangerous they are on the road

A new report by Hitachi Capital shows nine in 10 drivers consider themselves to be “safer than most” despite 95% of crashes being caused by driver error. Speeding, adjusting the satnav, using handheld mobiles, driving under the influence and being overconfident are just some of the driver habits identified in the report. Two-thirds of respondents

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Bridge heights wrong!

Bridge height signs may over-state the clearance available for trucks, leading to disastrous consequences. The RHA has learned that a study by Transport for London has shown that one in four low bridges have incorrect height markings. It is believed that errors are likely nationwide and highway authorities are to carry out urgent reviews. The

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FTA warns against prolonging Operation Stack misery for Kent residents

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is concerned that the recommendations from the House of Commons Transport Committee could prolong the misery suffered by Kent residents during Operation Stack. FTA understands the concerns expressed today in the Committee’s report, but there needs to be a suitable alternative to implementing Operation Stack on the M20 in Kent.

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Descent of the machines: Volvo’s robot mining trucks get rolling

In a disused military aircraft hangar buried deep in a granite hillside, Johan Tofeldt flicks a switch on the future of mining. “Look, no hands!” he beams, as the truck lurches backwards and executes a precise reverse. “It’s a little heavy on the clutch, but then it’s not designed for driver comfort.” The cheerful Swede

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FTA helps drivers stay one step ahead in France

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is helping drivers plan ahead with live updates on the fuel shortages in France thanks to the country’s English-speaking newspaper Connexion France. Up to half of France’s 10,000 filling stations have run dry or are short of fuel due to protests at refineries over new labour laws. FTA members have

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Winners of 2016 FTA Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards announced

The winners of this year’s Freight Transport Association (FTA) Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards have been announced. Celebrating the successes of 22 women who work in the UK transport and logistics industry, the annual FTA Everywoman Awards ceremony was held at the Hilton on Park Lane. Among the judging panel was FTA’s chief executive

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Beverley Bell: driver responsible in an autonomous truck

A driver behind the wheel of an autonomous vehicle will not see their legal standing altered if they are in an accident, said senior traffic commissioner (TC) Beverley Bell. Speaking at the Multimodal show in Birmingham last week, the TC for the North West told delegates: “It’s quite clear. The driver is in control. The

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Mayor hits hauliers with air pollution challenges

Newly-elected London mayor Sadiq Khan has dealt freight operators a triple whammy of tough air quality proposals for entering the capital, one week after taking up his position at City Hall. A pending consultation will include a series of measures to drive down harmful emissions from road transport across the capital. These include extendingthe Ultra-Low

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Will Whitehorn becomes CILT President in the UK

CILT officially welcomed its new president Will Whitehorn FCILT at the CILT President’s Inauguration Lunch. Over 100 guests joined the Institute and Will Whitehorn at the Amba Hotel, Charing Cross, London on Friday 20th May. During his first speech as CILT(UK) President for 2016/17, Will said: “Great change is upon us,” as he made reference

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Drivers face up to 90 minutes of delays in bank holiday traffic

Drivers could face 90 minutes of delays in traffic this bank holiday weekend, according to traffic data firm Inrix. With a high volume of holidaymakers set to take to the UK’s roads and National Rail delivering over 30 engineering projects during the bank holiday weekend, drivers can expect delays of up to 90 minutes on

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French protests leave UK lorries ‘running dry’

Blockades on French motorway and protests at fuel refineries have left UK lorry drivers struggling to fill their tanks, the Freight Transport Association has warned. fuel-2741_960_720According to the association, many of the petrol stations near the Port of Calais have run dry, leaving its members to visit ‘several stations before finding fuel and being allowed

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Tim Waples appointed as new BITA President

Tim Waples, Vice President and CEO of Doosan Industrial Vehicles UK Group Companies has been appointed as the new President of the British Industrial Truck Association, formally receiving the badge of office at BITA’s recent AGM. Tim is no stranger to BITA having previously been President from 2010-12 – and is a major figure in

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New figures prove vans are vital to UK economy

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says news that van numbers have exceeded four million for the first time in the UK is proof of their huge contribution to the logistics industry and the UK economy. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced today that a total of 4,007,331 vans are now in use

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TomTom launches Traffic Checker app

TomTom is aiming to solve the ‘commuter dilemma’ with its new free app that gives customized traffic reports to help drivers avoid jams. It’s called TomTom Traffic Checker and it is available now, for Android and Apple devices, as part of the updated TomTom MyDrive app. Corinne Vigreux, co-founder and managing director of TomTom consumer,

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FTA warns motorists to be aware of dangers of prescription drugs

Drink driving limits are well known but many drivers may be unaware of changes to the law in England and Wales on medications including diazepam and temazepam. Limits were introduced for eight commonly-prescribed drugs and anyone whose driving is impaired through exceeding the limit can face prosecution. The penalty for drug driving is the same

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London air plan could drive companies out of business, says FTA

Air quality proposals from new London mayor Sadiq Khan would add substantial cost to all London businesses and potentially put some small companies out of work altogether, the Freight Transport Association has warned. Khan plans to launch a consultation on a package of proposals including: * Extending the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the North

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FTA says planned motoring services reforms will deliver greater flexibility

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says long-awaited reforms to allow qualified experts in the private sector to conduct Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) tests came a step closer today with the publication of the Department for Transport’s Motoring Services Strategy. The DfT report outlines proposals for changes to the way the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

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Secretary of State for Transport gets to grips with driverless technology

Secretary of state for Transport, The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP has today visited Milton Keynes based Innovation Centre Transport Systems Catapult to learn about the latest transport innovations being developed by the organisation. Patrick met with TSC CEO Steve Yianni and was introduced to technologies including social media sentiment mapping, virtual city planning and

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Localism ‘could impose multiple HGV standards’

Ray Ashworth, the managing director of DAF Trucks, has warned that growing concerns about road safety and air pollution, combined with increasing ‘localism’ in regional government, may lead to a nightmare situation whereby five or six British cities might be able to impose arbitrary local standards regarding truck design and emissions. Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby

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Transport firms in favour of National Living Wage

The Close Brothers business barometer today revealed that nearly three quarters (72%) of SMEs in the transport sector welcome the new UK National Living Wage which came into force on April 1, 2016. The new rate of £7.20 per hour for workers aged over 25 is a rise of 50p on the current national minimum

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FTA everywoman finalists revealed

The names of the 2016 FTA everywoman in transport and logistics awards finalists have been revealed.  The finalists include: Rising Star of the Year Award Awarded to a woman aged under 30 who is excelling in her career. Jodie Hartley, Transport Operations Manager, Yodel, from Hatfield Amy McNamara, Transport FLM, DHL Primark, from Northampton Rachel

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Ashford International is voted Britain’s Best Truck Stop

Ashford International Truckstop on Westerbrook Avenue, M20 (TN24 0GB) has been awarded first place in Truckstop News’ hotly contested Truck Stop of the Year 2016 competition. After a frantic battle, seven establishments were shortlisted for the top prize – and over the last few weeks a team of expert judges have been anonymously appraising each

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Overtaking ban on M11 to be self-enforced

An HGV overtaking ban on the M11 will act as a reminder to drivers to be courteous towards other road users and will be largely self-enforced, according to Highways England. No start date for the restriction has been announced, but Highways England said it will be rolled out when funding and statutory issues are overcome.

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Thousands head to Peterborough for annual Truckfest show

The biggest lorry-driving event in the country – Truckfest – has been taking place at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Around 100,000 people are expected to attend the event over two days which has been running for more than 30 years. The weather held out for the visitors who turned up “2015 saw

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Truck Parking Europe app now available for TomTom driver terminals

TomTom today announced that it has teamed up with Truck Parking Europe to make its popular app available for TomTom customers. Users of TomTom BRIDGE driver terminals as well as the TomTom PRO 8 series, TomTom’s high-end driver terminal that is fully compatible with TomTom WEBFLEET, will be able to download the app directly onto

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London mayoral candidates target HGVs

All four of the major party mayoral candidates have outlined plans to reduce the number of HGVs on London roads in their manifestos. Labour candidate Sadiq Khan has said if voted in, he will work with businesses, local authorities and freight companies to decrease the number of large lorries on the capital’s roads, particularly at

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FTA acquires Tachodisc Ltd

TDUK Limited (‘TDUK’), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Freight Transport Association (FTA), has today announced that it has acquired the business and certain assets of Warrington-based Tachodisc Limited. TDUK takes control of the business and certain assets with immediate effect and FTA’s Director of Operations, June Powell, will oversee the business. Staff and customers of

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Future truck designers awarded

The next generation of truck designers have been recognised and commended as the Future Truck Design Awards announced its winners at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC. The competition, organised in association with Transport for London (TfL), has inspired budding designers from schools and universities to transform the traditional truck into a vehicle that

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RHA Chairman launches National Lorry Week 2016

The Commercial Vehicle Show saw Road Haulage Association National Chairman Jim French launch National Lorry Week 2016 which will run from 19 until 24 September. Commenting, Jim French said: “The theme of this year’s event is the ‘The Next Generation’ and is designed to raise awareness of the vital role played by this industry in

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FTA supports report that claims Clean Air Zones aren’t a perfect solution

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has spoken in support of today’s report into air quality and transport that claims Government’s plans for Clean Air Zones (CAZs) are too inflexible. The House of Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs report says CAZs as defined by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) may not

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New figures prove vans are vital to UK economy

The Freight Transport Association says news that van numbers have exceeded four million for the first time in the UK is proof of their huge contribution to the logistics industry and the UK economy. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced today that a total of 4,007,331 vans are now in use on

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Finalists announced in the 2016 FTA Everywoman Awards

22 of the most inspirational role models within the transport and logistics industry have been announced as finalists in the 2016 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. The Awards aim to demonstrate the breadth of career opportunities offered by the industry, particularly for women, and those shortlisted are prime examples of this with careers

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Leigh Pomlett of CEVA Group takes over as FTA President

Ian Veitch handed over the presidency of the Freight Transport Association to Leigh Pomlett, Executive Director, CEVA Group, at FTA’s National Council meeting in London today (21 April). Ian Veitch steps down after completing a three year term as FTA President. Leigh Pomlett graduated in business studies from Liverpool John Moores University in 1980 and

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Transport minister defends cost of lorry park

Transport minister Andrew Jones has defended the government’s decision to spend up to £250m on a lorry park replacement for Operation Stack, after appearing in front of the Transport Committee. Asked this week by the select committee’s chairman Louise Ellman if developing an area the size of Disneyland for lorry parking was the best option

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STAT launched to address skills gap in transport sector

The government has launched a Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT) to group together employers as a response to the skills gap that has appeared in the transport sector. STAT aims to support the government’s initiative to treble the number of apprenticeships in the industry over the next four years. Members of the taskforce met up

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More than 3,000 sacks of litter collected from motorways during spring clean

More than 3,000 sacks of litter were collected from England’s motorways during a three-day spring clean last month – enough to reach the top of The Shard nearly five times over if they were stacked end-to-end. Highways England routinely collects rubbish from motorways throughout the year and last month its contractors’ activity coincided with the

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DfT begins road sign changes

Imperial and metric road signs for height, width and length limits will be rolled out on the road network from this month, following concerns over bridge strikes. Changes to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions come into force on 22 April and will allow old signs to be replaced with both forms of measurement.

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London mayoral candidates target changes to HGV policy

Candidates in London’s mayoral election have promised voters sweeping changes to emissions legislation, HGV safety and speed limits in the capital if elected. Labour candidate Sadiq Kahn has pledged to bring forward the introduction of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone – a Euro-6-only zone using the same boundaries as the congestion charge set for 2020

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What is Truck Platooning?

12 April will see UK HAULIER News dedicate the day to information and insight into each truck brands involvement in the ‘European Truck Platooning Challenge 2016′ of which you can learn all about the progression on each truck brands involvement thus far. But before that, we wanted to ensure you all know what truck platooning

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New London mayor could transform truck designs

The forthcoming elections for London Mayor may have an impact on road transport which extends way beyond the capital. Many of the major candidates have set out a stall which includes more restrictions on the use of trucks in the capital, and further revisions to their designs. Such initiatives may well spread across the UK,

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‘Atrocious’ rest facilities putting off women drivers

A transport minister has criticised the state of rest facilities and said women are being put off from driving HGVs for a living because they would have to “relieve themselves behind a bush”. Claire Perry MP said it had been a challenge to recruit and retain drivers following the financial crash and that the cost

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£50m to go towards pothole repairs over the next year

The government is to invest £50 million in repairing almost a million potholes over the next 12 months. Funds are to be allocated between more than 100 councils to improve the state of road surfaces and fix potentially dangerous potholes throughout the country. Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, commented: “This is just one part of

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Northamptonshire Logistics Awards 2016 – finalists announced

The first annual Northamptonshire Logistics Awards, launched earlier this month, has been met with a fantastic response from across the industry and on Wednesday 30 March, partners and sponsors of the competition came together to judge all of the entries made into the seven awards categories. The awards are primarily about the current outstanding success

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Section of M1 becomes smart motorway

A section of the M1 has become a smart motorway as part of an effort to ease congestion and cut journey times. £205 million has been spent on upgrading a 20-mile stretch between junctions 28 and 31. The hard shoulder has been converted into a permanent extra lane, while speed limits will vary depending on

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Best or worst driver – which are you?

Truck drivers often bear the brunt of motorists’ complaints but new figures suggest they’re actually the fourth BEST drivers on our roads. The analysis comes from accident claims figures for 2015 from insurer 1st Central, based on the professions of those making claims. Lorry drivers were fourth behind roofers, farm workers and builders. Van drivers

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Operation Stack plans split industry opinion

Plans to build a 3,600-space truck park in Kent to prevent the traffic disruption created by Operation Stack last summer has split opinion at a Transport Committee evidence session this week. Speaking against the plans at the session, John Keefe, Eurotunnel director of public affairs, called the site “a £250m white elephant” and argued for

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Student-style loans to assist driver shortage

A student-style driver training loan has been given the green light by the government, the FTA said, after the DfT refused to back a driver training fund for HGV licence acquisition last month (CM 25 February). The association said prospective HGV drivers could soon be able to apply for a loan to help them pay

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FTA delivers Freight Manifesto with trucks to London

FTA delivered its London Elections 2016 – Freight Manifesto to the Mayoral candidates in the city today, along with a box of trucks illustrating how many freight vehicles it would take to build and furnish an average sized three bedroom house. In the Manifesto, FTA outlines how all London’s needs require freight movements and looks

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Government set out plan for £88.4bn transport spend

The government has set out plans for £88.4 billion of spending on transport infrastructure projects over the next five years as part of a total pipeline of £483 billion set out in its new National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016-21. The transport projects cover road, rail, airports and ports. But the biggest share of the total

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Transport Committee urges Safer Lorry Scheme roll-out

The Transport Committee has called for the mandatory roll-out of TfL’s Safer Lorry Scheme across the UK as part of a raft of measures aimed at improving road and cyclist safety. The recommendation was made in the committee’s latest Road Traffic Law Enforcement report, published 15 March. The report also recommended the government consider tougher

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Police warn non-UK HGV drivers are misusing refuge areas

Police forces have warned that HGVs are misusing emergency refuge areas (ERAs) created as part of the managed motorway scheme, posing a road safety risk. They told MPs that the use of ERAs by mainly foreign-registered trucks for drivers’ hours and tachograph breaks is becoming increasingly apparent. Several all-lane running motorway schemes are in operation

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Blanket HGV ban too simple, says Green’s mayoral candidate

Berry said she agreed with the move of the Liberal Democrats’ candidate Caroline Pidgeon, to reduce HGV traffic in the city’s busiest hours, but said: “It’s not as simple as just declaring a ban. We need to work through the obstacles together and work it out in a way that suits everyone. It’s not like

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Operation Kindle highlights lack of space in Kent’s lorry parks

Significant numbers of HGVs are being turned away from lorry parks in Kent because they have no space left, according to a recent meeting between the FTA and the police. Operation Kindle, a multi-agency response to unsafe illegal and antisocial parking by lorries in Kent, has found that many drivers want safe and secure overnight

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450 miles of road works to be removed for Easter holiday

More than 450 miles of road works are to be completed or removed in England by Thursday, in time for the Easter break. Highways England aims to complete or lift 208 sets of roadworks by 6am on Thursday 24 March – leaving more than 97% of its 9,534-mile network free of roadworks in time for

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Fuel duty to remain frozen for sixth year in a row

Fuel Duty will remain frozen in 2016/17, despite the autumn budget’s suggestion that it would rise in line with inflation. In the 2016 Budget statement, Chancellor for the Exchequer George Osborne announced the freeze will continue into its sixth year. Osborne said that the treasury had “pencilled in” an increase last year because of low

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Semi-automated trucks will hit Europe in world-first next month

The world’s first cross-border initiative with semi-autonomous smart trucks will take place in Europe early next month. Six European truck manufacturers – DAF Trucks, Daimler Trucks, Iveco, MAN Truck & Bus, Scania and Volvo Group –will take platoons of semi-automated trucks to public roads, crossing borders from various European cities in order to reach their

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Drivers urged to drink more water

Concerns about an increased risk of accidents because drivers are dehydrated has led to the launch of a campaign aimed at hauliers to ensure their workforce drink regularly. It follows a study published last year in a medical journal that found that mild dehydration results in an increase in driving mistakes comparable to being over

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FTA to launch Logistics Report at CV Show

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) will launch its annual review of the issues affecting the industry over the past 12 months at this year’s CV Show, the UK’s largest annual transport and logistics event. The Logistics Report 2016, detailing the challenges that the logistics sector has faced in the previous year and how it has

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Four out of five HGV drivers would not recommend their job

A survey by Returnloads.net has found that 78 per cent of 400 HGV drivers said they would not recommend their job. Just over 26 per cent of those surveyed believe there is not a driver shortage, while around 24 per cent said they were unsure. The survey also found that 36 per cent of the

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Review of truck drivers’ civil penalties welcomed by FTA

Plans to improve the civil penalties scheme for truck drivers that raised £6.6m in fines for carrying illegal immigrants last year have been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association. FTA is pleased to see the Government working with the freight industry in order to combat illegal immigration. The Association embraced the opportunity to contribute to

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FTA searches for country’s top truck driver

The search is on for the country’s top truck driver with the launch of the 44 tonne – heavy vehicle category in the FTA Truck Driver of the Year 2016 competition, in association with Mercedes-Benz Trucks. Drivers in this category of the contest are highly skilled professionals, travelling long distances often on long-haul journeys. Following

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EU ‘leave’ vote may not affect transport legislation

A UK vote to leave the EU is unlikely to trigger an overhaul of UK transport legislation, according to transport lawyers. Woodfines partner Tim Ridyard told Commercialmotor.com: “The Utopian notion that Brexit means all regulation disappears may not accord with reality.” He added that if the UK joined the likes of Norway in the European

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Road transport industry has its say on EU issue

The road transport industry has demanded more information about the implications of leaving the EU, after prime minister David Cameron announced the UK would hold a referendum on the divisive issue on 23 June. Mark Steel, sales director at Premier Logistics, said: “It is a very difficult question as there is limited information coming from

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Government refuses funding for HGV licences

The government will not fund HGV licence acquisition as a way of easing the HGV driver shortage in the UK, according to DfT minister Lord Ahmed. The news comes as a blow to the haulage industry, which has been lobbying hard for government funding of HGV driver training as a way of encouraging more drivers

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Driverless lorries to be trialled in UK

Driverless lorries are to be trialled in the UK, Chancellor George Osborne is expected to confirm in his Budget speech this month. The Department for Transport said the UK would “lead the way” in testing driverless “HGV platoons”. The technology enables vehicles to move in a group, using less fuel, it said. The Times reported

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RHA overturns threat to driver ‘night-out’ tax-free allowances

Overnighting drivers using sleeper cabs still do not have to submit receipts for expenditure to claim a flat ‘night-out’ allowance if this has been agreed with their employer, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has said – following apparent mixed messages from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) regarding the current position. Historically, the RHA has negotiated

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She’s RHA launch a resounding success

The recent launch of the RHA’s latest initiative, She’s RHA, was declared a resounding success and a night to remember by the 71 guests that attended. The event was opened with words of welcome from RHA board member and partner at Freightlink Europe, Lesley O’Brien. Lesley began by explaining the background to the initiative. “She’s

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Lorry ban would put more vehicles on London’s roads, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association says London mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon’s call for a peak-hour lorry ban is short-sighted and would put hundreds more vans on the city’s roads at the busiest time of day. The Liberal Democrat candidate wants HGVs and construction vehicles banned from the city centre daily from 7-10am and 4-7pm, enforced by

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2016 CILT Annual Awards for Excellence now open for entries

The search for the very best projects and individuals in logistics and transport has begun. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) will celebrate and recognise talent at its prestigious Annual Awards ceremony in London on Thursday 27th October 2016 and is now on the lookout for outstanding entries. CILT encourage organisations large or

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Ocado drives ahead with expansion plans

Ocado is pushing ahead with plans to open two new fulfilment centres following significant rises in sales and profits last year. ocado-delivery-image—largePre-tax profit rose 65 per cent to £11.9m at Ocado in the year to 29th November, while revenue was up 16.7 per cent at £1.1 billion. EBITDA rose 13.8 per cent to £81.5m. Ocado

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Young adults least likely to become lorry drivers

Young adults are among the least likely to consider a career in lorry driving, HGVtraining.co.uk has said. It found that, based on 2,000 people across the UK, only 21 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds would consider a job as a lorry driver. In contrast, 38 per cent of those aged 25 to

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Encouraging the UK to be van smart

DVSA and the transport industry are working together to encourage van owners and drivers to better maintain their vehicles. We’re doing this by highlighting the road safety risks associated with poor maintenance and overloading. More vans and more miles In 2014 to 2015 there were over 3.5 million light goods vehicles registered in Great Britain,

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