New radio system to control Ocado automation

The online retailer is currently building two new fulfilment centres, Andover and Erith. The system, which Ocado reckons is a world first, will control and co-ordinate the movement of hundreds of thousands of crates containing millions of grocery items. The technology developed by Cambridge Consultants, provides Ocado with a guaranteed connection ten times a second

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Forth Road Bridge reopening delayed until mid-March

The full reopening of the Forth Road Bridge will be delayed until mid-March, a month later than planned, the Forth Bridge Unit has said. As a result, the Freight Transport Association is now calling for operators to be compensated. Until the bridge is fully reopened, 600 HGVs will be able to travel Northbound on the

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FTA says London Mayor’s freight vehicle ban idea is counterproductive

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says any move to ban freight vehicles from London or charge for certain types would make the capital a more expensive place to do business and have a negative effect on safety, congestion and emissions. FTA is concerned at yesterday’s announcement by Mayor of London Boris Johnson about proposed road

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Ocado drives ahead with expansion plans

Pre-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 now plans to open its third Customer Fulfilment Centre, at Andover, shortly. This will have Ocado’s proprietary handling systems and will

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FTA launches Driver of the Year Competition

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced the launch of its FTA Driver of the Year 2016 Competition. Following the hugely successful previously held Van Excellence Driver of the Year events, FTA has introduced three separate contests celebrating the skills and abilities of professional drivers across the freight and logistics sector. The three contests –

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MPs warned: driver shortage will hit small hauliers hardest

Smaller hauliers stand to be hardest hit by industry efforts to tackle the acute driver shortage, representatives of some of the sector’s larger employers have warned MPs. Speaking at the Transport Committee’s driver shortage inquiry earlier this week, Nagel Langdons HR manager Colin Snape said his company has addressed the driver shortage by increasing pay

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Calls for uniformity on drink-driving laws in UK

Pressure is mounting on the UK Government to follow Scotland and Northern Ireland’s lead by cutting the drink-drive limit in England and Wales. The Scottish Government reduced the legal alcohol limit for driving from 80mg to 50mg in 100ml of blood from December 2014, while the Northern Ireland Assembly voted to toughen its stance two

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RHA has the wit to woo women

The Road Haulage Association is launching She’s RHA, designed to address the acute shortage of women in road transport. The industry has a workforce of 2.2 million of which just 2 per cent are women. As a result, the haulage sector misses out on a wealth of diverse talent and performance benefits that women can

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FTA says new tunnel plan must consider freight traffic

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the planned new tunnel under the Thames must have a robust system in place for handling commercial vehicles to keep freight traffic flowing. Highways England today launched a consultation on its favoured route for the Lower Thames Crossing linking Junction 1 of the M2 with the M25. A tunnel

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FTA says Stanford West is best option for new lorry area

A year ago today thousands of trucks were stranded on the M20 in Kent in Operation Stack due to closure of the Channel Tunnel. Twelve months on Highways England is consulting on alternatives to the motorway queuing system and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is backing a lorry area at Stanford West. Highways England put

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RHA Haulage Manual 2016 – Out Now

The Road Haulage Association has published the 2016 edition of its highly respected “haulier’s bible”, the RHA Haulage Manual. Commenting, the RHA’s chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Every haulier, from an owner-driver to those running massive fleets, must be compliant. If for any reason this is not the case, their lorries will be going nowhere.

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FTA rejects London Mayor’s narrow approach on safety

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed its disappointment at proposals from London Mayor Boris Johnson for changing the technical features of HGVs to improve safety. A public consultation launched today sets out the intention to require all HGVs on London’s roads to have a transparent panel fitted in the lower half of the passenger

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Freight industry needs ‘One-Stop-Shop’ from Government – claims FTA

The freight industry needs a single online point where logistics operators can log in to find all their Government-held transport data, is the view from the FTA. Responding to the Government’s consultation on the Motoring Services Strategy – which covers work of DVSA, DVLA and VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency), the Freight Transport Association has called

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Insurance premium tax: are hauliers being overcharged?

Operators who carry out national and international work may be paying over the odds for the insurance premium tax (IPT) on their goods-in-transit insurance. Speaking after the government increased the IPT rate from 6% to 9.5% at the beginning of November, Terry Marshell, MD of Anthony Jones Insurance Brokers, toldCommercialmotor.com that while IPT should only

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FTA Chief Exec at Westminster to discuss driver shortage

The Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Chief Executive David Wells has been at Westminster today highlighting the issue of driver shortage in the logistics sector. Mr Wells was giving evidence to the Transport Committee, which is investigating factors affecting recruitment and retention and the effectiveness of measures by industry and the Government to solve the driver

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Do you know what your vehicles are carrying?

Hauliers rely on their customers to tell them what is inside the packages they transport, and the majority of the descriptions are true to the contents. However, criminal gangs are becoming increasingly clever at disguising illegal goods, and the innocent HGV driver may well end up inadvertently transporting items that are illegal, dangerous or even

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Former haulier banned for giving O-licence disc to son

West Midlands traffic commissioner (TC) Nick Jones has disqualified a former haulier from the O-licensing regime indefinitely, after he loaned his O-licence disc long after his business had ceased trading. The TC said Sutton Coldfield-based sole trader John Price, who traded as Motor Trade Services, undermined fair competition by passing a disc in his name

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FTA publishes new edition of popular legal guide

The 54th edition of the Freight Transport Association’s Yearbook of Road Transport Law, sponsored by Bridgestone, has now been published. Fully updated for 2016, the Yearbook is an indispensable publication designed to provide those in charge of commercial vehicle fleets with all the information they need on road transport legislation. The Yearbook’s 460 pages cover

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Changes to Driver CPC exemptions to come in this month

The DfT is to further relax exemptions to the Driver CPC rules for those whose main activity does not require driving an HGV, bringing the UK into line with EU regulations. The amended regulations also allow drivers to use a truck with an automatic gearbox when taking a Driver CPC practical test, and will come

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Bell: you can’t blame the boss when you’re caught breaking driving laws

Professional drivers should not use the excuse that they were simply following an operator’s orders if they’re caught breaking driving laws, senior traffic commissioner Beverley Bell has said. In the revised Senior Traffic Commissioner’s Statutory Document on Vocational Driver Conduct, those wishing to become HGV drivers are also reminded that they are expected to fully

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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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Campaigners call for Severn Bridge toll to be scrapped

The toll paid by motorists to cross the Severn Bridge is damaging the local economy and should be scrapped, according to campaigners. The call comes as the charge for cars using the crossing between England and Wales was increased by 10p to £6.60 from New Year’s Day. Small buses and small goods vehicles also faced

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Improved mirrors to be mandatory from July

Improved mirrors that eliminate HGV blind spots will become mandatory on newly registered vehicles from July next year across the EU. The measure, championed by the UK government, was adopted following a vote earlier this month (16 December) by the European Commission. For the first time it will be mandatory for all newly registered vehicles

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Forth Road Bridge reopens to passenger traffic

Passenger traffic has returned to the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland after engineers completed repair work on the structure. However, heavy goods vehicles will be unable to use the crossing until February 2016, when further work is set to be completed. Cracks were discovered by engineers in early December and the bridge was closed to

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Harsher penalties for HGV drivers who use mobile phones behind the wheel

HGV drivers caught using mobile phones whilst driving will face harsher penalties under government plans announced this week. Under the proposals all motorists who endanger lives by using hand-held mobile phones while driving will face an increase from the current three penalty points to four, with the fixed penalty notice rising from £100 to £150.

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DVSA recruitment drive ‘will not meet demand’

The DVSA has recruited 78 driving examiners this year in an effort to reduce delays in obtaining a vocational licence, according to transport minister Andrew Jones. Jones said the DfT was working with motoring agencies to reduce times and delays. He added that in addition to the 78 examiners another 65 potential examiners were booked

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E-commerce explosion and vans help Santa deliver

Thanks to an e-commerce explosion the demand to deliver the goods has never been bigger than this Christmas. Official figures published this week, revealed that Britain is the online shopping capital of Europe, with vans delivering the majority of goods, and drivers being the face of shopping – as the only human visible in the

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Tachograph breaks responsible for nearly 1,700 lane closures

Tachograph breaks, the mandatory rest stops commercial operators must take when driving, were the cause of nearly 1,700 lane closures last year, according to new figures from IAM Drive & Survive. The numbers come from a Freedom of Information request to Highways England into why motorways and major A roads were closed in 2014. Tachograph

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Common sense decision at last for HGV Driver Apprenticeship but question remains on licence acquisition

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has described the decision this week to approve the HGV Driver Trailblazer Apprenticeship as common sense. After a third submission, Minister for Skills Nick Boles MP has finally approved the HGV Driver Standard which has been welcomed by FTA. Commenting on the Minister’s announcement, FTA Skills Development Manager Sally Gilson

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New edition of FTA Van Drivers’ Handbook now available

The Freight Transport Association has published an updated edition of its Van Drivers’ Handbook – the essential guide to ensuring the safe, legal and efficient operation of vans and light commercial vehicles. The handbook is designed to give van drivers a quick and easy reference guide to help them stay legally compliant, together with practical

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Drivers’ wages grow faster than the national average

Drivers’ wages are increasing faster than the national average, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In the provisional findings for the 2015 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, HGV drivers saw an average pay increase of 3.2% on the median driver salary, from £26,455 to £27,313. The average wage

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Delivery problems emerge as Black Friday breaks records

UK consumers spent a total of £3.3 billion online over the four-day Black Friday weekend, IMRG and Experian said. But Argos has become the first retailer to face complaints over late deliveries. And a retail consultant has warned that ten per cent of the 22 million parcels set to be delivered during the week following

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Safer Lorry Scheme compliance high in first month

One in 10 HGVs stopped in targeted enforcement swoops in London were in breach of the Safer Lorry Scheme during its first month of operation. Launched on 1 September, the scheme, formulated by London mayor Boris Johnson, requires the majority of vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with Class V (side close-proximity) and VI

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Drivers and cyclists ‘Exchange Places’ in National Road Safety Week

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is encouraging drivers and cyclists to exchange places as part of National Road Safety Week (23-29 November 2015). FTA will be joining the road safety charity Brake and the Metropolitan Police at the launch of the annual event on Monday 23 November where an Exchanging Places exercise will be taking

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The Logistics Guild and Connect Health Solutions launch initiative to tackle risk of diabetes on the roads

The Logistics Guild has launched an exciting initiative with Connect Health Solutions to help diabetic drivers monitor their condition on the move and counter the risks associated with the disease. The initiative, aimed at drivers diagnosed with type-two diabetes, combines real-time glucose monitoring and messaging technology with comprehensive medical health coaching support. The results are

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Asda calls time on Black Friday

Asda has said customer “shopping fatigue” has prompted a decision to opt out of shopping phenomenon Black Friday this month. The supermarket retailer, who introduced Black Friday to the UK market in 2013, has decided that this year it will deliver deals throughout the festive season in a £26 million investment. According to Asda, customer

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FTA: Road safety won’t improve with rush-hour lorry ban

Banning lorries from city streets during rush-hour will have little impact on improving road safety in London, according to the Freight Transport Association  (FTA). The London Assembly called for the ban, subject to the completion of a full impact assessment. However, the FTA said action would be required in a wide range of areas to

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FTA urges operators to take precautions over winter

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has advised anyone involved in the management and movement of vehicles to ensure they take extra precautions as dangerous winter conditions start to set in on the roads. In addition to this warning, the trade body highlighted its suite of products and services designed to support and advise operators and

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RHA National Lorry Week an outstanding success

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has declared the first ever National Lorry Week (26-31 October) to be an outstanding success and has confirmed that plans are already underway for an even bigger scale event in 2016. RHA Chief Exec Richard Burnett said: “We launched National Lorry Week with the #LoveTheLorry strap line to do two

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RHA presents George Osborne with a win-win proposal

The Road Haulage Association  is pressing the Chancellor to make an announcement in his Autumn Statement that he will continue to freeze fuel duty. Figures produced this week by the RHA clearly demonstrate that the £150 million funding needed to effectively tackle the crippling driver shortage would actually make money for the government. The RHA

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Operation Stack alternatives to be presented “within weeks”

Permanent solutions to Operation Stack will be put to the government “within weeks”, according to Highways England. Speaking to a committee of MPs about the problems caused in the summer by the use of the emergency contingency measure on the M20 in Kent, Highways England network delivery and development director David Brewer said it had

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National Lorry Week kicks off with a focus on families

The first ever National Lorry Week kicked off yesterday supported by hundreds of haulage companies across the UK. Participants aim to use the week to get the British public to “Love The Lorry” by showcasing the important role the haulage industry plays in their lives. Companies are taking advantage of the school holidays to target

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Hauliers warn of empty shelves at Christmas as driver shortage bites

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has issued a stark warning that consumers could see empty shelves this Christmas as the chronic lack of truck drivers affecting their industry worsens. To highlight the crisis, the Road Haulage Association will undertake intensive lobbying of MPs on Tuesday 27 October as part of its first ever National Lorry

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National Lorry Week commences October 26th

From October 26th to 31st, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) will be staging National Lorry Week – a national awareness campaign. The initiative has been developed in the hope of demonstrating to members of the public and politicians alike that lorries and road freight play a vital role in the national economy. Hauliers up and

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FTA calls for action as Calais chaos returns

Chaos has returned to Calais, with drivers being threatened by organised gangs of migrants throwing stones and trying to get aboard trucks. Freight Transport Association members have reported a worsening situation as delays at the Eurotunnel terminal push trucks towards the ferry port, where migrant numbers in the jungle camp have swelled to 6,000. Lorry

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New logistics health and safety training scheme planned

The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) is working in collaboration with Safety Pass Alliance (SPA) to launch a new health and safety passport training scheme for the warehousing and logistics industry. SPA offers safety passport schemes and has already developed a range of training programmes such as Petrol Retail, Mineral Products (Quarry), Food & Drink and

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FTA Calls On Government To Support Logistics Apprenticeships

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called on the Government to support logistics industry apprenticeships in its submission to the Transport Select Committee inquiry into skills and workforce planning in the road haulage sector. The Committee is investigating and assessing the Government’s response to haulage industry concerns about the lack of skilled drivers in the

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Ocado to recruit 1,800 permanent staff

Ocado has launched a recruitment drive to bring in 1,798 permanent staff before December. The majority of the vacancies are for Customer Service Team Members – drivers who deliver shopping into customers’ homes throughout the week. There are a range of other roles including for personal shoppers, business support, operations, human resources, development & engineering,

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Lorry driver crisis could slow down online deliveries

Wincanton, UK largest logistics group, calls for action to train more lorry drivers as shortage of poses major threat to industry. Online shoppers will have to wait longer for their orders to arrive as a shortage of lorry drivers nears crisis levels, according to Britain’s largest logistics company. Wincanton , which has about 5,500 drivers

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FTA welcomes new dual signing for low bridges

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed Department for Transport (DfT) proposals to introduce a bridge marking system that will show both imperial and metric height, width and length limits. With more than 1600 bridge strikes in 2014/15 throughout the UK, FTA believes it is vital that signage can be easily understood by drivers who

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HGV driver test waiting times up by two-thirds

The average waiting time for an HGV driving test has increased by more than two thirds in the past 11 months, despite the DVSA telling CommercialMotor it would adapt its driver examiner resource to meet demand at the start of this year. Figures obtained via a Freedom of Information (FoI) request reveal that at the

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Britain least affected by Transport Strikes in 2015

British travellers have been the least affected by transport strikes in 2015, with only 10 days of transport strikes with national impact so far in 2015, according to a new report from travel metasearch engine, Gopili.co.uk. According to the research, British travellers have been luckier than their neighbours. In fact, the UK is the only

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Professor Richard Wilding becomes new CILT Chairman

Professor Richard Wilding OBE FCILT is the new Chairman of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT). Richard has been a member of the Institute since 1992 and a Board member since 2011. He is also Chair (Full Professor) in Supply Chain Strategy at the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain

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Three quarters of Brits to shop online for Christmas

Three-quarters of UK adults say they intend to do at least half of their Christmas shopping online this year, according to the findings of a new study carried out by package delivery firm Yodel. This means that logistics firms appear to be in for another strong spike in service demand over the festive period –

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RHA to find out if MPs are up to a truck driving challenge

Next week’s Conservative Party Conference in Manchester (4-7 October) will see the Road Haulage Association (RHA) attending as an exhibitor. As part of this initiative, the RHA will be demonstrating the high skill levels required to drive a heavy goods vehicle and are inviting all visitors to the stand to take part in a ‘Top

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IRU gears up to define Commercial Vehicle of the Future

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has launched its innovative work to define the Commercial Vehicle of the Future operating on the infrastructure of the future. Bringing together a wide range of partners, the initiative seeks to ensure efficiency gains across the transport chain, a reduction of CO2 emissions and increased safety in road transport.

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Government figures show fall in HGV fatal accident rate

Road casualty statistics released by the Government today show that the number of fatal accidents per billion lorry miles fell by 3.5 per cent in 2014. The figure is 43 per cent lower than a decade ago, but the Freight Transport Association says operators and drivers will remain vigilant about minimising harm on the UK’s

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Driver shortage and Driver CPC are biggest challenges for transport managers

Driver shortages and the Driver CPC are the most challenging issues faced by transport managers, according to a survey conducted for the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The poll of 265 O licence-nominated transport managers, carried out in July this year, highlights the impact these issues are having on their role. Results are published in the

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Number of qualified drivers up in first few months of 2015

The number of newly qualified professional HGV drivers leapt by more than 40% in the first financial quarter of 2015, according to the latest DfT driving test statistics. The DfT’s latest figures show HGV driver CPC practical test passes increased during 2015 by 41.4% to 4,280 compared with a year ago (all new entrants to

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Potential lorry drivers put off by ‘abysmal’

“Abysmal” facilities for truckers are one of the key reasons the sector is facing a shortfall of around 60,000 drivers. An event was told conditions inside the cab were comfortable, often including a television and fridge, but things were very different once drivers stepped outside the vehicle. Ray Ashworth, managing director of DAF Trucks, speaking at

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MPs to investigate transport skills shortage

MPs have launched an inquiry into the skills shortage in road haulage – notably the shortage of HGV drivers. The House of Commons Transport Committee will investigate what action government has taken to address industry concerns about a lack of skilled drivers in the road haulage sector, and assess how effective the government’s response has

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Road Haulage Association launches National Lorry Week

From 26-31 October 2015, the Road Haulage Association will be staging a national awareness campaign, “National Lorry Week”. This has been developed to demonstrate to the public and politicians the vital role that lorries and road freight play in moving the economy and daily life. The theme of the week is ‘Love the Lorry’. The

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Lack of HGV Trailblazer apprenticeship attacked

Hauliers are demanding to know why the government has given the go-ahead for Trailblazer apprenticeships that include jobs such as fashion assistants and personal trainers, while at the same time ruling out an HGV driver apprenticeship. Last week prime minister David Cameron outlined 59 Trailblazer apprenticeships, alongside a government consultation into the apprenticeship levy. The

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Amazon to open second Doncaster fulfilment centre

Amazon is to open second fulfilment centre in Doncaster – just down the road from its existing facility. The new 250,000 sq ft centre is scheduled to start operations in the autumn. “Our existing Doncaster team has done an exceptional job of delivering a first rate level of service for our customers and we are

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Safer Lorry Scheme is not enough

London’s Safer Lorry Scheme came into force on 1st September, but one operator has already warned that it is not enough to stop accidents involving vulnerable road users. The scheme is designed to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety and legally requires every vehicle in London weighing more than 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with suitable

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David Watson Transport in court over driver’s death

David Watson Transport has been sentenced for safety failings after a driver suffered life-changing injuries and later died following an incident in Broxbourne, Herts. Keith Brookes, 61, from Milton Keynes, fell from an unsecured ladder during an operation to unload items from a lorry at the Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club on White Stubbs Lane

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Geodis opens Northampton hub for European line haul

Geodis has opened a new hub in Northampton to centralise its European network operations with existing import/export line haul activities being transferred from High Wycombe, Birmingham and Lutterworth. The Lutterworth network branch has also moved to Northampton. The existing Geodis network sites around the country will continue to serve their areas ensuring customer service and

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Knights of Old Group signs sole MHE contract with UniCarriers

The Knights of Old Group, one of the largest privately-owned logistics companies in the Midlands, has signed a new contract that sees UniCarriers become the company’s sole supplier of industrial indoor and outdoor trucks. Up until now the Knights of Old Group’s fork lift truck fleet has been split between internal and external material handling

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Drunk truck driver jailed for 27 months for causing head-on crash

A drunken truck driver, who drank vodka and beer with other lorry drivers before causing a head on crash, has been jailed for 27 months. Franciszek Staranowicz, aged 56, appeared at Northampton Crown Court last week after pleading guilty to a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving while over the alcohol

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DVLA driver health check system is ‘open to abuse’

Fitness-to-drive rules have been described as “open to abuse” and “not fit for purpose” after it emerged that no one has been prosecuted for giving a false declaration. The fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the Glasgow bin lorry crash has heard claims that the driver, Harry Clarke, lied to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

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Mixed response to Cameron’s apprenticeship plan

Prime Minister David Cameron has set out plans to increase the number of apprenticeships across England, as part of the government’s pledge to create three million apprenticeships by 2020. Employers will be asked for their views on the introduction of an apprenticeship levy – set to be introduced in 2017 and designed to increase investment

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Northampton College sets up logistics academy

Northampton College has created an Academy to train the next generation of logistics workers, urging students to ‘think laterally, think logistics’. The Logistics Academy will give students the chance to work with local companies through a series of internships and mentoring programmes and employers have been urged to get on board to ensure they benefit

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Companies must act on driver shortage

The logistics sector faces a serious driver shortage by 2020 unless it takes steps to rethink its approach to recruitment, according to a study by finance house Lombard. Derek Pridmore, head of commercial transport at Lombard, said: “Economic growth means that logistics companies have an opportunity to capitalise on rising demand, but unless the sector

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Developer snaps up 721,000 sq ft Nottinghamshire logistics site

db symmetry, the joint venture between Barwood Developments and Delancey that only started this year, has snapped up a strategic motorway site in Nottinghamshire for a new distribution park. The company has bought a 48-acre site at Junction 34 of the A1(M) motorway that has outline planning permission for 721,000 sq ft of employment space

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Trials of ‘electric roads’ to start later this year

Highways England is to launch trials of the technology needed to power electric and hybrid vehicles on the move later this year. The off-road trials will test how the technology would work on the country’s motorways and major A roads, allowing drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles to travel long distances without needing to stop and

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More transport managers plan to quit

Some 34 per cent of transport managers plan to leave the industry in the next five years, according to a Freight Transport Association survey. The survey, sponsored by Volvo Trucks, shows that the number planning to leave the industry has risen by a third since last year Source: Logistics Manager  

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Romanian driver arrested after migrants found in back of truck

A Romanian HGV driver has been arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry into the UK, after six migrants were found in the back of his refrigerated truck. Six people were discovered by police yesterday afternoon (11 August) after a member of the public reported people jumping from the back of a truck in a

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Guide to Dartford Crossing published by Highways England

Highways England has produced a two-page guide to the Dartford Crossing to help drivers familiarise themselves with the new charging regime. Dart Charge was introduced on November 30, 2014, to help speed up journeys at the Dartford Crossing by removing the need to stop at a barrier to pay the crossing charge. Instead, drivers can

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Council calls for ban on use of personal sat-navs by HGV drivers

Oxfordshire County Council is calling on the government to introduce legislation forcing hauliers to provide drivers with commercial sat-navs. The council wants the legislation to ban HGV drivers from using personal sat-navs and include fines for those hauliers that fail to update their sat-navs with the agreed HGV routes. It wants the rules to become

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Glasgow refuse-truck crash inquiry revelation underlines importance of health disclosure clause in drivers’ contracts, says lawyer

A solicitor has advised that a employee health disclosure clause in contracts could help hauliers avoid legal action over health-related incidents, after a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) heard that the driver of the Glasgow refuse vehicle that was involved in a fatal accident last year had failed to disclose a health issue on numerous occasions.

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Government considers rush-hour ban on trucks delivering into cities

Government officials have been asked to look into the feasibiity of banning trucks from city centres during the rush hour by the prime minister. The bombshell emerged after David Cameron met the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group earlier this week to discuss ways of making the roads safer for cyclists. As a result, the prime

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TfL Safer Lorry Scheme starts 1 September

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is advising operators to prepare early for Transport for London’s Safer Lorry Scheme which goes live on 1 September. The scheme will require almost all HGVs operating in the city to be fitted with additional mirrors and sideguards – but the new regulations are exceptionally precise and FTA says expert

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Radlett rail freight hub due to get green light

A 419 hectare rail freight interchange near St Albans has taken a step forward, after the St Albans City and District Council’s appeal against the project was turned down by The Court of Appeal. The council had challenged the secretary of state for communities and local government’s decision to grant planning permission for the interchange

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Councils want powers to enforce truck restrictions

The Local Government Association has called for powers to enable councils in England outside the capital to enforce local vehicle weight and width limits, just as they can in London and Wales. If such measures were introduced, councils would be able to task officials with upholding weight limits and issuing tickets to offending companies, possibly

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8.2 million sq ft of warehouse expansion

A total of 43 distribution warehouses over 100,000 sq ft have been constructed, or are underway or planned, in the UK this year delivering a total of approximately 8.2 million sq ft, according to the latest research from Strutt & Parker. Nick Hardie of Strutt & Parker said: “The return to speculative development in the

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FTA presses chancellor for fuel tax cut

The Freight Transport Association has called on chancellor George Osborne to freeze or cut fuel duty in his summer budget which is due on 8th July. There have been reports that Osborne might increase fuel tax, despite past promises not to. FairFuelUK is holding an event at the House of Commons on 1st July to

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Pall-Ex’s Kevin Buchanan calls for more cycling safety training

Kevin Buchanan, group managing director of haulage firm, Pall-Ex, has voiced concern over the number of cyclists killed by HGVs in London. “Since the start of the year, eight cyclists have died in collisions in our capital city, all of which have involved lorries. This is completely unacceptable.” he said. Buchanan also said that the

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RHA calls for EU collaboration to tackle Calais crisis

Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association is calling for the UK Government to lead cross EU discussions to try and resolve the current crisis situation in Calais. “It is totally unacceptable for hard working truck drivers to have to run the gauntlet of fear and intimidation that is fast becoming the norm”,

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UK hauliers confident Tories will fuel growth

Logistics firms believe their businesses will grow between 10-15% over the next five years, thanks to the vote of confidence in electing a majority Conservative Government. Ahead of the Government’s Emergency Budget, hauliers from up and down the country have made their voices heard in a new post-election poll commissioned by the leading UK and

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Fleets set to become corporate technological leaders says Chevin

A range of breaking technologies means that fleets are set to become the most advanced department in almost any corporate setting over the next few years, says Chevin. Developments such as autonomous cars, increasingly sophisticated route planning and telematics, the further potential of mobile devices, the arrival of ‘big data’ – and enhancements to fleet

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Driver CPC change to be published

The DVSA will publish confirmation of the revised rules relating to the Driver CPC once its website has been overhauled. Operators and solicitors had asked why the significant alteration to the regulations, which allows drivers with acquired rights who did not complete their 35 hours’ training to sit modules two and four of the initial

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Van driver fined for hogging motorway middle lane

A van driver has been fined almost GBP1,000 and hit with five penalty points after becoming the first person in the country to be convicted of hogging the middle lane of a motorway. The driver was stopped by police in West Yorkshire after refusing to move out of the middle lane of the M62. Police

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HGV road user levy revenue is revised up

The HGV road user levy has raised slightly more than originally thought during its first year of operation, with foreign-registered vehicles paying GBP46.5m to use UK roads. Transport minister Andrew Jones said the charge had “proved to be a great success” and had raised a total of £192.5m, with £146m coming from UK-registered vehicles (who

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Volvo Trucks Launches Positioning Service For Time-Critical Goods

With Volvo Trucks’ new service it is possible to monitor the truck’s location in real time. The service is of particular benefit for instance to customers who operate time-critical services or who carry high-value items. Arriving in time is important in all transport operations, but for time-critical services it can be crucial to retaining a

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Haulage chiefs urge government to take action as the driver shortage threatens economic recovery in every region of the UK

Today, Wednesday 17 June, the Road Haulage Association will deliver an urgent plea to the Prime Minister demanding government intervention to help with the chronic truck driver shortage, which is having a profound affect on the UK’s supply chain and which threatens to slow the UK economic recovery. There is a national truck driver shortage,

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Truck driver crisis as youngsters shun industry

The UK’s haulage industry is facing the biggest crisis in its history as it fails to attract young people into the sector, according to a leading truck manufacturer. Fears are growing that a shortage of truck drivers will turn into a massive void as the majority of drivers head for retirement while school leavers turn

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Prologis site identified for logistics skills centre plan

A site at Prologis RFI DIRFT has been identified as the best option for a new logistics education and training hub, under plans promoted by Logistics Skills Development, and supported by the University of Northampton. The Logistics Centre for Skills and Innovation will serve the Midlands and further afield. One of its priorities is to

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70% experiencing driver shortage

Over 70 per cent of logistics operators are experiencing a driver shortage, according to a survey conducted by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. More than 100 participants from companies, including Norbert Dentressangle, Marks & Spencer, Doddle, Mark Thompson Transport and Premier Foods, took part in the survey. Of those polled, 74 per cent

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Roadworthiness pass rate up

Trucks and trailers both achieved yet another all-time high pass rate at their annual roadworthiness test in the year to 31 March 2015. Data released in the DVSA’s Moving On blog shows that the truck first-time pass rate hit 80.1%, up from 78.4% in the previous 12 months. The rate for trailers climbed from 85.1%

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Online driving licence checking service goes live

The DVLA’s online driving licence checking service has now gone live ahead of the abolition of the paper licence counterpart on 8 June. The View Driving Licence service allows drivers to view licence information such as penalty points, endorsements and driving entitlements on the DVLA website. Drivers can also share their licence information with their

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Dart Charge errors may cost hauliers thousands

Hauliers using the Dartford Crossing have potentially been hit with thousands of pounds worth of unnecessary penalty charges, according to a third-party payment handler. Snap Account, which handles Dart Charge payments for 9,000 HGVs, told CM it had been receiving penalty charge notices (PCNs) regularly since the new system went live last December. A PCN

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Carney: UK productivity not harmed by foreign workers

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has dismissed fears that cheap foreign labour has hurt UK productivity. Analysts worry that a bigger pool of available workers has dissuaded firms from investing in productivity-boosting technology. But rising numbers of UK nationals willing to work have had a greater impact on the labour force than migrant labour,

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RHA and FTA call for government action on logistics

The Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association have both called on the incoming government to take action to ensure logistics can support continued economic recovery. David Cameron’s Conservative Party won an overall parliamentary majority on 7th May. Chief executive Richard Burnett said: “With one party forming a government we look forward to forging

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Transport ministers re-elected, as are haulage supporters Flello and Halfon

Transport secretary Patrick Mcloughlin held onto his seat in the general election, being voted back into Westminster along with his transport ministers Clare Perry, Robert Goodwill and John Hayes. Mcloughlin received 52% of his constituency’s votes (Derbyshire Dales), with Labour candidate Andy Botham second with 23%. Labour’s shadow transport secretary Michael Dugher and transport minister

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Van fleet operators set to go electric

More van fleet operators will take up to electric vehicles along with other new fuel technologies over the next two years, according to research from GE Capital. Some 34 per cent of those surveyed in the quarterly Company Van Trends said they were looking to increase their fully electric fleets, with a further 29 per

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RHA calls for fuel duty cut in election manifesto

The Road Haulage Association is calling on the next government to cut fuel duty by 3ppl to boost jobs and growth, and commit to making no increase to fuel duty in the next parliament. Launching its General Election 2015 Manifesto at the CV Show, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “The UK’s economic recovery will

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Using agency drivers? Make sure you heed rest period warning

The current driver shortage has forced many operators to employ the services of agency drivers to fill gaps in their workforce. While there is not usually a formal employment contract in place, its important to remember that many regulations, including rest requirements, do still apply to agency drivers. A recent case involving Stobart (Ireland) Driver

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Operators could face retrospective fines over flawed aggregates levy

The British Aggregates Association (BAA) has said members who extracted and sold shale were at risk of having to pay tax stretching back 13 years following a European ruling. An investigation into aggregates levy (AGL) exemptions by the European Commission (EC) found that a relief scheme on shale and spoil was not justified. It means

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New higher speed limits for heavy goods vehicles criticised

Road safety charity calls decision ‘short-sighted’ and claims it could lead to more deaths, serious injuries and extra costs. Road safety campaigners have criticised new higher speed limits for lorries that are to come into effect on Monday as “short-sighted”. The new regulations in England and Wales for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) over 7.5 tonnes

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Transport Firms Plan To Invest

MORE than a third of small and medium sized transport businesses say that trading conditions are improving, with two fifths saying that they will invest in their business during 2015. Results of the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer also reveal that 31% of transport firms believe they will expand over the course of this year.

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VOSA targets ‘white van man’

‘White van man’ is of course a sterotype but the general road worthiness of vans is of serious concern whatever the colour and it’s pretty obvious that things have to change. VOSA’s roadside enforcement experience is that targeting light goods vehicles in poor condition is easier than shooting fish in a barrel. MOT test results

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MPs back RHA campaign for driver training grants

60 per cent of 150 MPs polled have backed the Road Haulage Association’s campaign for grant support to train more truck drivers. The RHA conducted the poll ahead of today’s budget, and found that 29 per cent indicated strong support for the proposals that aim to increase the amount of trained, UK drivers – as

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Little cash for City Link creditors

Subcontractors owed money following the collapse of City Link are unlikely to receive any more than 2p in the pound, its administrator has said. Trade creditors are estimated to be owed more than £30 m by the failed parcel carrier for work carried out before its administration in December, with dozens of hauliers left out of

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Road Haulage and Freight Transport Groups Press Government for Action on HGV Driver Shortage

Meeting Today will Pressure Minister to Act Decisively as Germany Defends its Industry Professionals. With representatives of the industry meeting Treasury officials today hopes are high that the alarming statistics which demonstrate a dearth of young talent entering the logistics sector as drivers will finally be addressed by government. Both the Freight Transport Association (FTA)

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RHA to debate HGV driver funding with Treasury this week

The RHA is meeting with the Treasury this Friday to thrash out the potential of direct funding for road haulage employers wanting to train new HGV drivers.   A meeting last month with business secretary Vince Cable saw RHA chief executive Richard Burnett (pictured) highlight the enormity of the HGV driver shortage crisis affecting the

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Getting ready for the new digital smart tachograph

As you know in 2018 a new smart digital tachograph will be introduced, which is not that long in the scheme of things, so we must start preparing for the changes. Already, the technical specifications are being drafted and are expected to be endorsed and adopted by the end of 2015.   So to get

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FTA helps freight operators meet ESOS requirements

As the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is to be introduced this year, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced plans to help the freight industry comply with the requirements set out in the new legislation. In line with the EU Energy Directive, the mandatory energy assessment applies throughout the UK to all large companies

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Towergate Insurance completes restructuring deal

Commercial vehicle and fleet insurer Towergate Insurance has been sold to some of its creditors. It said in a statement that the agreement reached this week with some of its secured creditors would ensure the continuity of the business. It added that the terms of the deal matched bids received for the business last November

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M25 to grind to a halt? Unite members to strike over pay

Even worse delays than normal on the M25 look inevitable, after the Unite union said strike action among maintenance and emergency workers would go ahead. After talks over wages between the union and employer Connect Plus Services broke down, a ballot of 170 workers responsible for clearing up accidents on the orbital motorway resulted in

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London to ban cyclist-unfriendly lorries

Lorries will be banned in London from 1st September if they do not have mirrors and side guards designed to improve the safety of cyclists, after Mayor Boris Johnson gave the go-ahead. Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead to the Safer Lorry Scheme which requires all commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with

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Treasury invites RHA to talks on driver shortage

The Road Haulage Association has been invited to meet Treasury officials next month to discuss funding for driver training. Chief executive Richard Burnett said: “We are asking that funding of up to £3,000 per person be made available and paid directly to the thousands of hauliers who are currently desperate for drivers. There have been

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Government “overlooks” logistics for training cash FTA

The Freight Transport Association has claimed that the government “overlooks” the logistics industry for funding to support vocational training because of the absence of a nationally recognised qualification framework. It has now formed a partnership with City & Guilds to fill the void of skills development in the logistics sector. Just after Christmas, Skill for

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New bill may pave the way for more road tolls

A government bill that is on the verge of being made law could open the way for road tolls across England and Wales, a business leader has warned. John Bridge, the chief executive for Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, said the Infrastructure Bill included clauses that would give Highways England the power to implement tolls. Bridge

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The hidden cost of poor deliveries

Online parcel delivery company ParcelHero has revealed that failed and poor-quality deliveries could cost internet retailers at least £5,300 for every customer that defects to another site. Delivery issues captured the headlines over Christmas, as a number of budget delivery companies failed to deliver on time, or left items in bins and hedges. ParcelHero’s Head

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HGV compliance programme issues 1000 fixed penalty notices in London

Transport for London’s Industrial HGV Taskforce (IHTF) has resulted in the issue of over 1,000 fixed penalty notices to non-compliant vehicles in the last twelve months. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has reiterated its support for the scheme, which focuses on dangerous and unsafe compliance issues. FTA’s head of urban logistics policy, Christopher Snelling, said:

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Ocado confirms interest in 600,000 sq ft London CFC site

Ocado has confirmed that it is interested in a 600,000 sq ft customer fulfilment centre in Erith, South East London. “We can confirm that we are looking for further customer fulfilment centres and are currently interested in a site for a new CFC in Erith, South-East London,” said a spokesperson. At present, specifications of the

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Longer cabs delayed until 2022

European legislators have scheduled the introduction of longer truck cabs for 2022 at the earliest, a compromise attracting criticism from both sides of the divide. Truck manufacturers want more development time while environmentalists believe that banning the cabs’ introduction for seven years is an unnecessary delay for the benefits they will bring. The European Commission’s

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Freight Transport Association Acts on Road Haulage Driver Shortage

Summit to Discuss the Problem Scheduled UK- Ever pro-active, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced a one-day industry Summit to tackle the problem which is worrying anyone involved in the road haulage trade, that of a chronic shortage of qualified professional drivers. The FTA Industry Summit – ‘Solving the Driver Crisis’ will be held

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2014 was another strong year for Scania in the UK

Scania, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in the UK in 2014, has reported another strong year with a total of 4,752 trucks registered over the past 12 months. Of these, approximately 80 percent were Euro 6 models. In addition, a total of 301 buses and coaches were registered in a year which also saw Scania’s

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The issues the industry faces in attracting young HGV drivers

The issues faced in attracting a younger breed of people into the haulage industry, as a way to help solve the HGV driver shortage crisis, has been revealed by the all-party parliament group (APPG). The all-party parliament group for freight transport published their report ‘Barriers to Youth Employment in the Freight Transport Sector’. This will

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HGV Road User Levy fines approaching half-million mark

Nearly half a million pounds in fines have been issued to operators who have failed to pay the HGV Road User Levy. Speaking to Commercialmotor.com, DVSA chief executive Alastair Peoples said £450,000 worth of fines had been issued in the levy’s first nine months. However, Peoples said most UK-based hauliers have complied with, and understand,

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HGV driver shortage is a ticking time bomb for UK logistics sector, say MPs

The problems of recruiting younger people into the haulage industry, as a way of solving the driver shortage crisis, was revealed by a new report released by a UK Parliamentary group yesterday. The all-party Parliamentary group for freight transport yesterday published Barriers to Youth Employment in the Freight Transport Sector, its final report before the

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Logistics employers plan to tackle skills shortage

2015 could be the year to see logistics employers take the lead in developing innovative ways of coping with one of the sector’s biggest problems, the shortage of lorry drivers. Faced with an ageing workforce – the average age of drivers is 57 and only 2 per cent of lorry drivers are under 25 –

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Garmin unveils new truck sat nav range with added safety features

Garmin has launched its latest range of truck sat navs, which are compatible with its blind-spot camera to improve road safety. The dezl 570 and dezl 770 sat navs feature 5- and 7-inch displays respectively and incorporate features including the ability to find truck parking, weighbridges and hotels. The sat navs are compatible with its

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City Link leased the majority of its fleet before its collapse

Collapsed City Link leased the majority of its trucks and vans, according to its administrator, leaving it with little in the way of vehicle assets. The parcel delivery firm went into administration on Christmas Eve, and adminstrator Ernst & Young (EY) has made 2,300 staff redundant. It is also understood that about 1,000 self-employed contractors

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FTA choose David Wells as next Chief Executive

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced that David Wells is to be its new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment takes effect on 1st May. After an extensive recruitment and interviewing process involving both external and internal applicants, David Wells has been chosen to take on the role from Theo de Pencier who is scheduled

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Removal of paper driving licence pushed back until June

The Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed the abolition of the paper driving licence will be delayed until 8 June this year. Commercialmotor.com reported last year that plans to do away with the paper part of the driving licence from January had been put on hold, after opposition from trade associations concerned it would actually

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HGV taskforce takes action against dangerous operators

Two firms and their employees have been prosecuted after being investigated by the Industrial HGV Taskforce (IHTF) London’s truck ‘police’. Following an IHTF operation, Cowan Plant of Hayes has had its licence to operate revoked by the Traffic Commissioner, who is responsible for the licensing and regulation of those who operate heavy goods vehicles. Cowan

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Courier City Link goes into administration after Christmas rush

City Link, one of the UK’s biggest couriers, has gone into administration. Sky News has reported the firm, which employs over 2,700 people, appointed administrators on Christmas Eve, naming Hunter Kelly, Charles King and Tom Lukic from accountancy firm EY as administrators. The company, which operates an estimated fleet of 1,700 and is listed in

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Operators will buy more new trucks next year

Operators will buy more vehicles in 2015 than they did in 2014, with purchasing from new the most popular form of acquiring new trucks. A survey of 500 operators revealed that they predict buying an average of 29.6 vehicles in the 12 months ahead, up from the 25.9 new vehicles acquired in 2014. Large operators

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HGV driver shortage could cripple food industry

Supermarkets have denied claims a shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers could cripple the perishable food and drink industry. Full article can be read at Food Manufacture.   By Nicholas Robinson, 23-Dec-2014 Source: FoodManufacture .co.uk To read the rest of the articlet: http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Supply-Chain/Supermarkets-deny-HGV-driver-issue

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Yodel boss sorry over Christmas parcel delays

Courier firm Yodel has apologised about delivery delays and has promised parcels will get to customers in time for Christmas.   Some collections had to be delayed for 48 hours because of what the firm described as “unprecedented demand”.   Executive chairman Dick Stead said he hoped the backlog would be cleared by Monday.  

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Hauliers sought to respond to London safety survey

Anyone with experience of operating and driving lorries in London is being asked to complete a survey about improving the safety of HGVs and their drivers. Transport for London has commissioned TRL to conduct the research, which it says will take around 20 minutes to complete. TRL said it wants to hear from people involved

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Amazon Logistics outsources fleet role to regional couriers

Changes in consumer shopping habits have resulted in a record number of vans on Britain’s roads, but Amazon prefers to work with a raft of vehicle delivery firms rather than operate its own fleet. The United States-headquartered retailer has set up Amazon Logistics in the UK and unveiled a string of initiatives designed to ensure

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New safer lorries delayed until 2022

New lorries designed to make it easier for drivers to spot pedestrians and cyclists face delays of up to eight years, it has emerged. In April, the European Parliament passed a draft law to make lorries safer for other road users. But the rules will not come into force until 2022 after the industry called

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Highways Agency to become Highways England next year

The Highways Agency is to be renamed Highways England in April 2015 as part of plans to transform it into a government-owned company. The Department for Transport (DfT) revealed the new name today (9 December) after the second reading of the Infrastructure Bill, which legislates for the changes to take place next year. The DfT

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A fuel duty freeze does not go far enough

The Road Haulage Association is disappointed that the Chancellor has not seen fit to make the long-called for 3 pence per litre cut in fuel duty, a cut desperately needed to maintain the viability of UK hauliers.       Commenting, RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said: “Diesel represents more than a third of a

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Industry welcome for £15bn road plan

The government’s plan to invest in 15 billion in 100 new road schemes, has been welcomed by logistics and transport organisations although the Road Haulage Association also called for 150m in funding for driver training. The Freight Transport Association described the plan as “good news for the freight and logistics sector”. The plans include: £1.5bn

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Retailers facing 600,000 failed Christmas deliveries

Thirty million presents valued at £500,000,000 will be returned over the Christmas period, with home delivery firms expecting 600,000 failed deliveries, according to figures released by LCP Consulting. The expected scale of returns and the need to redeliver will put additional demands on the retailers during the seasonal holiday, according to the consultancy who says

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Rigids breathing life in to used truck market

Rigids appear to be propping up the used truck market as it starts to suffer from dwindling stock levels and patchy demand, according to a leading independent commercial vehicle valuator. George Alexander, Glass’s Guide Commercial Vehicle chief editor, said some dealers have summed it up as “being unable to shift even good late-year stock, yet

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RHA reinforces call for driver training funding in the Autumn Statement

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has reinforced its call for the chancellor to help hauliers fund training for new drivers. With the Autumn Statement drawing near, the RHA is again urging George Osborne to commit to helping operators fund the acquisition of vocational licences for new HGV drivers. The association estimates that there is currently

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Ocado takes West London e-commerce warehouse

Online supermarket Ocado has secured a 68,393 sq ft speculative unit at SEGRO’s Origin development in Park Royal, West London. The retailer has taken a 15 year lease and will distribute groceries to its London customers. Ocado will be joining Mash Purveyors – distributors of quality fruit and vegetables to London’s hotels and restaurants, on

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Hauliers could face automatic summons to Public Inquiries, warns lawy

A transport lawyer has raised concerns that the traffic commissioners’ discretion to call an operator to public inquiry (PI) could be eroded by new rules that class infringements by their seriousness, which would lead to hauliers triggering an automatic summons. The proposals from the European Commission supplement a 2009 regulation that covers good repute and

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Start Christmas shopping now, warns minister: Lorry driver shortage ‘could mean empty shelves’

The EU’s new training rules mean the logistics industry is 60,000 drivers short, according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. And the Freight Transport Association (FTA) claims 20,000 drivers have either taken early retirement or moved to different jobs since the Certificate of Professional Competence became mandatory in September. The qualification involves 35

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RHA steps up training-fund push

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has stepped up its campaigning ahead of the Autumn Statement next month, as it attempts to get the chancellor to back its call for a training fund to alleviate the driver shortage. The association has given a series of presentations to hauliers and the government and has attracted the support

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Industrial HGV Task Force stops more than 3,400 vehicles in its first yea

London’s Industrial HGV Task Force has stopped more than 3,400 vehicles since it began operating a year ago, according to Transport for London (TfL). Tackling non-compliant HGVs in mainly targeted stops, the unit issued 1,565 roadworthiness prohibitions to drivers, 887 fixed penalty notices and seized 41 vehicles during the period. The task force is made

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Lorry tax windfall bigger than expected

A new tax on foreign heavy goods lorries (HGV) coming to the UK could rake in twice as much as the government expected, Treasury figures suggest. So far, the HGV levy has made £23.4m for the Treasury since it was introduced in April. That is £3m more than it expected for the whole year. Foreign

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FFUK: make diesel cheaper than petrol

FairFuelUK (FFUK) has appealed for the price of diesel to be brought below that of petrol to help drive growth for UK hauliers. The group set out its position in its 2015 General Election manifesto, which is due to be launched at Parliament today (22 October). The manifesto reiterated previous calls by FFUK for the

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SfL launches standard of excellence for Driver CPC

Skills for Logistics has launched the Standard of Excellence Driver CPC, which is designed to enable employers to identify good training providers as well as benchmarking their in-house training schemes. The standard has been developed following consultation with key logistics employers. They identified five key metrics based on high quality training and business benefit, which

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IAA Hannover 2014 – Stoneridge demonstrated futuristic dashboard

Stoneridge demonstrated its FCD4, a fully-configurable futuristic dashboard which uses a removable tablet instead of a traditional central information display. In addition to audio, sat-nav and climate control, the tablet also runs several apps to make the driver’s life easier. These include Driver Decision Support, which accompanies the Stoneridge SE5000 tachograph, keeping track of available

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September tops new truck registrations

New truck registrations in Britain strengthened in the third quarter of the year, with September proving to be the best month so far, raising hopes of a strong finish to 2014. According to data by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 22,411 new trucks of 6-tonne GVW or more were registered in the

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HGV driver shortage may affect UK supply chain

Members of the British International Freight Association – who tend to be truck hirers delivering container and trailer imports from ports to distribution centres – have reported significantly increased waiting times for an available vehicle, much higher costs from haulage companies and surcharges from some shipping lines. The implementation of the new HGV driver regulations

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Revamped lorry designs could avoid hundreds of cycling deaths

Proposed new lorry design to reduce cyclist fatalities. Photograph: Loughborough University Revamping lorry designs to overhaul blind spots in current models could save the lives of hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians every year, according to a new report by Loughborough University. Lorries are responsible for over half of all cyclist deaths in London, a third

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DVSA warns 7.5-tonne entitlement no longer vailid without Driver CPC

DVSA has reminded drivers that they now can’t legally drive a 7.5 tonne truck professionally even if it’s on their driving licence unless they have completed the Driver CPC. Drivers issued with their car licence before 1996 have a C1 entitlement on their licence allowing them to drive professionally a vehicle up to 7.5 tonnes.

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DVLA warns drivers about mobile phone use at the wheel

The DVLA has begun sending warning letters to HGV and PSV drivers penalised for using a mobile phone or other device when driving. The letters, being sent out from 1 September, inform drivers of the risks in continuing to use handheld devices while driving. They advise that in addition to the £100 fixed penalty and

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Shortage of drivers could mean road to hell

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned that it could be a bleak Christmas this year – with a distinct lack of drivers to deliver the goods. M6 Motorway FTA members have voiced their concerns ahead of the festive season, outlining how driver shortage is affecting their operations. Eighty two per cent of transport managers

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Deadline day for driver CPC

Today, 10th September, is the deadline for drivers to complete the first round of Driver CPC training. Drivers with “acquired rights” who have not completed their training now face fines of up to £1,000. And offences will also be referred to the traffic commissioner which could result in the suspension of the driver’s and/or the

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TfL surveying HGV drivers over future of transport in London

Transport for London (TfL) has called on operators, HGV drivers and van drivers to take part in a survey that will inform its future planning for driving and cycling in London. The survey, which will take 20 minutes to complete, includes video-based questions in which drivers are asked what they would do in different situations.

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New chief executive to take over at RHA in September

The RHA has confirmed its new chief executive, Richard Burnett, will take up his post on 1 September. Burnett, who is MD at Leicester-based Samworth Brothers Distribution and has also held roles at third party logistics service providers such as TDG, Hays Distribution and Wincanton, takes over from Geoff Dunning, who retires this month after

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Milton Keynes to review speed limits

The speed limit on all roads in Milton Keynes are to be subject to a review as part of the local council’s plans to improve road safety across the city. The review, which a Milton Keynes Council spokesman said was part of a wider evaluation of the causes of road accidents, has been implemented following

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Beat fatigue by the seat of your pants

Seats that warn drivers they are falling asleep at the wheel by using sensors that detect heart signals could be developed for HGVs. Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have secured funding to explore how an electrocardiogram sensor system can be integrated into the fabric of vehicle seats, and they want to develop it for lorry

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Photocard licence and tacho card charges set to fall

The fees vehicle operators in Great Britain pay for driving licences and tachograph cards look set to fall later this year after the DVLA announced plans to return a surplus of around £25m a year. Under the proposals, the fees charged for a first GB driving licence would fall from £50 to £43 for a

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Pilot will grant Highways Agency officers power to stop HGVs

Highways Agency (HA) officers will be given powers to stop HGVs on behalf of the DVSA. A pilot scheme, which will be launched in September, will see HA traffic officers being handed powers to halt lorries and direct potentially dangerous vehicles back to a DVSA check site for examination. At the moment, HA officers only

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Higher lorry speed limit will save £11m, says minister

The government has raised the speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads from 40mph to 50 mph saying that it could result in savings of up to £11m a year. And it is launching a consultation on a proposal to increase the speed limit for HGVs on dual carriageways from 50mph to 60mph. The

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FTA highlights concerns over resilience of transport network

The Freight Transport Association says it has had concerns on the resilience of transport networks for some time, given the changing climate and increased trend of severe weather events and that keeping transport and logistics operators informed is vital. Responding to the ‘Transport Resilience Review’ published by the Department for Transport, the FTA said: “Information

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Half a million have done the Driver CPC

More than half a million professional drivers have completed their Driver CPC, according to the DVSA. As of June, 515,513 drivers (both HGV and PCV) had completed their Driver CPC ahead of the 10 September deadline, compared with 474,060 in May. June’s total of 41,453 Driver CPCs completed is also the single highest monthly total

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FTA welcomes London Lorry Control Scheme’s decision to abandon additional HGV safety regs

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed London Councils’ decision not to introduce mandatory fitting of sideguards and class V and VI close-proximity mirrors aspart of its London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS). However The FTA said an an opportunity had been missed to overhaul the ‘out-of-date’ scheme and enable easier night-time deliveries. Following a public

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Northamptonshire operators targeted by fuel thieves

Operators in Northamptonshire are being urged by police to ensure their trucks are secured overnight and parked in a well-lit area following a number of fuel thefts. Police said three separate operators were targeted by thieves over a 24-hour period earlier this week. A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire police declined to name the operators involved. Their

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HGV test numbers on the rise

The number of drivers taking and passing HGV tests nudged upwards in the year to March 2014 but remained less than half the level of five years ago. In the year to March, 44,937 category C+E and category C tests were taken, a 3% increase on 43,589 in the previous year. Of these 23,905 were

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Highways Agency will not ban lorries overtaking on A12

The Highways Agency (HA) has ruled out the introduction of an overtaking ban for HGVs on the A12, despite calls from Essex County Council to introduce the controversial measure. Councillors last year voted in favour of introducing a pilot ban in two lanes on a stretch of the A12 between Marks Tey and Boreham Interchange,

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Radlett rail depot: Plans approved by government

Approval has been granted for a huge international freight terminal on green belt land in Hertfordshire after eight years of protest. The terminal is to be built on the Radlett Aerodrome site near St Albans. The Department for Communities and Local Government approved the scheme and said the terminal was needed for London and south-east

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John Hayes replaces Stephen Hammond as roads minister

Former energy minister John Hayes has replaced Stephen Hammond as transport minister in a government reshuffle. Hayes, Conservative MP for South Holland and The Deeplings, will take on responsibility for freight and logistics at the Department for Transport (DfT). Between September 2012 and March 2013, Hayes held the position of energy minister at the Department

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Waitrose NDC on course for build record

Waitrose’s giant new national distribution centre at Milton Keynes is on track for a record build time of just 22 weeks. The 940,0000 sq ft building is being developed by IDI Gazeley at Magna Park Milton Keynes. Work started on site in March and the first steels of the 940,000 sq ft building went up

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Northamptonshire could squeeze roads

Narrowing the width of roads in Northamptonshire in order to stop lorries using them has not been ruled out by the county council. Concerns were raised last year about the controversial proposal after a consultation was launched into ways of saving money. Northamptonshire County Council said 470 responses were received, with ideas such as reclassifying

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Northamptonshire may taper roads to keep trucks out

Narrowing the width of roads in Northamptonshire in order to stop lorries using them has not been ruled out by the county council. Concerns were raised last year about the controversial proposal after a consultation was launched into ways of saving money. Northamptonshire County Council said 470 responses were received, with ideas such as reclassifying

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New chief for RHA

The Road Haulage Association has appointed Richard Burnett as its new chief executive. He is set to take over from Geoff Dunning who is retiring after 17 years with the RHA, and five years as chief executive. RHA National Chairman Peter Barber commented: “Richard’s experience in the road transport and logistics industry is impressive. He

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Launch of New Board Game Seeks to Transform Supply Chain Learning

Three years after its inception, today sees the official launch of an innovative new board game designed to teach young people of all ages about the importance of today’s supply chain in global commerce. The game – Business on the Move – aims to inspire, excite and educate young people from the age of 9

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Morrisons moves into London with online service

Morrisons is now taking online food orders in North London via Morrisons.com with deliveries set to start on 9th July. The web site now features delivery slots for postcodes across the capital from Ealing to Essex. Delivery slots cost from £1. Simon Thompson, managing director for online food at Morrisons said: “We’re aware that we’re

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Loading bay maintenance is the key to keeping your business moving

Every year, there are over 5,000 accidents involving transport in the workplace, and despite the many safety improvements to equipment over recent decades, the loading bay remains one of the most dangerous parts of a warehouse, states Jonathan Bowdler, service sales manager of Pickerings Lifts Loading Systems. He comments: “The loading area is an integral

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Bedfords Group buys RPL Transport

Bedfords Group is back on the acquisition trail with the purchase of RPL Transport – and it said its spending spree isn’t over yet. The West Yorkshire haulier told Commercialmotor.com it bought the £4.5m turnover Milton Keynes business because it wanted a base further south, in order to strengthen its offering and “solidify its capabilities

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Freight journey planner hits milestone

A free-to-use online freight journey planner has hit a milestone, with more than 35,000 routes generated and 90,000 visitors to the site. The journey planner, operated by Pie Mapping and delivered via the UK Haulier website, provides freight operators and drivers a way to plan routes tailored to their vehicle size automatically avoiding commercial vehicle

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Government allocates funding to repair local roads

Local councils have so far been allocated £168m from the government’s pothole repair fund, which it hopes authorities will use to fill around three million potholes across the UK.  Northamptonshire, Hampshire and Lancashire have received the greatest share of the fund, which was revealed in the chancellor’s Budget earlier this year. The Department for Transport

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M&S trials lorry camera system

Marks Spencer is trialling a 360° camera system from Brigade and technology partner, ASL Vision, to improve safety on its lorry fleet. Backeye 360 Elite uses four ultra-wide-angle camera lenses mounted on the vehicle to capture all blind spots. Simultaneous digital images from the cameras are processed and ‘video stitched’ resulting in a real time,

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Clipper opens South East transport hub

Clipper has opened a new transport hub in the Pinnacles in Harlow, to service retailers in London the South East. The site, which will house a fleet of 50 vehicles, will also operate as a shared-user DC and host Clipper’s retail deconsolidation solution for Regent Street, which reduces road miles, congestion and emissions by making

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Truckers may be banned from overtaking cyclists

HGV drivers could find themselves banned from overtaking cyclists in a radical government proposal to create cycle streets. Part of a Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on updating traffic signs and road markings, the cycle streets will give priority to bike users on “lightly trafficked” roads and include possible overtaking bans for motorists, as well

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Campaign fights driver toilets problem

Companies that refuse delivery drivers access to their toilets will be publicly named and shamed in a campaign to address this “fundamentally immoral” issue, according to union Unite. The warning came as one driver told Commercialmotor.com he was forced to use a water bottle after staff at Panalpina World Freight in Stockport said he couldn’t

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NNR expands with new distribution centre

NNR Global Logistics, part of the Nishitetsu Group, has expanded its contract logistics services by opening a new DC in Northampton. “We have seen significant interest for our contract logistics offerings and we are already planning further sites throughout the UK, both dedicated and multi user facilities,” said Tim Dabbs, head of contract logistics. The

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Driver shot at in layby

A driver whose truck cab was shot at while parked overnight on the A34 said he would never stay in a layby again. The incident near Oxford earlier this week came shortly after three teenagers shot at a moving lorry on the A14, smashing the quarter light window. Subbie Jonny Pickles was parked up on

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DVSA revises Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness

In April, the DVSA published a revised version of its Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness. The revision clears up some grey areas and gives better and more practical guidance to operators and drivers about ensuring the roadworthiness of a vehicle, write Joanne Witheford and Vikki Woodfine of DWF. Given that the consequences of non-compliance with requisite

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Tesco extends online clothing contract with Clipper

Tesco has extended its contract with Clipper to include additional services to support the growth of its online clothing business over the next five years. The contract builds on an existing service for Tesco’s online clothing. It will be based at a 400,000 sq foot facility in Daventry and is expected to create up to

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Hauliers “confused” over London Lorry Control Scheme regs

A “huge amount of confusion” about the London Lorry Control Scheme has led to operators treating it as an HGV ban and avoiding the capital at night and weekends, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).This view is backed up by a recent survey of 100 hauliers, which found that almost 70% try to plan

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DVSA doesn’t know how many still need Driver CPC

The DVSA has admitted it doesn’t know how many professional drivers will need to complete the Driver CPC, with just months to go before the deadline for the process. Most HGV drivers have until 10 September to complete 35 hours of mandatory Driver CPC periodic training. Although the deadline for coach and bus drivers passed

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Official opening for Dachser’s Northampton logistics centre

Dachser has officially opened its integrated logistics centre in Northampton. The new facility occupies a 7.4 hectare site and represents an investment of €26m. Bernhard Simon, CEO of Dachser, said: “With this new logistics centre, we will satisfy the demands for global integrated supply chains. We are continuing our growth. Over the long term, we

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Clipper raises £50m in stock market flotation

Clipper Logistics has raised almost £50m through its Initial Public Offering on the London Stock Exchange. The price of its shares for the IPO was set at 100 pence. This gives a market capitalisation of £100 million. Some 49,900,000 ordinary shares have been sold in the IPO raising £49.9m. Conditional trading started on 30th May,

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Gazeley delivers on time and again for John Lewis

New best in class regional distribution centre at flagship UK site completed on time and on budget and handed over to another happy customer. Gazeley a leading global investor and developer of logistics warehouses and distribution parks has today announced the completion of a brand new 670,000 sq ft ecommerce distribution centre handed over on

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Logistics market set for record recovery

The UK industrial and logistics sector is set to see record demand and the return of meaningful speculative development for the first time since 2008, according to new research from national property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH). In the East Midlands, 2013 saw take-up of industrial and logistics property soar by 51% to more than

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Hauliers slapped with 17% Congestion Charge price hike

Fleet operators delivering in the capital will be stung by a hefty 17% price increase for entering the London Congestion Charge from next month, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed today (28 May). Following a 10-week public consultation, which closed at the end of March, the price for registered fleet users (six or more vehicles)

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Where is the safe HGV parking on the A14?

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has complained to transport minister Robert Goodwill that, despite assurances, no consideration has been given to safe and secure HGV parking in the A14 upgrade plans. In a letter to the minister, the RHA said the absence of any thought for lorry parking provision is “symptomatic of the Department for

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Corby Link Road opens

A £34m dual-carriageway hoped to improve operators’ access to the A14 from Corby will be opened by transport minister Robert Goodwill today (23 May). The Corby Link Road, which links the A43 just south of Corby with the A6003 north of the A14, is hoped to relieve congestion, reduce the number of accidents and boost

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Eddie’s profits boost Stobart Group

A £22m profit from Eddie Stobart Logistics helped cover Stobart Group’s costs after selling off a majority share in the business, the group revealed in its results for the year to 28th February. It reported restructuring and impairment costs of some £15m associated with the sale to DBay Advisors of 51 per cent of the

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Postal cherry picking threatens universal service, warns Royal Mail

Competition from TNT Post UK could cost Royal Mail more than £200m by 2017-18 threatening the universal postal service, Moya Greene, CEO of Royal Mail, has warned in the group’s annual results. TNT Post, which is part of Dutch post office PostNL, now has direct delivery operations in London and in Manchester and in Liverpool

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RHA issues DVSA approved load retention advice for trailers

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has issued guidance on load retention that should, if correctly implemented, help operators of curtain-sided vehicles pass DVSA roadside checks without any load safety issues. The DVSA-approved guidance notes cover the securing of palletised freight on curtainsiders, and include a solution for improved securing of pallets on the upper deck

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40pc of all trade online by 2025

E-commerce is set to take up to 40 per cent of all trade volumes by 2015, according to research by Deutsche Post DHL. Today e-commerce makes up eight percent of the overall trading volume in Europe. This share could rise up to 40 per cent in developed countries and up to 30 percent in today’s

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Royal Mail grabs initiative on Sunday deliveries

Parcelforce, Royal Mail’s express parcels business, is to launch a Sunday delivery service in June for online shoppers through participating e-retailers. The move will pre-empt DPD, which has already set out plans to launch a Sunday service in July. And Royal Mail will trial Sunday deliveries within the M25 later in the summer. It will

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M&S drops £200m London Gateway development

Marks Spencer has decided not to go ahead with the £200m distribution centre at London Gateway that it announced a year ago. The 900,000 sq ft site was to have supported stores in the south of England as well as acting as a global shipping gateway. Chief executive Marc Bolland said at the time: “London

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London Gateway pushes ahead with common user facility

DP World has hired the Buckingham Group to build the 375,000 sq ft Common User Facility at London Gateway. The multi-purpose specialist cargo handling centre will be built in two phases and will be integrated with the new deep-sea container port DP World London Gateway. It is due to be completed in the first quarter

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Princess Anne opens Bibby DC

The Princess Royal has opened Bibby Distribution’s 212,000 sq ft distribution hub at Max Park in Corby. The site acts as a central hub for Bibby’s operations in the East Midlands, as well as being the second primary consolidation centre the 3PL operates on behalf of Morrisons. The princess, who is patron of Transaid, said:

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Work begins on new Dartford Crossing gantries

Work begins this evening (14 May) on the installation of five gantries at the Dartford Crossing to support the new Dart Charge remote payment system due to come into operation in October. The gantries will be installed near the tunnel entrance and on the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge to house signage and vehicle identification equipment.

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Logistics degree attracts even more interest

Applicants can now opt for two degree routes: BSc (Hons) in Logistics with Supply Chain Management and the new BA (Hons) in Business with Supply Chain Management The need to ensure a supply of fresh talent in the important and demanding field of supply chain management has led some of the UK’s best-known retail companies

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Fashion retailer H&M secures Rugby warehouse

HM has been named as the international retailer that has taken a 236,806 sq ft pre-let warehouse at SEGRO and Roxhill’s Rugby Gateway scheme in the Midlands. The retailer has been looking for space in the region for more than 18 months. The build to suit deal at the 125 acre Rugby Gateway scheme, which

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Edd Stobart launches own haulage firm

The son of Eddie Stobart Logistics (ESL) chief executive William Stobart, Edd, has set up his own haulage firm, named WS Transportation. The company was incorporated in March, the same month Stobart Group revealed its plans to partially divest its transport and logistics business creating ESL. Former MD of Stobart Group’s fleet division David Cox

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Hauliers more optimistic about business prospects, finds FTA report

Hauliers feel more optimistic about their business prospects for this year, with many expecting to see an increase in volumes, according to a recent report by the Freight Transport Association (FTA). International operators in particular feel more positive about business this year than last, the results of the association’s Logistics Industry Survey 2013/14 revealed. The

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A21 improvements get green light

Dualling of the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury, described as “one of the worst accident blackspots in the country”, could begin as early as the autumn after the transport secretary gave the go-ahead to the plans. The long awaited major road scheme is expected to help reduce congestion, traffic jams, pollution and accidents along the

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City Link to automate Coventry hub

City Link is investing in automated sortation system for its parcels hub at Coventry in a move designed to increase throughput by 50 per cent. The automated system is being supplied by Caljan Rite Hite. As well as increasing capacity it is designed to enable City Link to flex up to meet the demands of

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Load restraint guidance, not system, approved by DVSA

The DVSA has told Commercialmotor.com it has not given its approval to the load restraint system developed recently for the upper deck of curtainsided double-deck trailers by an Road Haulage Association-led working group in conjunction with Montracon. Announcing new guidance in late April on the retention of palletised goods on the upper deck of double-deck

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Clipper plans stock market flotation

Clipper Logistics has set out plans for a stock market flotation. The group, founded by Steve Parkin in 1992, is proposing an initial public offering of ordinary shares to institutional and professional investors. Clipper provides value-added logistics solutions and e-fulfilment to the retail sector in the United Kingdom. It also has a business in Germany.

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PLUS Logistics launched

The UK’s first member-owned logistics provider has been launched. PLUS Logistics is being launched by the national network of hauliers behind the hugely respected and successful Palletline business. PLUS Logistics will offer the UK and Europe a new range of contract logistics services including warehousing and storage, through the night, pick and pack, consolidation services

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Malcolm Logistics launches its 50ft container

Malcolm Logistics has unveiled its 50ft container, one of 40 that the haulier plans to bring into operation. The container, which was officially launched by the Princess Royal at the Multimodal show yesterday (30 April), sits on top of a 15.65m SDC-built longer semi-trailer chassis and has 15% more capacity than a standard container. Group

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Green light for Highways Agency reform

The Highways Agency’s (HA) transformation into a government-owned company along the lines of Network Rail has taken another step closer. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has approved a series of reforms that should see the HA transformed within a year. The government has claimed that the transformation will be a better deal for taxpayers, with savings

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Driver training could give 5pc fuel saving

Logistics operators could cut their fuel costs by five per cent by teaching their drivers fuel-efficient motoring skills, a new study by Shell reveals. The Fuel Matters 2014 study surveyed more than 200 managers of UK-based operators, and found that 67 per cent singled out improving their drivers’ fuel efficient motoring skills as the most

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Hauliers increasingly opting for in-cab cameras

The fitting of in-cab cameras by hauliers is becoming the norm rather than the exception, according to the Road Haulage Association (RHA). A survey by the RHA of its members found that more than half (54%) have now fitted cameras, with a further 35% indicating they are considering doing so. While the main interest is

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HGV Blind spot safety technology trial launched by Transport for London

Blindspot safety technology for HGVs is to be extensively tested by the Transport Research Laboratory as part of Transport for London’s (TfL) drive to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on the capital’s roads by 40% by 2020. The project will evaluate the effectiveness of the full range of blindspot safety technology in

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Task force set to continue indefinitely

More than seven out of 10 construction and waste industry trucks stopped in London by the Industrial HGV Task Force (IHTF), an intelligence-led operation, since October have been non-compliant, Transport for London (TfL) has revealed. In a report on the six-month IHTF trial, TfL said 72% of the construction and waste trucks stopped in mainly

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It’s official: fuel duty cuts do stimulate the economy after all

The government has admitted that reducing fuel duty does lead to a boost in economic growth. In a report released this week (Analysis of the Dynamic Effects of Fuel Duty Reductions) the Treasury revealed that by abolishing the planned fuel duty escalator rise in the 2011 Budget, and instead cutting duty by 1ppl and subsequently

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Truck driver stabbing reignites lorry parking debate

The stabbing of a lorry driver in a Cambridgeshire lay-by has reignited the debate about HGV parking, with the Road Haulage Association complaining that the government has ignored its concerns. Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the attack on a driver in a lay-by near the village of Haddenham on 1 April. Cambridgeshire

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R Swain & Sons acquires heavy haulier Hallett Silbermann

Rochester-based R Swain Sons has acquired the business and assets of heavy plant haulier Hallett Silbermann for an undisclosed sum. Silbermann, which is based in Hatfield and was formerly owned by Brent Group, is authorised to run up to 30 vehicles and 43 trailers on its O-licence. All staff and assets have been transferred across

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Dachser opens new UK headquarters

Dachser has opened its new UK headquarters at Brackmills Business Park, Northampton. The 16 acre site includes 178,000 sq ft of warehousing space. The transhipment warehouse comprises 64,000 sq ft dedicated to cross-docking with 34 dock-level loading doors and 9 level-access loading doors under canopy. There is potential for a further 26,000 sq ft of

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PLUS Logistics launched the UK’s first member-owned logistics provider

The UK’s first member-owned logistics provider has today been launched. PLUS Logistics is being launched by the national network of hauliers behind the hugely respected and successful Palletline business. PLUS Logistics will offer the UK and Europe a new range of contract logistics services including warehousing and storage, through the night, pick and pack, consolidation

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Heathcliff owed £1.2m at the time of collapse

Cambridgeshire-based Heathcliff Haulage, which went into administration earlier this year, owed creditors more than £1.2m at the time of its collapse, it has emerged. The Palletways member ceased trading and entered administration on 30 January (CM 13 February) after incurring significant debts to both trade creditors and HMRC. In the company’s statement of affairs, administrator

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Bosch and Siemens win for Roadways

Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances has awarded a contract to Roadways Container Logistics to manage shipments directly to clients including John Lewis and Curry’s; as well as undertaking a “drop and swap” operation from UK ports to BSH’s Kettering distribution centre. Logistics operations manager Paul Shanks said: “We are delighted to be working with Roadways

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Your duty of care to drivers explained

Operators owe a duty of care to their drivers in exactly the same way as other employer/employee relationships. If the operator breaches this duty and the driver suffers loss, injury or damage as a result, then the operator is exposed to both civil and criminal liabilities, writes Andrew Woolfall, director of Backhouse Jones. This could

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Pallet stacking: know the rules

Workplace deaths caused by incorrectly stacked pallets emphasise the need for effective health and safety procedures to be implemented by operators. With their increasing use and benefits, it is important the safety risk to employees exposed to them is minimised, writes Tim Hill, partner, solicitor advocate, at Eversheds. The handling of heavy goods involves the

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Eddie Stobart Logistics is born, as Stobart Group completes partial divestment of transport division

Eddie Stobart Logistics has been born, with the news this evening that Stobart Group had completed the partial divestment of the business that the group was built upon. “Stobart, the infrastructure and support services group, announces that the partial realisation of its transport and distribution division, as described in the company’s announcement of 6 March

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DAF adds telematics solution

DAF Trucks is to offer customers a telematics solution as an integral part of its repair and maintenance contracts at no additional cost. The system will be pre-installed on new trucks and it has been specifically tailored for DAF by industry leader and transport management specialist Microlise. The new system will be fitted on all

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Norbert expands at Heathrow

Norbert Dentressangle’s freight forwarding division has relocated its Heathrow operation to larger premises. It has taken the lease on 9,000 sq ft of dedicated office and warehouse space at the Saxon Way Trading Estate in Harmondsworth, five minutes from Heathrow Airport. Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK has employed a new international business manager for its fashion

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Iveco to launch new generation Daily van

Iveco is set to launch the third generation of its Daily van in June, with the promise of improved capacity together with fuel savings of up to five per cent on the previous model. The new Daily will retains its ladder frame chassis structure, which offers strength and ease of configuration for chassis cab models.

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Supply chain disruption costs manufacturers £58m

Large UK manufacturers lost more than £58m dealing with the fall-out from supply chain disruptions in 2013, according to a study commissioned by risk management specialist Achilles. The total average cost of all supply chain disruptions was £105,000 per manufacturer. The survey found that manufacturers were hit hardest in 2013 by suppliers failing to deliver

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Cladding contract for Wincanton

Materials provider Marley Eternit has awarded a four year contract for the distribution of cladding solutions to Wincanton. Building on its existing contract to distribute roof tiles, this new deal cements Wincanton’s relationship with the construction sector supplier, making it Marley Eternit’s sole distribution partner in the UK. The deal will see Wincanton distribute some

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Beware of third-party driving licence renewal sites

The boss of a haulage firm duped into paying more than he needed to for a licence renewal has warned others to double-check that they are using the official DVLA website. CM was contacted last week by the MD of a West Country haulier, who wishes to remain anonymous, after he renewed his HGV licence

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“Driver CPC needs to be sharpened up,” says TfL

A senior Transport for London (TfL) official has criticised the loophole in the Driver CPC regulations that effectively allows people to sit the same course, over consecutive days, and legally achieve their qualification. Leon Daniels, MD, surface transport at TfL, was giving evidence at a Transport Committee hearing last week about the reform of the

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New UK MD for Yusen

Kevin Appleton has been appointed UK managing director of Yusen Logistics, to take over from Ian Veitch who was promoted to European MD. Appleton will take up his new position with effect from 14th April 2014 and will be based at Yusen Logistics UK’s headquarters at Grange Park, Northampton. He began his career with the

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DVSA to explore more opportunities for ATFs

The DVSA believes there will eventually be double the current number of authorised testing facilities (ATFs), which currently stands at 400, and it is looking to offer more services to hauliers under the newly-formed agency. At the launch of the DVSA earlier this week, chief executive Alastair Peoples said that although there is no limit

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Strong growth for van market

The strong growth in van sales continued in March reflecting the continued growth of the home delivery market. Registrations rose to 50,064 for the month – up 14.6 per cent on last year, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. And for the year to date, registrations are now 16 per

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Police launch manhunt after truck driver knifed in lay-by

Police are hunting a knife attacker after a lorry driver was slashed in a Cambridgeshire lay-by. The 45-year-old man needed hospital treatment after parking up on Sutton Road in Haddenham on 1 April at around 7.20am. He was attacked from behind as he got out of his cab and suffered serious injuries, but has since

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Primark rumoured to take 1 million sq ft DC in East Midlands

Property market speculation is mounting that Primark is the Top 25 retailer that has exchanged contracts with investor LondonMetric for a 1.06 million sq ft distribution warehouse in Northamptonshire. LondondMetric, the UK REIT recently created through the merger of London Stamford Property and Metric Property, has already acquired Primark’s existing 785,000 sq ft facility at

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DVSA Goes Live

The newly formed Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) goes live today, following a government consultation last year about how to make the existing motoring agencies more efficient. Formed by the merger of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (Vosa) and the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the DVSA will now be the only point of

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Fagan and Whalley opens Coventry depot

Fagan and Whalley believes its new Coventry depot will help it provide a greater range of services to existing, as well as new, customers. Stephen Fagan, director of Fagan and Whalley, said the facility, which became operational on 24 March, would also make it easier for the haulier grow and develop. He added: “Our latest

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SEKO takes Milton Keynes shed

SEKO Logistics has taken NFU Mutual’s 151,960 sq ft High Standing warehouse in Milton Keynes. Seko Logistics has agreed a new 11-year lease and will pay £888,919 a year equating to £5.84 per sq ft. Benefiting from 12 metre eaves and fully fitted offices on the ground and first floor, High Standing also includes 12

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HGV Road User Levy: a fairer deal for UK hauliers

Robert Goodwill, transport minister at the Department for Transport (DfT) on why the start of the HGV Road User Levy today (1 April) is about a fairer deal for UK hauliers. Doing all we can to help UK businesses thrive has been the government’s priority since we were elected in 2010. Since then we have

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Freight industry welcome for road user levy

Both the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association have welcomed the arrival of the HGV Road User Levy which comes into operation today, 1st April. The aim of the levy is to make foreign-registered lorries pay to use the UK’s roads. It applies to all vehicles over 12 tonnes and will be charged

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CitySprint buys Network Logistics UK

CitySprint has bought Network Logistics UK, the Birmingham-based same day logistics firm – its third acquisition in six months. Patrick Gallagher, chief executive of CitySprint, said: “This deal marks yet another important step forward in our growth strategy and will help us expand our reach and offering for our customers.” Network Logistics UK was founded

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Eddie Stobart sale gets the go-ahead

Stobart Group expects to complete the sale of a majority stake in its transport and distribution business to DBay Advisors in the next ten days after shareholders voted for the deal. The resolution at a general meeting on Monday 31st March received 272 million votes in favour with some 10m against. A second resolution, to

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DVSA must keep focus on physical enforcement and not rely soley on technology such as OCRS, says senior TC

Senior traffic commissioner (TC) Beverley Bell said it is vital that the newly formed DVSA allocates enough resources to ground level enforcement activity against non-compliant operators. Giving evidence regarding the merger of Vosa and the DSA at a Transport Committee session this week, Bell told MPs that having enforcement staff carrying out checks on the

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Virani Foods expands contract with Knights of Old

Virani Foods, which produces ethnic ingredients, has signed a £1.5 million three year logistics contract with Knights of Old. Knights will be adding warehousing and logistics to the distribution service that it has provided to Virani under an existing contract. It will now be transporting over 15,000 pallets a year throughout the UK and storing

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Carlsberg to open major strategic hub in Northampton

Carlsberg is acquiring a new 640,000 sq ft strategic warehouse and distribution hub at developer Roxhill¹s Brackmills Point scheme in Northamptonshire. A planning proposal has been submitted to the council by the developer which details Carlsberg¹s proposed new facility, which is on land adjoining Roxhill¹s Brackmills Point scheme south of Bedford Road in Northampton. It

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Birmingham 20mph speed limit gets the green light

Plans to introduce a blanket 20mph speed limit across Birmingham city centre have been given the green light. Councillors at Birmingham City Council voted to go-ahead with the controversial proposals, despite opposition from the majority of consultation respondents last year. Of the 3,565 people who responded to the public consultation, which took place between October

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DVSA launches O-licence guidance review after criticism from judge

The DVSA has begun a review of its guidance for operators, after the Upper Tribunal ruled earlier this month tthat here was confusion over when hauliers should pay renewal fees, which needed to be urgently addressed. The problem came to light after Overbrook Recovery Service appealed a decision by a traffic commissioner to terminate its

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Logistics industry beams with confidence

The logistics industry saw a boost in confidence in the second half of 2013, compared to the previous six months, according to the latest UK Logistics Confidence Index. Commissioned by Barclays and Grant Thornton UK, the bi-annual Index surveyed more than one hundred industry decision-makers. It revealed an overall confidence reading of 74.9, an increase

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Waitrose to open 940,000 sq ft NDC at Milton Keynes

Waitrose is to open a 940,000 sq ft state of the art national distribution centre at Gazeley’s Magna Park scheme in Milton Keynes, in 2015. The NDC will handle the distribution of around 25,000 nationally available grocery and home department lines that can be found in Waitrose and on Waitrose.com. It will deliver the national

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The White Company spreads its wings at Swan Valley

Luxury lifestyle retailer The White Company has taken Aviva Investors’ 191,114 sq ft warehouse at Swan Valley Distribution Park in Northampton. The company is relocating from Brackmills Industrial Estate to the larger premises due to continued business expansion. It has taken a 20 -year lease with a ten-year break. Phil Clarke, CFO for The White

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Gazeley hands over 670,000 sq ft fulfilment centre to John Lewis

John Lewis has taken posession of its new 670,000 sq ft e-commerce centre at Milton Keynes from developer Gazeley. Dino Rocos, operations director at John Lewis said: “Magna Park Milton Keynes is our flagship UK distribution site and plays a key role in the development of our successful omni-channel distribution strategy. Gazeley are a key

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Stobart Automotive drivers vote for strike action

Stobart Automotive and union Unite are due to enter talks today (14 March) after drivers voted in favour of a strike. According to Unite employees at the car transporter division of Eddie Stobart Logistics voted 85% in favour of industrial action, on a 70% turnout, over issues regarding pay. Unite national officer Adrian Jones said:

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Morrisons wants more centralised distribution

Supermarket group Morrisons will increase the centralisation of its distribution network as part of a plan to make savings of more than £1 billion over the next three years from supply chain and procurement. It has identified some £300m of savings from improved end to end operations, including use of vertical integration to optimise what

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Changes to Dartford Crossing charges to come into force in October

Hauliers are likely to see an increase in Dartford Crossing charges this autumn, when a barrier-less charging scheme comes into force. The free-flow charging scheme, which will see users pay the toll in a way similar to the London Congestion Charge, will become operational in October. A Highways Agency spokeswoman said a price hike for

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Revocation for letting drivers break the law

Nick Denton, traffic commissioner (TC) for London and the South East (pictured), has revoked the O-licence of Sorrento Express for giving drivers work they could not complete legally. In a decision following a public inquiry in Eastbourne, the TC disqualified Alfonso Amitrano, the director of the Southall-based Italian food and drink specialist, from holding a

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Transport sector continues to grow workforce

A majority of transport sector employers are still looking to grow their workforces in the second quarter of 2014, according Manpower’s survey of employment prospects, with home deliveries driving recruitment. However, the positive balance has slipped back slightly to +3 per cent, from +7 per cent in the first quarter. The claim comes following ManpowerGroup’s

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New truck registrations slump

After the spectacular end to last year’s new truck market, the slump in registrations so far this year is every bit as bad as expected. Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows after the first two months of the year registrations of new trucks of 6.0-tonnes GVW or more are 37.9%

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Solent hauliers get together in bid to tackle driver shortage

A second meeting of hauliers in the Solent region, who are hoping to create their own local solution to tackle the problem of driver shortages, took place on 24 February. Hosted by Southampton-based Williams Shipping at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, the meeting reunited the delegates that attended an inaugural get together in November 2013.

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Industry welcomes the end of the tax disc

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) have welcomed moves to abolish the paper tax disc later this year. From October, paper tax discs will be replaced by digital records and will no longer be issued or required to be displayed on vehicle windscreens, the DVLA confirmed

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Three quarters of professional drivers in favour of smoking ban

Some 75 per cent of professional drivers support a ban on smoking in cars carrying children, a survey shows. On 10 February MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour – 376 for, 107 against. A ban is likely to come into force in England before the next general election. The TrackCompare poll, held during the week leading

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Dachser moves into Brackmills site

Dachser, has taken possession of its purpose built facility at Brackmills, Northampton. Developer Roxhill Investments handed over the keys at the end of last month bringing the base-build phase of the development to completion. Dachser has been developing a 64,000 sq ft cross-dock as well as a 114,000 sq ft contract logistics warehouse and 21,000

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Driver killed when second tipper overturns and falls on cab

Widnes-based Plasmor (Halton) has been fined £100,000 after a driver died when a tipper truck overturned. In a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Liverpool Crown Court was told that David Astley, 56, had taken a truck of limestone dust to the plant on Tanhouse Lane, Widnes, in July 2013. Astley, from Ellesmere Port, was

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Load worth £18,000 stolen in Northamptonshire lay-by theft

Hauliers have been advised to be on their guard after a load worth £18,000 was stolen from a truck in Northamptonshire last week. Thieves broke into the lorry, which was parked in an A14 lay-by overnight on Wednesday 19 February, and took around 1,000 bottles of Bombay Sapphire gin. The thieves are believed to have

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LVH Haulage in liquidation owing creditors more than three-quarters of a million

A Sheerness transport firm specialising in heavy goods haulage has entered creditors voluntary liquidation owing businesses more than £760,000. Insolvency practitioners at Abbott Fielding were appointed to LVH Haulage on 12 February by members and creditors after a resolution was passed to wind it up. According to DVSA records, the company withdrew its application for

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DX set to raise profile after raising £200m

Express group DX is set to raise its profile after raising £200.5 million through a placing on the AIM market. It said it would start liverying its vehicles for the first time. The proceeds of the placing will also be used to repay existing senior debt, shareholder loans and private equity, allowing the company to

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Secured Mail plans £5m investment

Secured Mail, the wholesale mail and packet operator, has secured a further £5 million funding from Next Wave Partners, to support its expansion plans in 2014. The funding supports the development of its 75,000 sq ft automated mail hub at Luton. The hub is alreadyoperational and assisted with the peak Christmas period, and the funding

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Cut fuel duty by 3p, urges FTA

The Freight Transport Association has urged chancellor George Osborne to go further than freezing fuel duty, and cut it by three pence per litre. FTA made the request in its pre-Budget submission to the Chancellor, who will deliver the 2014 Budget statement on 19 March. It says that by reducing road fuel duty, the government

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The future of roadside enforcement

As reported in the last compliance newsletter, the final stage in the legislative process to amend tachograph regulation (EC) NO 561/2006 and to repeal (EEC) 3821/85 has been announced, ready for the European Commission to adopt early in 2014, writes Guy Reynolds, Tachodisc technical director. Following on from the last bulletin, where we referenced the

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Peterborough’s new distribution park set to open

Gateway Peterborough, the 240 acre distribution park, opens to the public on Monday when DPD get the keys to its new depot. Coincidentally, Yearsley has completed the purchase of a 20-acre plot at the site. The site, owned by Roxhill has planning permission for up to five million sq ft of logistics space. It can

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Exelby begins build of £4.2m truck park on A1

Construction has started on a £4.2m truck park just off the A1 near Leeming, North Yorkshire. The site, run by Exelby Services, is set to open in September. It will have 150 secure parking spaces, retail facilities, a food outlet and a coffee shop. It will also have facilities for diesel, petrol, AdBlue and gas

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Slovakian truck driver fined for ignoring Anglesey bridge closure

A Slovakian truck driver has been charged with careless driving after ignoring the closure of the Britannia Bridge in Anglesey, North Wales, last week. Igor Kolarik’s HGV overturned in high winds on Wednesday 12 February, despite the bridge being closed to high-sided vehicles. A spokeswoman for North Wales Police said the bridge was closed completely

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New dual fuel station for Arla Foods

European supplier of liquefied gas fuel, Gasrec, has opened a dedicated Bio-LNG filling station at Arla Foods’ new £150 million dairy in Aylesbury. Farmer-owned co-operative Arla Foods processes some 3.2 billion litres of milk a year throughout Europe. Its UK clients include brands such as Cravendale, Lurpak, Castello, and Anchor. The two companies have been

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‘Timing for Driver CPC deadline is all wrong’

September is the “worst possible month” for the Driver CPC deadline because a seasonal driver shortage could clash with thousands yet to start their training, warned the head of the UK’s largest supplier of agency drivers. Andrew Waldron, MD of ADR Network and LGV Training Network, said there was a record shortfall of agency drivers

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Wincanton on the hunt for contractors as demand rises

A dramatic upturn in the construction sector has prompted Wincanton to take on more contractors and owner-drivers to satisfy demand. The logistics firm’s construction unit director, Ben Young, said he had “a fair degree of confidence” that growth was sustainable for at least the next 18 months, adding that subcontractors were already approaching the business

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Brackmills urges businesses to vote yes

Businesses at Northampton’s Brackmills estate are pledging to renew its Business Improvement District (BID) status, following a drop in crime there. The end of Brackmills’first BID is in May 2014, so businesses are being asked to vote ‘yes’ in the BID ballot this March. Based near junction 15 of the M1, the logistics and transport

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Bribery Act: the policies you need in place

Some logistics companies could be risking prosecution by failing to implement adequate anti-bribery policies and procedures. However, there have been no corporate prosecutions since the Bribery Act 2010 was introduced, so do logistics companies really need to worry? The short answer is: yes, write Neill Blundell and Michael Clavell-Bate of Eversheds. The Bribery Act 2010

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New fuel marker to be introduced in 2015

HMRC has confirmed that a new marker for rebated fuel in the UK and Ireland will be introduced in 12-18 months’ time. The new marker, which will be produced by The Dow Chemical Company, will be “significantly more effective” than current markers and is “highly resistant to known laundering techniques”, HMRC said in a statement.

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DX sets out plan to float on AIM

DX, the mail, parcels and logistics network operator, is to float on AIM, the London Stock Exchange market for smaller companies, through an initial public offering (IPO). DX was established in 1975, and delivered some 170 million items in 2013. Petar Cvetkovic, Chief Executive Officer of DX said: “We are delighted to announce our plans

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UPS buys Polar Speed

UPS has bought Polar Speed, the UK-based provider of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical supply chain services as part of its strategy to strengthen its healthcare network across Europe. Polar Speed specialises in active temperature-controlled deliveries to hospitals, pharmacies, wholesalers and surgery centres as well as end patients. It uses a fleet of 118 actively monitored temperature-controlled vehicles

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M2 closed while engineers investigate giant crater

The M2 near Sittingbourne in Kent has been closed in both directions following the sudden emergence of a 15ft-deep hole in the central reservation. Highways Agency (HA) engineers are on the scene to investigate the cause of the mysterious ditch between junctions 5 and 6, which measures approximately 5m by 2m. The HA said it

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21-day ban for truck driver using mobile phone while driving

Deputy Traffic commissioner (TC) for Scotland Richard McFarlane has suspended a truck driver from driving HGVs for 21 days after he used a mobile phone while driving. Following a driver conduct hearing in Edinburgh that finished in December, the deputy TC told Gary Lynn, of Coatbridge, that the order would run from 31 January. During

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Operator fined after worker falls from forklift in unsafe operation

Cheese manufacturer Joseph Heler has been fined £8,000 after a worker injured his leg and ankle when he fell from the forks of a forklift truck during an unsafe loading operation. In a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Chester Magistrates’ Court heard how the injured worker, a 53-year-old from Crewe who does not want

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Hauliers face ban if HGVs aren’t cycle safe

Lorries without cycle-safety mirrors and sideguards will be banned from operating in London under new proposals. In a toughening of what was the Safer Lorry Charge (CM 5 December), the remodelled Safer Lorry Scheme will see all HGVs over 3.5 tonnes facing a financial penalty on entering the capital if they do not comply with

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6 Ways To Improve Productivity In Your Warehouse

As a general rule of thumb the more productive your warehouse is, the more profitable it will be. You will be able to turn around orders faster, which in turn leads to more satisfied customers and repeat and increased orders. If you want to enjoy the benefits of a productive and efficient warehouse environment, there

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New Ford Transit goes global

Ford has taken the wraps off the all-new two-tonne Transit, set to go on sale from April this year and to be built and sold in North America for the first time in its history. The new van, sports distinctive new styling, underlining its target market, though also comes with a host of other features

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Number of trucks stopped by DVSA drops by 20%

The number of HGVs stopped by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for crucial safety checks fell 20% last year. Figures released by the agency – previously Vosa and the DSA – show that 80,802 HGVs were stopped at the roadside for traffic enforcement purposes during 2012/13, more than 20,000 fewer than in 2011/12.

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Ocado pushes ahead with CFC expansion following Morrisons deal

Ocado expects to pull forward its next customer fulfilment centre project as capacity at the new Dordon site is being used faster than originally planned. The move reflects the impact of the deal with Morrisons, which has now started deliveries in the Midlands from the CFC2 site at Dordon. In the group’s results for the

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UK Mail to move to Coventry hub

UK Mail has secured a freehold land sale and development management agreement with Prologis for a 231,000 sq ft mail sorting facility that will include a 36,330 sq ft head office building at Prologis Park Ryton in the West Midlands UK Mail will be moving to Ryton from its current location in Birmingham, which has

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Brewery group calls for overhaul of London Lorry Control Scheme

The chairman of the Brewery Logistics Group has criticised London Councils’ plan (CM 23 January) to introduce additional safety equipment for London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) members, describing it as a knee-jerk reaction to cyclist deaths in the capital. Mike Bracey said the scheme needed a radical overhaul. “The LLCS is an antiquated, noise-control scheme,

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Highways Agency not changing smart motorway speed camera plan

The Highways Agency (HA) has confirmed that it is not changing the way it is using speed cameras on ‘smart’ motorways (formerly known as managed motorways), despite reports that less visible cameras will be used to enforce the speed limit. Following reports in the national media that suggested the HA would be introducing less visible

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Changes to HGV driving tests may not come in until end of March

Changes to practical driving test rules to allow drivers who pass their test in an automatic truck to receive manual entitlement may not come in until March, the DVSA has confirmed. The agency (formerly Vosa and the Driving Standards Agency) anticipated that the new rules would come in January when the changes were revealed last

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M6 toll road traffic up 13%

Midland Expressway, the company that operates the M6 toll road, has said it is seeing an increase in the volume of traffic using the route. On average the toll road saw nearly 42,000 total journeys daily between October and December 2013, a 13.1% year-on-year increase. The company declined to say how many of these journeys

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London ban for trucks without cycle safety equipment

Lorries without cycle safety equipment are to be banned from entering London, the capital’s mayor said today. Revealing his Safer Lorry Scheme (previously the Safer Lorry Charge), Boris Johnson described the measure as an escalation of an initative originally set to see operators that didn’t conform hit with a fine. The ban will affect any

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Fuel price top concern for Pall-Ex members in 2014

Pall-Ex members have named the cost of fuel as the top priority to be addressed in 2014, expressing concerns that the government does not do enough to support the haulage industry. In a survey of approximately 100 members, every respondent but one said the price of fuel was a major problem, which the network believes

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Hero lorry drivers help police stop dangerous M6 driver

A car travelling the wrong way on the M6 was brought to a halt by motorway police with the help of HGV drivers last week (Thursday 23 January). The Nissan Qashqai was spotted in the outside lane on the southbound carriageway between junctions 4 and 3 travelling northbound just before 11pm. Several concerned motorists immediately

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Premier Logistics ups its Pall-Ex coverage

Leicester-based Premier Logistics has extended its coverage in the Pall-Ex pallet network, following its purchase of the business and assets of Cobley Transport (Reading) last year. At the time of the acquisition, following the administration of Cobley Transport (Reading), Premier took on the former Palletways member’s RG postcode too, a move that effectively saw it

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Logistics employers set to increase staff levels in 2014

Half of businesses within the transport and logistics sector are planning to increase staff levels in 2014, Barclays’ latest research has revealed. The Barclays Employers Survey 2014 questioned 684 businesses across all sectors, from small firms with a turnover of up to £5 million, to larger firms with a turnover of more than £500 million.

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New truck TV series launches this week

Move over Eddie Stobart Trucks Trailers, there’s a new trucking show in town. TruckWorld TV, a brand new series promising Top Gear-style entertainment for trucks will launch this week on Thursday 30 January. The weekly half hour TV series will be presented by the former presenters of Truck on Men Motors, Tim Campbell (right) and

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Northamptonshire lorry park receives planning consent

A 200-space lorry park in Northamptonshire is finally available for interested parties to operate, five years after a report recommended the county desperately needed more to avoid a parking crisis. The Rothwell truck park, adjacent to junction three of the A14, has planning consent granted for 204 HGV parking spaces, a fuel forecourt and an

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Driver shortage still on the cards for CPC deadline, warns SfL

The new head of Skills for Logistics (SfL) said he still expects a driver shortage this September, despite more than 300,000 professional drivers having now completed their Driver CPC. Responding to the latest CPC data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (previously the DSA and Vosa), Ross Moloney, SfL chief executive, said: “Nothing has

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Driver crushed at Toyota factory worked for Goldstar Transport

The driver who died while making a delivery to Toyota’s factory in Burnaston earlier this week worked for Goldstar Transport in Felixstowe, the motor manufacturer has confirmed. Toyota said the 56-year-old male driver was delivering a container of parts to the Derbyshire site and had been instructed to collect an empty container to return to

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Driver trapped between two lorries dies at Toyota factory

An investigation has been launched following the death of an HGV driver who was trapped between two lorries at Toyota’s Burnaston, Derbyshire factory. The 56-year-old male driver from Suffolk, who has not yet been formally named, died at the site after the incident in the early hours of 22 January. A police spokesman said: “Officers

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Road Haulage Association slams motorway Wetherspoon’s

The Road Haulage Association has described the opening of a Wetherspoon’s pub in a motorway service area on the M40 as “absolute madness”. The Hope and Champion, located in the Beaconsfield service area at junction 2 on the M40, serves a range of “locally brewed ales” as well as other alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and

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Say ‘no’ to drinking and driving

The Road Haulage Association is disappointed at the news that sees the opening of the first ‘motorway pub’ at the Beaconsfield service area at junction 2 of the M40. “As far as the RHA is concerned, drinking and driving is a bad mix, regardless of the size of vehicle being driven,” said RHA Spokesperson, Kate

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Department for Transport looks to improve East Anglian roads

The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed that a study looking at ways of improving the A47 through Norfolk will also consider the A12 between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Roads minister Robert Goodwill said: “The A47 and A12 are vital roads that give motorists and businesses access through the east of England and I want

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Driverless LGV trials expected to commence in 2014

The team contracted by the Department for Transport (DfT) to explore the potential of using convoys of driverless LGVs on UK roads said it expects to launch a trial this year. However, technology firm Ricardo said that each vehicle in the platoon would have a driver at all times. The company is leading a consortium

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More than 300,000 drivers have now completed their Driver CPC

More than 300,000 professional drivers have completed their Driver CPC periodic training, the latest Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (previously the Driving Standards Agency) shows. As of December 2013, 305,324 drivers had completed 35 hours of compulsory training and triggered their Driver Qualification Cards (DQC). November’s figure was 291,421. Of the estimated 750,000 professional PCV and

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Driver CPC expected to cause lack of drivers

Most CV operators believe September’s Driver CPC deadline will lead to a driver shortage this autumn, according to exclusive research conducted for CM on behalf of Texaco Lubricants. A survey of 500 CV operators, contained within the newly available CV industry Report 2014, found 59% agreed that “Driver CPC will lead to a driver shortage”.

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Wake up to tired driving dangers

Male drivers are being urged to get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks, as research from Brake and Direct Line reveals a horrifying 45% admit ‘head-nodding’ at the wheel – meaning they have been asleep briefly, risking appalling crashes. Brake and Direct Line’s survey [1] reveals: One in three drivers overall (31%) admit ‘head-nodding’

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WH Smith awards Wincanton three-year contract

WH Smith has awarded Wincanton a three-year transport management contract extension, for which it will roll-out “crucial” new technology. The deal will see Wincanton continue to work from WH Smith hubs in Swindon, Dunstable, and Birmingham, as well as manage the performance of collaborative partners in the South West, North West, and Scotland. The Transport

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German deal for Knights of Old

Knights of Old, has launched a new service with Transland Spedition, which is based at Haiger between Frankfurt and Cologne in Germany. The deal gives Knights of Old access to the Transland network in Germany while Transland can make use of Knights of Old’s UK, Irish and global distribution services. Transland is part of the

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What used truck can you buy if you go shopping with £20,000

For a decent, second-hand tractor unit that will give three or four years of good service, you need to budget about £20,000. Spend less than that and you run the risk of throwing away good money further down the line on trucks that have more value as an export or sold for parts. Charlie Wright,

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Prison for driver with cash bundles hidden in truck cab

A truck driver from Northern Ireland who had bundles of 20 pound notes hidden in his cab has been jailed for laundering nearly 200,000 GBP. In a case brought by HMRC, Warwick Crown Court was told that Colin Morgan, who worked for a haulage company in County Armagh, had arrived at Cairnryan, Scotland from Larne

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Prison for persistent beer smuggler

A Lancashire truck driver caught four times with illegal loads of beer smuggled from France has been sent to prison for a 131,000 GBP fraud. In a case brought by HMRC, Manchester Crown Court was told that Simon O’Hare was stopped on four occasions in London, Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire by investigators as he was delivering

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Tracking systems important in improving driver safety

Tracking systems offer an important and underused lifeline to improving driver safety, says vehicle tracking provider RAM Tracking, as it highlights the value of driver training. Research shows that last year 195,723 casualties occurred on the UKs roads, with one in four involving a business driver[1], and of the three million company cars currently in

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Scottish motorway improvements to begin soon

Construction of 415m GBP in improvements to some of Scotland’s major trunk roads will begin soon, Transport Scotland has said. Improvements to the M8, which links Glasgow with Edinburgh, will include a new motorway section between the two cities, a new dual carriageway between Baillieston and Newhouse, improvements to the Raith Interchange and widening sections

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Re-think congestion charge – FTA

The Freight Transport Association is urging Transport for London to re-think the congestion charge on freight operators, following plans to raise it from 10 to 11.50 GBP a day. The congestion charge increase would equal an over-inflationary rise of 17 per cent for the freight industry, which is basically a tax rise for businesses within

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Parking fine profits are tax on business

The 594 million GBP in profits generated by parking fines last year have been called a tax on business by the Freight Transport Association. A report by the RAC Foundation found that profits from parking fines rose five per cent from 565m GBP in 2011-12. The FTA pointed out that this money is raised by

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Norbert to track tankers

Norbert Dentressangle is investing in an Isotrak vehicle tracking and driving style management system for its UK tanker distribution operations. The fleet, carries liquid chemicals, bulk gas, packed cylinder and dry bulk powders. The tracking system is already use for 120 vehicles already that Dentressangle Tankers operates on behalf of a major customer. The new

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Politicians call time on multiple cyclist safety rules with CLOCS

This month (9 December) saw the launch of a unified construction vehicle standard at a high-profile event in London, which will likely have lasting implications for the national road haulage sector and it relationship with vulnerable road users. Launching the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) Standard for construction logistics: Managing work related road risk

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Traffic commissioner: operators should test drivers for drink or drugs

Senior traffic commissioner (TC) Beverley Bell said it is best practice for operators to randomly test their drivers for drink or drugs in the run-up to the festive period. She added that hauliers should also have in place an occupational road risk policy to deal with drivers caught driving while under the influence of either

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Worker was impaled by forklift truck

Adhesives producer Mapei UK has been fined more than 173,000 GBP after a worker died when he was impaled on a forklift truck by a reversing lorry. In a case brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Wolverhampton Crown Court was told that Andrew Davies, 43, of Oldbury, had been working in the transport

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Edinburgh City Council to put drivers through cycle training

Edinburgh City Council plans on putting its LGV driver workforce through a cycle training scheme to improve safety on the city’s roads. Plans to give the local authority’s entire driver workforce on-road cycle training by the end of 2015 were approved yesterday, with a pilot scheme likely to begin sometime in 2014. Half of the

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De-briefing drivers is the key to compliance

In a recent issue of Commercial Motor, we saw Vosa reminding operators of the importance of scrutinising drivers’ tachograph charts or print outs at the end of every shift, specifically, in this instance, to be able to identify incorrect mode use, writes Tachodisc MD Karen Crispe. This advice prompted Tachodisc’s legislative team to go one

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M6 toll traffic increases but road’s use remains well below capacity

M6 toll operator Midland Expressway has revealed around 4,000 more goods vehicle journeys per week since June this year, but the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the road is still being under utilised. On average nearly 45,000 vehicles, including cars, used the Cannock to Coleshill relief road every day between June and September. This is

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HS2 critical to increasing capacity for rail freight

The High Speed 2 project is a critical means of increasing capacity on the rail network, Baroness Susan Kramer, minister of state for transport, told guests at the Rail Freight Group Christmas lunch. Baroness Susan Kramer She said HS2 was “desperately needed to relieve congestion” and to ensure the continued growth and success of the

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Severn toll rises will hit smaller operators

Welsh operators have slammed the planned increase in the Severn Crossing tolls, with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) saying the new charges will hit smaller hauliers the hardest. Ian Gallagher, the FTA’s head of policy for Wales and the South West, said the tolling only favours the private company operating the bridges, and suggested that

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Platoons of ‘driverless’ LGVs predicted for 2018

Platoons of driverless LGVs could be a reality on UK roads by 2018, according to the chief engineer of a technology firm that has been awarded a contract to investigate their potential. Speaking to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, Graeme Smith, from technology company Ricardo, said there was an economic case

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Thurrock Council gives go-ahead for giant logistics park

The giant logistics park planned for DP World’s London Gateway site, has taken another step forward after Thurrock Council adopted a Local Development Order (LDO) to authorise its construction and operation. The 222 hectare site is set to become Europe’s largest logistics park. The ten-year LDO allows the development of a total of 9 million

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Labour’s HGV Safety Charter wins few friends

Construction firm Lafarge Tarmac has said that while safety standards need to be improved across the sector, Labour’s HGV Safety Charter, launched last week, “highlights the impracticalities of multiple standards and approaches”. Labour’s voluntary charter calls for nine different pieces of safety equipment for every UK LGV to be introduced by June 2014 (alongside sidebars,

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Driver dies when truck overturns in high winds

Police in Scotland have warned that truck and van drivers may be asked to pull over due to high winds, after an LGV driver died when his vehicle overturned in this morning. The truck overturned onto two cars in Bathgate, West Lothian, today (5 December). Police Scotland are now urging drivers in Edinburgh, the Lothians,

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Disappointment after fuel duty freeze rather than cut

FairFuel UK (FFUK) has said it is “massively disappointed” by Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to freeze rather than cut fuel duty. In the Autumn Statement today the Chancellor confirmed he had cancelled the planned 2ppl increase in fuel duty that was set to come into force next September 2014, as previously promised. Howard Cox, head

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Boris Johnson to push ahead with Safer Lorry Charge

London mayor Boris Johnson is pressing ahead with his Safer Lorry Charge, with a consultation on the controversial measure due in January. Speaking at the Transport Committee�s evidence session (2 December) on cycling safety this week, Andrew Gilligan, the mayor’s cycling commissioner, said: “Certain classes of LGV are exempt from the legal requirement to fit

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A14 toll proposal scrapped

The government is to scrap plans for a toll on a new stretch of the A14, a move that has been welcomed by freight groups and businesses in East Anglia. The 1.5bn GBP cost of the A14 upgrade in Cambridgeshire will now be paid for by the government. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander

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MP labels A14 toll plans as unfair to Suffolk businesses

The A14 toll road plans are “highly wrong” and will push shipping trade to as far afield as Southampton, according to Bury St Edmunds Conservative MP David Ruffley. Ruffley’s comments came after he demanded the prime minister to reconsider the proposals due to the competitive disadvantage it would have on Suffolk businesses. In a House

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Renault completes Euro-6 line-up with D range

When Renault Trucks revealed its whole new range of trucks for Euro-6 in June, the D range of distribution trucks went no lower than 10-tonne GVW – leaving 7.5-tonners noticeably absent. That was fixed at last week’s Solutrans truck show in Renault’s home city of Lyon, where the Euro-6 line-up was completed with the unveiling

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Gazeley acquires 18.5 acre logistics site at Daventry

Gazeley has acquired a strategic 18.5 acre logistics site in Daventry between Northampton and Rugby. The site which has planning, will be prepared for G.Track (Gazeley’s rapid build delivery programme) and offers build to suit opportunities in excess of 250,000 sq ft. Gazeley has purchased the site from Ford Motor Company with Savills advising Gazeley

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Amazon to trial new drone delivery system

Amazon will trial a new delivery method, Prime Air, which will see drones used as delivery vehicles, according to chief executive Jeff Bezos. Bezos made the announcement during an appearance on US TV show 60 minutes. He told correspondent Charlie Rose the new concept of octocopters could see packages delivered in half an hour. “With

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ND buys 153 Cartwright trailers for Carlsberg contract

Norbert Dentressangle is investing in 153 Cartwright-built trailers for its Carlsberg contract. The multi-million pound investment will see the operator bring a new Carlsberg-liveried trailer fleet into its primary distribution operation. The trailers are expected to maximise payload, due to their lightweight construction, and are fitted with front and rear air management equipment. They will

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Labour launches HGV Safety Charter to protect cyclists

Labour has launched an HGV Safety Charter, detailing a series of safety measures it expects hauliers to take to ensure the safety of cyclists after a series of deaths on the road. The charter is voluntary for now, but shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh has warned legislation will follow if Labour wins the next election.

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Parcels focus drives growth and profits for Royal Mail

Parcels now account for more than half of Royal Mail’s sales helping it double its pre-tax profit, the newly privatised group revealed in its half year results. The group has focused on expanding its parcel business to take advantage of the growth in online shopping and fill the gap left by the decline in the

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FTA presses chancellor on fuel duty freeze

The Freight Transport Association has called on chancellor George Osborne to confirm his commitment to freeze fuel duty until 2015 when he delivers his Autumn statement on 5th December. Chief executive Theo de Pencier said: “While we appreciate the difficult trading and fiscal conditions that persist, and the constraints which these impose, we have written

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DPD invests 2.4m GBP in UK expansion

DPD has invested 2.4 million GBP in three new depots in Dagenham, Bridgwater, and Feltham, as well as a new purpose built replacement depot at Raunds in Northamptonshire, which are collectively expected to create up to 100 jobs. The parcel firm said the expansion comes as a result of a significant increase in B2C parcel

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UK Haulier introduces HGV route planner

Online haulage industry directory and services provider, UK Haulier, has launched a free HGV route planner for the UK, which has been designed to help companies, traffic operators, and drivers plan their journey efficiently. UK Haulier said the new system will enable its members to calculate their route, from collection address to delivery address, via

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Tacho cards will not feature driver’s address from December

As of next month the DVLA will no longer issue tachograph cards with drivers’ addresses printed on them. Lorry drivers will only need to inform the DVLA about an address change for their UK driving licence, with all tacho cards automatically updated – therefore eliminating the need to make a separate request. Existing tacho cards

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Hidden extras raise logistics costs

Logistics companies are being hit by hidden extra costs when refuelling, according to The Fuelcard People. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager, said: “Countless firms fill up every day without realising that their fuel card suppliers have raised prices, imposing an additional transaction charge. Although only a couple of pounds each time, it mounts up. Even

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More than 270,000 professional drivers have completed their Driver CPC

More than 270,000 professional drivers have completed their Driver CPC periodic training, the latest Driver Standards Agency (DSA) data shows. As of October 273,897 professional drivers (PCV and LGV) had completed their periodic training and triggered their Driver Qualification Card (DQC), compared with 258,396 in September. 680,175 professional drivers have now engaged with the Driver

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Euro Car Parts takes secures Tamworth warehouse

Euro Car Parts has agreed a lease with Prologis for a 258,000 sq ft distribution facility at Prologis Tamworth 594. The new building at Prologis Tamworth 594, which is close to the company’s existing national distribution centre, will provide a strategically located facility to accommodate Euro Car Parks continuing expansion. “Our branch delivery service covers

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Sainsbury’s to create 900 jobs with new Daventry DC

Sainsbury’s is opening a new one million sq ft distribution facility in Daventry, which will be operated by DHL and is set to create more than 900 jobs. Located at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal, in Northamptonshire, the site will use both automation and conventional assembly methods, to support Sainsbury’s growing general merchandise business.

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Roadways introduces advanced driver training scheme

Roadways introduces advanced driver training scheme Roadways Container Logistics has teamed up with the Institute of Advanced Motorists to launch an advanced driver training scheme. Having begun in the summer, the programme has already seen 13 Roadways drivers successfully pass the IAM’s Advanced Driving Test, with a further 12 drivers booked to take the test

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Transport confidence on the rise

Business confidence in transport and storage sector continues to rise, according to the latest UK Business Confidence Monitor from The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and Grant Thornton. Figures for the fourth quarter of 2013 shows confidence within the sector continue its upward path for the second consecutive quarter to +28.5, just

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Truck market takes off in October

October was a bumper month for the truck market – up 32 per cent on last year. And the van market was up 26.3 per cent, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. It means that for the first ten months of 2013, truck registrations are 3.2 per cent ahead of

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JDL Logistics in administration; transport operation closed

Bedford-based JDL Logistics has been placed into administration. The company, headed by directors Stephen and Lesley O’Neil, had an O-licence for 17 vehicles and 10 trailers registered at the Viking Industrial Estate. Elwell Watchorn Saxton was appointed on the 30 October to handle the administration of the firm. JDL’s directors declined to comment when Commercialmotor.com

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Highways Agency trials M4 hard-shoulder running

The Highways Agency (HA) will be opening up the hard shoulder to road users between junctions 19 and 20 on the M4 from today (5 November), in a three-week off-peak trial of its new motorway technology. Overhead messages and variable mandatory speed limits will indicate to drivers when they are able to use the hard

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New 4m trailer height threat

The road transport industry has responded robustly to a new threat that could see trailer heights across Europe set to no more than 4m. Following success last year in defeating a proposal to set the maximum trailer height at 4m across Europe as part of the Masses and Dimensions Directive, trade associations and business groups

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EM Rogers updates traditional livery

EM Rogers Transport has started rolling out its new livery, which keeps the Northampton-based haulier’s traditional green and yellow theme. The refresh began with the introduction of two used Volvo FHs to its fleet last month. It is also expecting delivery of a new left-hand-drive Daf XF this week, with two more on order for

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Boris plans out-of-hours delivery trials for London

London mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for out-of-hours delivery trials to reduce congestion in the capital. The move follows the success of out-of-hours deliveries during the Olympics last summer. The aim is to start the trail early in the new year. The new scheme was unveiled at the London Freight Forum. Johnson said: “The

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Operators need to mug up on parking rules

The Freight Transport Association is urging commercial vehicle operators to improve their understanding of how parking restrictions work, after it was revealed that drivers are now paying 30 million GBP a month in parking fines. A survey by the association last year highlighted a 50 per cent rise in the number of PCNs being issued

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25pc rise in parcel volumes at UK Mail

Parcel volumes are up by 25 per cent on last year, UK Mail said in a trading update for the first half. The rise in average daily volumes for the six months to 30th September was largely driven by an increase in home deliveries related to online shopping, the company said. This resulted in a

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Royal Mail gets ten sort centres for Christmas

Royal Mail is opening ten temporary parcel sort centres for the Christmas peak, and recruiting around 4,000 seasonal workers on a phased basis from 4th November. This is the third year it will run the temporary sites in Motherwell, Livingston, Leeds, Heywood in Greater Manchester, Tamworth, Llantrisant in South Wales, Swindon, Greenford, Peterborough and Northampton.

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Yearsley gets go-ahead for Peterborough DC

Yearsley Logistics has received detailed planning permission to build a 150,000 pallet cold store in Peterborough. The 65million GBP investment will provide a 385,000 sq ft part mobile rack and part automated crane cold store. It said that automated crane stores required up to 30 per cent less to operate due to their design, reduced

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Aviva buys 74m GBP John Lewis DC

Gazeley has completed the 74.2 million GBP sale of its 669,000 sq ft John Lewis e-commerce distribution centre in Magna Park, Milton Keynes, to Aviva Investors. The facility is currently under construction for the UK retailer, and is scheduled for completion in February 2014. It will now be forward funded by Aviva, and let to

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FTA concern at road toll plan

Proposals to introduce tolls on the main route from Felixstowe to the Midlands have sounded alarm bells at the Freight Transport Association. The Highways Agency announced plans to upgrade a section of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntington but warned that part of the 1.5 billion GBP cost would need to be met by road

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Poundland pushes ahead with 40m GBP Harlow Depot

Retailer Poundland has exchanged contracts with Lynton Developments, after gaining planning permission earlier this summer on a 350,000 sq ft distribution centre in Harlow Essex. The 40 million GBP warehouse will operate as the retailer’s main hub for the South East and will create up to 650 jobs. The retailer, which operates more than 480

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Judge blocks Radlett rail terminal challenge

The saga of the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange at Radlett has moved on another step after the High Court turned down an application by St Albans City and District Council for a judicial review. The council wanted to challenge a decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government not to re-open the

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Prologis to spec build 535,000 sq ft

Developer Prologis is top speculatively build 535,000 sq ft of warehouse space in two separate buildings. The first new facility to start on site will be a 310,000 sq ft distribution centre at phase two of Prologis Park Dunstable, which is close to Junction 11 of the M1. Earlier this year, Prologis gained detailed planning

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RHA warns of increase in oil prices

The UK economy, and the UK haulage industry in particular, are currently at risk of being hit with an increase in fuel prices as a result of the current tension in the Middle East, says the Road Haulage Association. The association said that although Syria is not an oil producer, there is a possibility that

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Half of truck drivers don’t wear their belts

Half of all trucks drivers choose not to wear their safety belts, even though they double the chances of survival in a serious road accident, according to Volvo Trucks. The company highlights the most recent World Health Organisation report, Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013, which names increased belt usage as one of the

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Distribution sector growth

Transport and haulage SMEs achieved growth of about 4 per cent in the second quarter of the year, according to Bibby Financial Services’ Business Factors Index. Edward Winterton, Bibby commercial director, said: “Our research shows that this growth in the SME transport sector is due to an increase in new customers and subsequently new orders.

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Welch’s Transport choose Renault

Impressive fuel returns and reliability has seen Welch’s Transport take delivery of a further two new Renault Premium tractor units. The new Premiums will service a recently extended contract for a major global customer, Ardex, as Welch’s Transport confirms that the Renault Premium is its ‘truck of choice’ moving forward. The two Renault Premium Route

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Corby site acquired by sbh feeds Bibby Distribution’s growth

International property and construction consultant sbh has acquired a new 212,000 sq ft warehouse and distribution facility for Bibby Distribution on a 15-acre site in Max Park, Corby. The three-bay warehouse has 16 dock levellers, two level-access doors and boasts capacity for more than 30,000 pallets. sbh carried out the property search and acquired the

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Dentressangle consolidates transport at Crick

Norbert Dentressangle is to open a 295,000 sq ft Transport Services hub at Crick to replace sites in Northampton and Rowley Regis. When it opens in January, Crick will act as an ambient transport hub serving the night and day distribution networks, and a national magazine sortation centre. In addition it will serve as the

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150m GBP logistics park for East Midlands

Developer Prologis has gained outline planning permission for a new 150 million GBP logistics park at Appleby Lodge in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. The site will provide 2 million sq ft of employment space and has the potential to create up to 2,500 jobs. Appleby Lodge, which will be developed in phases, will offer a range of

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Continental renews Norbert contract

Continental Tyres has renewed its contract with Norbert Dentressangle for a further five years, and extended the scope of the operation. Dentressangle’s site at Rugby acts as Continental’s NDC. Under the new contract it will also be the consolidation point for orders which were previously delivered as full loads direct from Continental’s European manufacturing plants

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Contract wins for Gregory

Gregory Distribution has won a 300,000 GBP contract to deliver plastic milk containers from the High Wycombe manufacturer Blowplast to the Medina Dairy operation in Wickham near Fareham in Hampshire. The contract involving nine trailers came about through word of mouth recommendation and represents a considerable opportunity for further growth. It will be operated from

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Disappointment at postal workers strike ballot

Royal Mail has said it is disappointed that the Communication Workers Union has announced it intends to call for a national strike ballot of its members. The union’s policy forum this week voted to hold a strike ballot no later than September 2013. The move follows the government’s announcement that it intends to float Royal

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Summer weather heats up distribution demand

The UK’s recent heatwave has resulted in an increase in the number of refreshing products being distributed nationwide, according to DHL Supply Chain. The company said the distribution of bottled water has increased by 45 per cent and that of soft drinks by 35 per cent, while ice creams and lollies have seen an increase

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