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  • Cardiff haulier folded after key personnel became ill Thursday July 09, 2020

    Cardiff Container Link entered into administration after “key personnel” at the company became ill and were absent from the business. The background to the Roath Docks-based container haulier’s financial woes is contained in a report to creditors, which explained that it had expanded and traded well up until January 2020. At this point, after five years of trading, the company began to experience cash flow constraints, which administrators at RSM Restructuring said was “due to a variety of factors, including [...]

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  • Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland names new MD Wednesday July 01, 2020

    Christian Coolsaet has been appointed MD of Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland. He succeeds Robert Grozdanovski who will move to Gothenburg to take up an appointment as Volvo Trucks’ senior vice president for sales area Europe Central East & East. Coolsaet brings more than 20 years of Volvo experience to the role, most recently from the German market and has been MD of Volvo Trucks Germany since 2015. He will take up his new position in the UK on September [...]

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  • England’s best motorway services revealed in new survey Thursday July 02, 2020

    Extra and Westmorland have been voted England’s best motorway service operators by almost 10,000 visitors. Extra, which operates six sites in the survey conducted by independent watchdog Transport Focus, and Westmorland, which operates four, achieved the joint highest overall satisfaction score of 97%. Transport Focus said that across the country as a whole, motorway service operators performed well, with 93% of visitors satisfied with their experience. Customers were least satisfied with the value for money of the food or drink [...]

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  • Microlise joins forces with Commercial Motor Show Saturday June 27, 2020

    Microlise, organisers of what has become Europe's largest transport conference, is to take over the third day of the virtual conference at the new Commercial Motor Show, bringing the usual mix of presentations by senior industry figures in the fields of compliance, new technology and data. The Commercial Motor Show will be a free, three-day virtual exhibition and conference starting on 29 September and has already attracted the support of leading truck makers including DAF, Isuzu, MAN and Mercedes-Benz. More [...]

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  • RHA classrooms to reopen for training on 6 July Friday June 26, 2020

    The RHA is reopening its training classrooms with social distancing measures in place on Monday 6 July. The association has been given the go-ahead to offer classroom-based training after the recent change in government coronavirus guidance. Special measures are in place at RHA training sites to keep delegates safe, where staff will enforce strict and clear social distancing, issue sanitiser and offer face masks on request. RHA head of learning and development – Scotland & NI, Brian Kenny said: “The [...]

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  • Passport to a second life for Electra EV batteries Thursday June 25, 2020

    Electric HGV manufacturer Electra Commercial Vehicles has signed up to a battery monitoring service that provides vehicle owners with recommendations for extending the lifespan of their batteries. The Battery Passport enables operators to better understand their batteries, as well as providing a pathway for those being sold in the second-life market. The passport service continually assesses and grades the future potential of the battery so that when it nears the end of its vehicle life, the owner can share the [...]

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  • AS24 passes 1,000 filling stations mark Thursday June 25, 2020

    Fuel card provider AS24 has announced its customers now have access to 1,000 refuelling stations in 28 countries. It said the stations all utilise its chip and pin technology and all sites offer wide lanes and high-volume pump nozzles. Roland Saunion, AS24 UK and Ireland MD, said: “We are very proud to be able to facilitate the mobility of our customers throughout Europe. “It’s very important for us to be able to offer AS24 stations to our customers, because I [...]

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  • Fleet Source cuts cost of Earned Recognition audits Wednesday June 24, 2020

    Fleet Source has reduced the cost of Earned Recognition (ER) audits to help operators achieve the DVSA accreditation. The company is offering the audits from £495 + VAT. Nick Caesari (pictured), Fleet Source chief executive, said ER “demonstrates that you are an exemplary fleet operator, less likely to have your vehicles stopped for roadside inspections and Earned Recognition is fast becoming a key factor in bidding for contracts. “But for many operators, the price of the audit itself has been [...]

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  • DVSA to restart HGV testing from 4 July Friday June 19, 2020

    The DVSA will restart heavy vehicle testing from 4 July. The agency said it has issued three-month exemptions for vehicles due to be tested this month and will issue further exemptions for July tests. “This will help us manage demand as we resume testing,” it added. In a statement, the DVSA said: “In August, vehicles which have already received an exemption will need a test. “All other vehicles due for a test in August will receive a three-month exemption. When [...]

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  • Low cost finance options for 4G-enabled camera package Friday June 12, 2020

    SmartWitness is offering a finance deal for fleet customers designed to alleviate further financial burdens created by the Coronavirus pandemic. The deal, which includes hardware, software and installation, is also inclusive of the latest 4G enabled CP2-LTE forward-facing camera and starts at £29.99. A free webinar hosted by SmartWitness to discuss the finance package will be held on Tuesday 16 June at 1pm. Paul Singh, SmartWitness MD, said: “Prior to this pandemic situation, a single accident claim against a business [...]

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  • Bridgestone launches tyre for all seasons Friday June 12, 2020

    Bridgestone has launched its first ever all-season tyre for the light truck segment, the DURAVIS All Season. Available from August, Bridgestone said the tyre had been designed with both small and large fleets in mind, enabling them to keep going in adverse weather conditions thanks to its high volume slots in its shoulder for improved water evacuation. It also offers optimised pressure distribution, which the company said will improve its snow and wear performance. Bridgestone said the rise of ecommerce [...]

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  • Tip-ex/Tank-ex to return in June 2021 Thursday June 11, 2020

    Tip-ex/Tank-ex, the UK’s only dedicated event for the tipper, bulk transport and tanker sectors, will make a welcome return to Harrogate on 3-5 June 2021. The free-to-attend event, which was postponed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will once again take place in and around the Harrogate Convention Centre. Attendees will be able to visit hundreds of trade stands, where exhibitors will preview the very latest vehicles, bodies and components. The 2021 event will also feature a knowledge zone, [...]

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  • Embrace “low touch economy” to survive, operators urged Thursday June 11, 2020

    Haulage and logistics can forget a return to pre-pandemic sales unless it embraces the “low touch economy”, with investment in autonomous vehicles, localised supply chains and contactless delivery processes, according to a new report. Strategy firm Board of Innovation (BoI) warned that the automotive industry must “adapt and pivot” and not assume a return to conventional consumer behaviour will rescue the sector. It said a low touch economy, characterised by low touch interactions, new human behaviours and permanent industry shifts, [...]

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  • RHA welcomes £10bn government support pledge Thursday June 04, 2020

    The RHA has hailed a new government pledge of £10bn to support thousands of businesses by protecting against customer defaults and payment delays. The Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme, agreed following extensive discussions with the insurance sector, will see the vast majority of trade credit insurance coverage maintained across the UK. Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett (pictured) said: “The announcement follows months of intensive lobbying by the association on behalf of the industry.” Read more Sixteen percent of operators could [...]

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  • Are you breaking the law after Covid-19? Monday June 01, 2020

    For hauliers who have been obliged to suspend or severely cut back on their operations because of the Covid-19 epidemic, a return to work probably cannot come soon enough. But as Jonathon Backhouse of Backhouse Jones solicitors told motortransport.co.uk, operators need to be aware of possible pitfalls in resuming their operations. All employers, regardless of business are obliged by law to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment to establish the level of risk to their workforce and visitors to their [...]

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  • DVSA extends vehicle testing suspension Friday May 29, 2020

    The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has confirmed that the suspension of annual testing of heavy vehicles has been extended to include vehicles due for test shortly. Vehicles due for their regular annual test in June, together with those which were due in March and subsequently extended to June, will receive a further three-month extension. Read more MOT testing backlog will likely mean job cuts, warns ATF operator Industry slams DVSA decision to reject delegated testing to help tackle HGV [...]

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  • Commercial Motor Show 2020 Thursday May 28, 2020

    Commercial Motor is launching an exciting new virtual exhibition for the road transport industry. Held over three days in the autumn, the Commercial Motor Show 2020 will put hundreds of exhibitors in front of a 10,000-plus audience, all without the need for social distancing. Visitors to this free-to-attend event will see the latest vehicles, products and services, and have the chance to download information, listen to webinars and view videos. Those who wish to get interactive will also be able [...]

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  • Tilbury2 offers new unaccompanied freight terminal service Wednesday May 27, 2020

    Forth Ports has launched an unaccompanied freight ferry terminal at Tilbury2 following a successful trial earlier this month. The 500,000-unit freight-only facility terminal uses a truck driver-free operation into the UK which port authorities say will help reduce the spread of Covid-19. The service will operate in partnership with P&O Ferries. The first ship to use the fully operational terminal was P&O’s chartered freight ferry the Norstream. The terminal will import and export containers to and from continental Europe on [...]

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  • Logistics “abandoned” by London politicians – FTA Tuesday May 26, 2020

    Reintroducing the London Lorry Control Scheme and raising the London Congestion Charge is a “sucker punch” to the logistics sector, FTA said today. The association is calling for freight to be exempt from schemes such as the Congestion Charge as the sector strives to recover from the impact of the pandemic. Natalie Chapman, FTA head of urban policy, accused local and national politicians of abandoning the sector. “It appears that politicians at a national and local level have all forgotten [...]

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  • Job adverts for HGV drivers fall 7.4% in a week Friday May 22, 2020

    The number of job adverts for HGV drivers fell by 7.4% last week, a reduction only surpassed by dental nurses, according to figures from the recruitment and employment confederation (REC). Its new jobs recovery tracker, designed to spot signs of labour market growth through the use of jobs posting data, found all areas of the UK saw a continued decline in advertised jobs between 4-10 May and 11-17 May, with the exception of the North East, where postings increased by [...]

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  • Rivus garage network added to ServicePoint Friday May 22, 2020

    The 55-strong Rivus garage network has now been made available to users of the ServicePoint fleet service, maintenance and repair (SMR) platform. The move is designed to open up the nationwide network to a wider range of business customers including HGV operators, said Paul Holland, MD of UK Fuel, at Allstar Business Solutions, which operates ServicePoint with technology from epyx. “Last year, ServicePoint was used by fleets totalling more than 300,000 vehicles to process SMR work valued at £15m, so [...]

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  • FTA and CILT launch guide to restarting your business Thursday May 21, 2020

    As firms begin to restart their operations, the FTA and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) have launched a guide with advice on doing it safely, quickly and effectively. The Good Practice Guide for Covid-19 shares practice advice and examples from member organisations and is designed to be used in conjunction with the official UK government guidance on safer workplaces. It covers key considerations including risk assessments; social distancing in the workplace; cleaning of the workplace and PPE [...]

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  • Suttons Tankers signs chemicals deal with Grace Overseas Tuesday May 19, 2020

    Suttons Tankers has won new business with Grace Overseas, transporting chemicals needed for hygiene products, which will contribute to the battle against Covid-19. The nationwide logistics operator has strategically placed depots and out-bases across the UK and was able to redeploy resources and materials within 48 hours of the request for transportation. Suttons’ urgency and ability to react to the dramatic increase in demand for hygiene products to support the NHS in combatting Covid-19 has also been recognised through its [...]

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  • Could this be the last mile solution of the future? Monday May 18, 2020

    The need for reduced handling during the Covid-19 crisis at a time when fewer people have been in their places of work has also given some operations an opportunity to experiment with limited autonomous delivery projects, although not in the UK. This has been the case at Jacksonville in Florida US, where the Jacksonville Transit Authority has formed a partnership with autonomous transport services provider Beep, French autonomous driving systems producer Navya and the Mayo Clinic. The project has been [...]

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  • Motorway Burger Kings begin reopening for HGV drivers Thursday May 14, 2020

    Burger King restaurants across the country’s motorway network are reopening for takeaway service – but only for HGV drivers initially. Operator Moto said it was reopening eight sites on 14 May, but in order to ensure safe working practices were established for restaurant teams and customers, just truckers will be allowed to order the food. On 21 May, a further 19 Burger King sites will reopen. Ken McMeikan, Moto’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to support motorway users with [...]

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  • My Transport Planner enables London home delivery Thursday May 14, 2020

    A provider of fresh produce to London eateries has successfully launched its home delivery operation, thanks to new transport planning software. Based in New Covent Garden Market, Classic Fresh Foods specialises in supplying fresh produce to discerning chefs in hotels, restaurants and gastropubs across London. However, with most of its customers closing their premises during lockdown, the company switched to offering home delivery. The business has rapidly grown and now delivers to around 200 addresses per day, which it has [...]

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  • AA reveals results of HGV driver behaviour poll Thursday May 07, 2020

    Only around one in 10 people believe HGV drivers’ behaviour on the roads has improved since the Coronavirus pandemic began, according to a poll carried out by the AA. The results from 19,732 respondents showed that 12% thought lorry drivers were better behaved now than before the lockdown. A quarter (25%) thought car drivers and cyclists were worse on the roads now, although 21% thought car drivers’ behaviour had improved. Only 10% thought there had been any improvement in cyclists. [...]

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  • Government urged to boost biofuel production Thursday May 07, 2020

    The government has been urged to extend the Renewable Fuel Transport Obligation (RFTO) beyond 2020 in order to boost biofuel production and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil diesel. In a consultation response, the Gas Vehicle Network (GVN), which represents companies involved in gas-derived fuel production and gas-powered HGVs, said the current plans would see subsidies awarded to CNG and LNG end on 31 December. The GVN told the Department for Transport (DfT): “The feedback received from our member [...]

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  • A14 upgrade open eight months ahead of schedule Wednesday May 06, 2020

    The upgraded A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme has opened eight months ahead of schedule, speeding up journey times and improving access to and from the UK’s largest container port. Highways England said work on the upgrade continued throughout the coronavirus outbreak, with measures introduced to ensure work was completed safely and in line with Public Health England’s advice. Beginning four years ago, the £1.5bn scheme is expected to strengthen links between the Midlands and the East of England and to [...]

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  • HGV driver employment to slump by 50% by January Wednesday May 06, 2020

    Employment levels in transport and storage will be down by 15% by the end of the year and won’t fully recover until mid-2026, according to projections by Driver Require. The recruitment firm’s analysis into the impact of COVID-19 suggests that employment growth rates in the sector face a bleaker than average outcome, with a 35% reduction, compared to an assumed 25% drop in all sectors during the lockdown. The same period is likely to see HGV driver employment plummet by [...]

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  • Shashi Maharaj joins BVRLA director team Monday May 04, 2020

    Former BMW financial services head of strategy, Shashi Maharaj has joined the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) as the legal and membership director. Maharaj who will be responsible for the association’s governance, compliance and membership functions, spent over 20 years with BMW in a variety of senior legal, strategy and compliance roles. More recently he was responsible for governance and compliance in the UK and Ireland at BMW. He said: “I am looking forward to working with members [...]

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  • Government launches £27.5m freight route funding package Tuesday April 28, 2020

    The government is pumping £17m of funding into protecting five key freight routes between Great Britain and Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another £10.5m will support links with The Isle of Wight and The Scilly Isles. The freight support package also covers 26 routes between Britain, France, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden, including Eurotunnel. The package of measures also includes the creation of a Transport Support Unit (TSU) to assist frontline responders during the COVID-19 [...]

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  • Microlise Driver of the Year shortlist published Tuesday April 28, 2020

    The shortlist for the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards has been announced. It contains drivers from brands including DHL, Culina, Hovis, Royal Mail, Waitrose and Yodel, across telematics based distance categories, as well as Young Driver of the Year, Most Improved Driver of the Year, Extra Mile, HGV Hero and Lifetime Achievement Award. With telematics based categories containing an initial eligible pool of over 210,000 drivers, and nomination-based categories receiving more entries than ever before, the shortlist has been [...]

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  • Moto offers free food and longer free parking Monday April 27, 2020

    Motorway service area operator Moto has announced it will provide free food for lorry drivers who park overnight and extend its free parking period to help when truckers take a break during the coronavirus lockdown. A free hot food scheme has been launched at 10 of Moto’s sites that are most popular with truck drivers and will be followed by 14 more sites opening next week, revealed Moto chief executive Ken McMeikan. "The free food is available to all HGV [...]

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  • MAN to restart bus and truck production Tuesday April 21, 2020

    MAN Truck and Bus is to restart its bus and truck plants at reduced capacity from next week, six weeks after halting production in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The manufacturer stopped production in mid-March to protect its employees and in response to broken supply chains and a sharp drop in demand for commercial vehicles. The plants will open from 27 April with a safety plan to protect employees which will ensure distancing between employees, changes in the routing, [...]

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  • COVID-19 lockdown forcing fleets to digitise services Wednesday April 22, 2020

    The COVID-19 lockdown has led to a rapid expansion in the digitisation of fleet services, according to the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP). Co-chair Paul Hollick revealed the trend now spanned the entire transport and logistics industry, from service providers to how employers communicated with drivers. “Much of this trend has been prompted by the sudden and widespread switch to home working that has been caused by lockdown," he explained. "Processes that were perhaps paper or telephone powered because people [...]

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  • Motor Transport Awards moved to November 2020 Saturday April 18, 2020

    The 2020 Motor Transport Awards have been rescheduled to 17 November to minimise the risk of disruption due to the coronavirus. The biggest event in the road transport calendar was originally planned for 1 July and later postponed to 27 August but, with uncertainty remaining over when the government lockdown will end, Motor Transport is delighted to have secured a November date at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane. “As no one yet knows for sure when government [...]

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  • CNG and LNG sales hit record Q1 highs Friday April 17, 2020

    Sales of compressed and liquefied natural gas (CNG/LNG) have hit record highs, with volumes more than doubling between Q4 2019 and the first quarter of this year, according to Gasrec. The fuel provider said the growth follows an influx of new trucks into the market running on the alternative fuels, with registrations of gas-powered 44-tonners playing a large part in boosting figures. Gasrec said demand in March exceeded the previous peak in September 2014 when Euro-5 dual fuel technology was [...]

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  • Easing of drivers’ hours rules extended to 31 May Friday April 17, 2020

    The current limited drivers’ hours relaxation has been extended until 31 May “in response to unprecedented pressures on local and national supply chains". The Department for Transport (DfT) announced last month that the blanket relaxation of the regulations would last until 21 April, but it has now extended this for another six weeks. In a statement, the DfT said: “A specific review of the continuation of the relaxations past 21 April has been conducted and, on the basis of the [...]

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  • New trial set to prove readiness of hydrogen for HGVs Friday April 17, 2020

    The use of hydrogen as a fuel for trucks is being trialled in the Netherlands, with a 27-tonne rigid being operated in retail logistics. The project is intended to deliver proof of readiness of hydrogen technology for heavy-duty applications in real-life conditions and provide a basis for the development of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle industry. Built by VDL and operated by zero-emission transport provider Breytner, the three-month trial of the truck will involve it helping replenish stores and feeder lines for [...]

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  • HMRC to pay furlough wages from next week Wednesday April 15, 2020

    The government will start paying employers 80% of furloughed workers wages from next Monday (20 April), according to HMRC chief executive Jim Harra. Under the government’s furlough scheme, which is aimed at preventing redundancies during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, firms can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus National Insurance and pension contributions. The scheme was launched at the beginning of March but employers have [...]

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  • Becky Martin joins FTA as senior transport advisor  Tuesday April 14, 2020

    The FTA has appointed Becky Martin as senior transport advisor within its Member Advice Centre (MAC) to assist the team in supporting logistics businesses through the COVID-19 outbreak. Martin joins the FTA from John Lewis Partnership where she held the post of transport and administration manager She will be working as part of the MAC team which provides members with advice on legal, technical and operational matters across a range of topics including Brexit, COVID-19, drivers' hours, and vehicle maintenance standards. [...]

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  • MT Awards shortlist 2020 announced Thursday April 09, 2020

    The shortlist for the Motor Transport Awards 2020 has now been announced and DPD will be hoping to add to its tally of 29 awards, being shortlisted in no fewer than seven categories this year. Although the Awards presentation has had to be postponed until August 27, and the judging day where our 50 senior independent judges get together to pick the winners and shortlist had to be cancelled, thanks to our online entry and judging process we have our [...]

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  • FTA offers vehicle inspection service for mothballed fleets Thursday April 09, 2020

    The FTA can now offer mobile inspections for companies whose workshop facilities are not available during the COVID-19 lockdown. It said its vehicle inspection service remains operational for both members and non-members and that it was vital operators put measures in place now to start returning mothballed fleets to roadworthy condition. Experts currently predict a partial lift of the government’s lockdown restrictions in four to six weeks’ time. The FTA said “a timely approach” to vehicle inspections will help operators [...]

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  • Industry bodies lock horns over fuel derogation Friday April 03, 2020

    Industry associations remain divided over the support the logistics sector requires during the COVID-19 crisis, with the Association of Pallet Networks (APN) demanding a fuel duty derogation and the FTA preferring the Treasury concentrate on alleviating fixed costs. Last week the APN, which represents the UK’s eight pallet networks, issued a call for an exemption from fuel duty, by way of red diesel use, or an exemption certificate issued against operator licences. APN chairman Paul Sanders said: “The majority of [...]

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  • Can chaos be avoided when MOTs resume? Friday April 03, 2020

    With all HGV MOTs suspended for three months from 21 March, there looks like being a serious backlog to sort out later in the year. John Kendall reveals what the situation was like before the closure, and what we can expect once things get back to normal... Under normal conditions, the DAF Trucks dealer network prepares and tests around 3,200 vehicles on average per month and achieves a 97.8% first-time pass rate, reveals DAF Trucks UK dealer development director John [...]

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  • DfT extends validity of Driver CPC qualification cards Thursday April 02, 2020

    Rules surrounding Driver CPC training have been relaxed during the COVID-19 pandemic for drivers struggling to complete the training. The DfT said it had put in place temporary changes in professional driver qualification requirements, meaning drivers whose Driver CPC card expires in the period from 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 can continue driving. In addition, the DfT said military drivers will also be allowed to drive in civilian situations during that period. Drivers will not be subject to [...]

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  • Sponsored: CSG keeps rolling with Bandvulc Wednesday April 01, 2020

    Major waste management group, CSG, has committed to a further two years with Bandvulc, the specialist retread subsidiary of Continental, as it seeks to reduce both capital expenditure and management time on its vehicle fleet operations, while maintaining high safety and environmental standards. The decision takes the tyre management contract between the two companies into its seventh year, at a time when fleet numbers across CSG and sister company J&G have risen to close to 150 vehicles. CSG, based near [...]

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  • COVID-19: What now for hauliers? Tuesday March 31, 2020

    In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Motor Transport looks at the ways operators can build new business and benefit from government support schemes The government recently announced a range of measures for businesses, providing loans, tax deferrals, sick pay and other support for COVID-19 affected workers. Like so much else in this crisis, the information is being updated as things progress. The position regarding the self-employed was clarified with measures announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on [...]

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  • Truck and trailer MOT tests suspended for three months Monday March 23, 2020

    The DVSA has announced that all MOT testing of trucks and trailers will be suspended for three months in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Any trucks and trailers due for test in the suspension period will be issued with exemptions automatically. Some vehicles, such as those due for their first MOT test and vehicles returning to service with a test certificate that expired before March, will require an application for exemption certificates. However, the RHA has admitted it has concerns [...]

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  • Drivers’ hours suspension: the industry reacts… Monday March 23, 2020

    With mounting pressure on a number of distribution operations, the government has taken steps to ease the pressure on drivers and transport operations to make sure that the supplies that we all need continue to get through. The relaxation gives some stretch to daily, weekly and fortnightly drivers’ hours and lengthens the time available for driving between rest periods. “It is absolutely vital to get flexibility into the system so that the goods that we all need are delivered," says [...]

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  • Motor Transport Awards postponed Friday March 20, 2020

    "This has been a week of unprecedented measures for all of us," writes Road Transport Media divisional director Vic Bunby. "The continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, daily changes in government advice and guidelines around travel restrictions and social gatherings have been challenging, and unlike anything we’ve seen before. Like you, we have been working hard behind the scenes, planning the coming weeks and months as new information becomes available. I would like to update you on the status of [...]

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  • FORS suspends audits Friday March 20, 2020

    FORS – the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme – has announced that, following the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, all FORS Bronze site audit activity will be suspended from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice. An official communication to the scheme’s primary and secondary contacts yesterday (19 March), stated: "Organisations with audits booked to take place up to and including Monday 23 March 2020 can cancel them if they wish and receive a full audit refund. Cancellation charges will not [...]

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  • DVSA suspends vehicle tests for two days Thursday March 19, 2020

    The DVSA has suspended vehicle tests for two days to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The move comes as hauliers reported that they were struggling to book vehicle inspections and MOTs due to shortfalls of staff. A DVSA spokesman said: “We are working to put contingency plans in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, including suspending driver and vehicle tests for an initial period of two days from 19/3/2020. “A testing service will still be available to those [...]

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  • Rules on drivers’ delivery hours relaxed until 16 April Wednesday March 18, 2020

    The government has relaxed EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for hauliers involved in the delivery of food and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. The relaxation also affects deliveries of personal care, household paper and cleaning products. The Department for Transport (DfT) said this “temporary, limited and urgent relaxation” affected drivers when undertaking journeys from distribution to stores or fulfilment centres; from manufacturers or suppliers to distribution centres (including backhauls) and stores; between distribution centres and transport hub trunking, as [...]

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  • ITT Hub 2020 postponed Monday March 16, 2020

    ITT Hub 2020 has been postponed until 12 and 13 May 2021 in response to the current coronavirus outbreak. Organised by Binswood Media with FTA support, the new show is designed to showcase innovation and technology in road freight transport. However, the company said it had now taken the decision to postpone the launch event planned to take place at Farnborough International Conference & Exhibition Centre on the 13 and 14 May 2020. "This decision has not been taken lightly [...]

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  • Budget boost for zero emission fleets and drivers Wednesday March 11, 2020

    The BVRLA has welcomed the range of electric vehicle grants and tax incentives announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in today's (11 March) Budget. The trade body for the vehicle rental, leasing and fleet industry said the measures would provide a major boost for those looking to speed-up the transition to zero-emission transport. Key announcements that will support fleets and help drive the uptake of electric vehicles include a £532m pledge to maintain the Plug-In Car and Van Grants until March [...]

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  • AS24 launches tracker to combat trailer theft Friday March 06, 2020

    HGV service provider AS24 has launched a low-power tracker to combat trailer theft. The 'FindIT' device has been developed after an ONS study revealed that thefts involving transport companies increased by 7% last year. The new battery-powered technology features a "low-cost box", which can be fitted in five minutes, the company said. The device locates the trailer and sends the haulage operator an alert when it is not where it should be. Operators can therefore access information on all their [...]

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  • AS 24 launches tracker to combat trailer theft Friday March 06, 2020

    HGV service provider AS 24 has launched a low-power tracker to combat trailer theft. The 'FindIT' device has been developed after an ONS study revealed that thefts involving transport companies increased by 7% last year. The new battery-powered technology features a "low-cost box", which can be fitted in five minutes, the company said. The device locates the trailer and sends the haulage operator an alert when it is not where it should be. Operators can therefore access information on all [...]

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  • Make a bigger investment in road safety, operators urged Friday February 28, 2020

    Significant financial, regulatory and societal barriers are preventing commercial vehicle operators from investing more in road safety practices, according to a report from the International Road Transport Union (IRU). It found that while 80% of logistics operators will continue to invest in road safety and the industry recognises it has a key role in safety improvements, financial resources, a resistance to change and technology know-how were all preventing further investment. The IRU said 3,500 people die on the roads around [...]

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  • Ford Motor Company signs up for ITT Hub 2020 Thursday February 27, 2020

    Ford Motor Company is the latest big name to sign up for ITT Hub 2020 at Farnborough International Conference & Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 May. Ford will be showcasing its latest commercial vehicle range and providing live demos. The company joins over 80 confirmed exhibitors including DAF Trucks, Iveco, Mercedes Benz Truck, Renault Truck & Van and Volvo Group. The event features indoor and outdoor space, a ride and drive vehicle demonstration programme featuring all the [...]

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  • Migrant gangs step up attacks on British truckers Wednesday February 26, 2020

    The RHA has repeated its plea to the French authorities to do more to protect truck drivers from violent migrant gangs looking to enter the UK illegally. The call comes after an HGV driver was allegedly threatened with guns and knives at a French service station on Thursday night (20 February). The driver reported being confronted by a migrant gang while parked off the A26 in Guignicourt, near Reims – 150 miles from Calais. Police were called and the driver [...]

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  • Doctors on Wheels still offering D4 driver medicals Friday February 21, 2020

    Doctors on Wheels is circumventing a DVLA ban on its D4 medicals by offering HGV drivers medicals with self-employed doctors, MT has learnt. DVLA stopped accepting all D4 medicals from Doctors on Wheels (DoW) from 20 June last year. The decision was triggered by an investigation into the company, which saw raids on the firm’s offices in Swindon, Leicester and Huddersfield. The joint investigation by DVLA and Swansea Trading Standards was prompted by claims that D4 medicals were not being [...]

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  • FTA “appalled” by points-based immigration plan Thursday February 20, 2020

    Classifying HGV drivers as ‘low skilled’ and refusing potential applicants from getting visas could cause the industry to grind to a halt, business groups have warned. The government this week unveiled its plan to move away from the UK’s reliance on “cheap labour” from Europe and instead “encourage people with the right talent.” The proposals include expanding the definition of skilled workers to those educated to A-level/Scottish Highers equivalent standard. A points-based system would also be introduced, with overseas citizens [...]

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  • FTA to rebrand and become Logistics UK Tuesday February 18, 2020

    The FTA has announced that it will change its name to Logistics UK from the end of May. The move comes as the organisation looks to achieve more for its members and change the way it is perceived by people outside the industry. "For people who don’t really know us, the name Logistics UK is modern, it’s impactful, it’s authoritative," FTA marketing and communications director Kevin Green told motortransport.co.uk. "But we’re not changing who we are or what we do. [...]

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  • FORS partners with mental health charity Mates in Mind Friday January 31, 2020

    The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) has partnered with charity Mates in Mind to improve the mental health of its workforce and members. Mates in Mind was established to tackle the challenges of mental ill-health specifically within the construction sector, but the tie-up comes amid plans to expand the support and services it offers to incorporate transport and logistics companies. Explained Martin Lockham, growth development manager at Mates in Mind: “After our successes within the construction sector, providing organisations with [...]

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  • Northern Ireland MOT chaos may delay HGV tests Friday January 31, 2020

    A breakdown in car MOT tests in Northern Ireland could hit HGV testing slots after the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) resorted to using heavy duty lanes in a bid to clear the backlog. The use of vehicle lifts in all test centres across the province has been suspended after inspections revealed widespread signs of cracking in the equipment. The DVA said opening hours have been extended “to increase capacity to facilitate the prioritisation of taxis and four-year-old vehicles with [...]

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  • MP demands inquiry over Kent truckstop shortage Friday January 24, 2020

    The chronic lack of lorry parking sites in Kent has been raised in the House of Commons by an MP who urged the government to deliver on what it promised “long ago”. Dover MP Natalie Elphicke said lorries travelling through the port were the “beating heart of our national economy” and yet there were not enough truckstops to cater for the demand. She added that “making time for such a debate is not simply a matter of concern for the [...]

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  • PJM Lorry Park in Coventry to close Thursday January 23, 2020

    A well-regarded and vital truckstop in Coventry will shut its doors for the last time on 27 January. PJM Lorry Park, which has close links to all the major motorways, said its customers could park over the weekend of 25-26 January, but the site would need to be vacated by 5am the following day. PJM MD Paul Moore said: “It is with great regret that we are forced to close the lorry park due to circumstances beyond our control. “We’d [...]

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  • Clean Air Zone update 2020 Monday January 20, 2020

    Click here to go to the download page. The past few years has seen a steep rise in the prominence of environmental and air quality issues within the mainstream political agenda, both in the UK and globally. And road transport must play a core role in this environmental battle. However, are the strategies put in place by government to reduce harmful road emissions the right ones? Do they go far enough? And what will the impact on UK businesses be, [...]

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  • FTA launches warehousing and supply chain consultancy Tuesday January 21, 2020

    The FTA has launched a new supply chain consultancy arm which specialises in warehousing. The consultancy is run by industry experts Martin Palmer, Eddie de Jong and Paul Wilson (pictured, left to right), who are experienced logistics consultants. Services offered by the new team will include warehouse improvement and optimisation, including process mapping and review, manpower modelling, system assessments and cost evaluations, as well as a full warehouse design and automation service. This will include operational profiling, modelling for storage [...]

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  • New partnership drives freight transport efficiency Thursday January 16, 2020

    Motor Transport is proud to announce a new collaboration which aims to improve the efficiency of transport planning. The UK’s leading news publisher for commercial fleet operators is bringing an innovative software solution to the sector. My Transport Planner is a unique, on-demand transport planning tool. It will enable organisations of all sizes to increase vehicle utilisation, cut costs and reduce emissions from road transport. Using the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, My Transport Planner is a pay-as-you-go solution, [...]

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  • Motor Transport Awards 2020 open for entries Monday January 06, 2020

    The 34th Motor Transport Awards will return to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Park Lane on 1 July 2020 to celebrate, recognise and reward excellence in the road freight transport industry. What makes the Motor Transport Awards so valued by the winners is the fact that they are judged by senior independent figures within the transport industry. For more than 30 years, the Motor Transport Awards have been seen as a benchmark for excellence among UK road transport fleet [...]

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  • Tevva welcomes breakthrough in battery technology Monday November 11, 2019

    Commercial EV company Tevva has welcomed a technological breakthrough in the US which enables rapid charging of batteries, potentially adding 200 miles of driving time. Scientists said they have discovered a way for vehicle batteries to take in 400Kw of energy in just 10 minutes, overcoming a major hurdle currently surrounding electric vehicles. “We demonstrated that we can charge an electrical vehicle in ten minutes for a 200 to 300 mile range,” said Chao-Yang Wang, professor of materials science and [...]

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  • Road network to feature ‘naked highways’ by 2027 Tuesday November 12, 2019

    Road signage will be eliminated in less than a decade as self-driving vehicles emerge and digital infrastructure is built, according to the UK’s umbrella organisation for self-driving technology, Zenzic. So-called “naked highways” will become a feature of the road network from 2027, according to Zenzic, which also said new planning guidance and blueprints for connected and automated mobility (CAM) ready cities, towns, highways and rural roads will become available from early next year. Zenzic said the physical evolution and decommissioning [...]

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  • Fleets weigh up benefits of alternative-fuel future Monday November 25, 2019

    New research by Rivus Fleet Solutions and the AA has revealed that, while fleet managers accept the need to move towards an alternatively fuelled future, many are continuing to invest in “more cost-effective” Euro-6 diesel vehicles. In a survey of 500 car and light CV fleet decision makers for the latest Operational Fleet Insight Report, researchers found the remaining barriers were cost, charging location, charging time and driver training. A “wait and see” attitude remained prevalent, the report said, although [...]

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