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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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