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  • Forward Solutions boosts customer success team Tuesday July 05, 2022

    Technology firm Forward Solutions has added transport specialists Chris Wood and Scott Manning to its team. The freight software development company, which provides IT systems for multimodal players across air, sea, road and rail freight, has taken on Wood and Manning as customer success managers. Wood previously worked as an IT manager for UK and European road freight specialists International Forwarding, for 14 years, whilst Manning, who is based in Kent and will support the company’s southern customers, previously worked [...]

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  • Road Transport Expo a huge success Monday July 04, 2022

    Road Transport Expo burst onto the scene last week in spectacular style, as thousands of visitors headed to NAEC Stoneleigh to join in the action. A long time in the planning, this brand-new industry show with its “all about the truck” mantra, attracted more than 170 trade exhibitors, alongside a host of expert speakers to the Midlands venue. The latest technology took centre stage, from manufacturer product launches through to a Ride & Drive opportunity for visitors and live demonstrations. [...]

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  • Transport for the North sets out plans and priorities Monday July 04, 2022

    Political and business leaders met at the Transport for the North (TfN) board meeting last week to discuss how it will continue to act with “one voice” for the North. Priorities for the year ahead include taking forward work to update the north’s independent economic review and the revision of the strategic transport plan. Board members, who are representatives of the region’s 20 local transport authorities and 11 local enterprise partnerships, assessed the budget and business plan. Read more Transport [...]

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  • Northgate launches Drive to Zero programme for LCV market Tuesday June 28, 2022

    Northgate Vehicle Hire has launched a fleet electrification programme, Drive to Zero, to provide customers with a full suite of solutions designed to aid fleets’ transition to electric LCVs. Northgate has continued its transformation into a specialist B2B customer-centric LCV mobility provider over the last two years and has been building the foundations for an electrification journey, alongside those of its customers. Drive to Zero comprises five key elements designed to ensure a seamless transition of all businesses. The first [...]

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  • DigiHaul unveils Ecosystem to support SMEs Thursday June 23, 2022

    Tech freight firm DigiHaul has launched a range of products to help small and mid-sized carriers access services that address cash flow, fuel prices and fleet shortages. Its DigiHaul Ecosystem is available to carrier partners and it said it provided operators with the resources they need to get through this turbulent period. One of the products gives firms the option to have invoices paid in 24 hours, which it said could save them between 3.5% and 4% versus traditional financing. [...]

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  • Fleetcor hires new global EV solutions MD Wednesday June 22, 2022

    Tom Rowlands has been recruited as MD of global EV solutions at Fleetcor. In what is a newly created role, Rowlands (pictured) will take over operational responsibility for Fleetcor’s EV product solutions globally, with current activity focused on the UK, Western Europe, and North America. Rowlands previously served as Fleetcor’s vice president of European strategy with a brief to drive the company’s EV strategy. This included building EV charging and management solutions, growing the charging network and playing a key [...]

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  • Renault vans can now get connected via Geotab Thursday June 16, 2022

    Geotab, which specialises in connecting CVs to the cloud, has announced a tie-in with Renault to combine vehicle telematics capabilities with its fleet management platform. It said this would provide a single point of access for van operators to help them make informed decisions and provide connectivity for fleets of any size. Customers can choose from Renault models built in 2010 or later and then get a factory-fitted, or retro-fitted, telematics system. Users then benefit from first-hand OEM data, aggregated [...]

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  • Scottish Transaid dinner takes shape Tuesday June 07, 2022

    The Scottish Transaid Dinner, which was derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic, is back on track, taking place at the Bothwell Bridge Hotel, near Hamilton, on the evening of Thursday 15 September 2022. The fund raising charity dinner has been organised by a committee headed by recently retired Scottish Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken, who is now the Transaid national chair, and  includes Nicola Robertson of  Scottish haulage firm Malcolm, and Grangemouth-based Lynsey Mitchell, Scotland’s Transport Woman of the Year 2022. Aitken [...]

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  • First Hydrogen appoints chief financial officer Monday June 06, 2022

    Hydrogen vehicle manufacturer First Hydrogen has appointed Carlo Alberto D’Amicis (pictured) as chief financial officer to support the company’s growth. The move comes as the company prepares to test its first hydrogen fuel cell demonstrator vehicles and establish its first green hydrogen production sites in the UK. D’Amicis joins First Hydrogen from Stock Exchange-listed refractories firm RHI Magnesita, where he held the post of senior finance executive and led a 120-person global finance team in over 15 countries. In his [...]

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  • Prometeon announces new organisational structure Tuesday May 31, 2022

    Prometeon Tyre Group has announced a reorganisation of its UK and Nordics business in order to strengthen its position in the market. The new organisational structure means Ali Yilmaz (pictured) becomes commercial director and is also in charge of logistics. Marisa Hever-Smith will head up CFO and HR Administration. Both Yilmaz and Hever-Smith will report into Francesco Antonacci as interim MD UK and Nordics, replacing Peter Fairlie who will leave the business on 8 July. Antonacci maintains his role of [...]

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  • New data reveals UK’s drink driving capital Friday May 27, 2022

    A study of five years’ worth of government data has found that the West Midlands is, by a significant margin, the UK’s drink driving hotspot. The analysis of the data found that the region recorded 89.48 drink driving incidents per 100,000 people, a full 32 accidents higher than the second place South East. The Compensation Experts, which compiled the data, said the statistics showed a surprising disparity between accidents in the West Midlands and the rest of the UK. The [...]

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  • Operators hit with Public Inquiries over trailer defects Thursday May 26, 2022

    Senior Traffic Commissioner Richard Turfitt (pictured) has warned hauliers of their obligations regarding trailers amid a spate of Public Inquiries following serious transgressions. Speaking at the Microlise Transport Conference last week, Turfitt said: “I need to flag up a concerning pattern of cases emerging from last year. It involves the maintenance of third-party trailers. “There have been considerable efforts by the DVSA to make test reports available to all, but operators seem oblivious to maintaining trailers. It makes the ongoing [...]

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  • Hankook signs tyre deal with Vaculug Thursday May 26, 2022

    Tyre company Hankook has signed a five-year deal with Vaculug to have its Alphatread brand manufactured in the UK. Guy Heywood, Hankook vice president, said: “Our new partnership with Vaculug will support our mission to offer attractive and sustainable products. “This new agreement also ensures maximum value for our fleet customers.” Vaculug MD Jorge Crespo added: “While this agreement is only for an initial period of five years, we as a family have had a relationship with Hankook that goes [...]

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  • Switch to electric on hold, new research reveals Monday May 23, 2022

    A major new survey of UK hauliers has found none have plans to roll out electric vehicles within the next 12 months, although 41% claimed it was part of their longer-term strategy. The research - carried out by Microlise and revealed by chief executive Nadeem Raza (pictured) at its Transport Conference in Coventry last week - also found 26% of operators would switch to electric 'once the technology is available for HGVs'. A further 12% said they already had electric [...]

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  • Drink driving HGV driver will go to prison Thursday May 12, 2022

    A court in Scotland has refused an appeal by an HGV driver jailed for drink driving after he claimed he should have been ordered to undertake unpaid work instead. Timothy Humphreys was jailed in January for six months after driving his artic for 20 miles along the A90 while more than four times over the drink drive limit. A motorist behind the HGV witnessed Humphreys drifting from lane to lane on the dual carriageway and on one occasion almost striking [...]

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  • Greater London hit with soaring road freight costs Wednesday May 11, 2022

    Greater London is being hit by rising road freight costs that are double that of the rest of the UK, new research has revealed. According to the Transport Exchange Group's latest Road Transport Price index, the average price-per-mile for haulage and courier vehicles in Greater London jumped by 11.6 points from March to April 2022. Conversely, across the UK as a whole, the increase was half that, rising 5.3 points over the same period. The Transport Exchange Group (TEG) index [...]

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  • Network of new urban warehouses planned across UK Monday May 09, 2022

    Invesco Real Estate and Barwood Capital have teamed up to build a £300m portfolio of up to eight urban/last mile industrial and logistics warehouses across the UK. The partnership has already acquired its first two sites, including a four-acre plot adjacent to Manchester’s Trafford Retail Park - on which it plans to develop a multi-unit scheme - and a 5.25-acre site in Coventry, with planning consent, where construction is due to start in July. Andy Rofe, MD at Invesco Real [...]

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  • Volta Trucks unveils 7.5-tonne and 12-tonne variants Tuesday April 26, 2022

    Electric truck manufacturer Volta Trucks has revealed the forthcoming 7.5- and 12-tonne Volta Zero variants - the second product family in its full-electric vehicle range. Designed by Warick-based partner Astheimer, working with Volta Trucks’ own engineering teams, the new vehicles look similar to the larger 16-tonne vehicle and are currently undergoing extensive engineering development and testing ahead of customer evaluation later this year. The pilot fleet of vehicles is expected to be launched for customer trials in 2024, with series [...]

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  • Entry deadline for Motor Transport Awards extended Monday April 25, 2022

    Do you need more time to submit your entries to the Motor Transport Awards this year? To allow entrants to spend an extra week perfecting their entries the deadline has been extended to April 29. For more than 35 years, the Motor Transport Awards have been seen as a benchmark for excellence among UK road transport fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers and innovators. Despite the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic passing in 2021, it was still an incredibly tough year for [...]

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  • DHL Inside Track wins deal with Ford Fleet management Monday April 25, 2022

    DHL Inside Track has landed a multi-year contract with Ford Fleet Management, to manage the preparation and transport of leased vehicles. Ford Fleet Management, a joint venture between Ford and ALD Automotive, specialises in offering medium to long-term flexible leasing and fleet management for light commercial and passenger vehicles. DHL Inside Track, which specialises in sales support to automotive OEM's, will be responsible for managing bookings, vehicle preparation and delivering to the customer, as well as collection and “in-life” refurbishment. [...]

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  • Revealed – the best UK city to deliver to…. Wednesday April 13, 2022

    HGV drivers have once again voted Glasgow as the best city to deliver to in the UK, citing good traffic conditions, access and layout. The Scottish city topped the list, with more than one in 10 drivers (12%) polled giving it their vote. Manchester came second with 9% of the vote and Liverpool moved into third above London, with 6%. HGV driver Bryan Greig in Dundee, said: “Everything is pretty near a major road in Glasgow. “Wherever you’re going, you're [...]

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  • Baroness Vere to speak at Microlise Transport Conference Wednesday April 13, 2022

    Transport Minister Baroness Vere (pictured) will discuss the importance of the road freight industry for driving economic growth at a transport conference in May. She is expected to talk about the need for a stronger and more diverse talent pipeline in the sector and will also refer to government funding and other support for companies that aim to address the current driver shortage when she makes her virtual presentation at the Microlise Transport Conference. Read more Sponsored: Microlise Transport Conference [...]

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  • Government grants funding to 51 new transport projects Wednesday April 13, 2022

    A lightweight steering system for HGVs, which reduces tyre wear and carbon emissions, is one of 51 projects awarded government funding to help create a more efficient transport system. The transport research and innovation grant (TRIG) programme has given grants worth £1.95m to entrepreneurs and innovators who are pioneering new ways of making transport safer and more efficient. The DfT said the winners were selected based on four key themes: future of freight, maritime decarbonisation, covid recovery/transport resilience and an [...]

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  • Average price-per-mile for freight vehicles up by 12% Friday April 08, 2022

    The average haulage and courier price-per-mile (ppm) has increased by 12% - the 14th straight year-on-year rise, according to new industry index data. The TEG Road Transport Price Index showed that the average ppm for freight transport vehicles increased from 100.6 points to 112.2 points between March 2021 and March 2022. The Transport Exchange Group (TEG) said its figures reflected increases brought about by Brexit, driver shortages and high fuel prices, as well as the knock-on effects of the Ukraine [...]

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  • Dover border delays resolved, HMRC claims Friday April 08, 2022

    HM Revenue and Customs said problems with its goods vehicle movement service (GVMS) in Dover had been fixed and it expected business as usual from Monday (11 April). This week, HGVs were forced to queue on the M20 and A20 into the port town as disruption to traffic crossing the channel sparked a week of delays. Problems began when P&O Ferries services were suspended after it sacked over 800 workers. This was compounded by two DFDS ferries being taken out [...]

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  • Prologis to build West Midlands logistics hub Thursday April 07, 2022

    Property developer Prologis has been granted planning permission for a new logistics facility on its industrial estate in Minworth, West Midlands. The plans include the demolition of an obsolete unit on the Prologis Park Midpoint and the construction of a 163,000sq ft building rated BREEAM ‘excellent’ and net zero carbon in construction which will deliver logistics space to the West Midlands market. Originally built for the supermarket giant Asda in 2016, Prologis said the existing facility was too bespoke for [...]

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  • Government plans crackdown on drug drivers Tuesday April 05, 2022

    Tougher measures aimed at drug-drivers are proposed in a consultation document launched by DfT today, including the requirement to undertake rehabilitation courses before being allowed back behind the wheel. Whilst drink-drive related deaths and injuries have plummeted, falling by 88% between 1979 and 2015, drug-related driving offences are on the rise, according to government figures, with over 12,000 convicted in 2019 and 44% committed by re-offenders. DfT research show that 713 people were seriously injured in drug-driving collisions in 2020, [...]

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  • XPO wins chilled distribution deal with Tesco Monday April 04, 2022

    XPO Logistics has been awarded a multi-year contract by Tesco to manage the retailer’s chilled distribution to stores in the North West. Under the new agreement XPO will be responsible for temperature-controlled transport and will use XPO’s fleet and drivers, who will work from Tesco's distribution centre in Widnes, Cheshire. The two companies will also collaborate on developing a plan for a carbon-neutral or carbon-negative transport solution that supports Tesco's goal of becoming net-zero carbon by 2050. Read more XPO [...]

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  • ARI Fleet UK rebrands to Holman Sunday March 27, 2022

    Fleet management and leasing firm ARI Fleet UK has rebranded and is now known as Holman. The move sees the entire global organisation, including retail dealerships, vehicle up-fitters and fleet management come together under the new name. Nick Caller, Holman UK MD, said: “The automotive sector is going to experience more changes in the next 20 years than it has in the past century, with the advent of increased electrification, innovative funding methods and technological leaps in areas such as [...]

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  • Renault Trucks reports upturn in sales Friday March 25, 2022

    Renault Trucks said it had seen “significant business growth” in 2021, with a 25% increase in vehicles invoiced, despite disruption to supplies. In its heavy and medium duty ranges there was a 27% increase in deliveries to 33,422 and there was an increase of more than a fifth among its light commercial vehicles, to 18,038. The brand confirmed strong results across Europe, with a 41% increase in invoicing in the market for vehicles over six tonnes. In France, Renault Trucks [...]

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  • UK road repair bill hits £12bn Wednesday March 23, 2022

    Local roads in England and Wales are resurfaced on average once every 70 years and the repair backlog has now topped £12bn, according to a survey highlighting the scale of the problem faced by highways engineers. The Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA) annual local authority road maintenance (ALARM) survey found councils would have needed an extra £1bn in 2021 just to reach their own target road conditions, before even thinking about tackling the backlog of repairs. It also found almost one [...]

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  • St Modwen Logistics in warehousing deal with Genpower Tuesday March 22, 2022

    Industrial developer St Modwen Logistics has helped Welsh business Genpower scale up into a 100,000 sq ft warehouse, which it said would boost economic growth in the region. The ‘big-box’ warehouse at St Modwen Park Newport will enable Genpower – an entrant in the Wales Fast Growth 50 list last year – to continue offering its e-fulfilment service, which includes picking, packing and distributing Hyundai Power Products across the UK. The new warehouse attracted a BREEAM Very Good and EPC [...]

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  • Ford on the charge with new EVs Monday March 21, 2022

    Ford is set to launch a new generation of all-electric vans by 2024. The iconic Transit range will include four new electric models – the all-new Transit Custom 1-tonne van and Tourneo Custom multi-purpose vehicle in 2023, and the smaller, next generation Transit Courier van and Tourneo Courier multi-purpose vehicle in 2024. The E-Transit (pictured) offers 198kW – the equivalent of 265hp – for the top-rated version, while the less powerful 135kW model still provides 181hp. Range is claimed to [...]

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  • Tyre firm first to be given B-Corp status Friday March 18, 2022

    Sustainable tyre firm ENSO said it had achieved ‘B Corporation Certification’ status – a designation awarded to organisations striving to make a sustainable and ethical impact. EVs typically wear tyres 20-50% faster than petrol and diesel models, due to their higher weight and torque and they need replacements more often, resulting in increased waste. ENSO is aiming to develop next-generation, energy efficient, low-emission tyres and its London-based team is designing sustainable tyres specifically for EVs to increase their range and [...]

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  • APN demands freeze on fuel duty and VAT exemption Monday March 14, 2022

    Pallet networks are demanding that the government pause VAT on diesel for hauliers in light of soaring prices and the knock-on effect on the cost of goods. The Association of Pallet Networks (APN) said fuel represented a third of total haulage costs and operators will be unable to sustain their work without passing the rising costs on to customers, which then risks spiralling inflation. The APN has written to the chancellor of the exchequer and the transport secretary to request [...]

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  • Cabotage decision goes to public consultation Tuesday March 15, 2022

    A decision on whether or not to continue the current extension of cabotage rules has been put out to public consultation. In October 2021, the government said it was allowing until the end of April unlimited cabotage movements of HGVs for up to 14 days after arriving in the UK on a laden international journey. The decision was taken to alleviate significant pressures in the supply chain associated with the driver shortage. The Department for Transport (DfT) said it was [...]

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  • Tiger Trailers promotes Ed Booth to MD Monday January 17, 2022

    Tiger Trailers’ finance director Ed Booth (pictured) has been promoted to MD of the wider group, with immediate effect. Booth’s promotion sees Tiger Trailers’ founders, John and Steven Cartwright, move from their positions as joint MDs to sit as executive directors on the board alongside fellow founder David Williams. The Winsford-based company, which employs 250 staff and manufactures articulated trailers, said the three founders will continue to work with Booth on a variety of strategic opportunities. Read more Tiger Trailers [...]

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  • Krone extends trailer parts service Friday January 14, 2022

    Krone said its parts supply service was continuing to expand amid peak sales levels of its trailers. Trailer parts for the UK and Ireland can be ordered using its online catalogue, either by part number or by scanning the QR code stamped on the trailer’s registration plate. Krone said all consignments from Leeds are being dispatched on a next day basis and, subject to availability, will arrive between one and three working days. Read more Krone trailer sales on the [...]

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  • Krone trailer sales on the rise Thursday January 13, 2022

    Sales of Krone trailers increased by 17.8% last year and its owner said he was optimistic revenues would rise again in 2022. Despite the pandemic, its commercial vehicles division reported sales of 1.37m euros in the year ending 31 July 2021, an increase from 1.17m euros the previous year. During the period, Krone Group’s CV division launched the modular swap liner, accommodating two swap bodies, as well as new chassis models for containers, the cool liner, the new-generation swap body [...]

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  • RHA welcomes pause to smart motorway rollout Wednesday January 12, 2022

    The RHA has welcomed an announcement from the DfT that the rollout of new all-lane smart motorways is to be suspended. New schemes will be paused until there is a full five years of safety data on current projects. The news came alongside a £900m government pledge for additional safety measures for existing all-lane running motorways (ALR). An investment of £390m in 150 additional emergency areas for drivers will also be put in place, creating a 50% increase in places [...]

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  • Microlise Driver of the Year 2022 opens for nominations Tuesday January 11, 2022

    Microlise is calling for nominations as it launches its search for this year’s best truck driver. The Microlise driver of the Year event, now in its eighth year, shortlists drivers by analysing a year’s worth of Microlise telematics performance data to reveal the most talented short, medium, and long-distance drivers. The process sees the Microlise Data Science team initially analyse more than 240,000 anonymous drivers’ telematics records from 2021. Data will be anonymised and analysed, with company, contract and driver [...]

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  • Have your say on the best route to net zero Monday January 10, 2022

    The University of Westminster, as part of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight is seeking your views on how road freight operators are decarbonising their fleets, as well as the challenges resulting from Brexit and Coronavirus. Whether you are considering fleet replacement, investment in new vehicle technologies or changes to logistics operations to bring about greater fuel efficiency in the road freight industry, the research team want to hear your views. This questionnaire takes approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. Many [...]

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  • Gasrec launches biomethane monitoring centre Friday January 07, 2022

    Gasrec has opened a remote monitoring centre in Daventry to react to changes at its network of biomethane refuelling stations and resolve any potential safety issues. The company said a team of control centre operators will analyse real-time data and monitor gas levels to prevent shortages and detect equipment faults and then respond accordingly. Tony Robinson, Gasrec chief technical officer, said: “The safety and resilience of our operations is at the heart of everything we do. Read more BP buys [...]

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  • REE trials electric P7 platform for delivery fleets Thursday January 06, 2022

    Automotive developer REE has begun trials of its all-electric P7 modular platform for delivery fleets. Supporting up to four tonnes (8,800lbs) max payload, REE said the P7 platform has capacity for 35% more packages than comparable CVs. It added that electric and autonomous vehicles built on top of the platform will be able to achieve driving ranges of up to 370 miles with speeds of up to 80 mph and supporting gross vehicle weight ratings of up to 7.5-tonnes (16,500lbs). [...]

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  • Pressure of the job putting off logistics staff Sunday December 26, 2021

    Nearly one in five transport and logistics workers are considering quitting their jobs due to excessive stress, according to a mental health study. It showed half of all workers in the industry have suffered excessive stress in the last 12 months, 17% are considering leaving their jobs and 10% have already quit. This is double the number of retail employees that have left their jobs and more than those in healthcare. The study also found that more than one in [...]

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  • UK commercial vehicle production back on the slide Friday December 24, 2021

    UK commercial vehicle production decreased to 7,940 units in November, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The 7.8% decline is the weakest November performance since 2017 and reflects the challenges faced by the wider industry, with the global shortage of semiconductors - itself a by-product of the pandemic - continuing to hamper production. November’s decline was driven by a 16.4% fall in the number of CVs built for export, whilst the domestic [...]

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  • Average truck runs 88,000 miles between DVSA checks Wednesday December 15, 2021

    The DVSA has defended its intelligence-led approach to roadside enforcement after statistics were released showing an average truck is inspected once every 88,000 miles. The figures were obtained in a freedom of information request by the Unite union, which has used them as evidence that on-the-spot checks are now “vanishingly rare”. The union said a lorry in the UK could travel the equivalent of three and a half times around the world without expecting to undergo a check. Unite said [...]

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  • PD Ports unveils quayside warehouse on River Trent Tuesday December 14, 2021

    PD Ports has unveiled its latest investment at Groveport on the River Trent - a £500,000 warehouse facility aimed at boosting trade efficiencies and reducing costs for port customers as part of a long-term plan to continue growing business on the Humber. The 10,000sq ft transit warehouse – an interim storage location for cargo - will improve the turnaround time on vessels carrying weather-sensitive cargo, including fertiliser and steel hollow sections, allowing for temporary, covered quayside storage before transportation to [...]

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  • RHA chief executive Richard Burnett resigns Monday December 13, 2021

    Richard Burnett (pictured), chief executive of the RHA, has tendered his resignation after seven years in the role. RHA national chairperson Moreton Cullimore said Burnett had transformed the organisation during his tenure and worked tirelessly for its membership and the wider industry. "The RHA’s membership has grown significantly and our profile as an association has increased considerably," he added. "On behalf of the RHA board of directors and all the RHA employees I would like to thank him for everything [...]

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  • Pallet networks have fuller trailers, APN data reveals Friday December 03, 2021

    Vehicle utilisation for trucks involved in pallet distribution is significantly higher than the national average for artics and sits at 75.4%, according to the Association of Pallet Networks (APN). It said that in light of COP26 and the climate emergency, pallet networks offer hauliers huge savings in vehicle miles, particularly as government figures suggest that the national average for vehicle utilisation is 63%. APN said that based on these utilisation figures alone, members are saving in excess of 150,000 vehicle [...]

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  • DVSA makes Earned Recognition scheme more accessible Thursday December 02, 2021

    The DVSA said it had abandoned plans to introduce one single fully digital maintenance reporting system for Earned recognition (ER) operators, to make the scheme attractive to new entrants. A requirement for ER members to supply fully digital maintenance key performance indicators was originally set for 1 April 2022, which would have meant operators supplying compliance data via a tablet, laptop or smartphone. However, at a recent Woodfines transport conference, the enforcement agency revealed that this deadline had now been [...]

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  • Ryder offers customers new after-sales benefits Friday November 19, 2021

    Ryder has overhauled its used commercial vehicle service with new benefits including complimentary DAF vouchers, free delivery and a money-back guarantee. The £350 after-sales support vouchers can be used in full or part payment for DAF parts when work is conducted across DAF’s 155-strong dealer network, with Ryder also providing free delivery and five-day money-back guarantee for its certified or verified used vehicles. Ryder said its 90-point vehicle inspection, including MOT, as well as engine, battery and brake tests would [...]

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  • Registration open for Microlise Transport Conference 2022 Friday November 12, 2021

    Registration for the Microlise Transport Conference 2022 has opened, building on its future technology focus and offering insights into current industry topics. Taking place on 18 May at the Coventry Building Society Arena, organisers said it will also showcase innovations and trends they believe will disrupt the transport and logistics sector over the coming years. In addition to the primary conference agenda, delegates will also have access to four workshop programmes, covering skills, compliance, technology and innovation. An exhibition area [...]

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  • Transaid extends driver training into Mozambique Friday November 12, 2021

    International transport charity Transaid has expanded its professional driver training programme into Mozambique, to improve standards and help make the country’s roads safer. The move comes less than a year after it secured funding to launch a similar project in Ghana. Transaid chief executive Caroline Barber said its track record for delivering life-saving work meant it was now regularly approached to expand its activities into new countries. The Mozambique project is expected to start later this month and has been [...]

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  • Drivers Direct in £3.15m management buyout Thursday November 11, 2021

    Driver recruitment firm Drivers Direct has undergone a management buyout (MBO) after receiving a £1.75m investment from a private equity firm. The MBO sees ownership of the Runcorn business transfer to the current management team led by new MD Daniel Jellicoe, with plans to continue its organic growth and expand to new UK locations. Formed in 2002, Drivers Direct specialises in the training and placement of drivers across all vehicle classes, including HGV, LCV and minibuses, on both a temporary [...]

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  • Citroen’s fully electric LCV range arrives in UK Thursday November 11, 2021

    Citroen is now offering a full range of 100% electric LCVs, including its new e-Berlingo van, mid-sized e-Dispatch and large e-Relay electric models. The e-Dispatch was the first to become available, rolling off production lines in 2020, followed by the e-Relay that arrived in UK showrooms in August. Both models were joined by its new e-Berlingo van electric, which opened for orders at the end of August. Citroen said an electric quadricycle, the Ami Cargo Electric, will become available in [...]

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  • Maxus extends Scotland dealer network Wednesday November 10, 2021

    Maxus has expanded its dealer network in Scotland after partnering with Eastern Western Motor Group to add a new dealership in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire. The addition of Western Maxus brings the number of its dealerships in Scotland to four, with more than 42 located across the UK. The new dealership is located 10 miles outside of Glasgow city centre and 37 miles west of Edinburgh. Read more Maxus expands network with Bowson’s Gloucestershire dealership Maxus opens new Doncaster facility Maxus [...]

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  • Government announces major review of Driver CPC Tuesday November 09, 2021

    The government has announced a sweeping review of the Driver CPC to ease the current labour shortage and encourage more people to return to the profession. The move comes after lobbying from industry bodies to extend the validity of any qualification expiring this year to retain drivers who may otherwise be tempted to retire or find alternative work. The government also said it was identifying sites for short-term improvements to lorry parking and investing £500,000 to move an additional 29,000 [...]

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  • Fraikin opens service support centre Monday November 08, 2021

    Fraikin has opened a 24/7 service support centre at its Coventry headquarters, underlining its renewed emphasis on bringing maintenance and breakdown support inhouse. Caroline Harrison, Fraikin service support centre manager, said: “The new service will be an invaluable resource, helping to ensure we’re able to offer better continuity in customer support, which will only help to strengthen and build customer relationships. “We are now able to guarantee that a Fraikin employee is available on the other end of the phone, [...]

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  • “No major supply chain issues,” major supermarkets insist Friday November 05, 2021

    Supermarkets said they were confident their supply chains were robust enough to ensure customer requirements were fulfilled in the run-up to Christmas. Reporting its interim results for the 28 weeks ending 18 September 2021, Sainsbury’s chief executive Simon Roberts acknowledged the industry faced labour and supply chain challenges. However, he added: “Our scale, advanced cost saving programme, logistics operations and strong supplier relationships put us in a good position as we head into Christmas.” The supermarket announced pre-tax profits of [...]

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  • Government set to modify Driver CPC Thursday November 04, 2021

    The government has hinted at reforming the Driver CPC following calls from the industry for it to be suspended in order to attract back professional drivers. Government minister Trudy Harrison said there were “merits in modifying the processes” and she acknowledged that the costs involved for HGV drivers could be “difficult”. In response to a question in the House of Commons about the Driver CPC, Harrison said: “The driver certificate of professional competence was introduced to improve road safety and [...]

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  • Top brands back Road Transport Expo 2022 Thursday November 04, 2021

    Road Transport Expo (RTX) is off to a flying start with an impressive list of 40-plus exhibitors already confirmed for the brand-new Stoneleigh Park event next summer. Well-known brands - including DAF, Iveco, Scania, Tevva and Volvo Trucks – have been quick to support the three-day expo, which promises to be “all about the truck”. Taking place from 30 June to 2 July 2022, RTX is shaping up to be an unmissable event for anyone working in the road haulage [...]

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  • Commercial vehicle production edges higher Friday October 29, 2021

    There was a modest increase in UK commercial vehicle production in September, figures showed. There were 7,799 CVs produced, a 1.8% increase on 2020, although output remained 8.1% below the five-year average for the month, according to the SMMT. The automotive association said production had declined by 35.1% in August and so any increase was good news, particularly when compared to a strong September 2020 when volumes were driven by the fulfilment of several large fleet orders. The latest increase [...]

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  • MAN Truck & Bus names new head of van Friday October 29, 2021

    MAN Truck & Bus UK has announced the appointment of Tracey Perry as its new head of van. She succeeds Daniel Holbein who is leaving the company to take up a new position in MAN’s headquarters in Munich. Perry comes with a wealth of experience, having led teams in retail sales, SME and corporate sales. Between 1989 and 1998 she worked with sister company Audi before joining Renault in 2001. In 2007 Perry joined FCA Fiat Professional and in 2015 [...]

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  • Transport sector gives mixed response to Autumn Budget Wednesday October 27, 2021

    The RHA has welcomed moves to help the transport and logistics sector contained in the government's Autumn Budget which it said were "campaigning wins for the organisation". However, Logistics UK said its concerns over inadequate HGV parking facilities had not been fully addressed, while the BVRLA said fleet operators needed far more clarity over the government's Net Zero Strategy. Measures announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak today (27 October) included a continued freeze on fuel duty, which remains at 57.95p per [...]

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  • Hauliers hit back at Europa chief’s attack on RHA Tuesday October 19, 2021

    Hauliers are accusing Europa Worldwide chief executive Andrew Baxter of launching a politically motivated attack on the RHA following his open letter criticising the association’s handling of Brexit and the fuel crisis and his call for RHA chief executive Richard Burnett to resign. Baxter’s letter, published yesterday (18 October), accuses the RHA of leaking information from confidential government meetings, failing to prepare hauliers for Brexit and “substantially” causing the fuel crisis by leaking information about fuel stocks. The transport boss, [...]

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  • Fraikin names new operations director Thursday October 14, 2021

    Fraikin has employed an operations director, Andy Towns (pictured), to lead its engineering and operations functions as it works towards bringing its maintenance back in-house. Towns joins after four years as aftersales director at Farid Hillend Engineering and he will report directly to MD Darren Hall. He has 35 years of experience in the industry, including direct experience of running a national network of commercial vehicle workshops. Towns said: “Darren shared his plans for the business with me; in particular [...]

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  • VMS backs electric with major new Maxus deal Thursday October 14, 2021

    Fleet management firm VMS has purchased 1,000 commercial vehicles from Maxus, 60% of which are EVs. Maxus said 500 of the vehicles are eDeliver 3s and 150 are eDeliver 9s and the total order represents one of the biggest deals struck by a commercial vehicle brand in the UK. Mark Barrett, Harris Maxus GM, said: “The deal with VMS Fleet Management is an important one for Maxus and comes at an exciting time for the brand as our sales hit [...]

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  • APN demands two-year suspension of Driver CPC Thursday October 07, 2021

    Pallet networks want to see the Driver CPC suspended for two years with a promise it will be reformed or abolished, in order to attract back a “mass exodus” of professional drivers. The association of pallet networks (APN) also said allowing standard driving licence holders to drive 7.5-tonne vehicles once again would help haulage operators recruit young candidates. APN chairman Paul Sanders told motortransport.co.uk he “absolutely” agreed with Pallet-Track’s CE Caroline Green that a moratorium on the Driver CPC was [...]

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  • Microlise reports rise in profits and revenue Thursday September 30, 2021

    Telematics firm Microlise saw revenue rise by 14% to £57m in the 12 months to 30 June 2021, as haulage firms strove for fleet efficiencies. The company, which listed on the London stock exchange’s AIM in July, also increased its pre-tax profit to £2.2m during the period, compared with £710,000 the year before. Microlise said its strong interim results were delivered despite the global microchip shortage, which affects its hardware products, as well as the challenges of Covid-19 and Brexit. [...]

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  • FleetCheck signs truck recovery deal with AA Wednesday September 22, 2021

    A new pay-as-you-go (PAYG) affinity partnership has been announced between the AA and fleet software specialist FleetCheck.The initiative is designed to offer FleetCheck’s more than 1,300 customers the opportunity to access the AA’s breakdown recovery services at preferential rates based on a range of menu pricing options. Andy Kirby, customer success director at FleetCheck, explained: “We have been aware for a while that many of our customers wanted to put a recovery arrangement in place but price has been an [...]

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  • Renault Trucks unveils 18-tonne electric D Wide Z.E Thursday September 16, 2021

    Renault Trucks is now offering an 18-tonne electric D Wide Z.E, joining its 16 and 26-tonne model stablemates. It is also offering a wider range of wheelbases and special connectivity for reefer bodies, with 3,900mm to 6,800mm now available. Equipped with a two-axle chassis, Renault Trucks said the 18-tonne Z.E. is ideal for temperature-controlled distribution, with an optimised payload. Read more Warburtons rises to electric challenge with first 16-tonner from Renault Trucks Renault Trucks commits to expansion of fully-electric range [...]

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  • Forward Solutions launches supply chain management tool Wednesday September 15, 2021

    Software tech provider Forward Solutions is offering customers a new digital supply chain management product that oversees their entire supply chain, from purchase order to delivery. Forward Vision is a web-based portal that provides real time control and processing of transactions and also allows logistics operators’ customers to have “true visibility” of their own supply chains. Forward Solutions said Covid had created huge pressures on supply chains and operators needed more effective supply chain management. It said Forward Solutions provided [...]

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  • SDC sees 10,000th trailer roll off new production line Monday September 13, 2021

    SDC Trailers has passed a manufacturing milestone after its 10,000th trailer rolled off the company’s new production line in Toomebridge, three years after the facility became operational. This latest landmark event comes as the company continues to see a surge in demand, with one new SDC trailer going into production every 16 minutes. The semi-automated new production line was commissioned in August 2018 as part of a £7m expansion to SDC’s existing Northern Ireland base, to meet additional demand for [...]

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  • Volta in milestone production deal with Steyr Automotive Thursday September 09, 2021

    Volta Trucks has confirmed its Volta Zero will be manufactured in Austria by Steyr Automotive, following a competitive tender. Volta said Steyr was chosen based on its extensive experience of CV manufacturing, its existing infrastructure and the consequent speed to market. It means series production will commence in late 2022, following customer trials. The partnership also means the eventual creation of up to 500 jobs, as well as forming an integral part of Volta’s road-to-zero emissions strategy. Read more Testing [...]

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