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    Truck Drivers Need Better Facilities, Not Bigger Fines

    Truck Drivers Need Better Facilities, Not Bigger Fines

    21/02/2018
    The Freight Transport Association is warning that increased fines are not the solution to illegal truck parking in Kent.  It says the problem will only be solved when there are adequate clean and secure parking facilities for truck drivers. Ash...Read more
    Driver Shortage the 'Biggest Challenge' Facing Road Transport

    Driver Shortage the 'Biggest Challenge' Facing Road Transport

    21/02/2018
    The ongoing driver shortage is by far the most significant challenge facing the road transport sector in 2018 and a growing cause for concern amongst logistics operations, according to the findings of Paragon Software Systems’ annual UK custome...Read more
    Used Commercial Vehicle Demand Set to Remain Strong in 2018

    Used Commercial Vehicle Demand Set to Remain Strong in 2018

    21/02/2018
    The market for used commercial vehicles will remain strong this year, analysts at CAP HPI believe.  Demand for good quality used vehicles remained consistent in the final quarter of last year, and this trend looks set to continue as the logisti...Read more
    Euro 6 Warning for Fridge Van Fleets

    Euro 6 Warning for Fridge Van Fleets

    21/02/2018
    Refrigerated van fleets have less than 12 months to upgrade to Euro 6 standards or face annual ULEZ charges of £3,000 a year. That’s according to insulated van converter CoolVan, which is urging food suppliers to 'future-proof' t...Read more
    First MOT Test to Remain at Three Years

    First MOT Test to Remain at Three Years

    21/02/2018
    The Government has decided to maintain the period before a vehicle’s first MOT test at three years. The decision follows a Department for Transport consultation last year on changing the wait before the first test to four years. Changing the ...Read more
    The UK Limited Edition Actros1

    The UK Limited Edition Actros1

    7/02/2018
    The perfect business partner. Where will your 1 take you?...Read more
    New Stars Are Born at Mercedes-Benz Dealer Sparshatts Truck & Van

    New Stars Are Born at Mercedes-Benz Dealer Sparshatts Truck & Van

    30/01/2018
    A Kent-based trio of young service technicians have taken another step on the road to fulfilling professional careers by graduating from the acclaimed Mercedes-Benz Apprenticeship Programme. Dan Goodwin, Ethan Macrae and James Wickham are all employ...Read more
    Number of cargo crimes 58% up in 2016, despite improving trend

    Number of cargo crimes 58% up in 2016, despite improving trend

    15/01/2018
    Recorded cargo crimes in the UK fell for the third consecutive quarter this year, but remain 58% higher than the corresponding period of last year. The latest quarterly report on cargo theft from the Transported Asset Protection Association shows th...Read more
    Truck driver shortage – RHA sets the record straight

    Truck driver shortage – RHA sets the record straight

    15/01/2018
    The UK haulage industry is currently facing a shortage of between 45-50,000 HGV drivers and it is vital that the sector does more to bring people into the industry. That is the view of the Road Haulage Association, whose Chief Executive Richard Burn...Read more
     ‘Major Road’ investment programme ‘must work for freight too’

    ‘Major Road’ investment programme ‘must work for freight too’

    15/01/2018
    Freight transport must be at the heart of a new investment programme for England’s major roads, according to the Freight Transport Association. The Department for Transport’s consultation on the creation of a new Major Road Network annou...Read more
    Deliveries ahead of Christmas not arriving as expected

    Deliveries ahead of Christmas not arriving as expected

    15/01/2018
    Deliveries by courier companies have not been arriving as expected, with lengthy delays, damaged packages and poor communication reported over the past month, new Which? research has found. Which? asked more than 2,000 people about their experience ...Read more
    Confusion and concern is rife over Clean Air Zones

    Confusion and concern is rife over Clean Air Zones

    15/01/2018
    Businesses and drivers most likely to be affected by the Governments proposed Clean Air Strategy, and the Clean Air Zones that will be in place in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton by the end of next year, remain in the dark about ...Read more
    Driver of the Year Winner Announced

    Driver of the Year Winner Announced

    11/12/2017
    Thomas Kent has been named as the UK’s top driver in logistics, after a nationwide competition organized by the Freight Transport Association. Kent, who works for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain in Leicester, scooped the overall FTA Driver of t...Read more
    Lorry Permit Scheme 'Poses Several Questions'

    Lorry Permit Scheme 'Poses Several Questions'

    11/12/2017
    The announcement that Transport for London has finally issued its consultation into lorry Direct Vision Standards and a new permit scheme for lorries entering London has been met with caution by the Road Haulage Association. The initial concern is t...Read more
    London's Draft Plan 'A Positive Step'

    London's Draft Plan 'A Positive Step'

    11/12/2017
    The new Draft London Plan is a positive step for the city’s logistics sector, but there are still issues which need to be addressed, according to the Freight Transport Association. The plan was launched by London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan and t...Read more
    Early London ULEZ 'Could Lead to More Van Usage'

    Early London ULEZ 'Could Lead to More Van Usage'

    11/12/2017
    Bringing forward the introduction of the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone could lead to an increase in the number of vans operating in London in the short-medium term. Due to the earlier April 2019 date, fleet software specialist Fleetcheck believes ...Read more
    Mayor Launches Ultra-Low Emission Zone Expansion Consultation

    Mayor Launches Ultra-Low Emission Zone Expansion Consultation

    11/12/2017
    The Mayor of London has launched a new public consultation on the next phase of his plan to clean up London’s air by expanding the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. The ULEZ standards would be applied London-wide for buses, coaches and lorries from 26 ...Read more
    How the Budget Will Affect Commercial Vehicles

    How the Budget Will Affect Commercial Vehicles

    11/12/2017
    The Chancellor made a number of announcements in the Budget last month that will affect commercial vehicle drivers and operators. Fuel duty – the scheduled rise in fuel duty from April 2018 was cancelled and will remain at 57.95 pence per litr...Read more
    New Guidelines for Pallet Weight Limites on Way

    New Guidelines for Pallet Weight Limites on Way

    15/11/2017
    Stricter guidelines on tail-lift delivery pallet weights could be on the horizon, following reports that the HSE has completed a series of additional tests to establish the maximum safe weight. According to a new story in Motor Transport, the additi...Read more
    FTA's Ten-Step Plan for Brexit Transition

    FTA's Ten-Step Plan for Brexit Transition

    15/11/2017
    The FTA has reiterated the logistics industry’s calls for a transition period as Brexit proceeds, with the release of a ten-step paper outlining the crucial elements needed to ensure the smooth continuation of trading conditions. It urges the ...Read more
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