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  • Haulage industry claims ULEZ will have little impact, TfL responds
    18 January 2019
    Haulage industry claims ULEZ will have little impact, TfL responds

    TFL have responded to claims from members of the haulage industry who have stated that their soon to be planned and implemented Ultra Low Emission Zone will have a very minimal impact on the air quality across the city and will only cause more issues for drivers who wish to travel through London without having any benefit on the city’s air quality.

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  • RHA respond to Port of Calais Chief’s statement
    14 January 2019
    RHA respond to Port of Calais Chief’s statement

    The RHA have criticised the Port of Calais Chief following his statement last week that Brexit will not have an effect on the port or the movement of goods across the channel.

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  • “Brexit will not cause port delays” claims Port of Calais Chief
    11 January 2019
    “Brexit will not cause port delays” claims Port of Calais Chief

    The chief of the Port of Calais has thrown in his hat into the ring in regards to Brexit, following the Government’s recent prediction that Brexit will cause severe delays across the Channel on a daily basis and going so far as to hire out a fleet of lorries to simulate how this will look following March 29th.

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  • Calling all Ladies!  Driver Development Programme launched by Mobile Mini
    09 January 2019
    Calling all Ladies! Driver Development Programme launched by Mobile Mini

    A firm offering secure storage containers have pushed for more diversity in their job roles, hiring a female lorry driver who is now one of 3,000 in the country. Mobile Mini, operating in over 15 branches around the UK as well as headquarters in Stockton, have also launched a Driver Development Programme.

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  • Lorry drivers voted the safest on UK roads
    04 January 2019
    Lorry drivers voted the safest on UK roads

    A survey recorded by Gloucester-based WMB Logistics, which asked over 2,200 drivers which vehicle drivers are the safest to come across and which are the most dangerous or likely to cause an accident. The results were surprising!

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  • Truck drivers to trial fatigue-monitoring cap
    03 January 2019
    Truck drivers to trial fatigue-monitoring cap

    Keep it under your hat!
    A new cap  is being tested by the Queensland Trucking Association who believe the technology will prove beneficial to drivers and firms alike in an effort to prevent incidents due to tiredness or fatigue. The technology is also being trialled by the Port of Brisbane.

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  • Young people can save the UK from HGV driver shortage!
    19 December 2018
    Young people can save the UK from HGV driver shortage!

    There are currently over 40,000 vacancies for lorry drivers across the country according to research provided by the FTA and RHA. This figure is said to be increasing as many drivers retire, but with a future generation that currently has no interest in filling their shoes.
     

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  • Lorries tip over on-board P&O Ferry at Cairnryan Port
    18 December 2018
    Lorries tip over on-board P&O Ferry at Cairnryan Port

    At Cairnryan Port in Scotland this morning an incident was reported on a P&O ferry as some of the lorries on-board the deck started to tip over. This happened around 7:30 AM. The emergency services rushed the scene, with multiple ambulances on the ground and in the air and the fire department. Some on-board the ferry were able to catch footage of when the incident took place.

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  • Secretary of State for Transport hosts meeting with industry leaders
    14 December 2018
    Secretary of State for Transport hosts meeting with industry leaders

    MP Chris Grayling (Secretary of State for Transport) hosted a meeting with influencers in the transport industry to discuss how they will benefit from the government’s set plans for Brexit and the EU withdrawal agreement. During the meeting discussions took place describing how the country’s biggest firms will benefit from the agreement and what it will mean for businesses as well as their customers and partners.

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  • Wal-Mart plans grocery deliveries with self-driving vehicles
    28 November 2018
    Wal-Mart plans grocery deliveries with self-driving vehicles

    Ford and Walmart have partnered up in an effort to explore the possibilities at hand with the use of autonomous vehicles and the technology they have. They are hoping to provide an industry-leading example of the kind of benefits firms could see from autonomous technology.

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  • Sleep suit by Ford demonstrates driving dangers
    27 November 2018
    Sleep suit by Ford demonstrates driving dangers

    Many accidents on a yearly basis are caused by drowsiness, after a long day drivers can find themselves exhausted beyond belief but still have to drive for work purposes. Ford have commissioned the use of a “sleep suit” which shows the effects of driving with a lack of rest and the implications it can have behind the wheel.

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  • Firm’s O-licence in jeopardy after tacho interrupter devices discovered
    23 November 2018
    Firm’s O-licence in jeopardy after tacho interrupter devices discovered

    It was recently found that a haulier who purchased some Blue Stream Scania trucks had tachograph interrupter devices in place in one of the vehicles. This has lead to the operator having their o-licence curtailed while it had been accepted by the Traffic Commissioner that during their time in the vehicle the devices hadn’t been used to interrupt the vehicle’s tachograph.

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  • HGV carbon aims “too ambitious” says ACEA
    22 November 2018
    HGV carbon aims “too ambitious” says ACEA

    Due to the high demands from the EU to reduce heavy CO2 emissions from larger vehicles, there has been some outrage from manufacturers within the EU trying to meet their demands and criticising the recommendations they have in place.

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  • London Square Mile set for zero emission zone
    20 November 2018
    London Square Mile set for zero emission zone

    The City of London Corporation has set plans to lower traffic by 50% while making London’s business district the country’s first Zero Emission Zone. Over the course of the next decade the traffic will be lowered by 25%, researchers are hoping to reach 50% by 2044. 

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  • Bridges hit by lorries per-day raised to 5
    16 November 2018
    Bridges hit by lorries per-day raised to 5

    There are said to be an estimated 5 bridge strikes per day on average across the UK, according to research by Network Rail – which is becoming increasingly costly in damages as well as causing delays to train networks across the country.

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  • UK levy could be in place for specific roads
    13 November 2018
    UK levy could be in place for specific roads

    An official of the Treasury spoke with a senior at the Policy Exchange, during which time they discussed the possibility of the Government placing prices for some road usage across the UK, which in turn would raise revenue. Which is in talks of being introduced in an effort to compensate for the loss of fuel duty once diesel/petrol cars are put off-road.

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  • Heinekin plans to stock up on beer in the country before Brexit
    12 November 2018
    Heinekin plans to stock up on beer in the country before Brexit

    If you’re a Heineken lover, fear not for March 2019. The firm has announced they plan to stockpile the alcohol in the country before Brexit takes place. With more booze available within the country, there’ll be less demand for it to be imported which could be problematic depending on the results of Brexit.

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  • Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland agree on borderless terms post-Brexit
    08 November 2018
    Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland agree on borderless terms post-Brexit

    Northern Ireland’s hauliers will maintain freedom of movement to the Republic of Ireland, even if a no-deal Brexit takes place according to the FTA, who applauded the agreed decision. However, they also expressed their concerns for other British operators, stating that other British operators must be addressed considering whether they can still operate without the requirements for additional permits in the Republic of Ireland.

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  • Movement in Europe could become a matter of luck for UK hauliers
    06 November 2018
    Movement in Europe could become a matter of luck for UK hauliers

    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling recently went into detail regarding permit plans in a no-deal Brexit scenario. While describing the details, the transport secretary stated that there would be fewer than 4,000 permits available. These permits would fail to cover the estimated 40,000 international hauliers currently operating from the UK.

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  • Ford: Stop signs and traffic lights, a thing of the past
    25 October 2018
    Ford: Stop signs and traffic lights, a thing of the past

    Ford has revealed that they anticipate that with a potential future relying on autonomous cars all linked by a network, the technology could mean the removal of traffic lights and stop signs. Ford predicts there will be “baby steps” before achieving fully autonomous vehicles, one of which could be disposing of traffic lights and stop signs. 

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  • Extension on Brexit transition period “necessary”, according to FTAI
    24 October 2018
    Extension on Brexit transition period “necessary”, according to FTAI

    FTA Ireland officials have stated they would be satisfied with an extension on the Brexit transition period which would mean transport firms and other logistics companies would be able to better prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU. In an extended transition period, better deals will have an opportunity to arise which could ultimately benefit trading through the country on a whole.

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  • PM: Brexit transition period could be extended “a matter of months”
    18 October 2018
    PM: Brexit transition period could be extended “a matter of months”

    There has been much concern in the haulage industry regarding Brexit, where it’s going, what the government’s plans are and how it will impact the movement of goods on an international scale. The meetings between the UK and EU recently have been unable to resolve the concerns regarding a hard border in Northern Ireland if an agreement cannot be met which has caused concern for many involved parties.

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  • John Lewis Go Green
    18 October 2018
    John Lewis Go Green

    John Lewis claim entire fleet will be biomethane powered by 2028


    Retail power house John Lewis has confirmed that their vehicles moving goods will no longer be diesel fuelled by 2028 in an effort to help the environment. With over 500 vehicles moving goods, these would all need to be replaced in favour of trucks that use renewable fuel: biomethane.

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  • LOCAL INDUSTRIAL MATS RETAILER TAKES ON SELFRIDGES IN AWARDS FINAL
    16 October 2018
    LOCAL INDUSTRIAL MATS RETAILER TAKES ON SELFRIDGES IN AWARDS FINAL

    A true David and Goliath battle is brewing in Birmingham this month, as local industrial and commercial floor matting retailer, First Mats gets set to take on iconic department store Selfridges for the prestigious Retailer of the Year award. 

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  • Come and see us at Smarter travel LIVE 2018!
    15 October 2018
    Come and see us at Smarter travel LIVE 2018!

    Smarter Travel LIVE! is Europe's key annual conference, covering mobility trends and issues: new tech, new thinking, new solutions

    We'll be there – we hope to see you there too!

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