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  • Tachograph card used fraudulently by UK firm
    17 July 2019
    Tachograph card used fraudulently by UK firm

    A trucker had his O-licence revoked with the firm’s director disqualified as the driver had been using the firm’s tachograph card, driving for a “truly shocking” period.

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  • BMW and Daimler team up to develop self-driving vehicles by 2024
    15 July 2019
    BMW and Daimler team up to develop self-driving vehicles by 2024

    BMW and Daimler are teaming up in an effort to build momentum for next-gen technology, showing what autonomous vehicles, as well as smart highways developed to handle these vehicles can do to cut costs for drivers as well as improving the environment on a global scale. The technology in development includes concepts such as driver assist, automatic driving on motorways along with self-parking.

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  • In 5 years, robots will be the norm for warehousing
    11 July 2019
    In 5 years, robots will be the norm for warehousing

    With the introduction of new technologies as the turn of the century, warehousing has been constantly changing and adapting to the times – along with the rest of the industry among many other trades. However, more recently e-commerce giant, Amazon, began to introduce drones to deliver goods across the US – along with robots that can automatically move goods from one isle of a warehouse to another when commanded. These robots were introduced at Amazon warehouses all over the world.

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  • Demands for pothole repair fund applauded by FTA
    10 July 2019
    Demands for pothole repair fund applauded by FTA

    Following expressed concerns from road users, the Transport Select Committee has suggested half a decade’s worth of funding should be invested to repair potholes across the country which are causing extended amounts of damage to vehicles – due to how regular they are and how little effort has been made to prevent further potholes causing damage. This funding is the only way local councils will be able to address these concerns and improve road networks, according to a statement by the Transport Committee.

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  • RHA: Lack of awareness with Brexit contingency plans raise concerns for truckers
    08 July 2019
    RHA: Lack of awareness with Brexit contingency plans raise concerns for truckers

    Speaking on behalf of the RHA, chief executive Richard Burnett said the ministerial statement on Brexit preparedness which highlighted the movement of “category 1” which includes goods like medicine and emergency supplies needs an improvement on detailing plans when moving goods across borders as it is clear officials still have no idea what to think.

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  • Norton Level Crossing truck ban could be permanent
    04 July 2019
    Norton Level Crossing truck ban could be permanent

    At the Norton Level Crossing, a ban on trucks currently being trialed up until August 9 is predicted to become a permanent ban in an effort to reduce congestion in the area – according to county officers.

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  • A20 clamping scheme for truckers put into full-effect
    03 July 2019
    A20 clamping scheme for truckers put into full-effect

    Following a controversial trial, council bosses in Kent have agreed to keep their clamping scheme in place on the A20. During the trial period, over 3,000 lorries were clamped during the course of 2 years, following this announcement – many more can expect the same treatment

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  • Truck prices could increase with no-deal Brexit
    01 July 2019
    Truck prices could increase with no-deal Brexit

    As the country prepares for another set of months of uncertainty up until the updated Brexit deadline of October 31st, once again, the uncertainty has left businesses and those involved in the industry with many questions.

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  • RHA: “The Government are failing to deliver on their own ULEZ policies”
    26 June 2019
    RHA: “The Government are failing to deliver on their own ULEZ policies”

    The RHA were relieved to hear Leeds and Birmingham were among cities reconsidering their schemes for clean air zones that charge hauliers additional costs and do not offer a solution such as offering benefits to firms that could lead to hauliers benefiting further from updating their fleet with more environment friendly vehicles that meet the Euro VI standard.

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  • FTA welcomes delays on Clean Air Zones in Birmingham and Leeds
    21 June 2019
    FTA welcomes delays on Clean Air Zones in Birmingham and Leeds

    The FTA has shared their thoughts on a recent statement by Leeds and Birmingham council representatives, who revealed they are set to delay the introduction of Clean Air Zones – clarifying that at the moment it was the only precaution possible and it was morally the best thing to do.

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  • London Mayor plans to make electric-based vehicles the standard for firms in cities
    18 June 2019
    London Mayor plans to make electric-based vehicles the standard for firms in cities

    In 2018, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, developed a new team with plans to create the essential infrastructure which will see London become one of the first cities with vehicle’s moving goods entirely powered by electricity. 

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  • Hero trucker reunited with woman he helped to cross the road
    17 June 2019
    Hero trucker reunited with woman he helped to cross the road

    Last week a trucker dressed in his orange hi-vis gear found viral fame on the web, while he was out on the job he came across an elderly woman trying to cross the road. The driver did what he felt was right, stopping the truck, jumping out of his vehicle and supporting her to get to the other side of the road.

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  • Trucks at festival in Whitchurch impress
    13 June 2019
    Trucks at festival in Whitchurch impress

    Whitchurch’s annual truck show took place in the town last weekend, with plenty of truckers turning up to show their colourful paintjobs and unique or rare models of truck – with many eager members of the public enjoying the festival.

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  • Haulage & Construction firm has concerns over Brexit stockpiling
    11 June 2019
    Haulage & Construction firm has concerns over Brexit stockpiling

    Maxi Group, based in Ayrshire, who operate in haulage and construction has warned members of the industry across the UK that stockpiling for Brexit will have a negative impact on sales and margins within the financial review of 2019.

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  • Coventry Clean Air Zone could impact shoppers as much as hauliers
    05 June 2019
    Coventry Clean Air Zone could impact shoppers as much as hauliers

    As Coventry officials evaluate their plans on introducing an Clean Air Zone, there will no doubt be an announcement or update in the coming weeks.

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  • FTA believes driver and mechanic shortages are coming
    05 June 2019
    FTA believes driver and mechanic shortages are coming

    The FTA recently released their 2019 Logistics Report. Going into some detail expressing their concerns, they gave a prediction that over 50% of jobs for technicians, mechanics and fitters won’t be filled

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  • PM’s Speech: May hopes for international trade to be “Frictionless”
    22 May 2019
    PM’s Speech: May hopes for international trade to be “Frictionless”

    At today’s 4PM address, May says she has “tried everything I possibly can to find a way through” to satisfy the concerned, including those who play a vital role in haulage and logistics, which would be most effected of all on an international scale if negotiations ended sour.

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  • Beware - Automatic fines on Smart Motorways
    22 May 2019
    Beware - Automatic fines on Smart Motorways

    Drivers should stay alert on some smart motorways, as it has recently been announced by Highways England will be installing cameras that automatically capture and fine drivers who are in a lane that they shouldn’t be which could cause a disturbance or major incident throughout some traffic and cause chaos across lanes on the motorway.
     

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  • Time for truckers to get fit!
    21 May 2019
    Time for truckers to get fit!

    As a truck driver, it’s very easy to let yourself go. Despite driving for long days, for weeks on end and coming home incredibly exhausted – there’s little movement or exercise (unless you include jumping in or out of your cabin as you start/end your journey). Thanks to this, it’s much tougher to find the time or even the motivation to hit the gym when you finally have a minute to rest.

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  • TfL road safety regulations could damage haulage industry
    20 May 2019
    TfL road safety regulations could damage haulage industry

    The RHA has spoken out regarding local safety standards, which are having a negative impact on the haulage industry and damaging trade for drivers as well as the movement of goods across the country within cities and towns that are enforcing regulations that benefit local members of the community, but make travel much more challenging for HGV drivers on the road.

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  • Longest cruise ship to ever dock at London Cruise Terminal arrives
    16 May 2019
    Longest cruise ship to ever dock at London Cruise Terminal arrives

    Those watching the river Thames on the 9th of May had a surprise as one of the widest cruise ships to ever travel through the river sailed past them, leaving many watching in awe.

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  • Government set to ban diesel HGV sales by 2040
    15 May 2019
    Government set to ban diesel HGV sales by 2040

    Following recent concerns regarding the environment, the industry has seen many updated regulations and guidelines to improve emissions across the country. Including ULEZ across the city of London, which is also being applied to cities across the country one-by-one. While this is a frustrating experience for lorry drivers who suffer the most where costs are concerned for their vehicle, the Government is taking these precautions to meet the standards set by other countries across the roads in an effort to save the planet from the dangers of pollution and what it means for residents in those areas.

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  • FTA survey results shows Logistics needs more Government funding
    10 May 2019
    FTA survey results shows Logistics needs more Government funding

    The Government need to invest more into the transport and logistics infrastructure, if they hope to keep up with ever growing demand and remain competitive on the global market, according to a statement by Policy Director at the Freight Transport Association.

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  • TFL reports “public support” for London’s updated HGV rules
    02 May 2019
    TFL reports “public support” for London’s updated HGV rules

    While TfL claim that the public have endorsed their plans for the latest alterations to HGV regulations while accessing the capital of the UK, the FTA on the other hand have said the policymakers need to shift their focus towards other areas of vehicle safety.

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  • Ocado says gas is “here and now” as a fuel
    29 April 2019
    Ocado says gas is “here and now” as a fuel

    Manager of fleet manager services at Ocado: Graham Thomas – spoke on his experience with gas trucks during the Bath Clean Air Show. Gas vehicles raise comparison with diesel, matching their appearance and power, but with this comes a £20,000 capital cost premium for gas solutions.

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