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  • New cabinet formed following resignations, industry leaders express concern for Brexit
    11 July 2018
    New cabinet formed following resignations, industry leaders express concern for Brexit

    Following the resignation of both the Secretary of Brexit and the Foreign Secretary, the new cabinet members have met for the first time to discuss the Brexit strategy, with many MPs believing that this has left the government in crisis. This has massively increased concern for members of the trade industry, while confidence was dwindling for Brexit, MPs and executives alike now feel concerned for the future of the country. With no sign of a secure trade deal in sight.

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  • Firms at “boiling point” regarding Brexit
    06 July 2018
    Firms at “boiling point” regarding Brexit


    The Prime Minister has been issued a warning that many firms are starting to lose their trust and patience with the lack of information being given on Brexit, over two years after the UK voted to leave the European Union.
    The BCC (British Chambers of Commerce) have pleaded with members of parliament to end their disagreements and debates and work towards resolving what is most important for the country: answering questions over taxes, tariffs, customs and regulation.
    The group interrupted debates as the Prime Minister prepares to act as host for a meeting that is expected to give updates on the situation to Chequers later this week, many are hoping negotiations will be agreed upon during this event.
    The BCC’s concern expresses how many major firms are feeling about the progress of updates on Brexit less than a year before Britain is set to leave the EU. According to reporters, Foreign secretary Boris Johnson responded stating: “F*** business”
    The director-general of the BCC, Adam Marshall, explained that the lack of decision making has ultimately resulted in business investment reaching a standstill for the nation.
    Speaking on the matter, he states
    He said: "Over the past two years, businesses have been patient.
    "We have supported the Government's drive to seek the best possible deal for the UK economy. Now, with the time running out ahead of the UK's exit from the EU, business patience is reaching breaking point.
    "Businesses have every right to speak out when it is abundantly clear that the practical questions affecting the competitiveness of their firms and the livelihoods of millions of people remain unanswered.
    "With less than nine months go to until Brexit day, we are little closer to the answers businesses need than we were the day after the referendum. It's time for politicians to stop the squabbling and the Westminster point-scoring - and start putting the national economic interest first."
    The BCC argued that firms had clarity on only two of 23 key Brexit questions it had compiled.

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  • Frustration over delay of HGV weight limit on narrow village lane
    27 June 2018
    Frustration over delay of HGV weight limit on narrow village lane

    Local residents in a historic village within Suffolk have found themselves in an annoyance regarding a HGV limit set to be put in place to stop lorries travelling through this route. Suffolk County Council approved a limit of 7.5 tonnes on Water Lane in Lavenham in 2017, but with no action taken, villagers are demanding for a faster response. 

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  •  DVSA must do more to find and keep HGV testers for MOTs
    26 June 2018
    DVSA must do more to find and keep HGV testers for MOTs

    During last week DVSA pledged to recruiting further MOT testers to settle the widely discussed shortfall following pressure from industry groups and operators who forced officials to take action.

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  • No-deal Brexit, no EU entry for UK hauliers?
    25 June 2018
    No-deal Brexit, no EU entry for UK hauliers?

    When Britain leaves the EU on the 29th of March 2019, if no deal has been reached this could bring hauliers from the UK travelling to Europe the day after to a complete standstill according to James Hookham, the deputy chief executive of the FTA (Freight Transport Association).

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  • Truckers lack parking spaces across the UK
    22 June 2018
    Truckers lack parking spaces across the UK

    Publishing a national survey, the Department for Transport has revealed the level of overnight demand for truck parking in the UK and compared it with the amount of spaces available.

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  • Audi CEO Rupert Stadler under arrest during emissions scandal investigation
    21 June 2018
    Audi CEO Rupert Stadler under arrest during emissions scandal investigation

    Rupert Stalder, Audi CEO was taken under arrest early on Monday morning while in Germany. This is following concerns that he was hiding evidence on the firm’s emissions test cheating controversy. Audi are a manufacturing wing of Volkswagen and have been cautiously involved in a case regarding their vehicles’ emission levels, which are significantly higher levels being emitted from their vehicles rather than other models.

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  • RHA strikes back on “chaotic” emissions plans
    19 June 2018
    RHA strikes back on “chaotic” emissions plans

    RHA chief Richard Burnett expressed his disappointment in the government’s approach which he referred to as “chaotic” towards urban air quality control, which was discussed during the Microlise Transport Conference in May.

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  • Vehicles of the future will change the haulage/transport industry
    14 June 2018
    Vehicles of the future will change the haulage/transport industry

    With the advancements in technology, transport is changing faster every day. Following the last few decades of innovation, the last few years has paved the way for the future with the creative approach towards electrical or self-driving vehicles, one of the biggest examples of this was Tesla’s new, fully electrical HGV model unveiled which can jump from 0MPH to 50MPH in an absurdly short time.

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  • London extends Ultra-Low Emissions Zone
    11 June 2018
    London extends Ultra-Low Emissions Zone

    London officials have confirmed that the ultra-low emission zone is set to extend up to 18 times wider than originally proposed, which means motorists will be charged an extra £12.50 on a daily basis with no discount offer for London residents.

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  • Industry concerns on immigration in France/Spain
    05 June 2018
    Industry concerns on immigration in France/Spain

    Many have expressed concern with the increased level of lorry break-ins throughout France and Spain, some drivers facing the penalties when crossing borders. The Road Haulage Association’s Managing Director of Policy and Public affairs, Rod McKenzie, appeared on BBC2 last week discussing the matter. Researchers found that following the closure of Calais the migrant crisis has spread along the coastlines of France and Spain.

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  • Electric Truck Ready For Mass Production
    01 June 2018
    Electric Truck Ready For Mass Production

    Say hello to the FUSO eCANTER, this is the world’s first production ready fully electrical HGV on the roads. Developed by Daimler Trucks the vehicle is set to be mass-produced and ready for public use by 2020. The vehicle’s price is currently unknown, but it will come with a 5 year warranty and be charged up to 80% in an hour with a rapid charger

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  • Government should work with Lorry drivers
    29 May 2018
    Government should work with Lorry drivers

    Government should work with lorry drivers, not punish them says RHA Chief
    Transport representatives have stated that the government should stop penalising freight and work with them to improve the roads instead.
     

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  • Operation Stack takes a U-turn to improve roads for HGV drivers
    21 May 2018
    Operation Stack takes a U-turn to improve roads for HGV drivers

    The government have set forward changes on a motorway in Kent that should hugely benefit lorry drivers that use the road, who often face heavy traffic on the motorway causing delays for up to 30 miles. Operation Stack is in action on closed sections of the M20, this is where HGV vehicles can park up if there are heavy delays while attempting to cross the channel.

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  • Fuel prices skyrocket to the most costly in 2 years
    18 May 2018
    Fuel prices skyrocket to the most costly in 2 years

    A confused.com fuel price index revealed the average rate of fuel increased by 0.9 3 in merely 7 days, meaning it costs around 124.4p per litre. Diesel received the biggest hike of all, with the average cost rising by 1p at 127p per litre.

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  • A guide to HGV work in London
    04 May 2018
    A guide to HGV work in London

    If you’re a lorry driver trying to survive the capital this is the ultimate guide for you with some advice on how to stay safe, secure and on the appropriate routes in the big city. London is the financial heart of the UK, with so many warehouses, traders and firms spread across 45 miles if you include Greater London.

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  • Shocking number of drivers sleeping at the wheel
    03 May 2018
    Shocking number of drivers sleeping at the wheel

    29% of lorry drivers admit to “dozing off” at the wheel
     
    A confidential survey of road hauliers and HGV drivers has found that 29 per cent admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel while driving.
     

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  • June deadline for Brexit terms for Ireland
    01 May 2018
    June deadline for Brexit terms for Ireland

    Regarding the Northern Ireland border it has been agreed that the UK and EU need to end talks on the issue by June, as stated by Michel Barnier who is the EU’s chief negotiator.

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  • Lorry Drivers Save a Life
    26 April 2018
    Lorry Drivers Save a Life

    13 lorry drivers save a man’s life
     
    A man in Michigan, USA found himself on the edge of a bridge, in an effort to attempt suicide. A group of lorry drivers were called in by the police force to drive to the bridge’s location. The drivers were escorted into the blocked off road, they then parked underneath the bridge, so that if he decided to jump he would land on one of their containers, saving his life.
     

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  • HGV drivers write to the government regarding Clean Air Zones
    25 April 2018
    HGV drivers write to the government regarding Clean Air Zones

    We all want clean air, low pollution and low emission zones nut at what price to business?
    HGV drivers unite to write a letter to Chris Grayling, The secretary of Transport, stating that HGV drivers need support as Clean Air Zones increase.

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  • Driver-less  license
    18 April 2018
    Driver-less license

    Should a new driving exam be introduced for 'Driver-less' drivers?

    Following an Uber crash in Arizona discussions are taking place to decide if a new driving test is necessary so that all drivers are able to 'take back control' in such an event.

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  • Sweden Go Live with Electric Roads
    17 April 2018
    Sweden Go Live with Electric Roads

    Sweden race ahead with their introduction of their first electric road.   Electric vehicles  can now re-charge whilst driving  making their journey fully sustainable.

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  • Post Brexit Trailer Registration
    13 April 2018
    Post Brexit Trailer Registration

    The Department of Transport's beneficial plans to introduce new registration of trailer scheme.

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  • New biofuel targets to Increase use in transport industry
    13 April 2018
    New biofuel targets to Increase use in transport industry

    New biofuel targets coming into force on Sunday 15 April will double the use of renewable fuels in the UK transport sector within 15 years

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  • lorry drivers accused of having blood on their hands
    10 April 2018
    lorry drivers accused of having blood on their hands

    UK lorry drivers have been accused of ‘having blood on their hands’

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