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  • RHA demands consideration for haulage industry
    19 November 2019
    RHA demands consideration for haulage industry

    The RHA has spoken out regarding the upcoming election, stating that if MPs want the support of truckers and other members of the logistics industry, haulage should be at the heart of pledges for transport within their manifestos.

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  • The Unmarked HGV 'Supercab'
    14 November 2019
    The Unmarked HGV 'Supercab'

    50 drivers caught in three days by police's unmarked 'spotter' HGV Supercab!

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  • Make Lorries safer for London cyclists – or face fines!
    12 November 2019
    Make Lorries safer for London cyclists – or face fines!

    Logistic companies which have HGV’s operational in London have but a year to make their lorries safer for cyclists in the capital. Failure to do so will mean facing being fined for vehicles which do not act in accordance with the new regulations.

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  • Another successful year for the logistics sector
    30 October 2019
    Another successful year for the logistics sector

    The logistics industry has been congratulated for keeping Britain trading in spite of difficult political and economic conditions.

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  • Brexit deadline extended, Operation Brock launched in Kent
    28 October 2019
    Brexit deadline extended, Operation Brock launched in Kent

    Following Government talks with the European Union, an agreement has been met to extend the Brexit deadline from October 31st to January 31st. Giving MPs a chance to sort amongst themselves, as well as leave an opening window for a general election should members of the Government agree to proposals for an election this December.

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  • Lorry driver Mo “passed out” when he found 39 bodies in container
    25 October 2019
    Lorry driver Mo “passed out” when he found 39 bodies in container

    Sources claim lorry driver: Mo Robinson, contacted the emergency services when he opened his container to discover 39 deceased within the refrigerator container – describing what he saw, it is reported Mo then passed out. As police arrived at the scene in Purfleet, Mo was held on suspicion of murder and is still under arrest by local law enforcement. While the vehicle and container were seen on Mo’s social media accounts, records show he had only picked up the container 30-40 minutes before his discovery – at which point he contacted the authorities.

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  • Urgency to act over HGV driver shortage
    23 October 2019
    Urgency to act over HGV driver shortage

    In the UK, it is estimated that there is a shortfall of qualified drivers, with the number of unfilled vacancies increasing significantly daily. “The UK haulage industry is currently facing a shortage of between 45k and 50k HGV drivers and we as an industry need to face this challenge head-on”, claims RHA chief executive Richard Burnett.

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  • Wear it pink for breast cancer, even Trucks can
    22 October 2019
    Wear it pink for breast cancer, even Trucks can

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. RoadStars had a chat with driver Kirsty from Maze Logistic Solutions to find out about why her new truck now wears it pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.

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  • The future is here…
    22 October 2019
    The future is here…

    With the government’s target to reduce carbon emissions and plans to stop the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, it looks as though electric vehicles will be playing a more significant role on our roads. But what does this mean for the haulage industry?

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  • What the agreed Brexit deal means for the logistics industry
    21 October 2019
    What the agreed Brexit deal means for the logistics industry

    During a recent meeting that took place with the European Commission, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was able to reach an agreement for Brexit – meaning for the first time, a deal was agreed between both parties. This would mean there would be no plans for introducing visas for tourists from the EU and this would have no implication for European citizens living within the UK. There is still much uncertainty as to how the value of the pound will be changed.

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  • Stranraer Port Repurpose
    16 October 2019
    Stranraer Port Repurpose

    In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Scottish government has made plans to repurpose Stranraer Lorry Park and its former port. This plan has come about as a result of concerns about the flow of traffic between Northern Ireland and the UK if there is to be no deal.  Plans like the one involving Stranraer have been made in parts of England for emergency lorry parking in the event of goods delays post-Brexit.

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  • FTAI share opinion on 2020 budget
    14 October 2019
    FTAI share opinion on 2020 budget

    Officials speaking on behalf of FTAI claim the 2020 budget isn’t radical enough to convince businesses to further reduce carbon footprints – speaking on behalf of the sector in Ireland, FTAI claims more can be done to convince hauliers to carry out change and improve the environment.

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  • Brexit cannot affect traffic on major roads in/out of Port of Tilbury
    09 October 2019
    Brexit cannot affect traffic on major roads in/out of Port of Tilbury

    As the Brexit deadline draws closer, many have addressed concerns to Essex County Council that major roads in/out of ports in Essex must not be effected in the aftermath of a no-deal Brexit. Having been urged to ensure that many commuters’ routes to work are not impacted in the wake of October 31st, Essex County Council elaborated on some of the procedures they plan to carry out to ensure the public roads are not congested due to the UK’s departure from the European Union.

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  • Why there is no need to be Worried About a WTO Brexit
    09 October 2019
    Why there is no need to be Worried About a WTO Brexit

    Having operated a number of leading logistics businesses ranging from handling operations to large haulage companies within one of the major sea ports in the UK for over 30 years therefore dealing on a daily basis with imported products from all over the world, including the EU, as well as dealing with exports to Europe and other parts of the world, I can confidently predict that there will not be chaos on 1st November 2019 if the country end up on WTO terms with the EU and that the date and the weeks thereafter will pass almost unnoticed without any major upheaval.

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  • DVSA: new tachograph smart check tech “too costly”
    25 September 2019
    DVSA: new tachograph smart check tech “too costly”

    The DVSA was set to begin frequent Tachograph checks in an effort to prevent drivers from exceeding their authorised hours. These plans could be delayed by years, considering it would also need additional investment in the technology that monitors the tachographs – as well as the time to monitor those drivers. When requested, the DVSA declined to invest in the updates to tech that read smart tachograph data.
     

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  • No-deal Brexit pop-up booths for truckers to cost £9M
    24 September 2019
    No-deal Brexit pop-up booths for truckers to cost £9M

    The UK Government is expecting to pay over £9 mil to offer many pop-up advice centres for drivers around the nation. The costs reached £1mil over the estimated amount. These costs are expected to allow for better detail on the specifics of a no-deal Brexit for businesses and some of the updated terns of trade they could expect to face. This would also be beneficial for other members of industries, to get an idea of how Brexit will alter their daily business operations.

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  • Firms with a history of bridge impacts could face significant costs
    20 September 2019
    Firms with a history of bridge impacts could face significant costs

    Firms whose vehicles have collided with bridges are set to be addressed by the traffic commissioner, meaning they could face “exceptionally harsh” penalties – due to the amount of money repairing bridges due to HGV impacts costs local councils every year. This is increasingly problematic for members of the haulage sector.

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  • Does an aging workforce mean an unavoidable driver shortage?
    17 September 2019
    Does an aging workforce mean an unavoidable driver shortage?

    Recently, various training schemes have been launched in an effort to combat the driver shortage analysts predict will become an increasing problem in the coming years for many businesses in the country. For waste companies in particular, this could be an increasingly large problem. Which is why many waste firms have invested into the scheme to develop a more permanent work force as many waste companies have begun to rely on agencies to find drivers.

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  • Takeover bid for Eddie Stobart
    10 September 2019
    Takeover bid for Eddie Stobart

    Following recent events as shares were suspended at Eddie Stobart a few weeks ago, the company is likely to face takeover as the chief executive departs the company. Multiple firms have expressed interest, but among those who expressed interest in investing in Stobart’s was DBAY Advisors – who already have a 10% stake in the firm and would majorly benefit from the bid.

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  • FTA host event to tackle labour shortage
    09 September 2019
    FTA host event to tackle labour shortage

    Long delays are expected by over 35% of logistics firms over the next year, according to results from a survey carried out by the FTA – with the labour shortage expected to reach a critical point.

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  • IRHA requests a sensitive approach to Brexit
    04 September 2019
    IRHA requests a sensitive approach to Brexit

    The Irish Road Haulage Association has directed a point to industry bodies along with politicians to set a steady course and handle the Brexit process with as much sensitivity as possible over the next month – in the run up to October 31st, when the UK is expected to leave the EU.

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  • “Lorry mayhem” caused by satnavs according to local councils
    02 September 2019
    “Lorry mayhem” caused by satnavs according to local councils

    Local members of councils are expected to take further action against lorry drivers causing “mayhem” in some small towns and villages, which often experience damage to local property such as bridges – drivers are often directed to these locations by their sat-nav devices.

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  •  AORI automatic allocations were long overdue says RHA
    30 August 2019
    AORI automatic allocations were long overdue says RHA

    In one of the biggest weeks for Brexit since talks began as the country voted to leave the European Union, PM Boris Johnson suspended parliament – an action which had a mixed reception from his peers and the general public alike. For business, this has delivered on even more uncertainty for the coming months in the running up until Brexit.

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  • Eddie Stobart shares suspended as chief departs firm
    23 August 2019
    Eddie Stobart shares suspended as chief departs firm

    At this point, Eddie Stobart has stopped trade in shares as their chief executive has stepped down immediately, while the company researches apparent accounts discrepancies. For shareholders, the company advised the first half of 2019 would be “significantly lower” than initially predicted.

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  • No plans for smart motorway developments on M5
    22 August 2019
    No plans for smart motorway developments on M5

    Highways England have gone on record to say that there are at this point in time no plans to allow drivers to use the hard shoulder of the M5 in an effort to reduce traffic between Somerset or Sedgemoor.

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