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  • Apprenticeship levy wasted by businesses, says FTA
    25 February 2020
    Apprenticeship levy wasted by businesses, says FTA

    The FTA spoke regarding the Government’s funding in training apprenticeship schemes for lorry drivers. Explaining that hundreds of millions that was set to develop projects to develop interest in a career in haulage was not used to support these training schemes as originally intended, while the Government provided funding, a lot of this money has remained unused by businesses who could hope to recruit the next generation of lorry drivers.

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  • Lorry over suggested weight caught crossing Bath bridge
    18 February 2020
    Lorry over suggested weight caught crossing Bath bridge

    A bridge in Bath was facing a weight restriction of 18-tonnes, despite this the driver continued to cross over it. The driver, along with several others were caught going over the bridge at various points of the day – despite their vehicles being well over the maximum weight mentioned on the bridge restriction.

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  • FTA respond to Deputy PM Speech
    11 February 2020
    FTA respond to Deputy PM Speech

    The Deputy Prime Minister delivered a speech last week, claiming firms that trade within Europe should be ready for “significant change” with “inevitable” checks and searches for “almost everybody.” Which will impact the trading routes on an international scale for firms who operate in and outside of the UK.

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  • Storm Ciara causes haulage chaos
    10 February 2020
    Storm Ciara causes haulage chaos

    While officials sent out a warning telling road users to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary, for many HGV drivers it was business as always. While some did avoid the roads after the warning was sent out, many truckers continued about their business.

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  • FTA urgently requests Government handle lack of facilities for drivers
    04 February 2020
    FTA urgently requests Government handle lack of facilities for drivers

    Just as the next part of the introduction for the Lower Thames Crossing enters full swing, the FTA have demanded the Government address the lack of facilities that will be available to drivers who intend on using the route, with hopes that this will be altered before construction can begin. The FTA shared the view that little consideration had been given for lorry drivers who could need pit stops to take breaks for longer journeys, or for a bathroom break.

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  • Smart Motorways investigation: FTA respond
    28 January 2020
    Smart Motorways investigation: FTA respond

    The Government is being called upon by the Freight Transport Association, saying there is an urgent need for officials to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of road users who access Smart motorways, as the BBC Panorama reported on some of the issues Smart motorways face – their research has raised concerns for many regarding Smart motorways and some of the dangers they can cause at their current standard.

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  • NFT Distribution sees pre-tax losses over £30M for 2019
    21 January 2020
    NFT Distribution sees pre-tax losses over £30M for 2019

    Distribution management for Chilled food firm, NFT Distribution Holdings – which is currently a part of the EV Cargo Group is searching for a buyer after a report showing losses at over £30m. 

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  • Oxford Zero Emission Zone described by RHA as absurd
    20 January 2020
    Oxford Zero Emission Zone described by RHA as absurd

    The RHA has criticized the decision from Oxford officials to charge trucks for entering the zero-emission zone, which could put many smaller businesses at risk considering the overwhelming amount of costs they are already struggling to overcome.

     

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  • Hard border in Ireland “will never ever” come back, says EU Chief
    17 January 2020
    Hard border in Ireland “will never ever” come back, says EU Chief

    During Brexit negotiations, many hauliers across the UK and Ireland were concerned deals going sour could lead to a hard border at customs – which would make the movement of goods much more difficult than previously.

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  • The RHA: The Future of Freight & Going Green
    14 January 2020
    The RHA: The Future of Freight & Going Green

    The RHA released their strategy document, which plans out the coming years for freight and logistics sectors. Environmental issues were at the core of key points during the General Election. The RHA have asked the newly established Government to design a haulage road map for the next few years, offering an explanation of the progress that needs to be made in order to create a zero carbon future for road users.

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  • Flog IT! Episode filmed at London Cruise Terminal airs on BBC1
    07 January 2020
    Flog IT! Episode filmed at London Cruise Terminal airs on BBC1

    Earlier last year, the production team of Flog IT! Set-up location in Tilbury, at the London Cruise Terminal. Many lovers of the show from the local area flocked to see the show in action. This isn’t just any episode, it’s set to be one of the last in the show’s history before the BBC take it off the air as part of their effort to shake-up daytime TV.

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  • Haulage Company experiences growth despite difficult economy
    06 January 2020
    Haulage Company experiences growth despite difficult economy

    At Devon-based haulier: Evans Transport, managed huge success in turnover and pre-tax profits: despite the difficult economy currently taking hold of the UK. In addition to the success, they managed to acquire a Welsh firm to extend their branch by the end of the financial year.

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  • Gender equality in haulage: steering towards the future
    03 January 2020
    Gender equality in haulage: steering towards the future

    In the logistics and supply chain industry, many argue there is a lack of gender equality. There are various factors as to why this could be. Research shows, in the industry, only 25% of senior managers or directors are women.  While there are 315,000 lorry drivers registered in the UK, only 2,200 of those are female. 15% of those are between ages 21-25, showing already more women have interest in getting behind the wheel.

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  • M4 plans will not improve traffic says RHA
    20 December 2019
    M4 plans will not improve traffic says RHA

    The Road Haulage Association has been in contact with the Welsh government and officials, urging them to reconsider their current plans for the future of the M4. They are hoping to reduce congestion on the motorway, allowing for traffic to flow much easier. Officials hope this will be as much benefit to hauliers as it would the rest of the road users who suffer from constant traffic build-up using the M4.

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  • Debating the future of the logistics industry: ITT Hub 2020
    17 December 2019
    Debating the future of the logistics industry: ITT Hub 2020

    Logistics has a huge part to play in Britain’s agriculture. More importantly than ever since the outcome of the referendum and most recent election. Everyone involved in transport is curious what the nation’s next steps will be in establishing a trade deal – with whom and the ways in which the country will benefit.

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  • Mercedes-Benz Actros is 2020 International Truck of the Year
    04 December 2019
    Mercedes-Benz Actros is 2020 International Truck of the Year

    Each year, a truck is awarded the International Truck of the Year. Each Manufacturer contributes some sturdy competition and this year in particular was challenging for judges to pick which vehicle they think is best for HGV drivers. This can drive up sales of the vehicles and add to a manufacturer’s reputation on an international scale.

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  • The Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour 2019
    02 December 2019
    The Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour 2019

    Now in its ninth year, the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour is back, spreading holiday magic across the UK!

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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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