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  • HGV maintenance records must be kept up to standard
    19 August 2019
    HGV maintenance records must be kept up to standard

    The Government are planning on altering the rules and requirements that manage roadworthiness of trucks, giving transport authorities more “teeth” when handling “unscrupulous” operators – one haulage boss confirmed.

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  • UK could face a ban using hands-free devices while on the road
    14 August 2019
    UK could face a ban using hands-free devices while on the road

    During a meeting in Parliament, some ministers are bringing forward suggestions that could lead to ban the use of hands-free mobile devices in all vehicles, including heavy goods vehicles which would have a major implication for lorry drivers who use their hands free devices to keep in touch with their transport manager throughout the day.

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  • Crackdown on truckers in Thurrock Parkway
    13 August 2019
    Crackdown on truckers in Thurrock Parkway

    Local enforcement is taking further action against lorry drivers that park along Thurrock Parkway, while there are a lack of spaces in the area, the drivers who park up across the Parkway are breaking the law. Thurrock Parkway was named as one of the top 10 roads outside of London in which inconsiderate vehicle users are most likely to face fines.

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  • Truckers could face “days without food or toilets” in Brexit No-deal queues
    08 August 2019
    Truckers could face “days without food or toilets” in Brexit No-deal queues

    With the anticipation building up to discover whether the British Government and European Union will reach an agreement in regards to trade in-between the UK and EU, many firms are left anxiously awaiting the outcome to see what kind of an impact Brexit could have onto business and their means of trade on an international scale.

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  • No-deal Brexit border could mean hauliers queue-jumping are fined £300
    06 August 2019
    No-deal Brexit border could mean hauliers queue-jumping are fined £300

    If any haulier decides to jump queues on the border to Brexit – even if they are unaware of the rules they could face being fined by officials. They should expect to face a fine of over £300 if they are caught trying to avoid queues to the border by using shortcuts to the Port or jumping forward in line except in cases of a dire emergency.

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  • RHA urges MP Gove to keep goods flowing across Channel
    31 July 2019
    RHA urges MP Gove to keep goods flowing across Channel

    The RHA has called upon MP Michael Gove to act urgently to ensure that goods can continue to cross borders with free-flow if the country is lead into a “No deal” Brexit.

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  • RHA claims MP Chris Grayling attempted to “silence” them on no-deal Brexit
    30 July 2019
    RHA claims MP Chris Grayling attempted to “silence” them on no-deal Brexit

    Many claims have been raised by members of the haulage industry that Chris Grayling has attempted to “silence” them in regards to their concerns on a no-deal Brexit.

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  • RHA addresses new PM, says borders should remain free flowing after Brexit
    25 July 2019
    RHA addresses new PM, says borders should remain free flowing after Brexit

    This has been a big week for the UK, as Theresa May resigned as Prime Minister, leaving Downing Street for the last time on Wednesday to answer her final PMQs. On Monday, votes were counted as to who would be the next leader for the Conservative party, as well as the new Prime Minister to fill May’s shoes and deliver Brexit that was voted for during the EU referendum in 2016.

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  • In-cab cameras could help prevent distracted truckers
    23 July 2019
    In-cab cameras could help prevent distracted truckers

    A survey was carried out by Commercial Motor among HGV businesses, their survey questioned haulage firms on what some of their biggest issues are for their drivers during shifts. Overall, over 34% of firms (1/3), expressed concerns that their drivers getting distracted while on the road is a big problem and one of their largest worries.

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  • Ferry firms express “no-deal” Brexit concerns
    22 July 2019
    Ferry firms express “no-deal” Brexit concerns

    Ferry companies who cross the English Channel on a regular basis have described their worries and the gridlock the route could face – along with general British ports as lorries might not be allowed to board the ferries across to France, unless they have all of the appropriate paperwork to hand to authorize travel to their destination.

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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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