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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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  • International hauliers resume work as always following Brexit delay
    24 April 2019
    International hauliers resume work as always following Brexit delay

    Analysts had no idea where the Brexit process would take the UK by the time the March 29th deadline rolled around, following May’s deal suffering a defeat three times, there was much uncertainty for hauliers as the Government attempted to produce some results and satisfactory outcomes as the deadline approached.

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  • DPD introduces new eCargo quadbikes
    17 April 2019
    DPD introduces new eCargo quadbikes

    A British bike manufacturer has partnered up with delivery firm DPD, who have launched a new eCargo service. With a fleet of 150kg-payload zero-emission quadbike which has been developed to tackle issues of urban pollution and congestion for other road users and delivery services.

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  • Operation Brock halted after Brexit delay
    15 April 2019
    Operation Brock halted after Brexit delay

    Operation Brock, which was introduced as a means of controlling traffic aiming to cross the English Channel, will now be lifted – work will take place to get the M20 operating at its usual rate without Operation Brock in place. This is following the announcement from Prime Minister, Theresa May that Brexit will be delayed to October 31st, 2019. The outcome has been called a “diplomatic failure” by May’s fellow MPs.

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  • Updated European laws could impact road haulage – FTA
    08 April 2019
    Updated European laws could impact road haulage – FTA

    Last week the European Parliament revised some of their laws regarding road haulage. Some of the new regulations were considered to have a negative impact to international road haulage according to the FTA. Speaking on behalf of UK hauliers and other members of the industry, they are urging the EU to reconsider their terms and amend some of the critical elements of the package currently in discussion at the European Parliament.

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  • Operation Brock causes chaos for international hauliers
    27 March 2019
    Operation Brock causes chaos for international hauliers

    Truckers have said they are “mystified” regarding the speed limits currently in place due to the possibility of a no deal Brexit, they have said the idea is “inflexible” and “outdated”.

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  • Truckers threaten to make UK-wide blockades on roads if Brexit is delayed
    18 March 2019
    Truckers threaten to make UK-wide blockades on roads if Brexit is delayed

    Many of the lorry drivers across the UK are banding together, threatening that if Brexit is delayed by any means following the 29th of March (the day the country is set to leave the EU), they will cause road-blocks in protest to the Government’s management of the process of the UK leaving the European Union.

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  • HGV driver shortage tackled with training programme by Jack Richards & Sons
    14 March 2019
    HGV driver shortage tackled with training programme by Jack Richards & Sons

    Partnering with a training provider, Jack Richards has set out on a mission to tackle the HGV driver shortage the UK is currently facing. They hope that the new project will bring the appeal to HGV training for those in the area who may not as of yet considered it as a career path.

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  • Birmingham Clean Air Zone plans put into action
    14 March 2019
    Birmingham Clean Air Zone plans put into action

    Local councils in Birmingham proposed a plan to the Government for a Clean Air Zone throughout the city of Birmingham, this is one of many recent proposals approved by the government to reduce pollution levels across the country in an effort to meet the national standard set by the Supreme Court.

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