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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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  • Older tyres set to be banned
    08 March 2019
    Older tyres set to be banned

    Government officials are taking action and looking into plans to have older tyres banned from trucks along with buses, coaches and minibus vehicles. It was announced by the Department for Transport last week that they would begin consultation on legislation, planning to make a vehicle running on any tyre over 10 years old an offence.

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  • HGVs in West Midlands being pulled over for investigation by Highways England
    06 March 2019
    HGVs in West Midlands being pulled over for investigation by Highways England

    With a new arrangement, the DVSA and Highways England are co-operating in an effort to work towards handling offences by truckers as well as van and bus drivers.  With the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and other databases in real time. They hope the plans will improve safety for road users and be a beneficial use of public funds.

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  • £100 a day to travel through Greater Manchester
    27 February 2019
    £100 a day to travel through Greater Manchester

    Greater Manchester councils are considering charges for high-polluting HGVs, public transport and taxis – which could be in effect within a few years. Owners of commercial vehicles that go over the emission thresholds could face charges on a daily basis, with region leaders hoping to slash levels of nitrogen dioxide in the area.

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  • HGV driver blocks fire station to get Fish and Chips
    21 February 2019
    HGV driver blocks fire station to get Fish and Chips

    Lincolnshire drivers have been warned multiple times to consider where they park more often as the local firefighters have been unable to drive in/out of the station many times due to those who decide to park in the way of the entrance.

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  • Drivers could unknowingly be charged more for Dartford Crossing
    18 February 2019
    Drivers could unknowingly be charged more for Dartford Crossing

    Some drivers have paid more than required for the dart charge by mistake as they have used a different site to process the charge, the site can cost up to three times more than the official dart charge service.

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  • Solar-powered vehicles to debut in Europe
    18 February 2019
    Solar-powered vehicles to debut in Europe

    A new solar powered vehicle is being prepared for release in Europe, providing a truly unique design that many manufactures could take note of and learn from when designing future eco-friendly vehicles.

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  • Alterations to HGV levy now in place
    05 February 2019
    Alterations to HGV levy now in place

    Changes to the HGV Road User Levy came into effect on Feb 1st giving lower polluting lorries discounted rates in an effort to convince more drivers to use more environment friendly vehicles as the government puts various plans in action as part of their aim to prevent further air pollution across the nation. 

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  • Survey by RHA shows lorry operating costs at critical level
    04 February 2019
    Survey by RHA shows lorry operating costs at critical level

    With the help of chartered accountants Menzies LLP, the RHA have published documents detailing the current state of the haulage industry. The Association’s annual Pay Report released for the sixth time in January, revealing 79.1% of members who took part in the survey stated they had received pay increases in 2018 which averaged to 2.75% as a median, on a national scale. This means the national average pay increase gained a boost and reached 3.33%.

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