The FTA has warned that a proposed low emission zone for Birmingham, along with a road user charging scheme, lorry restrictions and greater implementation of consolidation centres put forward by the city council, could have a damaging effect on freight deliveries in and around the city. The plans, contained in a green paper on the city’s transport strategy for the next 20 years, were published earlier this month. While none of the schemes are definite, the FTA suggested that they […]
The FTA has given a cautious welcome to Transport for London’s (TfL) plans to accomodate the growing number of cyclists in the capital but warned that freight deliveries nust be considered in any new designs.
Sainsbury’s has received accreditation to the FTA’s Van Excellence scheme, the 25th van operator to do so since the scheme began in 2010. The retailer runs a fleet of 1,400 vans, and employs some 4,000 drivers, and it satisfactorily achieved the standards laid out in Van Excellence code – which are agreed by a governance group of leading van fleet operators. Mark Cartwright, the FTA’s head of vans and light commercial vehicles, says: “Achievement of this standard has been a […]
Government plans to centralise DVLA operations could lead to delays in taxing vehicles and the issuing of drivers’ cards, as well as creating additional administrative costs for operators, warns the FTA. Transport minister Mike Penning announced last week that 39 regional DVLA offices would close by the end of 2013, with all services shifted online, handled by intermediaries (such as local Post Offices) or via a centralised operation at Swansea. However, the FTA says local DVLA offices play a vital […]