MT Awards 2012

Industry confident about prospects for remainder of 2012

June 14, 2012 Chris Druce

Senior figures in the road transport industry are more confident about their businesses’ prospects during the remainder of the year, than they were at the start of 2012. A vox-pop of senior managers and executives at last night’s Motor Transport Awards revealed a sector confident in its abilities to ride out the economic storm. “Yes [we’re optimistic], as people always want to eat and drink no matter how tough it gets, as they want the feel-good factor,” says Mike Reid, […]

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London Lorry Control Scheme route-planner updated for Olympics

June 13, 2012 Chris Druce

The London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) route planner has been updated to include Olympic and Paralympics road restrictions. The approval service, run by consultancy Pie on behalf of scheme administrators London Councils, allows operators, for a fee, to have a compliant route generated online. Following the update this will now take into account Olympic and Paralympic Route Network restrictions such as temporary banned turns, road closures and changes to direction of flow. Despite opposition from freight operators, the LLCs which […]

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News Extra: Ticking timebomb of driver shortages

June 12, 2012 Chris Druce

The UK’s continuing economic anaemia has forced the road transport industry to cut its cloth in a bid to stay in business. Profits have in many cases come under unsustainable pressure as fuel prices surge, forcing operators to the wall.  The current situation has also served to mask a looming driver shortage, according to Skills for Logistics (SfL). This, the sector skills council warns, presents a very real threat to operators’ ability to bounce back when the eventual upswing comes. […]

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New Northern Ireland O-licensing will take cowboys off the road

June 12, 2012 Chris Druce

The FTA says the passing into law of Northern Ireland’s new O-licensing regime will help remove “cowboy” firms from the road. The Goods Vehicles Licensing of Operators Transport Bill was passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly yesterday (11 June), ushering in a new era of governance in the territory. The FTA has campaigned for the introduction of the regime, along with other industry partners, for years, believing better enforcement will benefit those running compliant freight businesses in the region. From […]

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Industry urged to back Delivering Your Future initative

June 11, 2012 Chris Druce

Skills for Logistics (SfL) has relaunched its Delivering Your Future website, which aims to get young people interested in a career in logistics. Although officially launched in November 2011, SfL is making a new marketing push with backing from the likes of DHL and the FTA, in  a bid to boost the website’s profile and get its message out to a wider audience. Delivering Your Future is tailored to 11 to 19 years olds. It features company profiles of the […]

The London Olympics will bring delivery challenges
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London’s councils must use proportionate enforcement during the Olympics

June 8, 2012 Chris Druce

The FTA has called for London’s councils to bring a “pragmatic” approach to carrying out their duties during the Olympics. The issue reignited at a Transport Select Committee session last month (23 May), after Catherine West, London Councils’ transport committee chairman, was asked by Paul Maynard MP to spell out what the councils’ “light touch” pledge would mean in the context of the Olympics. “Are you going to ensure certainty over how apply regulations, even if you apply them lightly?” […]

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SJ Bargh wins Dairy Crest contract renewal

June 8, 2012 Chris Druce

SJ Bargh has revealed another win in the dairy sector, with the news that it has renewed its contract with Dairy Crest. It comes a week after the business revealed it had signed its first totally organic milk collection contract with the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative. The contract extension sees SJ Bargh collecting both ordinary and organic milk from farms in Dairy Crest’s North Midland’s milk field. The deal builds on an eight year relationship between the two parties. The […]

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Domino’s grants Euroway vehicle fleet exclusivity

June 7, 2012 Chris Druce

Domino’s Pizza has granted rental company Euroway a two-year fleet exclusivity deal to provide it with vehicles on a contract hire basis. The deal also comprises a FleetSure fleet maintenance contract for the pizza delivery chain’s 60-strong vehicle fleet, which operates out of three sites: Milton Keynes, Penrith and County Kildare’s Naas. Euroway will initially provide 20 vehicles – Daf trucks and Fiat Ducato vans -on a replacement basis (on five-year contract hire terms), but Domino’s expects its fleet size […]

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Deutsche Post DHL clobbered with half a billion euro tax bill

June 6, 2012 Chris Druce

Deutsche Post DHL has been hit with a tax bill for more than half a billion euros, after a ruling by German financial authorities. DHL will need to make an additional €516m VAT payment after a review of how it handled tax relating to postal services. The period investigated ran from 1998  until July 2010, when the law governing VAT and postal services was revised. In a statement DHL says: “A large part of the additional payment amount relates to […]

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Contract Wins

SJ Bargh wins organic milk contract

May 30, 2012 Chris Druce

SJ Bargh has signed its first entirely organic milk contract with the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (Omsco) The three-year deal will see the logistics company collecting around 50 million litres of milk a year from farms in Central England, North Wales, Lancashire and Yorkshire. The operation, which began last month, is based at SJ Bargh’s Endon depot near Stoke-on-Trent. While the company already delivers more than 3 million litres of milk each day, the contract brings new challenges as organic […]