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PetrolPromise signs up 70th MP in support

August 20, 2012 Chris Druce

The PetrolPromise campaign has signed up its 70th MP in support of its push for an Office of Fair Trading (OfT) investigation into the price of fuel. Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, becomes the 70th MP to lend his support to the campaign, which was set up by MP Robert Halfon MP. Halfon is garnering support in a bid to get the Backbench Business Committee to timetable a parliamentary debate on his motion this autumn. Halfon’s motion calls […]

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London 2012: Westminster Council claims light touch approach to fines

August 14, 2012 Chris Druce

Westminster Council’s decision to educate rather than rain down fines on operators delivering during the Games, has avoided the issuing of £526,000 worth of penalties. During the Olympics, Westminster Council extended a pilot scheme that saw marshals educating rather than punishing operators delivering to London’s Leicester Square, after the introduction of new restrictions early this year. A Westminster Council spokesman says of the team of 40 marshals who were deployed during the night through to early morning: “Our marshals were […]

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Operators invited to attend fuel technology conference

August 13, 2012 Chris Druce

Operators looking for ways to save money on their fuel bills via alternative technologies, could do worse than attending a free conference at the University of Glamorgan on 17 September Held in partnership with Skills for Logistics (SfL), FUEL – Saving Money Via Resource Management, Alternative Sources, Conversion to More Valuable and Environmental Fuels, will look at efficient use of existing fuel. It will also cover the use of alternative sources such as Methane, Hydrogen, Biomethane and CNG for trucks. […]

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London 2012: Paralympic Route Network to start operation on 29 August

August 13, 2012 Chris Druce

The Olympic Route Network (ORN) will cease operation at midnight on Tuesday (14 August), meaning London’s roads will return to normal before the Paralympic Route Network’s activation at the end of this month. ORN signage will have been removed in full by Wednesday morning, with London’s roads Games restriction free ahead of the start of the Paralympics on 29 August. The PRN will have 8.7 miles of Games lanes, and is concentrated around East London. Areas and venues  in use […]

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Seminar will examine UK progress on Driver CPC

August 13, 2012 Steve Hobson

A progress report on the Driver CPC and how well the UK is doing in meeting the September 2014 deadline to get every professional LGV driver through the 35 hours mandatory training will be made at a seminar to be held by the International Road Transport Union (IRU) in association with Motor Transport. The UK leg of the DRIVEN series of sessions the IRU is holding in four EU countries, the seminar will be held on 4 October at the […]

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London 2012: road races and marathon to mark Olympic finish

August 10, 2012 Chris Druce

This weekend will see the men and women’s race walks taking place at the Mall, as well as the men’s marathon. On Saturday the road races will take place along a two kilometre loop, taking in Constitution Hill and the Queen Victoria Memorial before retuning to the Mall. Sunday sees the men’s marathon take place, staring at 11am and taking place on the road event ORN. Transport for London says that from tonight (10 August) it will be decommissioning more […]

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Long term talks begin on tanker driver standards

August 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

Fuel distribution hauliers have kicked off discussions over national pay benchmarking and the development of an industry-wide health and safety training standard for tanker drivers. Talks are now taking place following a long-running tanker driver dispute in April/May, which saw conciliation service ACAS step in and table a set of proposals, including the creation of a set of working groups to establish best practice across the sector Norbert Dentressangle (ND) Tankers is one of several major logistics firms involved in […]

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Serious tachograph offenders will face prison

August 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

The government has warned that prosecution and prison sentences will be considered by Vosa for LGV drivers who falsify their hours records. Transport minister Norman Baker tells MT: “Drivers and operators should be in no doubt that we take the abuse of drivers’ hours very seriously and VOSA has the powers to impose tough penalties where the rules have been broken. Serious infringements may lead to prosecution and prison sentences have been passed by courts in the most serious cases.” […]

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New guide to safe loading of commercial vehicles

August 9, 2012 Chris Tindall

The Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) has published a guide for operators about safe loading and securing in an effort to reduce the 1,200 injuries caused each year. It says many of the deaths and injuries that arise from load shifts are preventable and that its guide provides simple, straightforward advice explaining why goods move during transit and what you can do to prevent it, as well as providing examples of ways to secure different types of load. The HSL […]

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FFUK calls for fuel duty cut as UK economy grinds to a halt

August 8, 2012 Chris Druce

Fair Fuel UK has renewed its call for the government to cut fuel duty to spur the struggling economy, after the Bank of England slashed its UK growth forecast for 2012 to close to zero. Quentin Wilson, national spokesman for FairFuelUK, says: “Growth is paralysed so it’s time the government looked at cutting fuel duty to stimulate activity. If we spend less on fuel tax, we’ll spend more on other things.” Wilson argues fuel duty is one of the last […]