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News extra: Beware information overload from telematics

May 22, 2012 Motor Transport

Chaired by the ubiquitous Quentin Willson, who spoke with passion and humour on behalf of FairFuelUK, Microlise’s transport conference earlier this month saw eight keynote speakers agreeing on two things. Firstly, that driver training is not just nice to have, it is essential; and secondly, the scope of telematics provision is almost too great. And the selection of industry heavyweights behind the lectern revealed that they all had different priorities and the benefits of a good telematics product lie in […]

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Cartwright launches Fleet Spec standard trailer

May 22, 2012 Steve Hobson

Trailer builder Cartwright has launched an off the shelf Fleet Specification curtainside straight frame semi trailer as a lower cost alternative to the bespoke trailers Cartwright builds to order. The Fleet Specification trailer has been designed using lessons learned from Cartwright’s in-house rental fleet, which has over 4,500 trailers.  While based on a standard specification, there are a range of options, enabling them to operators’ specific needs. Cartwright says the Fleet Specification trailers will reduce total costs ownership through increased reliability and resale value.  Darren Holland, group sales director of Cartwright, says: “The […]

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Marks & Spencer ‘managing’ distribution costs

May 22, 2012 Hayley Pink

Marks & Spencer says “good progress” is being made in the overhaul of its supply chain, IT systems and warehousing. In its final year results announced today (22 May), the retail giant says the first phase of its warehouse consolidation programme is now well underway. Following the opening of a new one million ft² warehouse in Bradford, construction has now commenced on a  second new warehouse in the East Midlands, which will be a dedicated e-commerce facility combined with an […]

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Norbert Dentressangle hybrid enters UK service

May 21, 2012 Chris Druce

Norbert Dentressangle has today (21 May) put the UK’s first 26-tonne GVW hybrid distribution truck into service. The 26-tonne , 3-axle Renault Hybrys Premium is the first of its type in the UK, and the fourth hybrid to join the Norbert Dentressangle group . The rear-steer hybrid, developed as part of Renault Truck’s Clean Tech initiative, will run out of Norbert’s specialist services site in Aylesford. It will deliver everything from vending machines to air conditioning equipment and drinks. It […]

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2012 Everywoman Award winners revealed

May 18, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The winners of the 2012 MAN Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards were announced yesterday (17 May) at a lunch ceremony held at The Savoy Hotel in London, with Wincanton general manager Lynne Watson taking the coveted Woman of the Year Award. Now in their fifth year, the Everywoman Awards help to raise awareness of women who are excelling in this non-traditional sector by championing role models and showcasing the breadth of opportunities available to women in the logistics industry. […]

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News extra: Operators respond to tight market

May 16, 2012 Christopher Walton

Smaller volumes and higher costs: 2011 was a pretty gloomy year by anyone’s standards. The outlook for the rest of 2012 is not much better but operators are greener and more efficient , according to a joint report by the FTA and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) UK. “In the past recovering from a downturn was a more predictable business,” says Coolin Desai, logistics industry leader at PwC UK. “Three years into the financial crisis, uncertainty and volatility have become the baseline expectation.” […]

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Research seeks answer to what makes a great leader

May 15, 2012 Motor Transport

The Work Foundation is looking for SME bosses to take part in a research programme that will try to identify the keys to great leadership in SMEs. The charity, which is part of Lancaster University, hopes to discover how investment in leaders can help SMEs continue their development. The research will focus on companies with between 80 and 250 employees. Dr Wilson Wong, senior researcher in the centre for work effectiveness at the Work Foundation, says: “We hope to build […]

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Operators face fines if drivers don’t hold Driver Qualification Cards

May 14, 2012 Chris Druce

Logistics employers will face a £1,000 fine if their drivers are caught working professionally without having a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) with them. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) warns that not only will drivers themselves be fined up to £1,000 if they can’t produce a DQC when stopped by Vosa, but operators will also be liable and hit too. Vosa has begun handling out DSA-sanctioned leaflets at enforcement checks clarifying the legal position around Driver CPC, and the requirement for […]

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BVRLA calls on DfT to provide more lorry road user charge details

May 11, 2012 Hayley Pink

Industry associations are urging the government to provide finer details on its proposed lorry road user charge (LRUC) following the end of the scheme’s consultation period. The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has questioned how a new grant, set to replace the Reduced Pollution Certificate (RPC) as part of the proposed lorry charging scheme, will affect UK-based operators, particularly those running fleets of 50-plus vehicles. It calculates that its members could lose out on £3.7m in benefits from […]

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News extra: Clarifying the rules on TUPE

May 9, 2012 Patric Cunnane

Most operators understand the principles of the TUPE. If a company buys another then it must take on its staff or pay redundancy at their existing terms and conditions if their services are not required. However, a case where 35 workers claimed they had been wrongly sacked by two operators has shown that the matter is less clear cut where a contract changes hands. The recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in the case of Eddie Stobart Ltd v Moreman & […]