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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 […]

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GFS reports surge in delivery standards enquiries

August 8, 2012 Hayley Pink

Global Freight Solutions (GFS) has revealed a sharp increase in the number of British-based online retailers seeking advice about delivery standards. The parcels management firm says retailers are now more savvy about how effective deliveries play an essential part in maintaining customer satisfaction and encouraging repeat business. Simon Veale, director at GFS, says: “For some, pressures on their delivery networks in the run-up to the Christmas peak season really brought home the importance of making contingencies to get goods to […]

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News extra: heavy truck sales predicted to surge in 2013

August 8, 2012 Steve Hobson

Heavy truck sales are expected to surge at least 10% in 2013 compared with this year as operators delay buying Euro-6 vehicles, which will replace Euro-5 in 2014. The predicted spike in Euro-5 sales in 2013 is expected to result in longer lead times for new trucks. One operator,  Andrew Spence-Wolrich, general manager of bulk specialist Hargreaves Transport, has been told he must order Euro-5 trucks by March 2013 to be sure of getting them. Truck makers MT spoke to […]

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Limited delivery options can cost e-tailers millions, says DPD

August 7, 2012 Hayley Pink

DPD research has revealed that three-quarters (73%) of Brits have ditched their online shop at checkout stage due to restrictive or expensive delivery options. Around 40% of shoppers complained that they are not generally offered a free delivery option, despite the fact this is the preferred choice for three-quarters of consumers. However, a quarter (26%) of shoppers would opt for timed delivery slots above a free service. Dwain McDonald, DPD chief executive, says: “Online cart abandonment costs e-tailers millions of […]

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London 2012: Triathlon road closures tomorrow

August 6, 2012 Chris Druce

The men’s Olympic triathlon will close down much of London’s West End tomorrow (7 August). Hyde Park is the host location for the triathlon, and athletes will complete a cycle circuit that takes in Buckingham Palace and the Wellington Arch. The event will start at 11:30am and finish at around 2:00pm. Roads for the event will start to close at 2:00am, with Hyde Park Corner closing at 6:00am, reopening again as soon as it is safe to do so. The […]

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Scotland’s hauliers should get fuel tax break

August 3, 2012 Chris Druce

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has called on the Scottish Parliament to introduce tax breaks for distribution firms as part of its Get Scotland Trading manifesto. The trade association also wants the introduction of a small business fuel allowance, similar to the winter fuel allowance for older people. FPB, chief executive Phil Orford, says: “We know high fuel costs are a major barrier to firms in the more remote parts of Scotland – the cost of distribution has been […]