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Resurfacing work tonight at M6 Junction 19 after crash

June 25, 2012 Chris Druce

The Highways Agency (HA) has warned operators that there will be no southbound access to the M6 at junction 19 tonight, as repair work begins after a lorry overturned this morning spilling fuel onto the slip road. The A556 between the junctions with the A50 and the M6 was closed earlier after a Renault Magnum lorry, which was running without a trailer, crashed and leaked fuel onto the road. The incident closed the dedicated slip road for the M6, although […]

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Poor harmonisation could wreck key Driver CPC goal

June 25, 2012 Steve Hobson

Lack of harmonisation of standards for Driver CPC training across the 27 European Union member states is in danger of wrecking one of the original goals of the directive introducing the compulsory training of drivers – mutual recognition of the qualification by every member state. Distrust of standards of instructors and training in other states means four members states- Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania and Sweden – do not recognise the Initial Driver CPC done in other EU countries and eight states […]

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Transport Committee asks for views on the future of road freight

June 22, 2012 Chris Druce

The Transport Committee is seeking operators’ views on the future of UK road freight, ahead of a public evidence session on 3 July. The select committee, which recently found that London’s councils were  unable to provide detail about Olympics enforcement policy, wants written evidence submitted by 27 June. Areas of debate include the government’s approach to road freight and the strategic road network; fuel prices; theft and security issues, including how to tackle truck crime; winter resilience; drivers’ hours rules […]

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Palletforce releases iPhone tracking app

June 22, 2012 Chris Druce

Pallet Network Palletforce has released a live-tracking iPhone app. Called Palletforce Pallet Tracking, the free app makes it possible to see exactly where a consignment is at any stage of its journey. Dean Hughes, Palletforce’s IT director, says: “It offers another quick and easy way for customers to track their deliveries from anywhere in the world.” The app uses information from Palletforce’s Alliance IT system to pinpoint where each consignment is. Customers need only to type in their delivery details […]

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Pall-Ex signs fourth European partner and launches new livery

June 22, 2012 Chris Druce

Pall-Ex has signed its fourth European partner and launched its first all-new livery since Hilary Devey founded the pallet network in 1996. The new principal national partner, which can’t be named, will run Pall-Ex France as key-franchisee for the territory. Pall-Ex France will have a central hub in the Orleans region of France, and the new partner plans to be up and running by the final quarter of this year. The deal keeps Pall-Ex on course to realise its plan […]

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Palletforce offers members Olympic route insight

June 20, 2012 Chris Druce

Palletforce has incorporated Olympic data into its Alliance IT system to provide its 100 UK depots with the latest Games information this summer. Network members now have information about the 109 Olympic Games Lanes on the Olympic Route Network, as well as delivery restrictions affecting venues. Dean Hughes, IT director for Palletforce, says: “During the games there will be road layout alterations, diversions, parking and loading restrictions, special Games Lanes and extra security measures all of which will impact on […]

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Olympic Route Network goes live on 25 July

June 20, 2012 Chris Druce

London’s 109-mile Olympic Route Network (ORN) will commence operation on 25 July, two days ahead of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. The ORN will ensure athletes, officials and dignitaries make it to events on time, and features 30 miles of exclusive Games Lanes to facilitate this. London transport commissioner Peter Hendy, who believes the Olympics are a huge opportunity for road transport,  says: “The ORN, which is part of the host city contract for the Games, will be […]

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News Extra: The quiet revolution

June 20, 2012 Patric Cunnane

Proposals from the European Commission would require manufacturers of LGVs and other vehicles to meet new decibel sound levels once these are agreed by MEPs. The regulation will also require that buyers are provided with sound levels at the time of purchase. “The provision of information to fleet managers may influence the transition to a quieter vehicle fleet,” says an EC spokesman. The proposal was recently discussed by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee.”There would be anew testing method for measuring […]

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Free Olympic Freight Planner now available

June 19, 2012 Chris Druce

Transport for London (TfL) has released its Olympic Freight Journey Planner, to help operators navigate the disruption London 2012 will bring this summer. The Pie Mapping developed planner calculates the most appropriate route for operators to take during the Games period based on the date and time of day and the vehicle’s dimensions. Although free to all, the journey planner offers further functionality to members of TfL’s Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. This includes the ability to save your routes, chosen […]

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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, […]