London 2012
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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 […]

Industry News

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 […]

Operator News

Scottish council fined after crushing incident

August 9, 2012 Roger Brown

 A council has been fined £40,000 after a subcontractor suffered severe crush injuries when a tar tipper lorry reversed into a paver machine he was driving while carrying out road repairs. Dumfries Sheriff Court heard that the 20-year-old was one of two subcontractors working for Hamilton Tarmac alongside men from Dumfries and Galloway Council to undertake repairs on a road between the villages of Rhonehouse and Tongland in April 2010. The injured worker was driving the paver forwards along the […]

Industry News

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.” […]

Contract Wins

TNT Post win PRO-CURE contract

August 9, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

TNT Post have signed a two year contract with PRO-CURE, a provider of NHS commercial services across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hampshire, saving the company a forecast £300,000. The contract covers PRO-CURE and its partners NHS Commercial Solutions and the East of England Collaborative Procurement Hub, which will receive a two day delivery service with TNT Post. Nick Wells, CEO TNT Post says: “More than ever before public savings are paramount. TNT Post is committed to effective and sustainable competition […]


Pall-Ex overnight London service off to flying start

August 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

Pall-Ex says it has had successful start to its new night-time delivery service in the capital, with 4% of the pallet network’s London’s volumes already migrated to the new service within the first week of operation. The overnight service, which covers all postcodes affected by Olympics delivery restrictions, delivers to customers between 6pm and 6am, with take-up from some of the capital’s major high street brands and businesses. Pall-Ex MD Adrian Russell says: “This new service has already made a […]

Industry News

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 […]

Contract Wins

Ceva nets €16.9m John West contract renewal

August 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

Ceva Logistics has signed a €16.9m contract renewal with canned fish manufacturer John West, following a successful five-year relationship. The Leicestershire-based logistics firm will continue to provide UK supply chain operations, including collecting cleared cargo from the port of Felixstowe for onward transportation to Ceva’s’s shared-user facility in Mendlesham. Ceva will also provide customs clearance services and warehousing for John West, as well as managing all road transportation across the UK. Matthew Carroll, regional director, consumer and retail at Ceva, […]

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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 […]

Industry News

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 […]