2012’s top collapses, rescues and rebirths in road transport

December 31, 2012 Chris Tindall

No doubt about it, 2012 was incredibly tough for UK logistics operators. Profits were low, costs were high and obtaining credit to invest remained hard. The double-dip recession we all feared is in danger of turning into triple-fall and GDP growth was more sluggish than a snail on valium. Forecasts for growth in 2013 range from 1% by the Bank of England (BoE) to 1.4% by the Confederation of British Industry, with the BoE also predicting that it will be […]

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2012 – the Motor Transport headlines

December 31, 2012 Peter Steele

Motor Transport: A Year in Review The industry has faced a challenging 2012 and since its launch in March, has been here to cover the ups and the downs. Here is a month by month guide to the big stories of 2012. January saw B2C parcel operators report record Christmas volumes as a result of the biggest online Christmas the UK had ever seen. Hermes delivered 15 million items in its 2011 Christmas peak, while Yodel delivered 20 million […]

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Vans: news highlights of 2012

December 30, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The past year has been a busy one for the LCV market, not least because of the long awaited arrival of the new Ford Transit. Motor Transport looks back at some of the highlights of 2012. Transit Custom launched at the CV Show April – The first major launch of the year was announced on the eve of the CV Show in Birmingham, where Ford debuted the new Transit Custom – its one-tonne panel van based on the current Stage […]

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The Motor Transport team’s 2012 highlights

December 30, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Week-in, week-out, the team of reporters, technical writers, and editors that work for Motor Transport are out there talking to people at all levels of the industry, and in government departments, to bring you the most relevant, up-to-date and compelling content. Asked to share their personal highlights of 2012, the journalists at Motor Transport give you an insight into the world of reporting on the road transport industry: Steve Hobson, editor: “My 2012 highlight was finally seeing the fruits of […]

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A year in the life of pallet networks

December 29, 2012

Once again the UK’s nine pallet networks bucked the general trend within logistics in 2012, delivering another year of growth. While Greece teetered on the precipice, dragging the whole eurozone deeper into its protracted economic malaise, Europe remained the focal point for many of the UK’s networks looking for the next big thing. European market leader Palletways faces competition with Pall-Ex’s ambitious European plans remaining on course despite the economic headwinds from the Continent, and Palletforce finally  revealing its hand […]


DHL delivers New Year’s Day Parade instruments

December 29, 2012 Laura Hailstone

DHL Express has transported more than 1,100 pieces of equipment and instruments for 15 US high schools and university marching bands to participate in the London New Year’s Day Parade. DHL collected tubas, snare drums, trumpets, saxophones, trombones and other musical instruments from each participating school, and loaded them onto special aircraft containers to be transported to the DHL Gateway at JFK Airport in New York. From there, the shrink-wrapped instruments were airlifted to East Midland’s Airport.  DHL provided customs […]


In memoriam: road transport industry legends

December 28, 2012 Laura Hailstone

There comes a time when we must all say goodbye to our loved ones, and in 2012 the road transport industry lost several great servants. Gone but not forgotten, the legacy of these industry veterans will live on in our memories, Motor Transport pays tribute to some of the figures who are no longer with us. Stan Robinson (1942-2012) A legendary Staffordshire haulage boss, Stan Robinson set up the eponymous firm in 1970, embarking on a long and successful journey […]

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Driver CPC – a progress report

December 28, 2012 Steve Hobson

Halfway through the five year period within which most professional LGV drivers must obtain their Driver CPC, rounds up progress. After 10 months on police bail, the “URTU seven” were told no further action was to be taken over allegations that a Driver CPC course run by the drivers’ union finished short of the required seven hours. The seven men included general secretary Bob Monks, national officer Mel Thornton and regional officers Lee Pimbley and Mike Billingham. They were originally […]

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A year in the life of the parcels sector

December 27, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

With volumes and demand on the up, 2012 has been a year of change for parcel carriers. But adjusting to the increase in demand in a competitive market has been easier for some than it has for others. looks back at some of the biggest stories in the parcel market during the past 12 months. UPS agrees TNT takeover bid Parcel giant UPS’ planned acquisition of TNT Express was one of the most talked about stories in the parcels […]

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Palletline defends itself after residents complain

December 27, 2012

Palletline has defended itself after residents complained that vibrations from trucks accessing its London hub in Perivale were causing property damage. A local residents group, led by Vinny K-Maddage, has put Ealing Council and Transport for London under pressure to act. However, Palletline said that despite having operated from Perivale for the past five years, it was only made aware that residents had concerns this August. “As a preliminary action, Palletline implemented an alternative preferred route; instructing drivers to go […]