Industry News

News extra: Load security is in the bag

May 29, 2012

For the past two years, Vosa officers in north-east Scotland have been advising haulage firms to use independent straps and ratchets to secure fertiliser bags to trailers. However, according to transport firms MT spoke to, this equipment can split the inner liners of fertiliser bags, which contain substances such as ammonium nitrate. Operators are concerned that Vosa officers are continuing to target drivers and impose penalty points and fines on hauliers who use ropes or curtainsider straps to secure loads. […]

Awards

Low Carbon & Efficiency shortlist profiled

May 29, 2012 Steve Hobson

Keystone Distribution/McDonald’s Keystone Distribution manages the supply chain for McDonald’s 1,172 UK restaurants. It has DCs in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke and Heywood, and runs 140 vehicles on the contract, which make in excess of 200,000 store deliveries each year. Since 2008, Keystone has collected, initially through a third party, used oil from the restaurants for conversion to bio-diesel. Since that time a cumulative total of 6.6 million litres of biodiesel has been produced. However, the company has now implemented a […]

Awards

Innovation shortlist profiled

May 29, 2012 Steve Hobson

Abbey Logistics Abbey’s twin cargo trailer – with a tanker for liquid food products on the bottom, and a top deck capable of taking pallets – was described by judges as potentially “game changing”. Because of its design, the dual cargo trailer is described as having the potential to reduce costs, slash empty running and promote better use of space. Judges were impressed by the way it had a measurable benefit for one of Abbey’s key customers, Cargill. Abbey was […]

Awards

Customer Care shortlist profiled

May 29, 2012 Steve Hobson

APC Overnight  APC Overnight claims to operate the largest next day parcel network in the UK, with more than 120 regional depots supported by two central processing hubs. The Essington, Wolverhampton company is a cooperative with shareholding members made up from the courier companies. APC says that its cooperative approach enables it to set industry standards in customer care. The judges were impressed that APC presented independent research carried out by the Triangle Consultancy which had investigated customer loyalty among 14 […]

Contract Wins

DSV seals deal with ATS Euromaster

May 29, 2012 Hayley Pink

DSV has awarded a three-year contract to ATS Euromaster to service the  tyres on its 7,000-strong European trailer fleet. The deal will see ATS Euromaster’s mobile technicians provide routine inspections and follow-up maintenance work on around 1,000 DSV trailers travelling into and out of the UK every day. Technicians will work across DSV’s 19 UK depots, as well as inspecting tyres at seafreight terminals as trailers enter the country. A roadside rapid response service will also be included in the […]

Industry News

FairFuelUK aims even higher after smashing email target

May 29, 2012

FairFuelUK (FFUK) has doubled its “email your MP” target after surpassing its original 25,000 marker in just two weeks. Since launching its email push, which calls on operators and the public to get in touch with their local MP through the FFUK website, 25,867 emails have been sent opposing August’s planned 3ppl fuel duty rise. FFUK has also garnered the support of 38 MPs in its bid to win enough support to table an amendment to the Finance Bill to […]

Road transport as ready as it will be for the Olympics
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Councils vague on Olympics PCN enforcement

May 29, 2012

London Councils’ transport committee chair was unable to explain what “light touch” enforcement will actually mean during the Olympics at a select committee evidence session last week (23 May). Responding to Transport Committee member Paul Maynard’s call for clarification over the issuing of Penalty Charge Notices (PCN), Catherine West said the capital’s councils had to strike a difficult balancing act between looking after residents and keeping the city running. West said: “Certainty over regulations? Clearly the freight industry understands what […]

News

Viridor sees profit slip as recycling prices fall

May 29, 2012

Viridor, the refuse and recycling operator, saw its turnover boosted by an acquisition spree last year, but profit fell as growth in recycling failed to offset a fall in landfill volumes. Viridor bought JWS Churngold for £14.25m in November 2011, having purchased Storm Recycling in June of that year and In January 2011 Veolia’s trade waste collection interests in Cornwall and North Devon and its  industrial and commercial collection interests in Devon and Somerset. The company, which now makes half […]

Scotland plans to reduce drink drive limit in 2013
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No decision yet on “lower” LGV drink-drive limit in Scotland

May 28, 2012

The Scottish Government has not made a decision yet as to whether to introduce a “zero tolerance” drink drive limit for LGV drivers. It came as Holyrood reiterated its desire to reduce the general drink-drive limit from the current UK standard of 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg, after the granting of new powers by Westminster. A spokesman for the Scottish Government told MT it intends to launch a consultation later this year, with any changes to legislation likely […]

Future funding for England's roads
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Department for Transport outlines scope of road funding study

May 28, 2012

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published the terms of reference for its study into the future funding of England’s roads, which could pave the way for road tolling. In the spring (CM 22 March) David Cameron, the prime minister, set out his vision for the strategic road network, which included exploring whether it could be sold off along the lines of the privatisation of the UK’s utilities. The DfT, which is undertaking the study with the Treasury,  has now […]