Reducing fuel consumption will be the single biggest priority for over a third of fleet managers in 2013, a survey by fleet management systems supplier GreenRoad has suggested. Just over 35% of respondents to a question about priorities for next year cited reducing fuel costs as their most important challenge, with 20% citing compliance with regulations and 16% highlighting the need to ensure safe driving. Over two thirds of respondents said they expected fuel prices to rise modestly in 2013, […]
A rejig of government departments in Northern Ireland has seen the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) brought within the remit of the Department for Infrastructure.
The UK’s continuing economic anaemia has forced the road transport industry to cut its cloth in a bid to stay in business. Profits have in many cases come under unsustainable pressure as fuel prices surge, forcing operators to the wall. The current situation has also served to mask a looming driver shortage, according to Skills for Logistics (SfL). This, the sector skills council warns, presents a very real threat to operators’ ability to bounce back when the eventual upswing comes. […]
A continued move from straight transport to logistics activities including warehousing, packing and freight forwarding helped Glasgow-based Gordon Leslie Group achieve a 20% rise in pre-tax profit in the year to 30 September 2012. Turnover in the year fell around 8% to £4.8m (2011: £5.2m), but profit before tax came in at just over £487,000 (2011: £405,000). MD Craig Leslie said the firm had made a “fairly conscious move” in the last two years to reduce its reliance on some […]