Haulage firms and their drivers who unwittingly transport migrants into the UK inside their vehicles should not be fined until the chaos at Calais is rectified, according to a law firm. Moore Blatch said drivers and their employers were facing a health and safety issue fuelled by intimidation, personal violence and a threat of fines looming over them by “civil servants sitting in Whitehall”. It said truck drivers were in an increasingly impossible situation, risking injury when tackling migrants, or […]
Dover MP Charlie Elphicke accepted a gift of £22,577 from the RHA this year, according to the government’s annual Register of Interests released last month.
Home delivery specialist Hermes has branded the Chancellor’s decision to implement a 3ppl rise in fuel duty as “a disaster for the haulage sector”. Jon Tobbell, commercial director at Hermes, says: “Whilst we welcome the freeze in Vehicle Excise Duty, it pales into significance when compared to the pain being experienced by hauliers as a result of the rising price of fuel. “At Hermes we have seen a 30% increase in fuel costs and now spend well over £10m annually. […]
The Co-operative Group has confirmed that a significant number of staff will take redundancy, following its move to consolidate two DCs. Its Wellington, Somerset and Portbury, Bristol DCs will merge into a new £20m regional distribution centre at Avonmouth. A spokeswoman for the grocery retailer told MT: “As planned, as the new DC at Avonmouth begins operation, there will be a phased reduction in the number of employees at our Chelston site in Wellington and at our Portbury site. “All […]