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Motor Transport Power Players: 12 – Margrethe Vestager

December 31, 2015 Christopher Walton

12) Margrethe Vestager Title: European commissioner for competition Formerly the Deputy Prime-Minister of Denmark Vestager makes this list because she has one decision in her hands that could reshape the road transport industry, namely approving FedEx’s acquisition of TNT.

News

2015: A year of industrial disputes in road transport

December 31, 2015 Carol Millett

With an improving economy and subsequent pressure for operators to improve pay, it’s been a year of hard negotiation for many, and in some cases road transport businesses and even the DVSA have had to contend with industrial action including strikes. Motortransport.co.uk looks back at a year of disputes.

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Motor Transport Power Players: 13 – Steve Parkin

December 30, 2015 Christopher Walton

13) Steve Parkin Title: Chairman, Clipper Logistics Steve Parkin is one of those larger than life characters that still enliven the logistics industry. Having left school with no qualifications and after spending 18 months working as a coal miner, he built Clipper Logistics from a one man and a van operation to a £235m a year logistics empire in 30 years.

Operator News

2015 – a year of mergers, acquisitions and shocks

December 29, 2015 Christopher Walton

2015 saw some shocks in the market; FedEx bidding for TNT Express; XPO Logistics buying Norbert Dentressangle and BCA Marketplace buying Eddie Stobart’s automotive business. But they weren’t the only acquisitions in a year packed with M&A activity. We take a look at some of the deals that changed the industry.

Cycle safety

Does the UK need a nationwide safer lorry standard? Part 2

December 29, 2015 Hayley Pink

This is part two of the article, which originally appeared in Freight in the City’s sister publication Commercial Motor. With regards to London’s increased enforcement powers, the FTA expressed concern over TfL’s “unilateral approach” to regulating the freight sector, in particular the speed of rolling out new requirements. It said any amendments to rules governing the safety of vehicles on the road are historically evidence-led, in consultation with industry, proportionate in cost/benefit terms, and generally only applied to new vehicles […]

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Motor Transport Power Players: 14 – Moya Greene

December 29, 2015 Christopher Walton

14) Moya Greene Title: Chief executive officer, Royal Mail The Motor Transport Top 100 employ more than 331,690 people across the country. However, Royal Mail’s 143,000 employees account for 43.1% of that total. Or in other words, no one in road transport is responsible for more jobs in this industry than Greene.

Cycle safety

Does the UK need a nationwide safer lorry standard? Part 1

December 28, 2015 Hayley Pink

The government has been urged to create a national definition for a ‘safe lorry’ to avoid multiple compliance standards being enforced across different cities. It has also been asked to extend to councils the power to apply their own lorry bans according to local requirements, with any exempt vehicles from such schemes expected to meet the national safe lorry standard. The proposals were put forward by Roger Geffen, campaigns and policy director at national cycling charity CTC, during an evidence […]

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Motor Transport Power Players: 15 – David Wells

December 28, 2015 Christopher Walton

15) David Wells Title: Chief executive, FTA Wells succeeded Theo de Pencier as chief executive of the FTA at the beginning of May. It’s unusual that the chief executives of both associations are starting their period in office at similar junctions, which makes it hard not to make comparisons with the RHA’s Richard Burnett.

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Motor Transport Power Players: 16 – Rob Flello MP

December 27, 2015 Christopher Walton

16) Rob Flello MP Title: Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Freight Transport and MP for Stoke-on-Trent South Flello is the pre-eminent voice in Westminster when it comes to freight. Just before the election he said that it was “a largely misunderstood industry, often disregarded, or worse, by many in society, which sadly includes far too many MP’s and indeed ministers who don’t understand it”.