A guide to brake testing for operators struggling to understand their reports has been produced to cut through “engineering jargon”. The FTA said its members’ guide will help readers understand how brake performance is calculated and what else they should be looking out for. Phil Lloyd, FTA head of engineering and vehicle standards policy, said: “Transport managers without an engineering background should understand that even though a report says ‘pass’ there may still be issues that need to be considered.” […]
After the Conservative party fell eight seats short of an overall majority, resulting in a hung parliament in the general election, the FTA has called for a new government to review its decision to leave the EU customs union.
Operators could see a reduction in the fees paid for digital tachograph cards later this year, as DVLA looks to return a £25m surplus.
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. […]