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UPS offer period for TNT to run until November

August 22, 2012 Chris Druce

UPS has confirmed that the offer period for TNT Express shares will now run until 9 November. It comes after TNT Express confirmed earlier this month that the European Commission had temporarily suspended the takeover to allow regulators more time to gather information. Regardless, the companies still expect the deal to be sealed by the fourth quarter of this year. The  €5.16bn (£4.07bn) takeover will transform UPS into a €45bn company with global reach.

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Potter Group begins official Palletline marketing

August 21, 2012 Chris Druce

The Potter Group has officially begun marketing itself as a Palletline member, following its takeover of pallet network member House of James in May. Palletline now has a dedicated page with contact details on the Ripon-based multi-modal company’s website, after Potter received permission to join from the network’s executive early this year. Potter’s takeover of House of James created a £33m company, adding 100,000ft² of warehousing space, 35 vehicles and 55 trailers to its fleet. The House of James brand […]

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More employers wanted to advise on driver skills policy

August 21, 2012 Chris Druce

Operators have responded well to calls from the head of a new working group to get involved to help tackle the skills crisis, but even more involvement would be welcome. RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning says he is pleased by the response from operators to his call to get involved in the initiative [see below] made earlier this year. “There’s been a good number of volunteers,” Dunning tells MotorTransport.co.uk. “There’s no doubt that the issue of the driver population is […]

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PetrolPromise signs up 70th MP in support

August 20, 2012 Chris Druce

The PetrolPromise campaign has signed up its 70th MP in support of its push for an Office of Fair Trading (OfT) investigation into the price of fuel. Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, becomes the 70th MP to lend his support to the campaign, which was set up by MP Robert Halfon MP. Halfon is garnering support in a bid to get the Backbench Business Committee to timetable a parliamentary debate on his motion this autumn. Halfon’s motion calls […]

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London 2012: Westminster Council claims light touch approach to fines

August 14, 2012 Chris Druce

Westminster Council’s decision to educate rather than rain down fines on operators delivering during the Games, has avoided the issuing of £526,000 worth of penalties. During the Olympics, Westminster Council extended a pilot scheme that saw marshals educating rather than punishing operators delivering to London’s Leicester Square, after the introduction of new restrictions early this year. A Westminster Council spokesman says of the team of 40 marshals who were deployed during the night through to early morning: “Our marshals were […]

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Operators invited to attend fuel technology conference

August 13, 2012 Chris Druce

Operators looking for ways to save money on their fuel bills via alternative technologies, could do worse than attending a free conference at the University of Glamorgan on 17 September Held in partnership with Skills for Logistics (SfL), FUEL – Saving Money Via Resource Management, Alternative Sources, Conversion to More Valuable and Environmental Fuels, will look at efficient use of existing fuel. It will also cover the use of alternative sources such as Methane, Hydrogen, Biomethane and CNG for trucks. […]

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London 2012: Paralympic Route Network to start operation on 29 August

August 13, 2012 Chris Druce

The Olympic Route Network (ORN) will cease operation at midnight on Tuesday (14 August), meaning London’s roads will return to normal before the Paralympic Route Network’s activation at the end of this month. ORN signage will have been removed in full by Wednesday morning, with London’s roads Games restriction free ahead of the start of the Paralympics on 29 August. The PRN will have 8.7 miles of Games lanes, and is concentrated around East London. Areas and venues  in use […]

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Autologic shares delisted following Stobart deal

August 13, 2012 Chris Druce

Vehicle transporter Autologic’s shares have today been delisted from the Alternative Investment Market following its takeover by Stobart Group. Stobart Group made its formal £12.4m offer for Autologic in June, having been in talks since May. The ability of Autologic to use Stobart Rail infrastructure to reduce the level of empty running endemic to the car transporter sector, as well as the benefits of access to Stobart’s storage sites, were both cited as reasons why the deal made sense. Stobart […]

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London 2012: road races and marathon to mark Olympic finish

August 10, 2012 Chris Druce

This weekend will see the men and women’s race walks taking place at the Mall, as well as the men’s marathon. On Saturday the road races will take place along a two kilometre loop, taking in Constitution Hill and the Queen Victoria Memorial before retuning to the Mall. Sunday sees the men’s marathon take place, staring at 11am and taking place on the road event ORN. Transport for London says that from tonight (10 August) it will be decommissioning more […]

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FFUK calls for fuel duty cut as UK economy grinds to a halt

August 8, 2012 Chris Druce

Fair Fuel UK has renewed its call for the government to cut fuel duty to spur the struggling economy, after the Bank of England slashed its UK growth forecast for 2012 to close to zero. Quentin Wilson, national spokesman for FairFuelUK, says: “Growth is paralysed so it’s time the government looked at cutting fuel duty to stimulate activity. If we spend less on fuel tax, we’ll spend more on other things.” Wilson argues fuel duty is one of the last […]