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Operators warned not to sell longer semi-trailer allocation

September 25, 2012 Chris Tindall

Operators will be kicked off the 10-year trial of longer semi-trailers (LST) if they attempt to sell their allocation, the DfT has warned after at least one participant tried just that. In a letter sent to trial participants this summer seen by, former transport minister Mike Penning said he was pleased with the progress operators in the trial had made, but was concerned that companies were considering putting their longer semi-trailers allocation up for sale. Penning wrote on the […]


Meachers splashes out on 16 Actros trucks

September 17, 2012 Chris Tindall

Meachers Global Logistics has made its biggest investment in LGVs this year, after it splashed out £1.25m on 16 new Mercedes-Benz tractors. The modernisation programme will see the company taking delivery of the Mercedes Actros trucks in the months leading up to Christmas. They will operate out of Meachers’ headquarters in Nursling, Southampton and also its Derby depot, undertaking general haulage work throughout the UK. The company said the vehicles were chosen for their economical and environmental performance, as well […]


Canute spends £1.2m on 11 tri-axle trailers

September 17, 2012 Chris Tindall

Canute Haulage has invested more than £1.2m in 11 bespoke forklift trailers for its contract with materials equipment provider Barloworld Handling. The order includes nine 13.6m and two 10.9m trailers, with the latter designed for making deliveries within London and the south east. The tri-axle step frame trailers have curtainside bodywork with sliding roofs and were built by Andover Trailers. “The full height and full width power-toe ramps ensure a shallow loading angle, meaning we can accommodate even the lowest […]


AW Jenkinson saves £700,000 after Driver CPC courses

August 30, 2012 Chris Tindall

Penrith-based AW Jenkinson is expected to shave £700,000 off its fuel bill after putting drivers through a CPC course in fuel efficient driving techniques. One tipper driver is saving the company £156 a week alone after it approached Focale Training and asked it to design a course for 280 fleet drivers. The wood processing and green waste reclamation firm took advantage of the Driver CPC to save money on its fuel bill and drive home the message of efficient driving. […]


Howard Tenens gets DfT funding boost

August 29, 2012 Chris Tindall

A £1.26m environmental funding boost for Gloucestershire-based Howard Tenens will help it to convert 34 of its LGVs to dual-fuel power and install gas refuelling infrastructure in Swindon. The company says the Department for Transport award will drive forward its existing sustainable transport strategy focusing on CNG and biogas technologies and remove even more carbon from its operations. It teamed up with John Lewis Partnership and Lenham Storage in its bid and will also be supported by CMS Supa Trak […]

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New guide to safe loading of commercial vehicles

August 9, 2012 Chris Tindall

The Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) has published a guide for operators about safe loading and securing in an effort to reduce the 1,200 injuries caused each year. It says many of the deaths and injuries that arise from load shifts are preventable and that its guide provides simple, straightforward advice explaining why goods move during transit and what you can do to prevent it, as well as providing examples of ways to secure different types of load. The HSL […]

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URTU men arrested in Driver CPC fraud investigation have bail extended

August 2, 2012 Chris Tindall

The seven United Road Transport Union (URTU) men arrested by police as part of a fraud investigation relating to the Driver CPC have had their bail extended until September. All were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation in February as part of a police and Driving Standards Agency probe. They include URTU general secretary Bob Monks, national officer Mel Thornton, and regional officers Lee Pimbley and Mike Billingham. Their bail terms had originally been extended until 30 July, […]

Martin Lundstedt, chief executive, Scania
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New boss at Scania named

June 6, 2012 Chris Tindall

Scania’s board of directors has chosen its executive vice president and head of franchise and factory sales, Martin Lundstedt, as its new chief executive. Lundstedt will take up his new position on 1 September, replacing Leif Ostling. The shakeup sees current head of research and development within purchasing, Per Hallberg, appointed as head of production and logistics, succeeding Anders Nielsen. Nielsen becomes chief executive of MAN Truck & Bus. Hallberg’s replacement is a new member of the board, Dr Harald Ludanek, […]


Deben Transport offer lifeline to Catalyst subbies

May 15, 2012 Chris Tindall

Subcontractors for failed intermodal container haulier Catalyst Road and Rail Services have been handed a lifeline after Deben Transport stepped in to take on some of the work. Catalyst Rail Services, which holds two O-licences for a total of 25 vehicles and 29 trailers entered voluntary liquidation on 24 April. In a statement of affairs the liquidator estimates that trade and expense creditors are owed £982,000. It also said that the company’s books and records revealed that its bank account […]

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Consolidation centres: urban myth?

April 24, 2008 Chris Tindall

Since the turn of the century, the increasing use of the phrase ‘urban consolidation centre’ (UCC) among local authorities has also reflected a significant growth in plans to build these logistics facilities.

But despite the theoretical benefits that these ambitious initiatives are capable of, there is still a startling lack of evidence to prove their efficacy one way or another…. […]