2012’s top collapses, rescues and rebirths in road transport

December 31, 2012 Chris Tindall

No doubt about it, 2012 was incredibly tough for UK logistics operators. Profits were low, costs were high and obtaining credit to invest remained hard. The double-dip recession we all feared is in danger of turning into triple-fall and GDP growth was more sluggish than a snail on valium. Forecasts for growth in 2013 range from 1% by the Bank of England (BoE) to 1.4% by the Confederation of British Industry, with the BoE also predicting that it will be […]

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DfT wants views on plan to reduce frequency of tachograph downloads

December 18, 2012 Chris Tindall

The DfT is asking for feedback on proposals to increase the time required between digital tachograph data downloads to 90 days. Currently the time limit is 56 days, but the increase would align it with Europe. The FTA said operators had not raised the current limit as an issue, but that it was conceivable it might aid operators regularly undertaking long-haul European work. Vosa was unable to respond to the suggestion put forward by industry sources that increasing the download […]

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Police to take no further action against URTU seven

December 10, 2012 Chris Tindall

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has said it will take no further action against the seven United Road Transport Union (URTU) men arrested in relation to a Driver CPC fraud investigation. The announcement brings to an end a 10-month probe, in conjunction with the DSA, into URTU general secretary Bob Monks, plus six national and regional officers. At the time of the arrests the police said they were for fraud offences relating to large goods vehicles and the Driver CPC. URTU […]

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Nightline picks up City Link work after Target Express collapse

November 23, 2012 Chris Tindall

Irish delivery firm Nightline has stepped in to handle most of the express parcels work that had been handled by Target Express prior to its collapse. The company said it had agreed to an “open-ended arrangement” with City Link, which involved handling both collections and deliveries on that carrier’s behalf in the Irish Republic. “We’re delighted to be partners once again with City Link as we had both enjoyed a close working relationship for a decade from the late 1990s,” […]


Comet home delivery arm to close

November 20, 2012 Chris Tindall

More than 600 Comet staff at 12 UK locations have lost their jobs after the joint administrators axed most of its home delivery operation. The collapse of the high street retailer has so far resulted in almost 900 redundancies while Deloitte continues to search for a buyer for all or parts of the business. The 603 workers of the home delivery division are based at 12 hub locations across the country, including 66 at Skelmersdale, 62 at Coatbridge and 59 […]

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Bibby Distribution wins Fayrefield FoodTec contract

November 1, 2012 Chris Tindall

Bibby Distribution has reported “a seamless transition” after winning a contract to manage the full logistics programme on behalf of Dairy Crest subsidiary Fayrefield FoodTec. The rolling contract includes the receipt and storage of raw dry food ingredients from suppliers, product sampling and final delivery to food manufacturers throughout the UK. The company said palletised deliveries to Fayrefield’s Crewe mixing plant and larger consignments to local customers have now been fully integrated into its network – operating out of Meir […]


Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK partners with Belgian operator

October 18, 2012 Chris Tindall

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK has launched a daily shuttle system servicing the UK and Belgium with one of the country’s logistics providers H. Essers. It said the partnership links Belgium and the industrial regions of the UK with a 48-hour door-to-door service. Hellmann added that the agreement reflected its commitment to consolidating and improving its European services. “H. Essers is one of the most renowned and respected logistics providers in Europe and has a similar background to Hellmann due to […]

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URTU men bailed again

October 15, 2012 Chris Tindall

The United Road Transport Union (URTU) men at the centre of a probe into Driver CPC training activities have had their bail extended yet again. The seven men include general secretary Bob Monks, national officer Mel Thornton and regional officers Lee Pimbley and Mike Billingham. They were originally arrested on 15 February on suspicion of fraud by false representation. They have had their bail extended until December. It is now the third extention. As part of the operation a warrant […]


R McDowell Haulage expands in beauty market

September 26, 2012 Chris Tindall

R McDowell Haulage has acquired a £750,000 warehouse in Keighley and launched a ‘pick-and-pack’ service as part of a five-year contract with hair and beauty products manufacturer Mibelle. The depot is the second facility opened this year by the company and it said a third, in Bedford, would open before the end of December. The pick-and-pack service has also enabled McDowells to win a further long-term contract with hair care company Lee Stafford. “Acquiring this warehouse means we can hold […]

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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 […]