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Scanners trim accident investigation times

January 2, 2013 Robin Meczes

The use of 3D laser scanners to capture evidence after a road collision is saving an average of 44 minutes per investigation, roads minister Stephen Hammond has suggested. Thirty-eight scanners, which make a 3D image of the entire incident scene and avoid the need for investigators to survey multiple scene sections individually, were funded by the DfT and the police for use by 27 police authorities recently after a 2009 trial suggested their use would save 39 minutes on investigation […]

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UK diesel most expensive in EU, despite slight fall in fuel demand

January 2, 2013 Robin Meczes

Consumption of transport fuels fell slightly in the third quarter of 2012, new figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show. The data reveals that a 5.6% fall in petrol deliveries during the quarter were largely offset by a 3.4% rise in diesel deliveries. In all, just over 4.5 billion litres of petrol (Q3 2011: 4.77 billion litres) and 6.52 billion litres of diesel (Q3 2011: 6.3 billion) were delivered during the quarter. Of the diesel, some […]

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Save the date: key industry events for 2013

January 2, 2013 Justin Stanton

We have pulled together a list of key road transport industry events taking place during 2013. Click the hyperlinks to go direct to the events’ respective websites. February Logistics Link South: 12-13 at Sandown Park, Esher March IMHX: 19-22 at the NEC, Birmingham April CV Show: 9-11 at the NEC, Birmingham FPS: 17-18 at Harrogate International Centre Multimodal: 23-25 at the NEC, Birmingham May Plantworx: 13-14 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshirewickshire FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards: 16; venue TBC […]

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Top 10 most read road transport stories of 2012

January 1, 2013 Ashleigh Wight

Throughout the year, Motortransport.co.uk has bought you the biggest news in the road transport industry. Here we bring you the top 10 most read stories of 2012: 10.    Stobart Group in for Autologic with £12.4m cash offer June saw Stobart make its offer for the car transporter firm, which valued Autologic at £12.4m. The deal made Stobart the largest car transporter haulier in the UK. 9.    Hermes opens Coventry and Carlisle depots 2012 was a year of expansion for Hermes […]

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2012 – the Motor Transport headlines

December 31, 2012 Christopher Walton

Motor Transport: A Year in Review The industry has faced a challenging 2012 and since its launch in March, MT.co.uk has been here to cover the ups and the downs. Here is a month by month guide to the big stories of 2012. January saw B2C parcel operators report record Christmas volumes as a result of the biggest online Christmas the UK had ever seen. Hermes delivered 15 million items in its 2011 Christmas peak, while Yodel delivered 20 million […]

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Vans: news highlights of 2012

December 30, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The past year has been a busy one for the LCV market, not least because of the long awaited arrival of the new Ford Transit. Motor Transport looks back at some of the highlights of 2012. Transit Custom launched at the CV Show April – The first major launch of the year was announced on the eve of the CV Show in Birmingham, where Ford debuted the new Transit Custom – its one-tonne panel van based on the current Stage […]

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The Motor Transport team’s 2012 highlights

December 30, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Week-in, week-out, the team of reporters, technical writers, and editors that work for Motor Transport are out there talking to people at all levels of the industry, and in government departments, to bring you the most relevant, up-to-date and compelling content. Asked to share their personal highlights of 2012, the journalists at Motor Transport give you an insight into the world of reporting on the road transport industry: Steve Hobson, editor: “My 2012 highlight was finally seeing the fruits of […]

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A year in the life of pallet networks

December 29, 2012 Chris Druce

Once again the UK’s nine pallet networks bucked the general trend within logistics in 2012, delivering another year of growth. While Greece teetered on the precipice, dragging the whole eurozone deeper into its protracted economic malaise, Europe remained the focal point for many of the UK’s networks looking for the next big thing. European market leader Palletways faces competition with Pall-Ex’s ambitious European plans remaining on course despite the economic headwinds from the Continent, and Palletforce finally  revealing its hand […]

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Driver CPC – a progress report

December 28, 2012 Steve Hobson

Halfway through the five year period within which most professional LGV drivers must obtain their Driver CPC, Motortransport.co.uk rounds up progress. After 10 months on police bail, the “URTU seven” were told no further action was to be taken over allegations that a Driver CPC course run by the drivers’ union finished short of the required seven hours. The seven men included general secretary Bob Monks, national officer Mel Thornton and regional officers Lee Pimbley and Mike Billingham. They were originally […]

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A year in the life of the parcels sector

December 27, 2012 Ashleigh Wight

With volumes and demand on the up, 2012 has been a year of change for parcel carriers. But adjusting to the increase in demand in a competitive market has been easier for some than it has for others. Motortransport.co.uk looks back at some of the biggest stories in the parcel market during the past 12 months. UPS agrees TNT takeover bid Parcel giant UPS’ planned acquisition of TNT Express was one of the most talked about stories in the parcels […]