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Wincanton says Lorry Road User Charge too low

September 27, 2012 Christopher Walton

Wincanton has slammed the government’s forthcoming Lorry Road User Charge (LRUC) for not doing enough to level the playing field between UK and foreign operators. In a blog on its website the largest UK-owned operator said that the widely reported charge of £10 per day for foreign lorries to run on British roads “ought to be four or five times that amount” to “have any real impact”. Later this month the government will publish draft legislation containing details about the […]

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RHA welcomes new driver standards framework

September 27, 2012 Chris Druce

The RHA has said the publication of a new framework document defining the skills, knowledge and understanding required by new truck drivers, by the DSA is a welcome step in formalising the profession and improving its image. Jack Semple, director of policy at the RHA, said: “As we have discussed with the DSA, we are keen to see a high standard of training for all new entrants to LGV driving, so that they start in the industry with a clear […]

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RHA says customers must start paying realistic backhaul rates

September 27, 2012 Robin Meczes

RHA director of policy Jack Semple has called on haulage customers to take more responsibility for ensuring the rates they pay are commercially sustainable. Responding to recent comments by Matthew Kibble Transport in sister publication Commercial Motor (20 September) about backhaul being offered rates as low as £1.10 a mile, Semple said: “We urge customers to pay a sustainable haulage rate – and £1.10 a mile is not a sustainable haulage rate.” RHA members cannot see how it is possible […]

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News Extra: Cabotage regs clarified by Nolan ruling

September 26, 2012 Steve Hobson

The recent case involving Irish haulier Nolan Transport is set to lay down how the regulations regarding cabotage and combined transport operations will be interpreted in the UK in future, writes Chris Hallsworth. Upper tribunal judges ruled in July that where such operations are carried out, the onus is now clearly on the haulier to produce evidence – immediately available, carried in the vehicle and available for checking at the roadside – to demonstrate that the nature of the work […]

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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 MT.co.uk, 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 […]

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FairFuelUK to heap pressure on government with new research

September 20, 2012 Laura Hailstone

FairFuelUK (FFUK) is preparing it’s strongest argument yet as to why the government should stop raising fuel duty and actually lower it instead. An economic modelling study, funded by FFUK backer RHA, has been carried out by the National Institute of Economics and Social Research, and is predicted to reveal further duty rises will be “devastating for the economy”. “We have issued an invitation to the Treasury to sit down with us and go through the findings of this research,” […]

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DfT confirms ministerial areas of responsibility

September 20, 2012 Chris Druce

The DfT has confirmed its ministerial team’s areas of responsibility, following the Cabinet reshuffle at the start of the month. The reshuffle on 4 September saw Patrick McLoughlin replace Justine Greening in the department’s top role as transport secretary. The responsibilities of Stephen Hammond, the Conservative MP for Wimbledon who replaced Mike Penning,  include the Highways Agency, road safety, better regulation and freight and logistics – including the lorry road user charge. Simon Burns, Conservative MP for Chelmsford, replaced Theresa […]

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News Extra: after the Olympics gold rush…

September 18, 2012 Chris Druce

Early reports show London 2012 didn’t result in the hoped-for volume growth for logistics After the expectation, worry and planning, London 2012 has passed into history. Confounding expectations, the organisers delivered and the UK got behind the competition with uncharacteristic fervour. But while we can all take pride from the record medal haul, did this translate into more sorely needed business for Team Road Transport? Nick Matthews, MD of Essex haulier Roadways Container Logistics, said: “While the Olympics was a […]

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News Extra: who owns UK road transport and logistics?

September 12, 2012 Christopher Walton

UK logistics is pretty much a private, and foreign, affair. The operators sitting at the top of the MT Top 100 are German, Swiss, Dutch , French and American. Looking at UK-based firms, very few sit on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The number of UK logistics firms turning to the City as a means of investment has dwindled, ever since the Malcolm Group withdrew its listing in 2005.  Last month Autologic was struck of the list after fellow publicly-listed […]

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OFT calls for information on UK petrol and diesel market

September 5, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has today (5 September)  issued a call for information on the UK petrol and diesel sector, in order to identify whether there are competition problems it can investigate. “We are keenly aware of continuing widespread concern about the pump price of petrol and diesel and we have heard a number of  different claims about how the market is operating,” said Claire Hart, director in the OFT’s Services, Infrastructure and Public Markets Group. “We have […]