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Free Olympic Freight Planner now available

June 19, 2012 Chris Druce

Transport for London (TfL) has released its Olympic Freight Journey Planner, to help operators navigate the disruption London 2012 will bring this summer. The Pie Mapping developed planner calculates the most appropriate route for operators to take during the Games period based on the date and time of day and the vehicle’s dimensions. Although free to all, the journey planner offers further functionality to members of TfL’s Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. This includes the ability to save your routes, chosen […]

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Industry confident about prospects for remainder of 2012

June 14, 2012 Chris Druce

Senior figures in the road transport industry are more confident about their businesses’ prospects during the remainder of the year, than they were at the start of 2012. A vox-pop of senior managers and executives at last night’s Motor Transport Awards revealed a sector confident in its abilities to ride out the economic storm. “Yes [we’re optimistic], as people always want to eat and drink no matter how tough it gets, as they want the feel-good factor,” says Mike Reid, […]


MT Awards 2012 winners revealed

June 14, 2012 Steve Hobson

CM Downton walked away with the big prize of the night – the Haulier of the Year trophy – in front of a sell-out audience of 1,500 at last night’s Motor Transport Awards (13 June). Delighted directors of the family firm Andrew, Richard and John Downton, collected the trophy from co-host Sean Lock. The Moreton Valance, Gloucestershire-based firm has achieved the remarkable feat of boosting turnover and doubling operating profit since the credit crunch struck in 2008 – a performance […]

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London Lorry Control Scheme route-planner updated for Olympics

June 13, 2012 Chris Druce

The London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) route planner has been updated to include Olympic and Paralympics road restrictions. The approval service, run by consultancy Pie on behalf of scheme administrators London Councils, allows operators, for a fee, to have a compliant route generated online. Following the update this will now take into account Olympic and Paralympic Route Network restrictions such as temporary banned turns, road closures and changes to direction of flow. Despite opposition from freight operators, the LLCs which […]

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Focus on performance not cost of agency drivers

June 12, 2012 Steve Hobson

Too many operators are trying to shave the hourly rate they pay for agency drivers rather than using technology such as telematics to improve  the performance of temporary staff, according to fast-growing driver agency Milestone. Milestone director Adam Thompson says: “Too many operators look to save 20p on the hourly rate and don’t care about the driver’s performance. Instead we are using technology to reward our drivers for good behaviour, including green band driving, avoiding accident damage and complying with […]

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News Extra: Ticking timebomb of driver shortages

June 12, 2012 Chris Druce

The UK’s continuing economic anaemia has forced the road transport industry to cut its cloth in a bid to stay in business. Profits have in many cases come under unsustainable pressure as fuel prices surge, forcing operators to the wall.  The current situation has also served to mask a looming driver shortage, according to Skills for Logistics (SfL). This, the sector skills council warns, presents a very real threat to operators’ ability to bounce back when the eventual upswing comes. […]

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Last chance for 20% discount on Everywoman Leadership Academy

June 12, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The second annual Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Leadership Academy, being held next week in Daventry (21 June), aims to equip the female talent in your organisations with the tools to navigate their way up the career ladder. Despite increasing numbers of women working in the road transport sector, just 10% of the managerial roles in our industry are held by women. The one-day event will provide practical skills and knowledge to women who are at the start of their […]

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New Northern Ireland O-licensing will take cowboys off the road

June 12, 2012 Chris Druce

The FTA says the passing into law of Northern Ireland’s new O-licensing regime will help remove “cowboy” firms from the road. The Goods Vehicles Licensing of Operators Transport Bill was passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly yesterday (11 June), ushering in a new era of governance in the territory. The FTA has campaigned for the introduction of the regime, along with other industry partners, for years, believing better enforcement will benefit those running compliant freight businesses in the region. From […]

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Industry urged to back Delivering Your Future initative

June 11, 2012 Chris Druce

Skills for Logistics (SfL) has relaunched its Delivering Your Future website, which aims to get young people interested in a career in logistics. Although officially launched in November 2011, SfL is making a new marketing push with backing from the likes of DHL and the FTA, in  a bid to boost the website’s profile and get its message out to a wider audience. Delivering Your Future is tailored to 11 to 19 years olds. It features company profiles of the […]

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London’s councils must use proportionate enforcement during the Olympics

June 8, 2012 Chris Druce

The FTA has called for London’s councils to bring a “pragmatic” approach to carrying out their duties during the Olympics. The issue reignited at a Transport Select Committee session last month (23 May), after Catherine West, London Councils’ transport committee chairman, was asked by Paul Maynard MP to spell out what the councils’ “light touch” pledge would mean in the context of the Olympics. “Are you going to ensure certainty over how apply regulations, even if you apply them lightly?” […]