Scotland plans to reduce drink drive limit in 2013
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No decision yet on “lower” LGV drink-drive limit in Scotland

May 28, 2012 Chris Druce

The Scottish Government has not made a decision yet as to whether to introduce a “zero tolerance” drink drive limit for LGV drivers. It came as Holyrood reiterated its desire to reduce the general drink-drive limit from the current UK standard of 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg, after the granting of new powers by Westminster. A spokesman for the Scottish Government told MT it intends to launch a consultation later this year, with any changes to legislation likely […]

Future funding for England's roads
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Department for Transport outlines scope of road funding study

May 28, 2012 Chris Druce

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published the terms of reference for its study into the future funding of England’s roads, which could pave the way for road tolling. In the spring (CM 22 March) David Cameron, the prime minister, set out his vision for the strategic road network, which included exploring whether it could be sold off along the lines of the privatisation of the UK’s utilities. The DfT, which is undertaking the study with the Treasury,  has now […]

Fortec Pallet Distibution Network
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Fortec launches corporate division

May 25, 2012 Hayley Pink

Fortec has launched a corporate division as it looks to expand its reach with larger, national customers and attract more “blue-chip” clients to the network. The Daventry-based pallet network says the new division was necessary as national and international accounts often require too much funding upfront for individual network members to be able to take on. Neil Hodgson, Fortec MD, says: “This type of business is beyond [most members’] reach in terms of financial risk and scale. However, through bringing […]

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Tip-ex to get new owner

May 25, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Motor Transport’s owner Road Transport Media has revealed today (25 May) that it is acquiring Tip-ex,  the UK’s only exhibition for the tipper and bulk transport sector. The annual trade show, held in Harrogate, attracts over 70 exhibitors and 2,000 visitors every year and is a major focal point for the construction and bulk transport sector. “Tip-ex serves an extremely important part of the UK road freight industry and we are delighted to have the opportunity to get involved with […]

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Mock trial by jury to try corporate manslaughter case

May 22, 2012 Steve Hobson

The popular Engineer in Court mock trial by jury returns at Derby University on 27 June, with the centrepiece ‘trial’ this year trying a case of corporate manslaughter following an insecure load falling from a vehicle. Society of Operations Engineers chief executive Nick Jones will this year don the judges’ wig and gown to oversee proceedings and a line up of top barristers including Michael Ponsonby, James Godden and a team from Backhouse Jones will cross examine witnesses. The court […]

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News extra: Beware information overload from telematics

May 22, 2012 Motor Transport

Chaired by the ubiquitous Quentin Willson, who spoke with passion and humour on behalf of FairFuelUK, Microlise’s transport conference earlier this month saw eight keynote speakers agreeing on two things. Firstly, that driver training is not just nice to have, it is essential; and secondly, the scope of telematics provision is almost too great. And the selection of industry heavyweights behind the lectern revealed that they all had different priorities and the benefits of a good telematics product lie in […]

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Cartwright launches Fleet Spec standard trailer

May 22, 2012 Steve Hobson

Trailer builder Cartwright has launched an off the shelf Fleet Specification curtainside straight frame semi trailer as a lower cost alternative to the bespoke trailers Cartwright builds to order. The Fleet Specification trailer has been designed using lessons learned from Cartwright’s in-house rental fleet, which has over 4,500 trailers.  While based on a standard specification, there are a range of options, enabling them to operators’ specific needs. Cartwright says the Fleet Specification trailers will reduce total costs ownership through increased reliability and resale value.  Darren Holland, group sales director of Cartwright, says: “The […]

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Marks & Spencer ‘managing’ distribution costs

May 22, 2012 Hayley Pink

Marks & Spencer says “good progress” is being made in the overhaul of its supply chain, IT systems and warehousing. In its final year results announced today (22 May), the retail giant says the first phase of its warehouse consolidation programme is now well underway. Following the opening of a new one million ft² warehouse in Bradford, construction has now commenced on a  second new warehouse in the East Midlands, which will be a dedicated e-commerce facility combined with an […]

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Norbert Dentressangle hybrid enters UK service

May 21, 2012 Chris Druce

Norbert Dentressangle has today (21 May) put the UK’s first 26-tonne GVW hybrid distribution truck into service. The 26-tonne , 3-axle Renault Hybrys Premium is the first of its type in the UK, and the fourth hybrid to join the Norbert Dentressangle group . The rear-steer hybrid, developed as part of Renault Truck’s Clean Tech initiative, will run out of Norbert’s specialist services site in Aylesford. It will deliver everything from vending machines to air conditioning equipment and drinks. It […]

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2012 Everywoman Award winners revealed

May 18, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The winners of the 2012 MAN Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards were announced yesterday (17 May) at a lunch ceremony held at The Savoy Hotel in London, with Wincanton general manager Lynne Watson taking the coveted Woman of the Year Award. Now in their fifth year, the Everywoman Awards help to raise awareness of women who are excelling in this non-traditional sector by championing role models and showcasing the breadth of opportunities available to women in the logistics industry. […]