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EC to launch competition inquiry over UPS/TNT merger

July 24, 2012 Hayley Pink

The European Commission (EC) is to probe potential competition concerns in the small parcels sector, particularly international express services, if UPS’s takeover of TNT Express goes ahead. Dutch-owned TNT Express and US parcel giant UPS are two out of the four ‘integrators’ operating within Europe (integrators are companies that control an air and road small package delivery network throughout Europe and beyond and are capable of offering the broadest portfolio of such services). The other integrators classified by the EC […]

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Ford joins FTA Van Excellence scheme

July 18, 2012 Hayley Pink

Ford has become the latest CV manufacturer to sign up the FTA’s Van Excellence scheme. Launched in 2010, the voluntary scheme offers accreditation to those operators who can demonstrate high quality fleet management and systems compliance. Other CV manufacturers already signed up to Van Excellence, include Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Nissan, Fiat and Isuzu. “We’re delighted to welcome Ford as a Van Excellence Partner” says Mark Cartwright, FTA head of vans and LCVs. “Our manufacturer partners now represent over half of the […]

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FairFuelUK push for fuel investigation passes 15,000 mark

July 18, 2012 Chris Druce

FairFuelUK (FFUK) has received more than 15,000 signatures of support in the past day backing its call for an investigation into the UK fuel market. FFUK wants the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to take the issue on, after a report commissioned for G20 finance ministers warned oil traders may have been artificially inflating wholesale prices. It also wants the financial regulators to look at whether traders and speculators have, in the style of the banks and the Libor rate, […]

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News Extra: Driver CPC, conference report

July 18, 2012 Chris Druce

The RHA held a National Training Conference at Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum last month. Describing 2012 as the year Driver CPC ‘comes of age’ the day was dominated by discussion of this most emotive of subjects. Seen by some as the way forward to improve the sector’s image, others view it as a government cash-cow with too many “cowboys” delivering training. However, conference chairman Richard Fry started the day with the message that was consistently delivered throughout: Whatever you think […]

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FairFuelUK calls for OFT investigation into UK fuel market

July 17, 2012 Chris Druce

FairFuelUK (FFUK) is calling for an investigation into the UK fuel market. FFUK wants the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to take the issue on, after a report commissioned for G20 Finance Ministers warned oil traders may have been artificially inflating wholesale prices. It also wants the financial regulators to look at whether traders and speculators have, in the style of the banks and the Libor rate, “fiddled” the benchmark trading price for oil. In a statement the campaign group […]

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Lombard looking to fund truck purchases

July 17, 2012 Steve Hobson

Lombard, the asset finance division of the RBS Group, is actively seeking funding opportunities in road transport, bucking the trend which has seen several lenders leave the market since 2008. Lombard’s head of commercial transport, Derek Pridmore, says it is not the case that operators looking to fund new vehicles have little choice but to use manufacturers’ captive finance offering. “We financed £250m of truck sales in 2011, making Lombard the biggest single funder of CVs in the UK,” he […]

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M4 reopens saving Britain’s Olympic blushes

July 13, 2012 Chris Druce

The authorities have narrowly avoided the M4 becoming a “national embarrassment”, by reopening the motorway to cars today in time for the start of the Olympics build-up this weekend. Labour declared this week that the continuing closure of the M4 between junction 2 and 3, with just over a fortnight until the start of the Olympic Games, threatened the UK’s national standing. It came after the Highways Agency (HA) missed its self-set target of reopening the M4 to traffic yesterday. […]

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Women in Logistics winners revealed

July 12, 2012 Hayley Pink

The winners of the first Women in Logistics awards were revealed at a glittering ceremony in Kenilworth, Warwicks, last week. Adele Waite, general manager of a $1.25bn global contract for DHL, won the award for outstanding individual achievement, after boosting return-on-capital growth by 740%. The corporate award was won by Premier Farnell, a global, multi-channel distributor whose chief executive, Harriet Green, was named in the FT’s Top 50 Women in Business. Green also employs a female chairwoman and head of […]

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M4 closure days from becoming national embarrassment

July 12, 2012 Chris Druce

The closure of the M4 is now just days from becoming a national embarrassment for Britain, according to the Labour Party. The warning came after the Highways Agency (HA) missed its self-set target to reopen the M4 in central London today. Work to fix a crack within the fabric of the Boston Manor Viaduct, which has seen the M4 closed between junction 2 and 3 since last weekend, is now predicted to be complete “within the next few days”. The […]

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PetrolPromise campaign attracts 1,300 supporters

July 12, 2012 Chris Druce

The PetrolPromise website, which is pushing for cheaper wholesale fuel prices, has garnered 1,300 signatures of support since May. The campaign, which was founded by Robert Halfon MP and is being supported by the Daily Mail and the Sun newspapers, wants to see pressure put on oil companies to reduce the non-tax element of the price of fuel. It has also called for urgent action on petrol and diesel taxes to see how they can be reduced, stating on its […]