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Palletline member seeks CVA protection

May 1, 2012 Chris Druce

Palletline has revealed one of its founder members has gone to the courts to secure a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). Palletline Logistics (Midlands) is run by MD Bob Russett, one of the four founders of the original pallet network, Palletline Plc, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Russett stepped down as chairman at Palletline Plc in 2005 to concentrate on his other interests. In a statement issued today, Palletline confirmed its member company had gone to the courts to […]

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Who are the richest in road transport?

April 30, 2012 Christopher Walton

Operators and logistics firms were poorly represented in the 2012 Sunday Times Rich List, published yesterday. The Barclay brothers, Sir David and Sir Frederick, owners of parcel giant Yodel, remain the richest men involved in road transport with a fortune of £2.2bn. Alastair Salvesen and family are second. The former owners of Christian Salvasen, which was sold to Norbert Dentressangle for £254m in 2007, are worth £1.3bn. Also making the list are Dawsongroup owners Peter Dawson and family. The truck […]

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Maintenance provider quality assurance scheme up and running

April 25, 2012 Steve Hobson

The SMMT CV aftersales committee has been in discussions with Vosa over a licensing scheme for CV repair workshops similar to operator licensing, but the proposal came to nothing due to lack of public funds to set it up. Speaking at the launch of the voluntary IRTE workshop accreditation scheme at the CV Show 2012, chairman of the SMMT aftersales committee and head of UK service and support at MAN Truck and Bus John Davies said he wanted to see […]

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Acas hopeful new proposals will end tanker driver dispute

April 25, 2012 Hayley Pink

The threat of a tanker driver strike could now be averted, as the Unite union and fuel distribution companies reach agreement over a new set of proposals. Unite has also been given an extended industrial action mandate of 21 May to allow it time to discuss the new proposals with its 1,200 tanker driver members. Peter Harwood, Acas chief conciliator, who has been heading up the negotiations, says: “Following a further two days of intensive discussions, a final set of […]

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Wincanton “disappointed” after Unite rejects tanker driver proposals

April 20, 2012 Christopher Walton

Wincanton says it is “extremely disappointed” that Unite failed to persuade its tanker driver members to accept proposals put forward over terms and conditions after six days of talks at conciliation service Acas. A spokeswoman for the operator says: “Along with the five other employers, Wincanton entered into the talks in good faith, having clearly stated that sector-wide collective bargaining on pay was not to be on the agenda. “With just one third of the industry represented by the employers […]

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More talks after tanker drivers reject proposals

April 19, 2012 Christopher Walton

Six fuel delivery operators face further talks at Acas after tanker drivers represented by union Unite rejected proposals regarding employment security. The union, which represents some 1,200 tanker drivers will now seek further talks with DHL, BP, Wincanton, Norbert Dentressangle, Turners (Soham) and Hoyer. Delegates at the union say that while progress had been made on health, safety and training, proposals on maintaining standards, security of employment and sub-contracting did not give Unite confidence that the problems they describe as […]

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Pallet networks buck the trend

April 18, 2012 Chris Druce

As the economy struggles, UK pallet networks continue to record year-on-year growth. The UK’s pallet networks shifted more than 15.3 million pallets last year, a 7.3% rise on the number moved in 2010. Data from the Association of Pallet Networks (APN) shows that while the UK, and beyond, has endured recession, the networks have continued to outperform the economy. Eight of the nine UK networks are APN members, representing more than 650 hauliers, almost 30,000 vehicles and 13 million ft2 […]

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Montracon produces Jumbo reefer

April 13, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Trailer manufacturer Montracon has launched a full length double-deck reefer trailer following demand from operators for greater carrying capacity within the standard 13.6m trailer length. The 4.7m high straight frame trailer, called Jumbo during its development, has a 3.2m internal height creating 150m3 internal capacity. It can carry up to 52 UK pallets, or 66 Euro-sized pallets, using adjustable decking beams. Sales and marketing director Paul Mead says the trailer fills a gap in its refrigerated range. “It will appeal […]

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Code of Practice key to realising night-time delivery legacy

April 12, 2012 Chris Druce

Transport firms must follow Transport for London’s (TfL) Code of Practice if the industry is to enjoy greater flexibility when making night time deliveries after the Olympics. The document is the culmination of several months of out-of-hours trials at various London locations, run in partnership with councils by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Noise Abatement Society. It comes after TfL commissioner Peter Hendy called on the industry to grasp the opportunity the Games present road transport at MT’s […]

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Logistics poised for mergers and acquisitions activity

April 11, 2012 Hayley Pink

The transport and logistics sector is set for a flurry of mergers and acquisitions this year, according to advisory firm KPMG, following a year of subdued activity in 2011. Steffen Wagner, European head of transport transactions at KPMG, says: “This year certainly took off to a promising start. Many companies, particularly in the logistics segment, are sitting on full coffers and are ready for increased strategic acquisitions.” He adds that any activity will rely on three main factors: GDP development […]