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Pall-Ex to start coverage in Canary Islands

July 10, 2012

Pall-Ex is to extend its Iberian network’s coverage to include the Canary Islands. Pall-Ex Iberia, which is celebrating its first anniversary, operates across Spain, Portugal and the Balearic Islands from a hub in Madrid. It has 33 haulier members and in its first year handled over 100,000 pallets. Enric Estruch, MD of Pall-Ex Iberia, says: “We are now in a position to start operating in the Canary Islands, which opens up a host of further possibilities for us.” Last month […]

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Northamptonshire set to double logistics jobs in a decade

July 10, 2012 Christopher Walton

The number of people employed in logistics jobs based in Northamptonshire is set to double in the next 10 years as the county takes steps to improve its place at the heart of the ‘Golden Triangle’, a report has revealed. According to a survey by the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) – backed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – some 51,750 people will be employed in logistics and transport jobs in the county by 2021. Currently 27,000 people […]

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Second front opened in fair fuel battle

July 9, 2012 Robin Meczes

Harlow MP Robert Halfon has called for a parliamentary debate on whether the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) should investigate UK fuel prices. The Conservative MP wants a debate and vote to focus on the non-duty portion of petrol and diesel prices: specifically on whether there is a need to investigate possible price-fixing and anti-competitive behaviour by oil wholesalers. Halfon is seeking to table a Commons Motion on the issue, which has been backed by 65 cross-party MPs, and he […]

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DVLA cutbacks could cause delays, warns FTA

July 9, 2012 Hayley Pink

Government plans to centralise DVLA operations could lead to delays in taxing vehicles and the issuing of drivers’ cards, as well as creating additional administrative costs for operators, warns the FTA. Transport minister Mike Penning announced last week that 39 regional DVLA offices would close by the end of 2013, with all services shifted online, handled by intermediaries (such as local Post Offices) or via a centralised operation at Swansea. However, the FTA says local DVLA offices play a vital […]

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What have you done to prepare for the Olympics?

July 5, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Transport for London (TfL) is keen to find out about logistics operators’ awareness and preparation levels in advance of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is conducting an online survey focusing on the preparations you and your organisation have undertaken ahead of London 2012. TfL hopes the feedback will enable it to continue to provide useful information to enable businesses to effectively manage the demand for delivery and servicing activity in London during the Games, while allowing London to […]

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News Extra: Transport chiefs remain optimistic despite economic gloom

July 4, 2012 Steve Hobson

Bosses of Britain’s transport operators are optimistic about the prospects for their own companies over the coming year, despite being gloomy about the future of the economy. In the first Logistics Industry Confidence Index compiled by Analytiqa for Barclays Bank and professional services firm Grant Thornton, 88% of senior managers viewed current business conditions as either very or somewhat difficult. Over a quarter (26%) expected conditions to get worse in the next six months and almost half (24%) expect them […]

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Employers to face action if drivers don’t complete Driver CPC

July 2, 2012

Employers, not just their employees, will find themselves before Britain’s traffic commissioners (TCs) if drivers have not completed their periodic training by September 2014. Speaking at the RHA National Training Conference last week in Birmingham, senior TC Beverley Bell made clear her support for continuous professional development, stating “driver training is essentially about investing in your staff”. Bell set out the position of the TCs in regards to the fast-approaching deadline for those granted grandfather rights to complete their Driver […]

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Institute of Highway Engineers calls for Sunday lorry ban

June 28, 2012

A suggestion by new president of the Institute of Highway Engineers for the government to consider banning trucks from UK motorways on Sundays has been described as “out of touch” and “the last thing” the industry would want to see in the UK. Richard Hayes, who will became president of the IHE this week, says he will be writing to the roads minister, Mike Penning, to ask the Department for Transport (DfT) to investigate the issue as part of its […]

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News Extra: Weighing up the Euro-6 options

June 26, 2012 Motor Transport

Amid fears of higher costs and inferior mpg, MT test drives the new Euro-6 Scania G4409 LA 4×2 MNA. Fears of worse fuel consumption, extra weight and higher costs are expected to prompt operators to accelerate fleet renewal programmes to get the last Euro-5 trucks before 2014. MT’s first Euro-6 test set out to find if their fears are justified. Scania is known for its EGR engines in the UK, but its Euro-5 engine range also includes units employing SCR. […]

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Fuel duty frozen until January 2013

June 26, 2012 Hayley Pink

Chancellor George Osborne has postponed the 3ppl fuel duty rise planned for 1 August until January 2013. Following lobbying by FairFuelUK (FFUK), culminating in a threat from the Labour Party to force a vote on an amendment to the Budget legislation earlier today, Osborne announced the freeze. However FFUK founder Peter Carroll says: “There are serious longer-term issues to address on fuel taxation and pricing – but for today, we thank the government for listening and acting.” Robert Wilcox, MD […]