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News extra: Operators respond to tight market

May 16, 2012 Christopher Walton

Smaller volumes and higher costs: 2011 was a pretty gloomy year by anyone’s standards. The outlook for the rest of 2012 is not much better but operators are greener and more efficient , according to a joint report by the FTA and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) UK. “In the past recovering from a downturn was a more predictable business,” says Coolin Desai, logistics industry leader at PwC UK. “Three years into the financial crisis, uncertainty and volatility have become the baseline expectation.” […]

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Research seeks answer to what makes a great leader

May 15, 2012 Motor Transport

The Work Foundation is looking for SME bosses to take part in a research programme that will try to identify the keys to great leadership in SMEs. The charity, which is part of Lancaster University, hopes to discover how investment in leaders can help SMEs continue their development. The research will focus on companies with between 80 and 250 employees. Dr Wilson Wong, senior researcher in the centre for work effectiveness at the Work Foundation, says: “We hope to build […]

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Operators face fines if drivers don’t hold Driver Qualification Cards

May 14, 2012

Logistics employers will face a £1,000 fine if their drivers are caught working professionally without having a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) with them. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) warns that not only will drivers themselves be fined up to £1,000 if they can’t produce a DQC when stopped by Vosa, but operators will also be liable and hit too. Vosa has begun handling out DSA-sanctioned leaflets at enforcement checks clarifying the legal position around Driver CPC, and the requirement for […]

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BVRLA calls on DfT to provide more lorry road user charge details

May 11, 2012 Hayley Pink

Industry associations are urging the government to provide finer details on its proposed lorry road user charge (LRUC) following the end of the scheme’s consultation period. The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has questioned how a new grant, set to replace the Reduced Pollution Certificate (RPC) as part of the proposed lorry charging scheme, will affect UK-based operators, particularly those running fleets of 50-plus vehicles. It calculates that its members could lose out on £3.7m in benefits from […]

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News extra: Clarifying the rules on TUPE

May 9, 2012 Patric Cunnane

Most operators understand the principles of the TUPE. If a company buys another then it must take on its staff or pay redundancy at their existing terms and conditions if their services are not required. However, a case where 35 workers claimed they had been wrongly sacked by two operators has shown that the matter is less clear cut where a contract changes hands. The recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in the case of Eddie Stobart Ltd v Moreman & […]

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Bridgestone backs Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme

May 8, 2012 Derren Hayes

Tyre maker Bridgestone has become the first commercial organisation to financially back the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS). The partnership agreement will enable the FTA, which manages the scheme, to develop a series of annual low carbon awards and a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the business benefits for operators who join the scheme. As part of the agreement, Bridgestone will sponsor an LCRS fuel efficiency award at the FTA’s annual logistics carbon reduction conference in May 2013. Rachael […]

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London’s contenders for mayor on what they’d do for road transport

May 3, 2012

By the end of today Londoners will have voted to elect a new mayor.  The victor will have a significant impact on road freight, with both regional and national players affected by the policy decisions taken during the next four years. MT cherry-picks some of the key promises from the mayoral candidates to find out what they propose to do to aid, or harm, the road transport industry. Ken Livingstone – Labour Party candidate Livingstone’s manifesto pledges that, as mayor, […]

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News extra: Euro-6 leaves the test-cell

May 1, 2012 David Wilcox

Readers of a certain age may recall an astonishing episode in the US truck industry in 1998 when seven big engine manufacturers, including the likes of Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel and Volvo were accused by the US government’s Environmental Protection Agency of “cycle-busting.” Put simply, the EPA alleged that engines’ electronic management systems had so-called “defeat devices” that meant the engines automatically adopted a different emissions strategy during the statutory type-approval emissions test cycle. The engines could meet the emission […]

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Tyre fuel efficiency will be ‘more important’ than mileage

May 1, 2012 Steve Hobson

As fuel prices continue to rise, the rolling resistance of tyres will become more important to operators than mileage, according to Arthur Gregg, commercial sales and marketing director at Continental Tyre. The requirement to label tyres with performance ratings on rolling resistance, noise and wet grip will also focus attention on fuel economy, though Gregg says it is unlikely any tyre will achieve the highest rating for rolling resistance at first. “Low rolling resistance has been a key feature of […]

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Palletline member seeks CVA protection

May 1, 2012

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 […]