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Trade associations welcome Senior Traffic Commissioner appointment

June 1, 2012

Road transport trade associations the FTA and RHA have welcomed the appointment of Beverley Bell as Senior Traffic Commissioner (STC). Bell, who has been acting STC since Philip Brown’s retirement last October, takes on her new role for at least the next four years. She will also continue as TC for the North West of England. Jack Semple, RHA policy director, says: “We welcome the appointment of Beverley Bell as STC, she knows the transport industry well and as acting […]

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TfL hosting Olympics advice session on Twitter today

May 30, 2012

Transport for London (TfL) is hosting a Twitter chat today, which will provide advice on how to reduce deliveries during the Games, as well as ways to ensure your staff get to work during the busy summer ahead. Experts Ben Dowd, business director at O2; Ben Plowden, director of surface planning at TfL; and Lindsey Venter, Group HR director at the Zetter Hotel will be on hand to advise and share ideas. Follow at #GAOTG from 11.30pm today (30 May) […]

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News extra: Load security is in the bag

May 29, 2012

For the past two years, Vosa officers in north-east Scotland have been advising haulage firms to use independent straps and ratchets to secure fertiliser bags to trailers. However, according to transport firms MT spoke to, this equipment can split the inner liners of fertiliser bags, which contain substances such as ammonium nitrate. Operators are concerned that Vosa officers are continuing to target drivers and impose penalty points and fines on hauliers who use ropes or curtainsider straps to secure loads. […]

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FairFuelUK aims even higher after smashing email target

May 29, 2012

FairFuelUK (FFUK) has doubled its “email your MP” target after surpassing its original 25,000 marker in just two weeks. Since launching its email push, which calls on operators and the public to get in touch with their local MP through the FFUK website, 25,867 emails have been sent opposing August’s planned 3ppl fuel duty rise. FFUK has also garnered the support of 38 MPs in its bid to win enough support to table an amendment to the Finance Bill to […]

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Councils vague on Olympics PCN enforcement

May 29, 2012

London Councils’ transport committee chair was unable to explain what “light touch” enforcement will actually mean during the Olympics at a select committee evidence session last week (23 May). Responding to Transport Committee member Paul Maynard’s call for clarification over the issuing of Penalty Charge Notices (PCN), Catherine West said the capital’s councils had to strike a difficult balancing act between looking after residents and keeping the city running. West said: “Certainty over regulations? Clearly the freight industry understands what […]

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

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 […]

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Department for Transport outlines scope of road funding study

May 28, 2012

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 […]

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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 […]