new o-licensing laws for Northen ireland
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New Northern Ireland O-licensing will take cowboys off the road

June 12, 2012 Chris Druce

The FTA says the passing into law of Northern Ireland’s new O-licensing regime will help remove “cowboy” firms from the road. The Goods Vehicles Licensing of Operators Transport Bill was passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly yesterday (11 June), ushering in a new era of governance in the territory. The FTA has campaigned for the introduction of the regime, along with other industry partners, for years, believing better enforcement will benefit those running compliant freight businesses in the region. From […]

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Industry urged to back Delivering Your Future initative

June 11, 2012 Chris Druce

Skills for Logistics (SfL) has relaunched its Delivering Your Future website, which aims to get young people interested in a career in logistics. Although officially launched in November 2011, SfL is making a new marketing push with backing from the likes of DHL and the FTA, in  a bid to boost the website’s profile and get its message out to a wider audience. Delivering Your Future is tailored to 11 to 19 years olds. It features company profiles of the […]

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FREE Buyers’ Guides – can you afford to miss out?

June 11, 2012 Motor Transport

“Challenging.” That seems to the fashionable description for the tough economic times in which we find ourselves. Capital budgets are being cut to the bone – and then trimmed some more. That’s where our sister website, www.commercialmotor.com’s  series of free Buyers’ Guideswill come in handy to road haulage businesses. Cutting a route through the purchasing jungle to find the shortest path to the wisest buys the independent Buyers’ Guides cover all topics – from AdBlue to yard counterbalance trucks, with […]

The London Olympics will bring delivery challenges
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London’s councils must use proportionate enforcement during the Olympics

June 8, 2012 Chris Druce

The FTA has called for London’s councils to bring a “pragmatic” approach to carrying out their duties during the Olympics. The issue reignited at a Transport Select Committee session last month (23 May), after Catherine West, London Councils’ transport committee chairman, was asked by Paul Maynard MP to spell out what the councils’ “light touch” pledge would mean in the context of the Olympics. “Are you going to ensure certainty over how apply regulations, even if you apply them lightly?” […]

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SJ Bargh wins Dairy Crest contract renewal

June 8, 2012 Chris Druce

SJ Bargh has revealed another win in the dairy sector, with the news that it has renewed its contract with Dairy Crest. It comes a week after the business revealed it had signed its first totally organic milk collection contract with the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative. The contract extension sees SJ Bargh collecting both ordinary and organic milk from farms in Dairy Crest’s North Midland’s milk field. The deal builds on an eight year relationship between the two parties. The […]

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Hellmann Worldwide sees volumes rise in Q1

June 7, 2012 Christopher Walton

First quarter volumes increased by 2% at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK, with the company’s gross margin also up four percentage points compared with the same period in 2011. The company says that while volumes have remained steady, profitability has improved due to a new trailer planning system in operation, and growth through business won in the latter part of 2011. Hellmann also cites an upturn in UK exports to non-EU countries and Germany as a key contributory factor to maintaining […]

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Domino’s grants Euroway vehicle fleet exclusivity

June 7, 2012 Chris Druce

Domino’s Pizza has granted rental company Euroway a two-year fleet exclusivity deal to provide it with vehicles on a contract hire basis. The deal also comprises a FleetSure fleet maintenance contract for the pizza delivery chain’s 60-strong vehicle fleet, which operates out of three sites: Milton Keynes, Penrith and County Kildare’s Naas. Euroway will initially provide 20 vehicles – Daf trucks and Fiat Ducato vans -on a replacement basis (on five-year contract hire terms), but Domino’s expects its fleet size […]

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Expect Distribution launches two-man delivery service

June 7, 2012 Hayley Pink

Expect Distribution has launched a two-man delivery service following demand from e-retailers to transport larger, bulkier items. The new service will cover every single UK postcode on a weekly basis, and the West Yorkshire-based company aims to break into some niche market sectors. Neil Rushworth, operations director, says: “The growth of e-retail is huge and we have found that companies now have specific transport requirements which can be business to business, site delivery or residential delivery. They demand a fast, […]

Martin Lundstedt, chief executive, Scania
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New boss at Scania named

June 6, 2012 Chris Tindall

Scania’s board of directors has chosen its executive vice president and head of franchise and factory sales, Martin Lundstedt, as its new chief executive. Lundstedt will take up his new position on 1 September, replacing Leif Ostling. The shakeup sees current head of research and development within purchasing, Per Hallberg, appointed as head of production and logistics, succeeding Anders Nielsen. Nielsen becomes chief executive of MAN Truck & Bus. Hallberg’s replacement is a new member of the board, Dr Harald Ludanek, […]

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Deutsche Post DHL clobbered with half a billion euro tax bill

June 6, 2012 Chris Druce

Deutsche Post DHL has been hit with a tax bill for more than half a billion euros, after a ruling by German financial authorities. DHL will need to make an additional €516m VAT payment after a review of how it handled tax relating to postal services. The period investigated ran from 1998  until July 2010, when the law governing VAT and postal services was revised. In a statement DHL says: “A large part of the additional payment amount relates to […]