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    HGV driver shortage pushing industry to tipping point, research reveals


    Increased demand for online deliveries and a lack of new drivers joining the industry has created a tipping point, with not enough qualified drivers available to cope with current haulage demands, according to new research from SNAP, which operates a digital haulage marketplace.

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    Getlink promises hauliers streamlined border crossings from October 2023


    Hauliers could be enjoying smarter, more efficient and faster border crossing for their freight and unaccompanied trailers on LeShuttle, following Getlink's trial of a new software platform, dubbed Sherpass.The digital platform which is open to hauliers and logistics providers, is set to be launched in October this year, following several ...

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    Cold chain operators “more resilient” following Covid-19, survey reveals


    Nearly three quarters of UK cold chain operators say the sector has become “more resilient” after battling the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, but they warn that recruitment remains a challenge.According to a survey by the Cold Chain Federation, almost 75% of respondents, when asked about the long-term effects of ...

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    BIFA urges members to respond to customs intermediary consultation


    The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is urging its 1,600 members to respond to a government review of the customs intermediary sector.The review, announced in the 2023 Spring Budget, follows one undertaken in 2022, and is seeking views on the introduction of a voluntary standard for customs intermediaries.The previous review ...

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    Pallet networks' B2C shift continues post-Covid, APN reveals


    The pallet network sector saw a 6.3% volume growth in the first quarter of 2023, compared to the same period in 2019, with seven million pallets delivered and B2C demand up by 32%.Announcing the sector's latest first quarter results, Paul Sanders (pictured), chairman of the Association of Pallet Networks (APN), ...

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    FleetCheck app helps drivers avoid bridge strikes


    A new feature designed to help stop commercial vehicle drivers being involved in bridge strikes.has been added to FleetCheck’s Vehicle Inspection App.The feature tells drivers they are currently using a high vehicle whenever they carry out a scheduled vehicle inspection, providing a regular reminder.Peter Golding, managing director at the fleet ...

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    Lineside Logistics workers at Dagenham Ford plant ballot for strike action


    Hauliers delivering to Dagenham Ford plant could face major delays as Lineside Logistics workers at the factory ballot for strike action.The ballot, which began this week and closes on 2 May, follows a breakdown in negotiations on pay between workers, represented by union Unite, and the management of Lineside Logistics.The ...

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    RHA pushes for safer HGV parking facilities as cargo thefts rocket


    The RHA is calling for greater security for trucks parked at overnight facilities as cargo theft continues to soar.Data shows that the cost of food cargo theft jumped to £700m in 2021 from £250m in 2011, whilst research by the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service found there were more than ...

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    DP World reports 5% rise in UK volumes


    DP World saw a 5% rise in the volume of trade handled by its two hubs in the UK last year, aided by an expanding supply chain.London Gateway alone reported a 14% rise in volumes to 2,053,000 TEU – the first time it has ever exceeded two million units in ...

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    Upgrade your licence or lose it: RHA welcomes TC warning to skip and grab hire firms


    The RHA has welcomed a warning from Traffic Commissioner Nick Denton (pictured) that skip and grab hire firms using restricted licences to transport waste must upgrade to a standard national licence or risk having their licences revoked.The clamp down follows a recent public inquiry in Cambridge, over the business activities ...

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    Farmers' co-operative takes delivery of 36 Fruehauf tippers


    Co-operative business Openfield is taking delivery of 36 sloper smoothsider tippers from Fruehauf as part of its fleet expansion plans.The organisation, which is owned by around 4,000 British farmers, sells approximately 17% of the UK marketed grain every year to some of the largest food and drink brands as ...

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    M20 closures announced as Operation Brock activated ahead of Christmas


    HGV drivers are being warned that the M20 will be closed overnight for four nights this week in preparation for the activation of the Operation Brock contraflow system, which is being rolled out to prevent delays to and from Dover during Christmas peak traffic.National Highways has announced that parts of ...

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    PD Ports launches new container service between Portugal and Teesport


    PD Ports’ dedicated road haulage fleet is benefitting from a new dedicated short sea container service from Spain and Portugal into Teesport.The Kristin Schepers, a vessel capable of carrying 800 containers, arrived at Teesport on Tuesday last week (29 November) after a four-day sailing from Aveiro in Portugal to discharge ...

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    DP World launches intermodal rail service between London Gateway and Southampton terminals


    DP World has launched a new intermodal train service connecting its container terminals at London Gateway and Southampton.The port operator said the service will improve customers' supply chain resilience and allow them to switch volumes quickly and easily between the two locations.The DP World-operated service ran for the first-time last ...

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    Trakm8 joins Association of Fleet Professionals


    Trakm8 has joined the recently formed Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) as a gold partner.The company said it aimed to utilise its expertise in fleet management solutions and data-driven insights to offer expert advice to its members and help shape the future of the industry.The AFP was launched this year ...

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    HS2 go-ahead good news for tipper sector but will badly disrupt local road network, RHA warns


    The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has described the government’s decision to go ahead with high-speed rail link HS2 as a huge relief to the tipper sector but warned it will cause serious disruption to the wider transport and logistics industry.The work is expected to be completed by 2040 and will ...