Haulage registration continues to rise
08 December 2011
Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) suggest hauliers are increasing the size of their fleets after the number of commercial vans and trucks registered in the UK went up in November.
Six years to make logistics popular
20 October 2011
By 2017 the UK logistics sector will need 843,600 new employees. Regular readers of this column have little doubt about the importance of logistics to the UK economy but then as subscribers to this august journal you are, by definition, the converted.
'Zero tolerance' drink-drive limit for Northern Irish HGV drivers
28 September 2011
Northern Ireland is set to introduce one of the most stringent drink-drive limits for commercial vehicle drivers within Europe.
New online resource launched to help freight industry plan for London 2012 Games
16 September 2011
Please find with this important new information relating to the distribution arrangements which are to apply during the London 2012 Olympics. FSDF has now been included in the direct consultee trade associations and Transport for London will welcome our inputs from a food logistics perspective, alongside those of our members (like Brakes and our retailers) who are already engaged.
Distribution SMEs wait longest for late payments
09 September 2011
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the distribution sector are forced to wait a staggering 50 days beyond agreed terms before they are paid - 10 days more than the national average, according to research from Bacs, the organisation behind Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit.
HGV trips from UK to Europe on the up
07 September 2011
Hauliers made more trips from the UK to mainland Europe than last year according to official figures for the year ending Q2 2011.
Operator Compliance Risk Score
19 August 2011
How does the OCRS system work? Both Roadworthiness and Traffic Enforcement categories of Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) can be historic, low incidence or predictive.
Irish lorry firms undercutting Welsh hauliers
19 August 2011
A crackdown on Irish lorry firms illegally undercutting Welsh truckers has seen HGVs seized and fines handed out. Haulage companies have been sending trucks over the Irish Sea to bid for domestic work on UK soil – avoiding the country’s high fuel costs, road taxes and strict operating rules.
Road transport activity was depressed in Q2
18 August 2011
Road freight activity did not bounce back as expected in the second quarter and operators warn worse is ahead, according to the latest Quarterly Transport Activity Survey.
Lorry road-user charging
11 August 2011
What are the DFT’s plans? Jim Coates FCILT, Chairman, Road Capacity and Charging Forum, and Martin Richards, one of its leading members, had a discussion with DfT officials earlier this year to find out how their plans for lorry road-user charging are shaping up.
Moving towards a brighter future
10 August 2011
The past few years have been tumultuous, with the transport and logistics sector taking its fair share of the pain. Pressures still remain but, there are renewed signs of optimism in the industry, as operators start to look at opportunities for growth instead of just survival.
Act now on Olympics deadline or face supply crisis: logistics experts
05 August 2011
The food industry is entering a crucial planning period with the 2012 London Olympics now a year away and unless it takes action now availability will suffer, according to logistics experts.