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Shane Brennan, Chief Executive of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation, took part in a roundtable meeting chaired by the Secretary of State for Transport on the withdrawal agreement and Brexit No Deal Planning. In advance of the meeting he said: “This meeting is part of our ongoing commitment to play a constructive role in supporting the government in its planning for all outcomes of the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Food storage and distribution businesses are focused on working with their […]

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Following the UK’s exit from the EU, UK hauliers operating in EU countries may require new paperwork.  The Government’s ambition in negotiations with the EU is to reach an agreement which maintains the existing liberal access for commercial hauliers. This would benefit both sides and allow UK hauliers to continue to operate as they do today. Whilst the Government remains optimistic for a deal, preparations are being made for all scenarios. Community licences and ECMT permits  One possible scenario is […]

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has published 6 technical notice documents setting out the plans it will put in place in the unlikely situation the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Lorry, bus and coach drivers and operators should read the technical notices for: vehicle insurance in the EU if there’s no EU exit deal commercial road haulage in the EU if there’s no EU exit deal operating bus or coach services abroad if there’s no EU exit deal These […]

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The government has plans to park trucks on the M20 in event of post-Brexit customs delays at Dover. The Department for Transport says it has plans to park trucks on one lane of the M20 in the event of there being “serious disruption to cross-Channel transport”. The ministerial statement, which issued by transport minister Jesse Norman, said: “In his November announcement, the secretary of State [Chris Grayling] also asked Highways England to develop an improved interim arrangement for holding lorries […]

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Haulage firms will pay less under the HGV levy for using cleaner lorries from next year, while those operating lorries that do not meet the latest emissions standards will be expected to pay more. This will encourage hauliers to use less polluting vehicles and help improve air quality. In a change to the rules that comes into force on 1 February 2019, the HGV levy for Euro VI lorries will be reduced by 10 per cent. All other vehicles will […]

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Drivers who cause death by dangerous driving, or through driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, could face life in prison under plans to increase maximum sentences for such offences. The Ministry of Justice said drivers who cause death by speeding, racing or using a mobile phone behind the wheel could face sentences equivalent to manslaughter. Following a consultation that closed earlier this year, maximum penalties will also be increased from 14 years to life, and may be applied […]

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The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), along with the Department for Transport (DfT), announced its plan to help reduce roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations. Clean air is one of the most basic requirements for us to live and work in.  Part of the plan includes 3 new consultations from DfT on higher road safety, operator safety and environmental standards for vehicles. Two of the consultations include proposals to give DVSA’s market surveillance unit more power to fine manufacturers who […]

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Details of one of the most extensive road improvement schemes to take place across England for decades have been announced on 10 March by Chris Grayling for the Department for Transport (DfT). Identified as traffic hotspots by the DfT, the selected roads will receive millions of pounds for junction upgrades, roundabout improvements and better traffic signalling. The schemes, worth about £110m, will cut congestion and journey times for motorists and improve safety. They will be completed by spring 2020. This […]

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The Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced over £1 billion of investment for roads in his Autumn Statement. Key points for transport include: • £1.1bn extra investment in English local transport networks. • £220m to reduce traffic pinch points. • £110m for East West Rail and commitment to deliver Oxford to Cambridge Expressway. Hammond also cancelled the proposed fuel duty rise for the seventh successive year. In terms of the overall economy the OBR predicts debt will rise from 84.2% of GDP last year […]

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