Freight Industry Times, Issue 74

From the Editor

The latest edition includes articles and comment from a number of authoritative voices from across the supply chain sector, plus articles and reviews from all strands of the industry - air, road, rail, sea and multimodalism.

From the Editor

Ongoing dramatic change has been the hallmark of the shipping industry in recent years. In a time of heightened commercial pressures, unprecedented technological innovation and shifting macroeconomic realities, owners and operators face the challenge of an industry that seems to be in constant flux. In the latest issue of Freight Industry Times we take a look at the changing role of the ship agent with Neil Godfrey, Group Sales Director at one of the world’s biggest ship agents, GAC.
 
Meanwhile, persistent rumours around Westminster suggest fuel duty rates could be increased in the next Autumn Budget, due on October 29. James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association says a sharp rise in fuel taxes would be devastating for commercial vehicle operators.
 
Other highlights in the summer issue include:
Vehicles as weapons: A game changer
Vehicle as a Weapon (VAW) attacks in Nice, Berlin, and recently closer to home in London have provided a brutal example of just how easy it is for extremists to misuse cars, vans and trucks, turning them into instruments of terror. The Road Haulage Association is taking a proactive role in reducing the likelihood and impact of VAW attacks, says Chrys Rampley, RHA’s Infrastructure and Security Manager.
 
Forklift safety inspections: Are you at risk?
Following revelations that lift trucks are involved in 50 per cent more serious accidents than HGVs, Consolidated Fork Truck Services is urging fleet managers to seek absolute clarity over their Thorough Examinations. Chairman Geoff Martin explains why.  
 
Trade boom fuelling material handling equipment growth
Increasing cargo trade across the world, stringent emission regulations for cargo handling equipment and strong demand in the Asia Pacific region are all fuelling demand for material handling equipment, new research suggests.
 
The Road to Zero
Neil Wallis, Head of Communications at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, outlines the most eye-catching elements of the government’s Road to Zero strategy for the freight sector
 
Electrification: A powerful case for the North
A decision to scale back the electrification of the north Transpennine route could have serious implications for freight capacity in the UK, says Maggie Simpson, Executive Director at the Rail Freight Group.
 
Raising the standard… in-house 
Businesses frequently outsource LGV driver training, but could training drivers with in-house instructors be the better choice for the transport industry? Simon Docherty, RTITB Instructor Academy Manager, explains how in-house instructors are key for raising industry standards, and managing costs
 
We also have comment and analysis from our regular contributors, including Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association; Gordon Tutt, Chairman of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers; Maggie Simpson, Executive Director of Rail Freight Group; and Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager.
 
Enjoy the read!