Freight Industry Times, Issue 75

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

From drone technology and robotics to self-driving vehicles, the world around us is changing fast. In the latest issue of Freight Industry Times, we focus on the future of freight. 

We lead with the thoughts of Andy Green, one of the authors behind the National Infrastructure Commission’s recent study, Future of Freight, on what the Government should be doing to support an efficient and low-carbon freight industry over the next three decades. 

Tim Morris, Chief Executive of UK Major Ports Group, the trade association that represents the UK’s biggest ports and operators, outlines some of the key developments shaping the port of tomorrow, while Microlise Product Director Stephen Watson explains exactly what Artificial Intelligence means for the transport sector and how we’ve arrived where we are today.

Other highlights in this issue include:

Smart tachographs: How to comply 

With just three months until the mandatory introduction of smart tachographs, James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy at the Freight Transport Association, explains the upcoming changes and what drivers, operators and workshops need to know to comply.

Freight’s low-emission fuel challenge

As cities across the UK strive to improve air quality through the rollout of clean air zones, freight operators must step up to the low-emission challenge or face the prospect of significant fines to enter urban areas, writes Mark Gilks, Transport Specialist at Calor.

Reflection time for rail freight

The Government’s latest Rail Review is a chance to rethink not just the structure and operation of the railways, but the role it plays as a modern transport network, supporting communities and the economy, says Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, Campaign for Better Transport.

Unchartered waters for cargo insurers

Marine cargo insurers are now facing a combination of challenges that many veteran underwriters have never experienced in their whole careers, according to Sean Dalton, Chair of the Cargo Committee at the International Union of Marine Insurance.

We also have comment and analysis from our regular contributors, including Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association; David Wells, Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association; Peter Ward, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association, Gordon Tutt, Chairman of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers; Robert Keen, BIFA’s Director General; and Maggie Simpson, Director General of the Rail Freight Group.

Enjoy the read!