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David Williams, Managing Director, Rhenus UK

Minimum wage for ‘transitory’ hauliers is anti-competitive

Moves by the German and French authorities to apply minimum wages on foreign drivers operating in their territories could have a major impact on the UK’s export drive.

Stay on the right side of new drug-driving law

Following its introduction, the new drug-driving law operates in a similar way to the drink-driving laws that the public is familiar with, with testing taking place at the road-side.

Chris Jones, Executive VP Marketing & Services, Descartes Systems Group

Welcome to the customer facing supply chain

In the quest for competitive differentiation, we are beginning to see more and companies highlighting the merits of their supply chain. While this tactic may not be ground-breaking in itself, the difference we’re now experiencing is that companies are exposing their supply chains directly to their customers, with capabilities that are intended to benefit the customer as opposed to just themselves.

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager

National Minerals Strategy would cater for construction upsurge

Rail freight, which offers a key service to the construction industry, has seen an upsurge in rail borne demand for aggregates and cement. Construction traffic increased by 17% during the year 2013/14 and continued to grow this year with a 9% increase over the previous year for the first quarter of 2014.

Tim Fawkes, Managing Director, 3T Logistics

Can hauliers afford to pass on falling fuel prices to customers?

The combination of falling oil prices and economic recovery has created more positive conditions for the haulage industry than we have seen for almost a decade. After years of continually rising fuel costs reducing profit margins to the limit, at last hauliers – and their customers – have some good news.