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Michael Parry, Editor, Freight Industry Times

Chancellor continues fuel duty freeze but ‘could have done more’

When delivering his Autumn Statement to a packed House of Commons, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that fuel duty is to remain frozen at 57.95 pence per litre, the level it has been at since 2011.

How is the CPC likely to continue to impact on the transport industry?

How is the CPC likely to continue to impact on the transport industry?

The passing of the five year deadline for the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in September raises some important questions in the transport industry – most significantly, how will the legislation continue to affect the industry and those who work within it?

Do 3PLs offer the only solution to shared warehousing?

According to the Property Data Report 2013* there is £80 billion worth of warehousing in the UK. But, at any one time, how much of it is lying dormant, unutilised?

Ian Baxter, Owner and Chairman of Baxter Freight

HGV road user levy is a spectacular failure not a great success!

After years of campaigning by the British haulage industry for a ‘level playing field’ with Europe, the Government finally caved in on 1st April by introducing the HGV road user levy. The levy is paid by all trucks running on British roads but is only an increase for foreign registered vehicles, as UK trucks have their vehicle excise duty rebated by the same amount.

How to effectively manage the reverse logistics process

How to effectively manage the reverse logistics process

Customers are much more likely to make purchases online if they know that they have the flexibility to make a return if they need to; in fact, it has been estimated that customers return up to a quarter of the garments they purchase for one reason or another. If a retailer has a complex return and refund policy, more and more consumers will be turned off from shopping on the site in the first place.