Brexit: Prepare for worst case scenario, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), has reacted with frustration to the lack of progress in Brexit negotiations, advising logistics companies to "prepare for the worst case scenario" now.
FTA said companies responsible for moving the UK’s goods and services between the UK and Europe need urgent answers to keep Britain trading and clear directions on required Brexit preparation, beyond the no deal notices.
Pauline Bastidon, FTA’s Head of European Policy, commented: “With March 2019 fast approaching, it’s frustrating negotiator

Veterans to benefit from new training simulators at the Port of Tilbury

A state-of-the-art technology suite that includes two training simulators has been opened at the Port of Tilbury to help support the veteran community with training in the logistics sector.

The suite’s two simulators provide full simulation, including a 360 degree experience, of all the major crane and straddle operational equipment such as motion, cable and lifting systems, and lift apparatus providing operators with an enhanced learning environment featuring industrial controls and realistic working terminal scenarios.

UK road freight activity falls by more than a quarter in a decade

Road freight activity in the UK has declined by 26% over the last 10 years, according to the latest government statistics.
DfT’s latest road freight statistics show goods lifted (the weight of goods carried, measured in tonnes) in the UK by GB-registered HGVs in the 12 months ending March 2018 fell by 7% to 1.37 billion tonnes compared with the previous 12 months.

Leeds Clean Air Zone plans will be “disastrous” for hauliers, says RHA

Leeds City Council’s plans to charge non-Euro VI trucks £50 per day to enter its Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will be disastrous for hauliers and could drive them out of business, the RHA has warned. 
RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said: “An average SME operator makes around £60 profit per truck, per week, so how can anyone expect them to absorb up to £350 each week to deliver the goods the city relies on?”
Burnett called into question the city’s claim that they could offer funding towards retrofit options for hauliers as there’s sti

Apprenticeship Levy fast becoming a tax, hauliers warn

Hauliers are becoming increasingly frustrated at unlocking funding from the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy, which is “fast becoming a tax” delegates at the Road Haulage Association’s Autumn Conference in Birmingham have been told. 
RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said: “The haulage sector has paid in £120m to the Levy yet has only been able to draw down on £10m as it tackles the shortfall of more than 50,000 drivers. 
“Why should it be such a battle to persuade the Government to support initiatives like Road to Logistic

Maritime experts plan route to greener future

Experts from across the maritime sector have joined forces in a bid to cut emissions and improve air quality on and around waterways, ports and shipping lanes in the UK.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani (pictured) opened the inaugral meeting of the Clean Maritime Council earlier this week, bringing together experts from across the maritime sector - from industry leaders developing greener vessels, to academics studying the economics of emission reduction.

Government urged to push ahead with Lower Thames Crossing

As the statutory consultation begins on the new Lower Thames Crossing, the FTA is urging the government to press ahead with construction of its approved route across the Thames to increase capacity and connectivity on this vital road network. 
The Lower Thames Crossing will include a new tunnel and roads connecting Kent, Thurrock and Essex.

New projects to explore how vehicle technologies can reduce emissions in the freight sector

Two new research projects that will look at how vehicle technologies could evolve to reduce emissions in the commercial and freight sector have been awarded £30 million of government funding.

The funding has been awarded to Heriot-Watt University and energy systems company Flexible Power Systems (FPS) who together will examine vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology and electrification.

The first project ‘Integrated Energy Systems for Commercial Vehicles’ will assess the technical challenges and business models related to V2G adoption among commercial vehicle operators.

Government plans for ‘no-deal’ customs training come as a “surprise” to freight forwarders

Representatives of freight forwarders in the UK have expressed surprise at a recent report in the national press suggesting that the Government is planning to invest £8 million in customs training and automation to support the extra demand for customs brokerage services in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Robert Keen (pictured), Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), said he was “surprised” to learn the news from an article in The Times rather than through an official announcement, especially given the significance of such news o

Unions warn of non-EU driver exploitation across Europe

A new Dutch report on non-EU drivers’ working conditions paints a picture of ‘an unappetising race to the bottom’ that must be resisted in the UK, Unite the union, said today.

Unite was commenting on research, focusing on the car transportation sector, carried out by Dutch trade union foundation FNV-Stichting VNB, which found non-EU drivers from such countries as Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine were driving on western European roads on wages starting as low as €0.79 an hour.