First BioLPG shipment arrives at Port of Immingham

Energy firm Calor has become the first company to supply BioLPG to the UK’s transport and logistics market, with the first shipment now having arrived into the Port of Immingham.
 
LPG, typically used to fuel forklift truck (FLT) fleets and HGVs as part of dual fuel technology, is already a flexible, low-carbon fuel compared to other fossil fuels.

Britain's best truck drivers revealed

Nine of the best truck drivers in the UK have been have been named following the publication of the shortlist for the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards.
 
The Microlise Driver of the Year Awards began with 180,000 drivers who were automatically entered into the competition.

Are you up for the PEMA Student Challenge?

University students in the ports and terminals sector are being urged to enter the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association’s Student Challenge 2018 for a chance to win €1,000.
 
The PEMA Student Challenge is the only competition of its kind within the ports and terminals industry and is open to university students across the globe.

Relaxation of driver licensing for alternatively-fuelled vans

Licence regulations are to be relaxed for drivers of some alternatively-fuelled vans, the government has announced. Currently, drivers with category B (car) licences are permitted to drive vans which weigh up to 3.5 tonnes. However, electric and hybrid vans of a comparable size must carry a large battery pack, making them slightly heavier.  The government said it would seek agreement from the EU for drivers with category B licences to be permitted to drive alternatively-fuelled vans weighing up to 4.25 tonnes.

Lane rental revenues must be reinvested in road network, says FTA and RHA

Two of the biggest trade associations in the freight sector, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and Freight Transport Association (FTA), have said the government should plough revenues generated from a planned lane rental scheme back into maintaining the road network.
 
The government has announced plans to roll-out the lane rental scheme on UK roads in late 2019 after recent trails in the south-east led to a significant drop in congestion.

Red Funnel order £10 million freight ferry from Cammell Laird

Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel has placed a £10 million order for a new ro-ro freight ferry from UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird.
 
The new ship will to provide additional year-round freight capacity for Red Funnel’s Southampton-East Cowes route which currently handles 53% of all freight movements across the Solent.
 
At 74m in length, the new ship will provide 265 lane metres of roll-on/roll-off freight capacity and will carry up to 12 passengers.
 
The crossing time of 55-60 minutes will be identical to Red

Government plans to phase out diesel-only trains by 2040

Rail Minister Jo Jonson has called for diesel-only trains to be phased out as part of new vision to decarbonise the railway.
 
In a speech made at the British Museum earlier this week, Johnson said: “I would like to see us take all diesel-only trains off the track by 2040. If that seems like an ambitious goal - it should be and I make no apology for that. After all, we’re committed to ending sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

University partnership helps Port of Dover cut queues and boost efficiency

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the University of Kent and the Dover Harbour Board has helped reduce traffic congestion, boost efficiency and cut costs at the Port of Dover.
 
The project started in 2016 when the Port of Dover, which handles £122bn-worth of UK trade annually, appointed Kent Business School graduate, Dr Cliff Preston, to help it use data modelling and simulation software to operate more effectively.
 
Cliff’s work focused on several areas, including improving how the port predicts likely traffic volumes to en

DVSA crackdown on drivers' hours rules

The DVSA will start issuing on-the-spot penalties to lorry drivers who repeatedly break drivers’ hours rules from March 5.
 
The new regulations, which were first announced in 2017, will allow DVSA examiners to fine drivers up to £300 for each breaches of drivers’ hours rules, up to a maximum of five (£1,500 per examiner).  
 
At the moment, DVSA can only fine drivers for offences committed that day, or ongoing offences, such as manipulating tachograph records.

Transaid launches biggest ever cycle challenge

Transport charity Transaid has launched its biggest ever cycle challenge, Land’s End to John O’ Groats, and is throwing down the gauntlet to riders from across the industry to saddle up and take on the 972-mile journey.
 
The 12-day challenge will commence on 11 June 2019 and will mark Transaid’s 20th anniversary, with celebrations set to begin in September 2018 and continuing into 2019.