Government assesses impact of emissions from brakes, tyres and road wear

The Government has launched a call for evidence on the impact of emissions from brakes, tyres and road wear.
 
The call for evidence, which was first announced in its Clean Air Strategy, will look at ways to address the impact tyres and brakes have on air quality and the environment.
 
Brakes and tyres produce tiny pieces of particulate matter – for example dust and soot – that comes from general wear and tear which can be depo

Driver satisfaction rates with motorway services masks commercial drivers’ concerns - FTA

Research published earlier this week into the UK motorway services network showing high satisfaction rates hides the concerns of commercial drivers, the Freight Transport Association has suggested.
 
According to the transport watchdog Transport Focus, following investment by the motorway service area operators, many of the facilities they offer to the consumer has achieved 95% satisfaction overall.

Permit legislation won’t save hauliers after a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, warns RHA

Contingency legislation for UK lorries to continue operating abroad won’t save hauliers from going bust if there’s a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, the Road Haulage Association has warned.

The Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act, which received Royal Assent earlier this month, has established the legal framework for the regulation and enforcement of existing permit arrangements with EU countries after the UK leaves the EU – and is based on the UK’s existing permit arrangements with non-EU countries. 

Talent in Logistics confirms 2019 Steering Committee

Following on from its successful 2018 Conference and Awards, Talent in Logistics has announced that a Steering Group of leading industry experts will help drive the event forward for 2019.
 
Talent in Logistics 2019 will held on 27th June at Arena MK in Milton Keynes and will again incorporate a Conference and Awards event dedicated to skills and development in the warehousing, logistics and transport sectors.
 
The Steering Committee will work alongside the event organisers to help ensure that the interests of the industry are represented

It’s Gold for PD Ports at RoSPA Awards

One of the UK’s major port groups, PD Ports, has achieved Gold status in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

Automotive boost for the Port of Southampton

The Port of Southampton is to build a new £15 million multi-storey facility to provide storage for a further 3,000 vehicles.
 
The port is already the UK’s busiest hub for automotive with 11 lines undertaking 110 calls to 52 ports in 40 countries every month.
 
The new terminal in the Eastern Dock is part of a £50 million investment announced by owners ABP.

Automation set to transform UK air freight sector

A new report has highlighted the scale of progress and future potential for the adoption of automated transport and logistics technology at UK airports.
 
The report, commissioned by Aberdeen Standard Investment’s AIPUT fund (Airport Industrial and Property Unit Trust), explores the potential efficiency gains from automation across a plethora of airport-related functions such as cargo-handling and logistics operations, as well as passenger transportation both to and within airports. 
 
Trials of a variety of autonomous technological a

Green light for Ashford International Truckstop expansion

Plans for for a new 600-vehicle HGV park at Ashford International Truckstop in Kent have been given the go-ahead by planners at Ashford Borough Council.
 
The new truckstop forms part of the proposals for the 140-acre Waterbrook site on which the current truckstop sits.

FTA seeks to allay HGV freight traffic safety fears

 A new report from road charity Brake which suggests the amount of freight being transported on motorways is making drivers fear for their safety is not ‘reflective of reality’, said the Freight Transport Association.
 
The Brake-commissioned survey of 1,000 drivers found more than three-quarters believe too much freight is being transported on motorways while more than a quarter of drivers thought it highly likely or likely that they would be involved in a fatal or serious crash on a motorway or dual carriageway at some point in the future.
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Truckers in ‘significant’ danger as migrant crisis spreads to Belgium, says RHA

 
Trucks bound for the UK continue to run the gauntlet of migrants desperate to reach the UK from European west coast ports and Belgium, writes Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association, in the latest issue of Freight Industry Times.
 
Burnett said migrants are becoming increasingly bold in their attacks on UK-bound drivers.