Severn tolls to be abolished at the end of 2018

Drivers will see an end to tolls on the Severn Crossings at the end of 2018, the government has announced.

The Severn Crossings, which are used by more than 25 million vehicles each year, save significant travel time and distance for drivers using the M4 motorway. 

The two bridges spanning the Severn estuary on the M4 and M48 motorways in Wales have seen year-on-year price increases, costing the freight sector millions of pounds.  It currently costs £20 for an HGV to cross into Wales and £13.40 for a van.

Brexit: New Customs system not fit for purpose, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has raised serious concerns about the progress of HMRC’s Customs Declaration Service (CDS) programme and its suitability to handle the anticipated levels of Customs declarations at British ports post-Brexit.

FTA said it has “grave doubts” that CDS, which is currently under development, will be able to cope with the anticipated 255 million extra Customs declarations to be made at British ports each year when the UK leaves the EU.

Price freeze for HGVs on M6 Toll road

Goods vehicles will be exempt from new price increases on the M6 Toll announced by the road’s operator Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL) today.

MEL said an additional 40p will be added to daytime car toll prices from August 7, the first change it has introduced since March 2012, but prices for HGVs will remain unchanged at £11 for vehicles on weekdays (6am-11pm).

MEL said it is was focused on “making more effective use of the M6 toll for commercial, logistics and freight traffic”, whose usage of the M6 Toll has been growing by an average of 19% each year since 2012.

Government launches transport investment plan

Local roads are set to benefit from a share in a multi-billion pound improvement fund as part of a new investment strategy unveiled by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

The Transport Investment Strategy sets out the government’s new long-term approach for infrastructure spending and features the proposed creation of a new major road network, which would see a share of the annual National Road Fund, funded by Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), given to local authorities to improve or replace the most important A roads under their management.

Skills and training issues tackled at Talent in Logistics 2017

More than 200 professionals from across the logistics industry gathered in Telford recently to discuss the skills and training challenges facing the sector at the Talent in Logistics Conference.

The conference event was organised by Capitb, owner of workplace transport training regulatory body RTITB and the new National Register of LGV Instructors (NRI), and included seminars and an exhibition as well as an awards dinner in the evening.

Leading lights of the logistics sector recognised

Shining and rising stars from the UK and Ireland logistics sector were recently acknowledged at the inaugural Talent in Logistics Awards.

The event, which was held at the Telford International Centre, was hosted by stand-up comedian and star of BBC One sitcom Not Going Out, Tim Vine.

As well as recognising those who train, lead and inspire frontline logistics and transport staff, the Talent in Logistics Awards also reward those who can often feel undervalued and unimportant in the workplace.

The winners were as follows:

LGV Awards

Freight sector needs more Government support to hit carbon reduction reduction target, says FTA

The Committee on Climate Change’s latest report to Parliament on progress towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions shows that there is still much work to do to get significant carbon reduction from the freight sector but the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says more rapid change will only come with more Government support.

Do you have the right recipe for a BIFA Freight Service Award?

The British International Freight Association has added a culinary touch to its annual Freight Service Awards event as this year's competition opens for entries.

BIFA's Director General, Robert Keen has revealed that the celebrity host for the awards ceremony, which takes place on January 18 2018, will be entrepreneur and musician Levi Roots.

FTA launches 2017 Driver of the Year contest

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has launched its annual Driver of the Year contest with two new additions. This year the competition is open to all drivers, not just FTA members, and there is a new category to recognise the Young Driver of the Year.

FTA rises to Earned Recognition data challenge

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has launched a new solution to help operators achieve the required standard to comply with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) long-awaited Earned Recognition pilot scheme.

Under the scheme, where HGV operators can earn the right to be checked less frequentlly, operators must have their compliance systems audited by a DVSA-approved auditor, sharing data on vehicle roadworthiness, other work undertaken by drivers and drivers’ hours.