UKWA audience gives generously for Transaid

Guests at this year’s UKWA Annual Lunch and Awards for Warehousing, which took place recently at London’s Dorchester Hotel, raised over £9,000 for Transaid, the international development charity.

UKWA adopted Transaid as its official charity in 2013.  The Association’s chief executive, Peter Ward, commented: “Transaid has done and continues to do an excellent job in building local skills and knowledge to make transport safer, cheaper, cleaner and more effective, ensuring better access to the essentials for everyday life across Africa.”

Concern over Nice-style attack in the UK

Police are investigating whether a Nice-style terrorist attack, where 84 people were killed when a 19-tonne lorry ploughed through the streets of the French city, could be repeated in the UK.

The National Counter Terrorism unit are looking into how easy it would be for someone to hire a similar truck in the UK and Kate Gibbs from the Road Haulage Association told BBC 4’s Today programme: “It’s hard to get hold of a truck the size of the one used in the Nice attack, certainly by hiring one.

New ‘jury of 12’ for FLTA Awards 2017

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) will introduce a ‘jury of 12’ experts to judge entries in the 2017 Awards for Excellence.

Acknowledged as the most authoritative and most prestigious annual event in the materials handling calendar, the FLTA Awards for Excellence has unveiled the biggest change in its 22-year history.

For the first time, the FLTA will appoint a ‘jury of 12’ fork lift truck experts to judge the winners in the four main product categories: Innovation, Safety, Environment and Ergonomics.

UKWA to lead logistics trade mission to China

The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) is organising a trade mission to China and Hong Kong for the UK logistics industry.

The five-day trip, which takes place this October, includes a stand within the dedicated UKWA Pavilion at the China International Logistics and Transportation Fair (CILF), site visits, business matching meetings and a number of networking dinners and other high profile receptions.

MAN Truck & Bus UK signs World Cup winning legend

England’s 1966 World Cup final hero, Sir Geoff Hurst, has been recruited by MAN Truck & Bus UK to launch an exclusive, limited edition 66 registration plate MAN TGX tractor unit.

September sees the registration prefix on all motor vehicles change from 16 to 66.  And, of course, 2016 also marks the 50th anniversary of England winning the football World Cup.

Freightliner launches new daily rail service from Felixstowe

Leading rail freight provider Freightliner recently announced the launch of its 23rd daily rail service from the Port of Felixstowe, increasing the total number of daily trains from the port to 32.

The service will operate to/from the Freightliner rail port at Doncaster after development work has been completed on the site.  In the interim it will be serviced at the DB Cargo site operated by Newell & Wright, in Rotherham.

Freightliner’s new service will complement its existing services to this region which has seen high demand in recent years.

Spotlight on careers in logistics at IMHX 2016

A Future Skills Zone highlighting the careers available to young people in Britain’s booming logistics sector, and featuring leading employers from across the sector, is the latest addition to IMHX 2016, which takes place on 13-16 September at the NEC in Birmingham.

Rob Fisher organiser of IMHX, the UK’s leading logistics showcase, explains: “Logistics is a huge and booming sector, with over 200,000 companies employing around 2.5 million people.  As an industry it is the fifth largest employment sector in the country.

Unaccredited ‘in-house’ forklift training increases risks, confirms RTITB

RTITB has identified that many employers are choosing to purchase or deliver in-house forklift training unaware that, unlike accredited training, this may not comply with the required legal or best practice standards.

The organisation further explains that opting for in-house training could unnecessarily increase the risk of a workplace incident.

Forwarders must not be complacent on SOLAS ‘grace’ period, warns BIFA

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is urging its members and the freight forwarding community not to be complacent about new rules concerning the reporting of the ‘verified gross mass’ (VGM) of every container.

BIFA’s message follows the recent IMO circular on VGM urging a policy of ‘practical and pragmatic' enforcement by authorities over the first three months after the new rules take effect on 1 July.

RHA support helping Transaid to make a difference

To celebrate its first anniversary as a corporate member of Transaid, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) presented the charity’s Chief Executive, Gary Forster, with a cheque for £5,354 at its annual members’ lunch.

The donation, handed over by Richard Burnett, the RHA’s CEO, was raised as a result of the company’s new scheme that encourages its members to contribute to Transaid at the start or renewal of their memberships.