Truck driving fails to impress in Twitter poll

The majority of parents who voted in a Twitter poll conducted by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), operator of half of the UK fleet, don’t want their children to become truck drivers. 79% of parents who voted, followers of the FTA’s official Twitter account, say they wouldn’t recommend the industry to their children.

Nominations announced for Fleet Safety Awards 2016

The shortlist for the prestigious annual Fleet Safety Awards, which recognise the work done in reducing the number of road crashes involving at-work drivers, has been announced for 2016.

The awards are intended to encourage fleet operators and suppliers to share best practice in managing road risk. This year the ceremony will take place on Thursday 29 September.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has been nominated for multiple awards for a short film, which emphasises the need for transport and logistics companies to prioritise road safety.

Davies Turner expands its UK-Poland service

Davies Turner is upgrading its two-way overland trailer services between the UK and Poland by including its Bristol and Manchester hubs in its direct service network.
The logistics company, the UK’s largest independent freight forwarder, is offering the service in partnership with Raben Group, the largest independent forwarder in Poland.
Danny Southby, Head of Europe Network for Davies Turner, said: “In addition to our existing daily services from both Dartford and Birmingham, we now have scheduled direct departures fr

Parcel delivery business steals the show at transport awards

A UK parcel delivery company won three awards at the Motor Transport Awards in London – just 12 months after making history as the first company to win all five categories they entered in the 2015 awards.
Dynamic Parcel Distribution (DPD) took away the prizes for training, customer care and business excellence and left its CEO Dwain McDonald almost lost for words. “Incredible!” he said. “Last year's five-out-of-five performance was unprecedented, so to win another three is way beyond my expectations. This team just keeps on improving.

Deputy Mayor of London welcomes the Thames Vision

London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross has welcomed the launch of the Thames Vision, a framework for developing greater use of the Thames over the next 20 years.
Developed by the Port of London Authority (PLA) and river stakeholders over the last 18 months, the vision sets out six goals for increased river use, including more goods being moved by river, doubling the number of passenger trips and greater participation in sport and recreation.
Shawcross said: “This blueprint for the future of the Th

DP World London Gateway on the mark with world first

The UK’s newest deep-sea container terminal, DP World London Gateway Port, has been awarded The Planet Mark™ for demonstrating its commitment to carbon emissions reduction.

This internationally recognised certification programme is wholly-owned by Planet First, a sustainability service provider working in conjunction with the world-renowned Eden Project in Cornwall, ensuring UK trade is not just accelerated, but facilitated in a more environmentally friendly way.

Ward Bros chooses DB Cargo UK for first ever rail freight service

Ward Bros has hired DB Cargo UK to transport materials by rail from its scrap processing facility at the Port of Sunderland to the Celsa Steel UK works in Cardiff.
The trains that will be carrying the metal are the first to run out of the Port of Sunderland since 1998.

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.