Driven to distraction

Rule 144 of the Highway Code reads drivers “must not drive dangerously, drive without due care and attention or drive without reasonable consideration for other road users”.1 As drivers, we all know the best way to drive. However, we also know that despite our best intentions, we do not always drive as safely as we could, or perhaps should.

A call to action

The General Election provided an opportunity for the Road Haulage Association (RHA) to call on the Westminster ‘hopefuls’ and while they campaigned for votes, we made it clear that if the challenges facing the road transport and logistics industry were not immediately confronted, then the sector responsible for moving 85 per cent of the UK economy would be placed jeopardy, with thousands of jobs put at risk.

AEO status a "must-have" to ensure frictionless borders, says CILT

CILT represents the expertise and experience of professionals and leaders in the logistics and transport sector – a key element of our economy and UK trade around the globe. For some time now, we have been involved in discussions with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and The Department for Transport (DfT) to deliver impartial advice and offer solutions to the opportunities that will arise from Brexit.

The imbalance between insurance and IoT

There is an imbalance between the Internet of Things and industrial insurance. Hauliers and commercial logistics providers carry goods on long distance journeys across the globe with little to no visibility of what is happening to them.

Working together to drive efficiency

The headline news for 2017 might be positive; but there are always winners and losers in any economy and right now it is transport operators that are under pressure. As the Marmite fracas revealed last summer, retailers are unwilling to accept additional transport costs associated with the fall in sterling – and are pushing back on transport companies.

Time for a change?

The clocks change (again) on the 26th March.

This clock change or ‘daylight saving’ has been part of our way of life for over 100 years.  Every Spring, the clocks ‘spring’ forward and Summer hours officially begin.  In the Autumn, they ‘fall’ back to their regular schedule.

But why does daylight saving time exist?

Are you ready for the Apprenticeship Levy?

In April the government is to introduce a new ‘payroll tax’ in the form of an Apprenticeship Levy.  Those businesses with an annual payroll bill in excess of £3 million will see their payroll costs increase next year by 0.5 per cent – a substantial extra cost burden for any company affected, across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

However, despite the shock that this will be for many businesses there are opportunities too for these organisations to benefit from the levy, provided they seek to fully understand its implications early and plan well in advance.

Latest EU Driver CPC proposals

The EU Commission released proposals on the 1st February to modify driver CPC, both for initial licence acquisition and on-going periodic training. Unfortunately, there appears to be little or no benefit for the UK in any of the Commission’s proposals.

Expectations too great?

The online shopping channel currently accounts for in the region of 12% of all UK consumer spending and it is forecast to reach a staggering 40% in the not too distant future. As the percentage of online sales continues to mushroom, so does the level of competition among internet retailers. 

Smart time slot management systems can prevent trouble at the loading dock

Issues at loading docks have been the cause of conflicts between shippers and transport partners for a long time. It seems quite unnecessary today. With all the developments in streamlining supply chains, digitising businesses, and advancing autonomous driving, it seems completely inappropriate to lack visibility of incoming deliveries, incur truck waiting times, struggle with staffing, or experience traffic jams in the yard.