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Your LCRS August update - by Becki Terri, Environment Policy Manager, FTA

Posted on: Monday, 21 August 2017 by Alice Bayford

FTA is pleased to welcome Goldstar Heathrow, WH Barley Transport and Storage Ltd, Brett’s Transport Ltd, Total Produce and John Raymond Transport Ltd to the LCRS. It’s fantastic that the scheme is continuing to grow. ...

What's the answer to overloading vans? - by Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans, FTA

Posted on: Friday, 18 August 2017 by Alice Bayford

I regularly get asked what our advice is around the issue of overloading on vans; our response is very simply – don’t do it! But the fact that we get asked so often is interesting in itself. ...

The vital role of the daily vehicle check - by Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans, FTA

Posted on: Thursday, 13 July 2017 by Alice Bayford

Maintaining a vehicle to roadworthy standards should be a priority for anyone operating commercial vehicles. But while HGV operations are governed by O Licencing, there is far less legislation for vans and often they aren't the main focus of the ...

Fitness to drive is not just a tick box - by Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans, FTA

Posted on: Monday, 26 June 2017 by Sian Pattenden

If you think checking a driver's licence entitlements when he is first employed means you've ticked the box for due diligence, think again. ...

What's the true cost of speeding? - by Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans, FTA

Posted on: Wednesday, 10 May 2017 by Sian Pattenden

Excessive speed is often a major factor in road traffic collisions. The chance of survival for a pedestrian hit by a car increases from 10% if the vehicle is travelling at 40mph to 90% if it's doing 20mph. ...

Check and check again - by Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans, FTA

Posted on: Thursday, 13 April 2017 by Alice Bayford

Safety when towing A recent crash involving a trailer that became detached from a van and smashed into an oncoming car, killing the driver, highlights the importance of safety when towing. ...

Why “I want it now,” may be at the root of our congestion problems - by Rob Flello MP

Posted on: Monday, 3 April 2017 by Sian Pattenden in category Road

“I want it all and I want it now,” Freddie Mercury sang, and as consumers, we’re with him all the way. The demand for speedy receipt of goods we’ve bought is such that, in a piece of research conducted by McKinsey in Germany, France, Sweden, and the ...

Using a mobile phone when driving - by Eamonn Brennan, MAC, FTA

Posted on: Friday, 24 March 2017 by Alice Bayford

On 1 March 2017 the Government doubled the penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving to six penalty points and a £200 fine. ...

Budget? What Budget? - by Rob Flello MP for Stoke-on-Trent South

Posted on: Thursday, 9 March 2017 by Alice Bayford

Rob is a member of the House of Commons Transport Committee and Chairman of Parliament’s Freight Transport Group. There were rumours of a budget yesterday although, frankly, for the transport sector, it’s hard to know if it actually happened. ...

Talking safe loading for Vans - by Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans, FTA

Posted on: Monday, 6 February 2017 by Alice Bayford

Safe loading Vans are very easy to overload and the penalties are severe if caught. Spotting an overloaded van isn’t difficult and the enforcement agencies are increasingly wise to this. ...

Contaminated blood vials? It’s just another day in our Member Advice Centre by Alan Rose, FTA Transport Advisor

Posted on: Wednesday, 18 January 2017 by Sian Pattenden in categories Policy and compliance, Road

With over 20,000 calls a year to our Member Advice Centre, it is no wonder really that we get a huge variety of enquiries from our members. ...

The perfect time to remind drivers of company policy - by FTA's Member Advice Centre

Posted on: Wednesday, 18 January 2017 by Alice Bayford

As normal service resumes in to the new year, some employers may notice their drivers have received new electronic gadgets such as a mobile phones, satellite navigation devices and iPods as Christmas presents. ...

C: A-Z of Brexit implications on logistics - by James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive, FTA

Posted on: Monday, 16 January 2017 by Sian Pattenden

C is for Customs For most people working in the international logistics sector the biggest impact of Brexit will be on the changes to the rules and procedures they need to observe for the movement of goods across borders. ...

Fuel for thought by Matt Harrington, Editor of Freight & Logistics, FTA

Posted on: Monday, 9 January 2017 by Sian Pattenden

Delegates at FTA’s series of Transport Manager conferences have been given food for thought by Martin Flach, Product Director of the events’ headline sponsor Iveco, when he claimed that running an HGV on natural gas could save them up to 40 per cent ...

Transport's Twelve Days of Christmas - by Rob Flello MP

Posted on: Thursday, 22 December 2016 by Alice Bayford

Keep Santa's sleigh moving It occurred to me that not many freight businesses, be they on land, sea or air, would have a great deal of use for leaping lords or piping pipers and that large numbers of swans a-swimming could actually be a hazard to ...

What's new for carbon and freight this month? - by Rachael Dillon, Climate Change Policy Manager, FTA

Posted on: Tuesday, 6 December 2016 by Alice Bayford

Freight Carbon Review As 2016 draws to a close, FTA awaits the Department for Transport's Freight Carbon Review response. ...

Run and monitor effective fleet safety systems - by Dmitry Sambuk, Managing Director, EASST Academy

Posted on: Thursday, 24 November 2016 by Alice Bayford

We established EASST Academy earlier this year as educational project of EASST, an independent UK-registered charity. EASST’s aim is to make road travel safer, greener and more sustainable for future generations. ...

Centre for Sustainable Road Freight - by Rachael Dillon, Climate Change Policy Manager, FTA

Posted on: Tuesday, 22 November 2016 by Alice Bayford

Helping industry decarbonise Never has there been more pressure on the road freight industry to focus on reducing carbon emissions and helping to improve air quality. ...

Good news during testing times - by Mike Corcoran, Commercial Director, Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland

Posted on: Friday, 28 October 2016 by Alice Bayford

One of the big challenges facing operators is planning annual tests when the fleet is close to 100 per cent utilisation. Christmas is just such a time. ...

FTA Fleet Engineer Conference to focus on EU legislation - David Spence, Chevron Lubricants

Posted on: Monday, 24 October 2016 by Alice Bayford

Monthly engineering blog sponsored by Texaco EU commercial vehicle legislation will be the focus at the forthcoming FTA Fleet Engineer Conference later in October, with Volvo Trucks as headline sponsor. ...