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THINK! cyclist when turning left by Laura Kane, Department for Transport

Posted on: Monday, 26 September 2016 by Alice Bayford

A baby grand piano descends through the air against the backdrop of an ominous grey sky. Two male boxers square up to one another inside the ring of a dimly lit studio gym. ...

Are we ready for next generation lower High Temp High Shear oils? - by Torque

Posted on: Monday, 12 September 2016 by Alice Bayford

Monthly engineering blog sponsored by Texaco. While ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) has yet to publish its next level specification requirements, future legislation is likely to demand better fuel efficiency to meet more ...

Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2016 - by Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans, FTA

Posted on: Friday, 9 September 2016 by Alice Bayford

One of my favourite days each year is the Van Excellence Driver of the Year event and this year was no different. We always seem to be blessed by the weather and it was a sunny Thursday in Barnsley (does that sound like a Smiths tune? ...

Tough love the only answer to Calais nightmare by Rob Flello, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South

Posted on: Friday, 9 September 2016 by Claire Britcher

Rob is a member of the House of Commons Transport Committee and Chairman of Parliament’s Freight Transport Group. From the Maginot Line to Donald Trump’s contentious plans for the US border with Mexico to the Great Wall of Calais, people always find ...

Getting the most from your truck tyre investment - by Goodyear TyreTalk

Posted on: Wednesday, 7 September 2016 by Alice Bayford

Reducing the total cost of ownership is the main aim for many fleet operators. Are there any simple tips for fleet operators to get the most out of their truck tyre investment? Like all investments, truck tyres must be carefully selected and managed. ...

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

Posted on: Friday, 2 September 2016 by Alice Bayford

LCRS receives endorsement from Transport Minister Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP has expressed support for FTA’s Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS). The scheme is a great way for members to reduce both fuel and carbon. ...

Staying ahead with the industry experts: where do we begin? - by Carlie Nowell, Head of Events, FTA

Posted on: Wednesday, 31 August 2016 by Alice Bayford in categories Policy and compliance, Road

1202 delegates attended Transport Manager in 2015, 86% surveyed would recommend to a friend or colleague with a 90% satisfaction rate from those who attended on the day. ...

The year ahead for commercial fleets - by Stephen Briers, editor-in-chief, Commercial Fleet

Posted on: Friday, 26 August 2016 by Alice Bayford in categories Road, Policy and compliance

A tightening of emission standards, safety issues in cities and new product mean the next 12 months will be a time of intense focus for commercial vehicle managers. ...

Carbon standards for trucks - by Rachael Dillon, Climate Change Policy Manager, FTA

Posted on: Wednesday, 17 August 2016 by Alice Bayford in categories Environment, Road

A second phase of a new carbon benchmark for medium- and large-sized trucks has been announced this week by the US Environment Protection Agency. ...

Low Emission Freight Fund to support carbon reduction - by Rachael Dillon, Climate Change Policy Manager, FTA

Posted on: Wednesday, 27 July 2016 by Alice Bayford

Diesel has long been the fuel of choice for the logistics – it’s efficient and great strides have been taken with Euro standards to reduce air pollutants. ...

Taking a moment to deliver the summer - by Pippa Shepherd, Director of Membership, FTA

Posted on: Thursday, 14 July 2016 by Alice Bayford

Take a look at our infographic and see how logistics continues delivering the summer. Sat on centre court at Wimbledon, with strawberries and cream in my hand and the sun shining – if only for an hour – it’s difficult to imagine that the nation is ...

Preventing illegal vehicle access - by Paul Reeve, Managing Director, Structure-flex Ltd

Posted on: Thursday, 14 April 2016 by Jackie Langridge

(The views and opinions expressed by the authors of these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Freight Transport Association) The media may not have been giving it much coverage lately but the issue of migrants ...

Why the logistics industry must stop talking to itself – by Louise Cole, Director, White Rose Media

Posted on: Monday, 21 March 2016 by Jackie Langridge in category Media and campaigns

(The views and opinions expressed by the authors of these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Freight Transport Association) The logistics industry has long had a problem communicating with the general public. ...

Construction congestion – a vicious circle by Kirsten Tisdale of Aricia Limited

Posted on: Thursday, 3 March 2016 by Jackie Langridge in category London

(The views and opinions expressed by the authors of these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Freight Transport Association) What’s happened to planning permission in central London, or even planning? ...

Freight & Logistics is moving ahead - by Matt Harrington, Editor, Freight & Logistics

Posted on: Monday, 8 February 2016 by Jackie Langridge in category Media and campaigns

When I was appointed as the new editor of Freight magazine at the end of last year, I was tasked with refreshing the content of the long-established members’ magazine, making it into a ‘pick up and read’, and – crucially – covering the stories that ...

Driver facilities are a sign of respect – by Jenny Tipping

Posted on: Monday, 8 February 2016 by Jackie Langridge in category Road

The shortage of lorry drivers means that these days we are able to pick and choose which company we work for, and the facilities provided for basic tasks like preparing food, washing and going to the loo are fundamental to our experience of the job. ...

Daily issues for the modern lorry driver by Stuart Cooke of BMG Insurance

Posted on: Tuesday, 2 February 2016 by Jackie Langridge in category Road

For those who don’t work in the freight and logistics industry it may seem that the life of a lorry driver is a pretty easy one; they are able to sit down all day and get to listen to the radio whilst working. ...

Dawn Shakespeare of the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers looks at the impact of falling oil prices

Posted on: Monday, 25 January 2016 by Jackie Langridge in category Road

With the price of petrol and diesel dropping at the pumps, oil distribution trade association Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) says the price of heating oil has also dropped and is at a ten year low for the 1. ...

Why is speeding still a serious issue on our roads? by Andrew Drewary of 3Sixty Fleet

Posted on: Thursday, 26 November 2015 by Jackie Langridge in category Road

Despite all the publicity over the last decade about speeding and the introduction of 20mph zones, recent figures published by the Ministry of Justice show that during the same period speeding is still the biggest motoring-related offence where the ...

Illuminating clothing by Guy Watson, Director, Fhoss Wearable Technology

Posted on: Tuesday, 24 November 2015 by Jackie Langridge in category Shopfta

This week is National Road Safety Week and there’s no doubt we all need to play our part in promoting safety on the roads. ...