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Winter is coming – be prepared, by Stan Rudowski of ATS Euromaster

Posted on: Monday, 23 November 2015 by Jackie Langridge

It’s that time of year again, when the rumours that we are in for the coldest winter in a century, a decade or even a millennium begin to fly around. ...

Driving home for Christmas by Bridgestone UK

Posted on: Monday, 9 November 2015 by Jackie Langridge

If one or two long-range weather reports are to be believed, this Christmas might just be one to live long in the memory for youngsters, even if their parents might be marginally less enamoured. ...

Ice Road Inspections - from South Wales to the Falkland Islands by Wyn Skyrme

Posted on: Tuesday, 6 October 2015 by Sian Pattenden

My name is Wyn Skyrme, a Vehicle Inspection Engineer specialising in HGV and PSV training and vehicle inspections. In my 32 years engineering experience I have been to many places, however my trip in early September to the Falkland Islands Government ...

Engage Your Drivers Before the Robots Take Over by John Mills, Head of Mobile Workforce Telematics at Microlise

Posted on: Thursday, 17 September 2015 by Jackie Langridge

Stephen Hawking says that robots with artificial intelligence could take over the world in the next 100 years. This may seem like a threat not to be taken seriously, but coming from one of the pre-eminent scientists of our generation it carries a bit ...

The dangers of working near overhead power lines, by Ewan McMillan, Health and Safety Director at SP Energy Networks

Posted on: Friday, 28 August 2015 by Jackie Langridge

At SP Energy Networks (SPEN), we manage more than 44,000km of overhead power lines and over 30,000 substations across central and southern Scotland, Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales. That electricity powers over 3. ...

The Future of Telematics by Marc Preedy, Goodyear Commercial Director UK & Ireland

Posted on: Monday, 6 July 2015 by Jackie Langridge

Just as the advent of affordable GPS revolutionised telematics and subsequent developments, the increase in mobile network bandwidth available such as 4G will allow for ever-growing volumes of data transfer. ...

How can logistics companies benefit from carbon reduction and reporting? by Tanja Wenmann, PTV Group

Posted on: Thursday, 25 June 2015 by Jackie Langridge

At FTA’s Carbon Conference in May, the PTV Group was the official sponsor of the Smaller Fleet Operator of the Year Award. ...

Testing time for the van auction market by James Davis, Director of Commercial Vehicles, Manheim Auctions

Posted on: Wednesday, 17 June 2015 by Jackie Langridge

We’re seeing further proof of an emerging trend in the van auction halls. Vans offered for sale in front of the rostrum with little or no MOT are fetching up to £400 less than their freshly-tested counterparts. ...

Enhancing road safety by Goodyear Commercial Director UK & Ireland Marc Preedy

Posted on: Thursday, 14 May 2015 by Kirsty Adams

The road freight industry faces a number of challenges relating to public perceptions of trucks and road safety. Anti-truck campaigns frequently cite the fact that trucks are disproportionately involved in road traffic accidents. ...

Why Van Excellence? Let’s here from one of our latest accredited operators…

Posted on: Monday, 23 February 2015 by Kirsty Adams

A line in the sand Nick Webb is fleet manager at bakery & catering equipment specialist Miller’s Vanguard. He tells us why the first thing he did was to implement Van Excellence as a benchmark for operational standards. ...

A Changing Competitive Landcape

Posted on: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 by Kirsty Adams

Goodyear Commercial Director UK & Ireland Marc Preedy (pictured) reflects on the changing landscape of the logistics industry. The road freight industry has historically operated on low profit margins. In some cases that can make fleets unsustainable. ...

Why we should make the leap…

Posted on: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 by Kirsty Adams

We’ve learnt over the last few years of Van Excellence Operator Accreditation that the management of any change required to comply with our standards can be a frustrating and time-consuming challenge for the organisation involved. ...

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together!

Posted on: Friday, 6 February 2015 by Kirsty Adams

Pulling together any conference event can be both time consuming and challenging. Identifying interesting and engaging speakers can be demanding; persuading them to send you their presentations in time, even more so. ...

Road Safety Week - Balfour Beatty

Posted on: Tuesday, 18 November 2014 by Kirsty Adams

This week (17-23 November) is national Road Safety Week, an initiative organised the road safety charity Brake. The Road Safety Week 2014 theme, look out for each other, is all about everyone, especially drivers, showing patience, consideration and ...

Posted on: Tuesday, 16 September 2014 by Kirsty Adams

Driver CPC Deadline - Six Weeks To Go!

Posted on: Tuesday, 29 July 2014 by Kirsty Adams in category Shopfta

It was now five years ago the European Parliament and Council introduced compulsory training for vocational drivers. The purpose of this being to improve road safety and fuel efficiency as well as to encourage driving as a career to reduce the driver ...

European Commission holds conference on future of Driver CPC

Posted on: Tuesday, 25 March 2014 by Sarah Watkins in category Policy and compliance

The European Commission held a stakeholder conference in Brussels last week to discuss the future of Driver CPC; FTA’s James Firth was there to deliver members' points of view. ...

FairFuelUK guest blog

Posted on: Tuesday, 18 March 2014 by Jackie Langridge in category FairFuel UK

By Howard Cox of the FairFuelUK Campaign FairFuelUK has been campaigning over three years for the 32 million motorists of the UK, and in particular for the haulage industry, in part due to FTA’s consistent and steadfast financial backing. ...

Future Funding For Wales

Posted on: Friday, 1 November 2013 by Mike Webb in categories Wales, Road

This post has been written by FTA Head of Policy for Wales, Ian Gallagher Today’s announcement by the Prime Minister that the Welsh Government has been granted borrowing powers has left many of us who regularly use the road network in South Wales a ...

Hubs, Handshakes and Heated Exchanges - FTA at Party Conference 2013

Posted on: Monday, 7 October 2013 by Mike Webb in categories Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Transport Hub

Put a few thousand politicians, lobbyists, journalists and party activists in a convention centre with a couple of adjoining hotels and what do you get? ...