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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. ...

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. ...