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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? ...

Three Parties Are Better Than One

Posted on: Wednesday, 4 September 2013 by Mike Webb in categories Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Labour, Transport Hub, Westminster

As is now traditional in the early Autumn, FTA is set to spend three weeks in September taking the message of logistics to the heart of politics and policymaking at the three principal party conferences. ...

FTA greets confirmation of M4 enhancement funding with caution

Posted on: Thursday, 11 July 2013 by Debbie Attwood

Today the Welsh Affairs Committee, chaired by David Davies MP for Monmouthshire, sat at the Senedd in Cardiff as part of its evidence gathering exercise on the Future of the Severn Bridges. ...

FTA Talking Ports Access

Posted on: Tuesday, 2 July 2013 by Mike Webb

Yesterday saw FTA once again in Parliament giving evidence to the Transport Committee; this time on issues affecting access to Britain's ports by road and rail - and through them the wider economy. ...

Are you ready for Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting?

Posted on: Friday, 14 June 2013 by Rachael Dillon

From 30 September 2013, quoted companies (all businesses listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange) will be obliged to report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Annual Company Reports. ...

Gasrec Fuelling Station Makes Case For Gas

Posted on: Thursday, 23 May 2013 by Mike Webb

Friday saw the long-awaited official opening of the Gasrec Bio-LPG fuelling station in Daventry. A crowd of more than 100 operators, customers and staff came together to see the station in full operation; which is Britain's first bio-LPG plant; the ...

Van Excellence guest blog

Posted on: Wednesday, 15 May 2013 by Debbie Attwood

By James Davis at Manheim On Thursday I attended the first ever Freight Transport Association Van Excellence Conference at The Hilton, Sheffield. ...

LCRS paves the way for a voluntary approach to carbon reduction

Posted on: Wednesday, 8 May 2013 by Rachael Dillon

I was delighted to read the Department for Transport's (DfT) Freight Carbon Review published last week which has welcomed a continued voluntary approach to reducing freight carbon emissions. ...

VOSA consults on changes to fees

Posted on: Thursday, 2 May 2013 by Debbie Attwood

VOSA has issued a consultation on changes to its fees structure. As well as the first general fees increase in four-and-a-half years, the proposals complete the process started in the last review of differentiating test fees according to where tests ...

Keeping the focus on Northern Ireland

Posted on: Wednesday, 24 April 2013 by Mike Webb in categories Northern Ireland, Westminster, Labour

This week, FTA was in Westminster to discuss a range of issues affecting Northern Ireland with the Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Vernon Coaker MP. ...

VOSA targets the 'white van man'

Posted on: Wednesday, 27 March 2013 by Debbie Attwood

By Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans at FTA 'White van man' is of course a stereotype, but the general roadworthiness of vans is of serious concern, whatever the colour, and it's pretty obvious that things have to change. ...

Time to test independent testing

Posted on: Friday, 22 March 2013 by Mike Webb

In its response to the Department for Transport's Motoring Services Strategy consultation, FTA has told Government it's time to finish what it started with the Testing Transformation Programme. ...

Climate Week 2013

Posted on: Monday, 4 March 2013 by Rachael Dillon

This week marks the third annual Climate Week (4 to 8 March), Britain's biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. ...

From London To Edinburgh

Posted on: Wednesday, 27 February 2013 by Mike Webb

In a busy week for FTA on the campaigning trail, the Association has been discussing the issues central to logistics with both the Transport Select Committee and a number of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament. ...