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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. ...

Selected by the Committee part 2

Posted on: Thursday, 24 January 2013 by Mike Webb in categories Westminster, Road

FTA continued the recent close working with the Transport Committee (formerly the Select Committee) with a second verbal evidence session and submission of a third written submission in the month of January. ...

Selected by the Committee part 1

Posted on: Thursday, 24 January 2013 by Mike Webb in categories Westminster, Environment, Air

Nobody can accuse the House of Commons Transport Committee (formerly known as the Transport Select Committee) of not hitting 2013 running. ...

Guest Blog by Noel Brett, CEO of the Road Safety Authority, Ireland

Posted on: Friday, 11 January 2013 by Debbie Attwood

With only a few months to go now, I am looking forward to having the opportunity to pass on the road safety message to those attending the FTA Ireland Transport Manager Seminar. ...

FTA Takes Fuel Duty Message To Westminster

Posted on: Wednesday, 21 November 2012 by Mike Webb

Today, FTA was at the House of Commons as part of an All-Party Fair Fuel Group event to spell out to an audience of MPs the threat posed to logistics companies by the planned fuel duty increase scheduled for January 1 2013. ...

Keeping up the pressure on RET

Posted on: Wednesday, 21 November 2012 by Mike Webb in category Conservative

As part of its ongoing campaigning work in Scotland, FTA was in Edinburgh yesterday, taking the latest developments in its fight against the ending of Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) for commercial vehicles to the Scottish Parliament. ...

FTA exhibits at the Euro Bus Expo 2012

Posted on: Friday, 9 November 2012 by Debbie Attwood

By Will Reeves - follow Will on Twitter @Will_FTA Passengerfta headed up to Birmingham this week to attend the Euro Bus Expo 2012 at the NEC. ...

FTA talks cycle safety at the party conferences

Posted on: Monday, 22 October 2012 by Mike Webb

Reflecting the importance placed on cycle safety by its members, FTA has been working hard across the three main party conferences to raise awareness of the issue of road safety, and demonstrate to policymakers the excellent work being carried out in ...

Party Conferences 2012 - The Tory Story

Posted on: Thursday, 11 October 2012 by Mike Webb in categories Conservative, Transport Hub

FTA's tour of the party conferences 2012 came to an end with the Conservative party conference in Birmingham; in the midst of the maze of rooms and corridors that is the ICC, surrounded by the imposing glass figure of the Hyatt Hotel and the striking ...

Celebrate carbon reduction success with the LCRS Awards

Posted on: Monday, 8 October 2012 by Rachael Dillon

Recently the inaugural LCRS Awards were launched at FTA's Fleet Engineer Conference. The awards, a first for the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS), will celebrate the individual efforts of LCRS members to reduce their carbon emissions from ...

FTA shines in the Brighton rain at the Lib Dem conference

Posted on: Thursday, 27 September 2012 by Mike Webb in categories Liberal Democrat, Road, Transport Hub

Amidst the driving rain currently pouring down across Britain, FTA joined thousands of conference-goers braving the weather at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton. ...

Scottish Supply Chain Conference to examine fitness of purpose of Scotland's freight links and infrastructure

Posted on: Wednesday, 19 September 2012 by Debbie Attwood

With little over a week to go, we are getting excited about the Scottish Supply Chain Conference, taking place in Glasgow on 27 September. ...

Stay on track during the Paralympics

Posted on: Friday, 31 August 2012 by Debbie Attwood

By Head of Media Relations Julie Maddocks It wasn't just the athletes who achieved amazing results at the London Olympics, the freight industry saw success during the event too. ...