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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. ...

Can funding drive the change to alternative fuelled low carbon hgvs?

Posted on: Wednesday, 29 August 2012 by Rachael Dillon

Earlier this year, £9.5 million was made available to kick-start the alternative fuels hgv market through a Technology Strategy Board (TSB) funding competition. ...

A chat with Jessica about Morden just the Severn

Posted on: Wednesday, 15 August 2012 by Mike Webb

FTA was in Newport yesterday to meet with local MP Jessica Morden. A familiar figure to everyone involved with FTA's work in Wales, and an active member of the House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee, she has been one of the most prominent voices ...

Can you be confident your drivers are legal?

Posted on: Tuesday, 14 August 2012 by Debbie Attwood

By Sam Law, Head of ShopFTA How sure are you that your drivers' licences are valid? According to the Licence Bureau, there are an estimated 24,000 people driving illegally for companies in Britain today, which, let’s be honest, is a shocking ...

Suppliers are key to reducing company carbon emissions

Posted on: Friday, 10 August 2012 by Rachael Dillon in category Environment

This week, I heard that Unilever and DHL are extending an existing partnership to improve their sustainability and reduce carbon emissions. ...