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Safe use of X-ray scanners

Posted on: Tuesday, 7 December 2010 by Toby Carroll in category International

Border, port and other inspection authorities are increasingly using non-intrusive inspection scanners to generate interior images of commercial vehicles. ...

DocStop emergency medical services in Germany

Posted on: Tuesday, 7 December 2010 by Toby Carroll in category International

Roadside medical services are few and far between for international drivers. Possibly the most well developed system is that offered in Germany, known as DocStop and operated by the non-commercial association "DocStop for Europeans e.V.". ...

Welsh Assembly Government Budget - big ideas, little detail

Posted on: Friday, 19 November 2010 by Toby Carroll in categories Media and campaigns, Wales

At the same time that people in Scotland were learning the fate of key projects of interest from the Scottish Government, their counterparts in Wales were discovering the short-term economic future in their own devolved areas, as the Welsh Assembly ...

The good, the bad and the logistics sector - FTA and the draft Scottish Budget

Posted on: Friday, 19 November 2010 by Toby Carroll in categories Media and campaigns, Scotland

John Swinney’s draft Scottish Budget announcement will certainly bring some benefits to the country’s supply chain and help maintain its position as a net exporter of goods. ...

Excellent talks with Labour’s new Shadow Transport Minister

Posted on: Wednesday, 17 November 2010 by Toby Carroll in categories Media and campaigns, Wales

On Monday we had a good meeting with John Woodcock, the new MP for Barrow and Furness, and Labour’s new Shadow Transport Minister in charge of roads, climate and freight. ...

FTA pushing O-licensing over the line

Posted on: Thursday, 4 November 2010 by Toby Carroll in categories Media and campaigns, Northern Ireland

FTA were in the grand surroundings of the Stomont estate on Monday, home of the Northern Ireland Assembly, to further push the issues affecting operators in the run up to the Assembly elections in May 2011. ...

Conferences 2010 - talking Scottish freight with the SNP

Posted on: Tuesday, 19 October 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, SNP

FTA rounded off their conference programme with a series of meetings in the grand surroundings of Perth conference hall; temporary home to the final SNP conference before the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections. ...

Conferences 2010 - taking freight's story to the Tories

Posted on: Monday, 18 October 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Transport Hub

The FTA party conference roadshow continued this week with a trip to the Conservative party conference in Birmingham. Conservative MPs receptive to FTA's message While there FTA enjoyed conversations with a number of leading Conservative politicians, ...

Conferences 2010 - FTA On The Mancunian Way

Posted on: Wednesday, 29 September 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Transport Hub

2010 has been a strange year in politics; and for none more so than the Labour party. For 16 years, the party had been led by one of the twin architects of New Labour, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and for the last 13 of these it had been in ...

Conferences 2010 - Logistics, Lib Dems and Liverpool

Posted on: Wednesday, 22 September 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Liberal Democrat

Five months after the frantic activity of the 2010 general election, the party conference season kicked off as usual with the Liberal Democrat conference. ...

Get Involved At The Party Conferences With FTA

Posted on: Friday, 10 September 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Westminster

FTA, in association with Kapsch TrafficCom, will be holding a fringe event at each of the main party conferences as part of the pioneering Transport Hub to raise the important issue of infrastructure provision with the Government about to conclude ...

FTA Meets German In Wales

Posted on: Tuesday, 17 August 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Wales

On Tuesday, FTA sat down with the newest member of the National Assembly for Wales, Liberal Democrat Veronica German AM. Mrs German has recently joined the Assembly, as a regional list member for South Wales East, when her predecessor was elevated to ...

Meeting the new man at Gwydyr House

Posted on: Wednesday, 21 July 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Westminster, Wales

Following the successful securing of a Welsh Assembly Government study into the Severn tolls, a delegation of FTA staff and members have held initial discussions with the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP. ...

FTA welcomes Ellman's re-election in person

Posted on: Monday, 19 July 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Westminster

Today, FTA has had a useful and interesting discussion with the re-elected Chair of the Transport Select Committee, Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman. ...

Now we are sitting comfortably, we can begin

Posted on: Thursday, 15 July 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Westminster, Media and campaigns, Wales

After detailed negotiations, careful bargaining and a few favours called in, the House of Commons Select Committees have appointed their members and can start their important job of scrutinising the Government. ...

FTA celebrates important Severn first step

Posted on: Wednesday, 7 July 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Westminster, Wales

Finally, there is something to cheer for the logistics industry in Wales, with the news that Ieuan Wyn Jones has agreed to set up a study into the effects of the Severn Crossing tolls on the local economy. ...

FTA Meets Bob Russell

Posted on: Thursday, 3 June 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Westminster

Today, FTA went to Westminster to meet the long-standing Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester, Bob Russell. In amongst some discussion of the merits of Colchester United’s new ground, Mr Russell was interested to hear FTA’s assessment of the problems ...

New DfT Ministers: Mike Penning

Posted on: Saturday, 15 May 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Westminster

We conclude our daily look at the new ministers at Great Minster House with an introduction to the new man charged with looking after freight; Mike Penning MP. The final piece of the DfT ministerial jigsaw is Hemel Hempstead’s Mike Penning. ...

New DFT Ministers: Norman Baker

Posted on: Friday, 14 May 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Westminster

Having looked at the new Secretary of State and Minister of State, we turn our attention to the first of two junior ministers at the DfT. ...

New DfT Ministers: Theresa Villiers

Posted on: Thursday, 13 May 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Westminster

Yesterday we looked at the new Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond. Today we turn attention to the new Minister of State, Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers. ...