New FTA guide keeps international operators compliant Thu Jun 11 16:22:00 BST 2009

"International road transport operators often face confusing sets of local and national regulations that they do not encounter in the UK, including weekend bans, local weight restrictions and city centre bans linked to low emissions"

Don Armour, FTA’s International Manager and editor of the Guide

The Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) latest International Road Transport Guide, published annually, provides essential information for UK-based operators about the countries of the EU, and those outside it that are most frequently visited by them.

Don Armour, FTA’s International Manager and editor of the Guide, said:

“International road transport operators often face confusing sets of local and national regulations that they do not encounter in the UK, including weekend bans, local weight restrictions and city centre bans linked to low emissions.

“What with different processes and penalties for dealing with tachograph and drivers’ hours infringements, roadworthiness issues and inappropriate loading of the vehicle in each country, this Guide should become an indispensable addition to the office.”

The Guide uses country profiles to equip the transport manager with the information needed to avoid unanticipated delays and deal effectively with roadside enforcement.

The Guide also provides operators with more general information, such as ferry routes for planning journeys, guidance on the rules relating to cabotage (domestic freight activity in another state) and advice on Customs procedures and security.

The Guide is complemented by FTA’s:

• Member Advice Centre – providing legal advice and assistance to members who encounter problems when operating abroad;

• Monthly digest – ensuring FTA’s international members are kept up-to-speed with any changes affecting HGV operations across the EU;

• News alerts – circulated to international carriers where serious disruptions to traffic are anticipated or to provide updates on ongoing problems.

Notes for editors

Review copies of the International Road Transport Guide are available to the press from Jackie Langridge in the FTA press office on 01892 552253, email jlangridge@fta.co.uk

Companies in international membership of FTA receive a free copy of the Guide as part of their subscription package. Further copies (1 to 5) are available for £35 each, six or more are priced at £20 each, no VAT. Non-international FTA members and others may also purchase copies (code 4055) from Shopfta, order online at www.shop.fta.co.uk or call 08717 11 11 11.

 

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