Logistics News 12 June

Logistics News 12 June

Lilian Greenwood: The opportunity to future-proof our rail network is here | Politics Home

The Transport Committee has long been a champion of rail travel. Over the past few years we have called the Government to account on rail franchising, rail infrastructure investment and the rail timetabling chaos in 2018 that hit passengers hard.

While keeping the Department for Transport’s feet to the fire on current investment, services and the passenger experience, we are also acutely aware of the need to plan for the future.

This was a particular theme of our 2018 report into rail infrastructure investment when, as well as considering the mistakes of the past, we made recommendations to the Government about further electrifying the railways and doing more to support the development, testing and deployment of new technologies on the network.

Read more here.

Drivers hit by price hike of up to 50p on M6 Toll | Largs and Millport News

The cost of driving on the M6 Toll will increase by up to 50p per journey next month.

A new pricing structure for travel on Britain’s only privately-funded motorway will be introduced on July 12, operator Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) announced. Pries for weekday journeys between 7am and 7pm will rise to £6.70 for cars (up 30p), £11.80 for vans (up 50p) and £12 for lorries (up 50p).

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Now EU Cargo Trikes Cut Emissions and Costs for Urban Road Haulage Operations in Europe | Handy Shipping Guide

NETHERLANDS – UK– EUROPE – Pitched somewhere between a motorcycle courier and a delivery van comes the new generation of vehicles, either pedal powered or electrically driven, properly described a tricycles but which are collectively generally simply called 'trikes'.

These little utility vehicles are bound to become ever more popular in European cities where the drive toward cleaner logistics and quieter, more environmentally responsible road haulage operations are increasingly demanded.

Read more here.


Changes for international driving permits | RHA

A number of countries have confirmed UK drivers won’t need an International Driving Permit in the event of ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

Sadly, this doesn’t include currently include France, the Netherlands or Italy. However, this may be subject to change in coming months.

UK drivers with photocard licences will be able to drive temporarily (enough for international haulage work) through 20 European countries without an International Driving Permit.

These are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland.

An International Drivers Permit will still be needed to drive to, from or through: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden.

 The RHA has published a revised Brexit checklist with links to Government information on the various rules for each country.


Edinburgh Low Emission Zone | Roadway Live

The City of Edinburgh Council wants to hear your views on their plans to improve air quality.

They’re consulting on proposals to introduce a low emission zone by December 2020.

They want to know what you think about key aspects of their plans including the proposed boundaries, vehicle types, grace periods and how the LEZ could affect your business.

Read the full story on RoadwayLive.



Testing times ahead for rail freight, according to FTA | UK Haulier

Domestic bulk and semi-bulk rail freight grew beyond all expectations in 2018, according to FTA’s 2019 Logistics Report, launched in association with Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking. But the organisation, which represents the interests of the logistics sector, warns more challenging times lie ahead for the rail freight sector, with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit set to compromise this trajectory. 

Elizabeth de Jong, Director of UK Policy at FTA, the organisation representing the interests of the logistics sector, commented: “While 2018 saw a notable growth in domestic bulk and semi-bulk rail freight – possibly due to the expansion of the construction sector – sentiment for 2019 is much more subdued, indicating we are entering more challenging times. The uncertainty surrounding Brexit has already led to hesitancy among clients with manufacturing growth reaching a three-month low in January and new business projects falling to an eight-month low.”

Read the full story on UK Haulier.



"Truly shocking level of drivers’ hours infringements" lead to seven year disqualification for haulage director | Commercial Motor

A haulage director who allowed “a truly shocking level of drivers’ hours infringements” to go unpunished at his firm has been disqualified for seven years by West Midlands TC Nick Denton.

In a written decision, Denton said he had also requested that the police and DVSA employ ANPR and other on-road resources to identify and stop vehicles operated by Short Logistics as he had limited faith the company would comply with his decision to revoke the licence.

Two DVSA reports were handed to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner, outlining a host of issues at the haulage firm, including a prohibition rate, an inadequate driver defect reporting system, non-use of an operating centre and numerous drivers’ hours offences, including those by the director and transport manager Jaroslav Kratky.

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Autonomous Road Haulage Moves a Step Closer as Container Freight Terminal Automates Deliveries | Handy Shipping Guide

SWEDEN – Anyone who has predicted that autonomous road haulage won't catch on will seemingly soon have to change their view as the pace of adoption picks up. The latest move in the field of driverless freight transport sees Volvo Trucks electric, connected and autonomous vehicle Vera form part of an integrated solution to transport goods from a DFDS logistics centre to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Just last year Volvo Trucks presented its first autonomous solution, designed for repetitive assignments in logistics centres, factories and ports. Vera is suited for short distances, transporting large volumes of goods with high precision. The purpose of the latest collaboration is to implement Vera in a real application, enabling a connected system for a continuous flow of goods, from a DFDS logistics centre to an APM Terminals port facility in Gothenburg, for subsequent distribution across the world.

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