Logistics News - March 29th

Logistics News - March 29th

EU Takes Strides in Road Safety | Logistics Manager

The European Union has agreed on legislation which will mean that new trucks, vans, cars, and buses are to be equipped with advanced safety features, such as direct vision technology, intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency-braking systems.

Some 25,300 people died on EU roads in 2017 and 135,000 were seriously injured.

It has been estimated that the Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) system could reduce fatalities on EU roads by 20 per cent.  “ISA will provide a driver with feedback, based on maps and road sign observation, always when speed limit is exceeded. This will not only make all of us safer, but also help drivers to avoid speeding tickets,” said Parliament’s rapporteur Róża Thun.

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Dissent Across Europe as Road Haulage Drivers and Transport Unions Protest to European Parliament | Handy Shipping Guide

Whilst the eyes and ears of the British media are firmly fixed on more tortuous Brexit debates, it might for a moment take a look across the Channel to see the wave of dissent which is currently sweeping the EU with regard to the satisfaction of transport workers, and particularly the way individual states are dealing with their 'equal partner' nation status.

Today (27 March) separate demonstrations are scheduled both for EU headquarters in Brussels and Strasbourg. In Belgium the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) has a demonstration scheduled regarding its Fair Transport for Europe campaign in which it catalogues a raft of items with which it is dissatisfied.

The demonstration completes a series of actions across the continent in a week of protests the ETF says included convoys, river trips, night trains, youth journeys and port blockades. The matters raised are manifold and include so-called chaos at Ryanair, battles over Uber, trucking abuse scandals, creeping automation, rail privatisation and human trafficking on river cruises.

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Ailsa Bay Traces Whisky with Blockchain Tech | Scotch Whisky.com


Lowland distillery Ailsa Bay has released a travel retail exclusive whisky featuring blockchain technology to ‘ensure authenticity and allow traceability’.  The distillery, which is owned by William Grant & Sons, partnered with specialist blockchain technology company arc-net to allow customers to track the expression from ‘source to store’.

Blockchain technology operates as a list of registers or ‘blocks’, with each block containing specific information in a process and how that information was shared, or ‘transacted’.

For Ailsa Bay the blockchain data, which includes information on the distillation and maturation process such as cask types, and filling and bottling dates, is collected from William Grant & Sons.

This information is then accessed through an open ledger, meaning stored information can be shared but not changed or altered.

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