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      Driving in heavy rain could land you a £5000 fine

      Driving in heavy rain could land you a £5000 fine

      20/09/2022
      The risk of aquaplaning is so severe that drivers are warned that taking to the roads during a heavy downpour could see them slapped with a £5000 fine. The risk of losing control of your car is significantly higher and will put other road users...Read more
      Can people safely drive a truck on a car licence?

      Can people safely drive a truck on a car licence?

      20/09/2022
      The government has been shaking up the driving license rules, including what size vehicle someone can drive with a car driving test. One of the ideas put forward is that we should allow people to get behind the wheel and drive a truck that weighs up ...Read more
      Government action sees surge in truck driving tests

      Government action sees surge in truck driving tests

      20/09/2022
      In 2021 the government introduced changes that simplified the HGV license process in an attempt to assuage the HGV driver shortage. Figures released in August 2020 show that 74% more driving tests for lorries have been carried out between January and...Read more
      Government wants industry to weigh in on logistics careers

      Government wants industry to weigh in on logistics careers

      20/09/2022
      With an ongoing shortage of HGV drivers in the UK, the government is keen to ensure the UK supply chain continues to thrive and therefore is asking for views on how to bring more people to logistics as a career path. Ideas Already Floated At the be...Read more
      London’s Mayor urged to scrap ULEZ for a pay-per-mile scheme

      London’s Mayor urged to scrap ULEZ for a pay-per-mile scheme

      9/11/2021
      A research think tank is calling on the Mayor of London to scrap its Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in favour of a pay-per-mile system. Nick Bowes, Centre for London chief executive, said: “A pay-per-mile road user charging scheme would improv...Read more
      Industry reactions to the Autumn budget

      Industry reactions to the Autumn budget

      9/11/2021
      It was a budget that froze fuel duty, announced new ‘levelling-up’ infrastructure schemes, and confirmed continued funding for the switch to electric. Business organisation Logistic UK reacted by saying more improvements are required to ...Read more
      Extension of cabotage will put more pressure on lorry parking

      Extension of cabotage will put more pressure on lorry parking

      9/11/2021
      The Road Haulage Association (RHA) said that it is “shocked and disappointed” by the Government proposal to allow foreign haulage companies to undertake unlimited work in the UK in two-week blocks. The RHA press release continues: &ldquo...Read more
      Government to extend cabotage rights

      Government to extend cabotage rights

      9/11/2021
      More HGV deliveries could be made with temporary changes to ‘cabotage’ according to the Government. A 1-week consultation was opened in October to allow foreign operators that come into the country laden with goods to pick up and drop off...Read more
      Industry lobbies against 2040 UK ban on new diesel trucks

      Industry lobbies against 2040 UK ban on new diesel trucks

      9/11/2021
      According to a Guardian report, several HGV manufacturers and operators are lobbying MPs behind the scenes to postpone the ban on sales of new diesel trucks. The automotive lobby group, the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), says pu...Read more
      New battery site in Kent leads the way in future energy storage

      New battery site in Kent leads the way in future energy storage

      9/11/2021
      According to industry estimates, the UK needs up to 13GW of new electricity storage before 2030 to help meet net zero commitments. In a major step towards meeting those goals, Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, Wärtsilä, and EDF, has act...Read more
      Green card insurance waived for UK drivers in EU

      Green card insurance waived for UK drivers in EU

      18/08/2021
      The haulage industry has welcomed news from the European Commission that they are waiving the obligation for UK drivers in the EU to carry a green card as proof of insurance cover abroad. The requirement was introduced during the Brexit transition pe...Read more
      Van sales soar amid home delivery boom

      Van sales soar amid home delivery boom

      18/08/2021
      Sales of new vans in the UK came close to record levels during the first six months of 2021 due to a boom in home deliveries and the economy reopening. Sales were further boosted by the introduction of clean air zones in several cities, which prompt...Read more
      Timescale for ban on polluting lorries announced

      Timescale for ban on polluting lorries announced

      18/08/2021
      New diesel and petrol lorries will be banned in Britain by 2040, under the Government’s recently published ‘greenprint’. The plan aims to decarbonise all types of transport by 2050. Although the plan is still open to consultation, ...Read more
      The Government’s plan to tackle driver shortage “only go part of the way”

      The Government’s plan to tackle driver shortage “only go part of the way”

      18/08/2021
      A package of measures to help tackle the HGV driver shortage has been announced by the government. In an open letter to the road haulage sector, ministers have pledged to work with industry leaders to attract new drivers, simplify training and encou...Read more
      HGV driver shortage is amplified by the ‘pingdemic’

      HGV driver shortage is amplified by the ‘pingdemic’

      18/08/2021
      Businesses across the UK are under strain with staff being told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace app, and the logistics sector is no exception. With the UK short of around 100,000 HGV drivers, and warnings of shortages of food and other pro...Read more
      Royal Warrant holder Coventry Scaffolding moves up in the world with Mercedes-Benz

      Royal Warrant holder Coventry Scaffolding moves up in the world with Mercedes-Benz

      2/08/2021
      It’s been a long time coming but after more than 70 years in business Coventry Scaffolding has commissioned its first Mercedes-Benz truck, a 26-tonne Arocs supplied by Dealer Sparshatt Truck & Van. Despite its name the family-owned company...Read more
       Government backs infrastructure for air taxis

      Government backs infrastructure for air taxis

      22/06/2021
      Get ready to see vertical take-off and landing aircraft in our skies soon. Known as ‘eVTOL’, the aircraft can be manned or unmanned and currently use electric power. ‘Air roads’ are planned to enable people and cargo to travel...Read more
      Daimler Trucks begins rigorous testing of its fuel-cell truck

      Daimler Trucks begins rigorous testing of its fuel-cell truck

      22/06/2021
      Daimler Trucks begins rigorous testing of its fuel-cell truck •              First enhanced prototype of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck on the test track since late April •&n...Read more
      Drivers urged to prepare for expansion of ULEZ across London

      Drivers urged to prepare for expansion of ULEZ across London

      22/06/2021
      Having won a second term as mayor, Sadiq Khan has confirmed that London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded this autumn. The updated zone is to be 18 times larger than the compact city centre area currently in force. From 25 Oct...Read more
      HGV drivers face revised penalties for people smuggling

      HGV drivers face revised penalties for people smuggling

      22/06/2021
      Responsible hauliers and drivers who are unwitting victims of people-smuggling gangs should not be penalised if all precautions have been taken to protect their vehicles, according to Logistics UK.  Logistics UK strongly opposes the government&...Read more
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