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    Entries now open for Transport Manager of the Year

    Entries now open for Transport Manager of the Year

    18/03/2020
    Entries are now open for the FTA’s Transport Manager of the Year competition, a brand new contest to enable transport managers to showcase their extensive knowledge and gain recognition from other industry professionals. The competition is ope...Read more
    FTA to rebrand as Logistics UK

    FTA to rebrand as Logistics UK

    18/03/2020
    The Freight Transport Association will change its name to Logistics UK at the end of May. “It is important to note that we are not changing our focus, or the important services, support and advice that we provide to members,” FTA Chief E...Read more
    Driver shortage heading to crisis point

    Driver shortage heading to crisis point

    18/03/2020
    The shortage of commercial vehicle drivers in the UK is heading towards crisis point, says a new report from Driver Require. The company’s latest White Paper outlines the current and prospective state of the LGV driver market.  It warns o...Read more
    Brighter outlook for small transport firms

    Brighter outlook for small transport firms

    18/03/2020
    The growth outlook for small firms in the transport and distribution sector has increased for four successive quarters, according to a report from Hitachi Capital. The number of companies in the sector predicting growth has jumped from 29% to 34% in...Read more
    Auction values at all-time high

    Auction values at all-time high

    18/03/2020
    Average auction values for second-hand LCVs reached an all-time high of £7,636 in January, nearly 5% up on December and 4% up on the same month a year ago. The figures were released by auction market leader BCA, which is reporting excellent en...Read more
    Van community inspired by sportspeople to share mental health concerns

    Van community inspired by sportspeople to share mental health concerns

    18/03/2020
    Stars from the world of sport are making it more acceptable for the van community to speak about their mental health and wellbeing, more than any profession in the UK. according to research from Mercedes-Benz Vans UK. Indeed, 80% said they felt they...Read more
    Customer Update COVID-19: our response

    Customer Update COVID-19: our response

    18/03/2020
    Customer Update COVID-19: our response Sparshatt Truck & Van is closely monitoring the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), and we continue to proactively follow healthcare advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and government H...Read more
    Government to halt smart motorway rollout

    Government to halt smart motorway rollout

    17/02/2020
    The national roll-out of a smart motorway network is to be put on hold until the government has completed a review. This follows an investigation by BBC TV’s Panorama programme which revealed that 38 people had been killed on smart motorways i...Read more
    Vital safety features now in place on more than 8,000 lorries

    Vital safety features now in place on more than 8,000 lorries

    17/02/2020
    Transport for London has issued more than 8,000 Heavy Goods Vehicle Safety Permits, as part of the Direct Vision Standard since it launched in October 2019.   Freight operators are required to obtain a free Safety Permit, which is needed t...Read more
    RHA publishes vision to decarbonise freight and logistics

    RHA publishes vision to decarbonise freight and logistics

    17/02/2020
    The Road Haulage Association has published a new strategy paper setting out its approach to decarbonising the freight and logistics sector. With the environment at the heart of the recent General Election, the paper calls on the new Government ...Read more
    How Brexit may affect HGV ownership models

    How Brexit may affect HGV ownership models

    17/02/2020
    An executive briefing just released by vehicle specialist Dawsongroup predicts that the traditional acquisition patterns in the haulage industry may be substantially disrupted by Brexit. The briefing predicts that: Vehicles will inevitably become...Read more
    Sprinter retains Large Van of the Year title

    Sprinter retains Large Van of the Year title

    17/02/2020
    The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has retained the Large Van of the Year honour at the Great British Fleet Awards. Dan Gilkes, Van Fleet World Editor and one of the judges for the Great British Fleet Awards, explained: “While several players in the h...Read more
    Too many vans have no alarm fitted

    Too many vans have no alarm fitted

    17/02/2020
    Four-in-ten new vans on sale today do not come with an alarm as standard, an investigation by What Car? Vans has concluded. The findings follow research highlighting how more than 43,000 vans have been stolen since 2016, with a further 117,000 broke...Read more
    Rugged, reliable FUSO Canters are ‘a cut above’ for Premier Timber

    Rugged, reliable FUSO Canters are ‘a cut above’ for Premier Timber

    4/02/2020
    Part of the family: Proprietor Andy Hayward and sons Jamie and Ashley, left, are pictured with their latest FUSO Canter dropsider Premier Timber bought its first FUSO Canter shortly after it opened for business 20 years ago – to suggest it run...Read more
    Traka Automotive supports operational efficiency drive at expanding Sparshatt Truck & Van Limited

    Traka Automotive supports operational efficiency drive at expanding Sparshatt Truck & Van Limited

    28/01/2020
    Traka Automotive supports operational efficiency drive at expanding Sparshatt Truck & Van Limited Sparshatt Truck & Van is a successful Kent-based Mercedes-Benz and FUSO Commercial Vehicle dealership and servicing group operating across five...Read more
    Cris puts another cross in the Mercedes-Benz Econic box

    Cris puts another cross in the Mercedes-Benz Econic box

    15/01/2020
    Raising safety standards: Cris Calina with his latest Hanson-liveried Mercedes-Benz Econic Hanson contractor Cris Services Group has underscored its commitments to safety and compliance by adding a sixth low-entry Mercedes-Benz Econic mixer truck to...Read more
    Fowler Welch looks to the future with new fleet of 21 Mercedes-Benz Actros

    Fowler Welch looks to the future with new fleet of 21 Mercedes-Benz Actros

    9/01/2020
    The growing partnership between Fowler Welch and Mercedes-Benz Trucks ‘came of age’ in December, as the chilled and ambient supply chain logistics specialist took delivery of 21 tractor units from the new-generation Actros range. Fowler ...Read more
    Zero-emission trucks require radical policy changes

    Zero-emission trucks require radical policy changes

    6/01/2020
    The transition to carbon-neutral and zero-emission freight transport cannot happen without radical policy changes by the European Union and the governments of all member states. That was the feeling among the CEOs of Europe’s truck makers at a...Read more
    Operator survey highlights key trends

    Operator survey highlights key trends

    6/01/2020
    More than 70% of operators struggle to fill their HGV driver vacancies either some of the time or all of the time, new research has found. In addition, 52% of operators believe that Driver CPC has not added any value to their business since its intr...Read more
    Report identifies hauliers’ biggest concern

    Report identifies hauliers’ biggest concern

    6/01/2020
    Driver recruitment and retention is still the biggest concern for hauliers, according to the RHA’s latest Cost Movement Report. The report, which gathers information from RHA members and sets out to define industry trends, shows that the HGV d...Read more
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