The UK transport industry is facing a huge number of challenges at the moment, with Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic being the reigning difficulties. However, the latest issue facing the haulage industry is the Direct Vision Standard (DVS).
Representatives for the haulage industry have intensified calls for support after it was revealed exports to Europe fell by 68 per cent in January.
A haulage company that specialised in transporting equipment for corporate events and entertainment has shifted to general goods transportation as a result of a wave of cancelled events.
The volume of goods being transported between Britain and the EU by road has fallen by over one-third year-on-year, the latest figures show.
Major international hauliers DB Schenker and DHL have resumed some of its UK-EU services after previously suspending several routes to ensure adjustment to the new customs rules.
There have been many headlines in recent weeks about the chaos facing hauliers as they try to either leave or enter the UK as a result of the country leaving the European single market.
In a move to prevent traffic snarl-ups on the UK/EU border, the Department for Transport (DfT) is considering implementing a £150 penalty for lorry drivers arriving in Kent without possession of a negative COVID-19 test result, similar to that for not having a Kent Access Permit when entering the county.
The new strain of Covid-19 that originated in the UK and is more infectious than the strain of the virus that sparked the global pandemic means that it is currently challenging for Brits to travel overseas, including HGV drivers delivering goods.
A recent survey has revealed that almost 97 per cent of UK hauliers are not prepared for the Brexit transition period, and have requested further clarity on future border legislation.
The UK left the EU at 11 pm on New Year’s Eve after 48 years as a member of the Bloc, now becoming a third country for trade purposes and customs declarations, and new documentation and red tape is now required between EU member states and the UK, which is expected to cause massive delays at ports.
If you are transporting loads on UK highways, it is important to be aware of the best practice for safety. The rules and recommendations were updated by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in November 2020, so it’s worth taking a look at their website for more in depth guidance. Here’s some basic tips.
Playstation 5 consoles are among the high-value luxury goods that have been targeted by criminal gangs in lorry raids in the run-up to Christmas.
A Northumberland haulage firm is calling upon the transport industry to help deliver a greater number of driver apprenticeships.
Lorries making their way across the English Channel have found themselves in five-mile queues on the motorway in Kent, as a new trial of post-Brexit border checks gets underway.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is said to be considering increasing fuel duty by two to three pence, but a report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has said would only bring in £470 million, dropping to £90 million over 20 years, and potentially crash the economy.
Grant Shapps, the transport secretary has been accused of waging a war against motorists by a group of MPs, FairFuel UK, and representatives of the haulage industry.
The government has launched a consultation on the use of longer haulage trailers and slightly heavier trucks on UK roads, in an effort to help make the haulage industry more ecologically friendly, more sustainable and more efficient.
The UK haulage industry has aired concerns that a no-deal Brexit could add nearly a quarter of a million pounds to annual bills, ‘thanks to the imposition of WTO tariffs on new vehicles, parts and equipment’.
The transportation industry proved its resilience during the pandemic and has seen one of the strongest recoveries of any sector in the UK according to official statistics.
As important as it is to have the appropriate work gear at your disposal to help you do your job safely, it’s just as important to know how to go about using it so you know you aren’t compromising your health and safety at work.
At the end of 2020, the UK will end its transition period with the EU and officially cut ties with the union. There are still intense negotiations going on between both sides, but it’s been revealed that the government is intending to establish inland border checking sites for those bringing goods into the UK by road.
West Mercia Police have offered dedicated exploitation and vulnerability training, to raise awareness and ensure that companies do not inadvertently have their haulage equipment be used for crime.Continue reading
Policing of the nation’s roads and motorways should be controlled at a national level to ensure that laws are consistently enforced in different regions, argues the business group that represents the logistics sector.Continue reading
Swedish manufacturer Scania has announced the launch of its first range of fully electric and plug-in hybrid P- and L-series rigid trucks, aimed at operators working within urban and low-emission areas and zones.
Hitachi has recently announced that it will cease operations on the Horizon Project; a UK-based nuclear power plant construction project. The project was suspended in January 2019 and the investment environment has become increasingly severe as a result of the impact of COVID-19, which spurred Hitachi to make the final decision to pull the plug.
Haulage firm Wincanton has said that its profits are due to be ahead of the market predictions this year, as the huge demand for online and home shopping boosted its delivery vans arm.
To celebrate their 75th Anniversary, JCB gave one of their most loyal customers a present they would never forget: a restoration of their JCB 1 backhoe from 1964.
Pupils returning back to school on 2 September have found significant changes to their classrooms compared to how things were when they were sent home for the lockdown back in March, with enhanced hygiene practices and enforced social distancing.
Unite, the construction industry union has urged contractors to take extra care that tower crane drivers receive protection as temperatures during the heatwave can turn their cabs into ‘greenhouse’ like environments.
The remains of buildings that can be dated back to the 17th century have been unearthed on the banks of the Tyne at the site of the former Brett Oils depot in Gateshead.
Huge increases in fly-tipping incidents have been seen over the last few months as a result of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, driven by the closure of tips and recycling centres, and the rise in DIY activity among households since the end of March.