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Steep falls in commercial vehicle production

The production of commercial vehicles fell by a staggering 11.5% in August, with fewer than 5,000 vans, trucks, buses and taxis rolling off production lines, according to figures recently released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Choosing the right tyre helps to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

• 17 billion kilometres covered by trucks and vans from customers returning goods • One in four trucks is carrying returns from distance selling businesses

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Will 2021 mark the dawn of driverless vehicles?

Incredible as it may seem, the sight of vehicles driving themselves along Britain’s motorways may become a common one in the very near future.

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In profile: Aaron Thomas, Managing Director and Co-founder, TRAILAR

Today he heads a highly innovative business that helps transport operators slash their emissions by fitting solar mats to the roofs of commercial vehicles. But Aaron Thomas hasn’t always been a green transport pioneer.

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Dutch logistics prepares to deliver a massive COVID-19 vaccination programme

The Dutch logistics sector stands ready to organise a huge shipment of vaccines at the beginning of next year, according to a recent round table hosted by the NFIA (Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency).

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Van security; a potential threat

Vans are an essential asset for businesses, with more than four million of them currently on Britain’s roads. It is therefore crucial for businesses to understand van security and how to minimise the risk of potentially costly vehicle thefts.

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In profile: David Wells, Chief Executive, Logistics UK

Logistics Magazine talks to David Wells, Chief Executive of Logistics UK, about his decade in the industry, the challenges of Brexit and COVID-19 and the outlook for the sector.

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HS2 promises to free up space for rail freight

It has been billed as the largest infrastructure project in Europe and comes with an eye-watering price tag to match – more than £100 billion by some estimates. But will HS2 help the logistics industry by freeing up capacity for freight on the existing rail lines between the capital, the Midlands and the North of England?

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Logistics leaders surprisingly optimistic about the outlook for the sector

A qualitative survey of 100 senior logistics professionals, including chief executives and finance directors of major 3PLs and freight forwarders, reveals that a majority of respondents are optimistic about the future.

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Logistics is the name of the game

LOGISTICS PARTNER OF THE YEAR – THE VERY ENTERPRISING COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY (VECIC)

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Scotland looks to green hydrogen to help it along its journey to zero emissions

Scotland is looking towards investing in hydrogen infrastructure to deliver its zero-emission transport and cleaner air strategy. Following the lead of Aberdeen’s Kittybrewster hydrogen refuelling station, Europe’s largest, regions across Scotland are now looking towards large-scale hydrogen infrastructure, powered by renewables.

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Key campaigns - April 2020

By identifying the key campaigns to focus on – infrastructure and the COVID 19 pandemic – FTA continues to champion the issues which mean the most to you, our members.

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Shaping European logistics

As FTA’s European Policy Manager, Sarah Laouadi plays an instrumental role in defending FTA members’ interests in relation to European legislation affecting the transport and logistics industry. She also supports FTA’s Brexit campaigns, leading on aspects impacting road operators.

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Shop talk

FTA Shop was introduced in 1970 and 50 years – half a century – is a long time. So we turned to Richard Turner OBE, who joined FTA in 1973 as Highways and Traffic Adviser and retired in 2007 as Chief Executive. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Shop was one of Turner’s many responsibilities as Director of Marketing.

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FTA Shop celebrates its golden anniversary

The year was 1970. NASA’s Apollo programme was in full swing, man having first set foot on the moon just nine months earlier.

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Coronavirus tops the agenda at Shippers’ Council

FTA’s modal councils – road, air, water and rail – follow the 13 regional Freight Councils that take place quarterly across the UK. FTA’s Shippers’ Council, which is designed for the buyers of third-party freight services or the managers of multimodal supply chains, also meets quarterly.

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Yorkshire haulage company scoops prestigious road freight operator award

Halifax-based trucking company Collett & Sons Ltd returned home victorious last October, after discovering that it had won in the coveted Road Freight Operator of the Year 2019 category, sponsored by Port of Dover, at FTA’s Logistics Awards 2019. The glittering awards ceremony was held at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in Central London on 24 October 2019.

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Air freight: achieving sustainable growth

FTA’s air freight seminar held on 27 February delivered a packed agenda and generated plenty of lively discussion. Held at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, the purpose-built home of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Elizabeth de Jong, FTA’s Director of Policy, set the scene by outlining the objectives for the day.

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Decarbonising rail

To say that the government’s target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is bold in its ambition would risk being accused of classic British understatement. However, with transport currently accounting for more than a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, the industry must play its part in helping to achieve this incredibly challenging target.

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In profile: Dr Daniel Ruiz - Chief Executive, Zenzic

In just ten short years, driverless vehicles will be a familiar sight on Britain’s roads, according to Dr Daniel Ruiz, the man at the helm of Zenzic, a future-focused organisation created by government and industry to accelerate the self-driving revolution in the UK.

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