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Logistics UK gives evidence at Transport Select Committee

The road freight supply chain is facing many challenges and opportunities, including the ongoing shortage of HGV drivers, a patchwork of local urban regulations, and the need to decarbonise operations efficiently, Logistics UK told the Transport Select Committee’s inquiry at the House of Commons into the road freight supply chain yesterday (24 November 2021).

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Government rail package a hit and a miss, says Logistics UK

The government’s Integrated Rail Plan, announced last week (18 November 2021), which includes the removal of the proposed eastern leg of HS2, represents a missed opportunity to enhance the efficiency of supply chains in the North and Midlands, according to Logistics UK.

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Electric charge point regulation is a vital step forward, says Logistics UK

The announcement that building regulations have been altered to require new buildings to be fitted with electric vehicle charge points marks significant progress in the nation’s efforts to decarbonise transport, Logistics UK has said.

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Logistics UK’s driver shortage campaign shows impressive results

Logistics UK’s concerted campaign for greater government action on the nationwide driver shortage is paying dividends, with a string of government announcements and assurances.

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Logistics UK helps inform sweeping review of HGV driver training

Logistics UK attended the Department for Transport’s first industry stakeholder forum meeting on HGV driver training recently, following the government’s announcement last week that it is undertaking a sweeping review into the Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) regime.

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Logistics UK continues to press for action on driver shortage

While the driver shortage is still an urgent issue for the logistics sector, the government has announced a raft of mitigation measures to help ease the problem following extensive campaigning from Logistics UK.

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Transport Secretary responds positively to request for support to decarbonise van fleets

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP has responded positively to Logistics UK’s request for financial support for van operators to transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030.

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Business group engages with ex-Tesco chief on supply chain issues

Logistics UK was invited to attend a roundtable meeting with Sir David Lewis, former CEO of Tesco, last week as the government seeks to get a grip on supply chain issues.

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Safety of smart motorways called into question by Transport Select Committee

A Transport Select Committee report has raised a number of questions concerning the safety of smart motorways.

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Supply chain disruption is due to fundamental global pressures, says Paymaster General

Supply chain challenges are not solely a UK problem, Michael Ellis QC MP, the Paymaster General, told Logistics UK members earlier this week (8 November 2021).

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Logistics UK makes headway on the driver shortage

While the nationwide shortage of HGV drivers continues to be a pressing issue across the logistics sector, Logistics UK is making headway on several fronts through its engagement with senior officials at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Department for Transport (DfT).

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New van registrations dip for second consecutive month

The light commercial vehicle (LCV) market showed a marginal decline of 4.6% in October, according the latest figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Discover Logistics Careers campaign gets off to a flying start

Logistics UK’s Discover Logistics Careers campaign got off to a strong start last weekend (29-31 October 2021), the business group has said, with a repeat event already being planned for next year.

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Drivers’ hours rules relaxation extended until early next year

Following requests from industry, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP has extended the temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained EU drivers’ hours regulation in Great Britain until the beginning of next year, owing to continued pressures on local and national supply chains.

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Extension of road freight cabotage will put more pressure on lorry parking, says Logistics UK

Logistics UK recognises the need for last week’s announcement (28 October 2021) by government of a temporary, limited extension to road haulage cabotage – the system under which overseas hauliers can transport goods between two places in the UK after completing their initial journey.

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Logistics UK welcomes extra government investment in charge points, but power supply issue still needs to be addressed

In its detailed submission to HM Treasury, ahead of the Spending Review and Autumn Budget, Logistics UK cited a survey of its members, which showed that van operators are being hampered from scaling up EV deployment owing to the high costs of increasing electricity to depots to power a whole fleet.

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John Lewis Partnership, Scottish Water and Zemo Partnership confirmed as speakers at Logistics UK’s Route to Net Zero webinar – book now!

Andy Eastlake, CEO of Zemo Partnership, Jackie Hewson, Alternative Fuels Implementation Manager – Transport at John Lewis Partnership, and Elaine Pringle, Fleet Manager at Scottish Water are the latest speakers confirmed to present at Logistics UK’s FREE ‘Route to Net Zero’ webinar, which will see the business group launch its decarbonisation manifesto virtually from Glasgow.

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Tooling up for the future – Logistics UK to host future van event

Following the recent publication of the government’s Net Zero Strategy ahead of the COP26 international conference in Glasgow, decarbonisation is rapidly climbing to the top of the logistics sector’s agenda.

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Logistics UK engages with DfT on phase out of non-zero emission HGVs

When the Department for Transport (DfT) published its long-awaited Transport Decarbonisation Plan (TDP) in July, it also produced a raft of other documents alongside it relating to the UK’s plans to reach net zero emissions. Chief among these was the non-zero emission HGV Phase-Out Consultation.

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Fuel duty freeze a boost for logistics sector, says Logistics UK

This week's (27 October 2021) Budget announcement of a continued freeze on fuel duty will assist the logistics sector in its move to decarbonisation by 2050, according to business group Logistics UK. As Elizabeth de Jong, the organisation’s policy director explains, the announcement will enable businesses to make the switch to alternatively fuelled vehicles more smoothly.

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