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Smart motorway rollout paused until further data available

The rollout of new smart motorway schemes will be paused until five years’ worth of safety data is available, following recent recommendations from the cross-party Transport Select Committee, which judged the current evidence base insufficient.

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New van market grows by a fifth and demand for electric vans more than doubles

New van registrations in the UK grew by more than a fifth (21.4%) in 2021, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Get your customs paperwork in order before you travel, Logistics UK urges members

Logistics UK has urged members returning to the UK from the EU to ensure they have the right paperwork before they travel, following changes to customs arrangements in the New Year.

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PCN increase a fine on London business, says Logistics UK

Logistics businesses are being forced to pay the price for there being too few safe spaces to load and unload in the capital, Logistics UK has said, following the recent announcement that there will be an increase in Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) charges.

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The pandemic’s impact on our sector – Logistics UK takes stock

The absence rates of skilled workers across many sectors of the UK economy continue to soar thanks to the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19.

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Four new Clean Air Zones to be introduced in 2022

Four Clean Air Zones (CAZs) are scheduled to be introduced in English cities in 2022 – Greater Manchester, Bradford, Bristol and Sheffield.

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Logistics UK dismayed by reduction to Van Plug-in Grant

Logistics UK reacted with dismay to the government’s announcement before Christmas that it would reduce its Van Plug-in Grant.

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Highway Code changes informed by Logistics UK

Logistics UK has been engaging closely with the review of the Highway Code, through consultation responses and meetings with officials from the Department for Transport (DfT), since 2020.

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Logistics UK hosts work experience for Mount Camphill community students

Logistics UK welcomed students from The Mount Camphill Community, a college and cohousing community based in Sussex which specialises in a craft and movement curriculum as well as teaching independent life skills and providing internal and external work experience to young adults with special educational needs.

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Logistics UK chief recognised by HM The Queen in New Year’s Honours

David Wells, Chief Executive of Logistics UK, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list, for services to transport and logistics.

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Van Excellence scheme celebrates 12 years of commitment to high standards

More than 100 businesses and local authorities are now operating their vans to the highest standards of safety, compliance and efficiency, thanks to Van Excellence, a scheme administered by Logistics UK.

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DfT appoints Gareth Davies as Second Permanent Secretary

The Department for Transport (DfT) Permanent Secretary, with the approval of the Prime Minister, recently announced that Gareth Davies, currently Director-General at the department, has been appointed as the new Second Permanent Secretary at DfT.

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Pomlett bows out as Logistics UK President

Leigh Pomlett formally announced that he will be stepping down as President of Logistics UK at the Logistics Awards 2021 last Thursday (9 December 2021).

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Logistics is one of the unsung heroes of the UK economy, HRH The Princess Royal tells industry leaders

Logistics UK welcomed a very special guest of honour to its Logistics Awards 2021 event last Thursday (9 December 2021) – Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

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Driver academy group to lead government scheme providing fully funded training for thousands of HGV drivers

The Driver Academy Group, a consortium led by HGV training specialist HGVC, and comprising workforce solutions group Manpower and Logistics UK, has won the lead role on a government scheme to train and place 11,000 HGV drivers across England.

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Menzies Distribution scoops the Van Operator of the Year award

The team at Menzies Distribution was celebrating recently, following its win at Logistics UK’s prestigious Logistics Awards 2021, held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge on 9 December 2021.

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“Truckers are the lifeblood of our economy,” says Transport Minister as she opens Europe’s largest truck stop

Transport Minister Baroness Vere of Norbiton underlined the importance of HGV drivers to the UK economy last Friday (3 December 2021) when opening Ashford International Truckstop, off the M20 in Kent – the first or last stop for many drivers as they travel to or from France.

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Logistics employers starting to see the green shoots of recovery, says new report

Much has been made in the past year of the shortage of HGV drivers and other logistics workers. But after a challenging 12 months for the sector, a new report published by Logistics UK earlier this week (7 December 2021) shows there are grounds for cautious optimism that the situation will improve.

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Logistics UK updates its guidance on Clean Air Zones

Following the implementation of the Portsmouth Clean Air Zone last week (29 November 2021), Logistics UK has updated its monthly members-only Clean Air Zone (CAZ) briefing note.

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Still time to view this year’s Van Operational Briefings

If you missed the Logistics UK Van Operations Briefings held in September, you can still watch the recording free of charge to ensure your van operation is prepared for what lies ahead.

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