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Traffic Commissioner underlines the importance of vehicle maintenance

Logistics UK’s popular one-day Fleet Engineer conference returned yesterday, but it was an event with a difference.

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Business confidence falling, Logistics UK survey reveals

Since May 2020, Logistics UK’s Logistics Performance Tracker has been monitoring the performance of the industry on a monthly basis.

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Greater Manchester launches Clean Air Zone consultation

On Thursday 8 October, Greater Manchester launched an eight-week consultation on its Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.

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Transport named the second hardest-working industry in the UK

A recent study by Merchant Marine has revealed the ten industry sectors that work the most hours per week.

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Maritime snaps up Wincanton’s container logistics business

Maritime Transport Ltd, one of the UK’s largest privately owned logistics operators, has signed a conditional agreement to acquire Wincanton’s container transport business, Wincanton Container Logistics.

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Hydrogen trains – the future of a decarbonised railway?

In what the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP hailed as a big step forward towards meeting the UK’s net zero targets, Britain’s first hydrogen-powered train was trialled on the UK rail network in the Midlands last week.

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Former Transport Secretary accepts role at Hutchison Ports

Chris Grayling MP, who was the Transport Secretary from 2016-2019 in Theresa May’s government, has accepted a reported £100,000 job advising Hutchison Ports, which operates Felixstowe, the UK’s busiest container port, dealing with almost half of the country’s container trade.

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Mercedes-Benz premiers its fuel-cell concept truck

Truck manufacturer Daimler Trucks recently presented its technology strategy for the electrification of its entire vehicle range, from urban distribution to international long-haul, at an event in Germany. For the long-haul transport segment, the event focused on the technology for hydrogen-based fuel-cell trucks, as well as previewing its battery-powered trucks.

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Potential for border delays after Brexit, Logistics UK warns

Logistics UK has warned of the potential for significant delays at the UK-EU border when new rules and systems take effect on 1 January 2021. The business group issued its warning in response to a letter from Michael Gove MP, which outlined the government’s projections for freight disruption at the end of the transition period.

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FTA Future Logistics Conference rescheduled

FTA has announced that its Future Logistics Conference, due to take place at ITT Hub, has now been rescheduled for the 12 and 13 May 2021.

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DfT holding back carbon benefit of longer semi-trailers, says FTA

The government should make the use of longer semi-trailers (LSTs) a permanent fixture on the UK’s roads following the successful outcome of its trial, FTA has said.

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UK’s negotiating objectives are missing key elements – FTA says

The government’s negotiating mandate with the EU is missing elements relating to the logistics sector – the very industry charged with keeping Britain trading – FTA has said.

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Prioritise logistics or risk supply chain chaos, FTA tells UK Brexit negotiators

If the UK is to continue to trade efficiently with the EU, its biggest and closest market, there are six key areas the UK’s negotiators and government need to prioritise in the opening stages of talks with Europe about their future trading relationship, FTA has said.

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Post-Brexit Britain will need connectivity with Europe

As Brexit negotiations get under way in earnest in Brussels, FTA is reminding UK and EU negotiators to prioritise agreements on connectivity for transport.

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Logistics workers recognised as key to economic success, thanks to FTA

The government's recent announcement that logistics workers are now categorised as ‘key workers’ in the COVID-19 response plans has been warmly welcomed by FTA. The news comes after urgent appeals made by FTA to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, and his ministerial team.

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Immigration proposals ‘hugely worrying’ for Scottish logistics

FTA has said that new immigration proposals do not meet the needs of Scotland, following a recent announcement from the UK government, and are ‘hugely worrying’ for Scotland’s industries, particularly freight and logistics.

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FTA launches COVID-19 resource for logistics

FTA has launched a unique free web portal to help the logistics sector keep Britain moving and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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FTA describes Heathrow Airport decision as “a blow to the economy”

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the government’s decision to allow the third runway at Heathrow was unlawful, because it did not take climate commitments into account. While Heathrow said it will challenge the decision, the government has said it will not appeal.

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FTA calls on Scottish government to recognise vital role of logistics workers

Following a recent parliamentary speech from Deputy First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney, FTA is calling for the Scottish government to understand the vital role of the logistics industry, and its workers, during this challenging time.

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Budget 2020 delivers a mixed bag for logistics

The first Budget delivered by Rishi Sunak MP as Chancellor of the Exchequer has delivered a mixed result for the logistics industry, FTA has said, with welcome announcements on road and rail infrastructure spending pledges balanced with less welcome news on increases in Fuel Duty for ‘red diesel’.

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