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Driver shortage is exacerbating port delays

Logistics UK is receiving reports from members of rising stock levels at some of the UK’s biggest container ports, including Felixstowe and Southampton, prompting concerns of severe congestion in supply chains just 10 weeks before Christmas.

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EU announcement on NI Protocol welcomed by Logistics UK

Logistics UK reacted with cautious optimism to yesterday’s announcement (13 October 2021) from the EU on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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More than one in four respondents have had equipment stolen from vans, manufacturer’s survey reveals

Van drivers across the UK are being targeted by thieves on the hunt for expensive tools, with research revealing over a quarter (27%) have had equipment stolen from vans in the last 12 months.

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Logistics UK to launch its Route to net zero manifesto at COP26

Logistics UK will be launching its route map to help decarbonise the logistics industry via a webinar on 10 November 2021, as it publishes its Route to net zero manifesto on the dedicated Transport Day at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

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Food sector HGV drivers offered temporary visas

In a further measure to ease supply chain issues, the government has made temporary visas (T5) available for food sector HGV (class 1 and class 2/C and C+E) drivers.

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Logistics UK chief calls out Prime Minister on supply chain comments

Speaking in response to comments made by Boris Johnson earlier this week (5 October 2021), that the supply chain issues currently being experienced in the UK are the fault of the haulage industry, David Wells, Chief Executive, Logistics UK, has taken the opportunity to stand up for the logistics sector.

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Conference to show van operators how to transition to zero-emission fleets

As the decarbonisation agenda rapidly gains pace, within the logistics sector van operators will be most affected first.

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Increase transport investment, Logistics UK urges government

Logistics UK has made a submission to HM Treasury ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2021. The conclusions of the Spending Review are expected be be announced on 27 October 2021 alongside an Autumn Budget and will set out the government’s spending priorities for the Parliament.

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More businesses sign up for the Discover Logistics Careers campaign

Several businesses have now signed up to Logistics UK’s Discover Logistics Careers campaign, ranging from Aldi, the discount grocery chain, to RTITB, the standards setting body for workplace transport training.

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Logistics UK receives a huge response to HGV driver shortage letter

The government contacted around a million former HGV drivers earlier this week, as part of a package of measures which Logistics UK has campaigned for to address the current HGV driver shortage.

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Logistics UK broadly welcomes government measures to ease HGV driver shortage

Logistics UK welcomed the package of measures announced by government at the weekend (25 September 2021), aimed at easing the HGV driver shortage.

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Nation’s best van operators named at Logistics UK’s Van Awards

Logistics UK announced the winners of its prestigious Van Awards last week (24 September 2021) at an impressive ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Birmingham, with entertainment provided by legendary English cricketer, Matthew Hoggard MBE.

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Freeze Fuel Duty forever, says Logistics UK

Logistics UK has called on government to freeze Fuel Duty forever to give the sector more time to make the shift to alternatively fuelled vehicles on its journey to net zero.

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Traffic Commissioner urges transport managers to safeguard their personal data

Sarah Bell, Traffic Commissioner for London and the South East of England, has urged transport managers to guard their personal data closely in case it falls into the wrong hands.

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Delegates at Van Operational Briefings impressed by high calibre of speakers

Delegates who attended Logistics UK’s Van Operational Briefings last week (14 and 16 September 2021) were overwhelmingly positive in their feedback about the two events, held in Manchester and Beaconsfield respectively.

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Expand the National Skills Fund to help resolve driver shortage, says Logistics UK

Logistics UK is urging the government to expand the terms of its National Skills Fund (NSF) – an initiative to help adults train into new careers – to include level 2 qualifications so British workers can access funding to train as HGV drivers, and other vital roles the logistics industry desperately needs to fill.

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Logistics UK chief stresses the severity of the driver shortage to Transport Secretary

David Wells, Logistics UK’s Chief Executive, underlined the impact of the driver skills crisis to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP and Transport Minister Baroness Vere last week (7 September 2021) at a special business group meeting held at the Department for Transport.

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Discover Logistics Careers campaign to offer employers downloadable toolkits

Logistics UK’s Discover Logistics Careers campaign, which is being publicised via The Sun on Sunday newspaper, will be offering a downloadable toolkit providing a range of resources to help employers get involved.

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Changes to HGV driver testing process: measures a positive step forwards, says Logistics UK

The changes to the HGV driver testing process announced last Friday (10 September 2021) show the government is now moving at pace towards a solution to the current driver shortage, Logistics UK has said.

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Van registrations rise in the summer, but semi-conductor shortage remains a concern

The van market saw its second-best August on record, with more than 20,500 registrations during what is traditionally one of the quietest months of the year, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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