Road Freight

French truck drivers poised to disrupt traffic around Paris

Industrial action today and tomorrow set to congest major roads and block warehouses and distribution hubs in the region

EXCLUSIVE: Russian currency crisis hastens freight slowdown

Drop in road-borne volumes from western Europe has accelerated in recent weeks as rouble has weakened further

French truck drivers plan disruption on 18 and 19 December

As Belgian truck drivers strike today, France’s CFDT union targets pre-Christmas delivery blockade

French truck drivers threaten industrial action before Christmas

Impasse in negotiations over pay could lead to disruption on roads and at distribution hubs

France hit by sharp rise in freight theft

Logistics firms investing in CCTV, robots and drones, as FNTR reports more than 250 thefts per month between January and November

French truck drivers threaten industrial action before Christmas

Impasse in negotiations over pay could lead to disruption on roads and at distribution hubs

Schenker forms China automotive JV

Joint venture will build a 45,000sqm logistics centre in the northeastern city Shenyang

Hauliers ‘shouldn’t stop within 200km of Calais’

RHA advises drivers to avoid pulling over even for a few minutes to combat illegal immigrant intrusion

ND charged with unlawful loan of labour and illegal sub-contracting

Group suspected of employing ‘low cost’ drivers on French market

Freight welcomes UK fuel-duty freeze

FTA says decision provides reassurance to transport operators

Freight gives mixed welcome to UK road improvement plans

BIFA hopeful that ‘the talking is over and we will actually see construction taking place’

New Dartford Crossing system launches

FTA hopeful ‘free-flow’ technology will ease congestion

WACO expands with new Mexico member

Universal Cargo becomes 99th member of global freight management network

Farmers end action at Marseille Fos

Protest close to container terminal and Distriport logistics zone had caused significant disruption to HGV traffic since early yesterday

No justification for freight toll rises, says FTA Ireland

Price hikes on Northern Ireland’s motorways affect trucks from Republic but not UK-registered lorries

Advice & Insight

Driver CPC examined

DVSA has issued 80 fixed penalties to HGV drivers at the roadside for failure to provide evidence of having completed their Driver CPC training, since the law came into force

Driver shortages are no surprise

Robert Jervis, director of freight and logistics exhibition Multimodal, says the profession has lost much of the appeal it once had

Death of the tax disc but vehicle excise duty lives on

Direct debit will be introduced as a way to pay for vehicle tax, although the option will not be available to HGVs paying the Road User Levy

Secure your vehicle, or pay the penalty

“At the Port of Dover alone more than 900 lorry drivers were issued penalties for entering the UK with stowaways on board during 2012 and 2013,” reported the BBC

Call for data to be collated on illegal foreign vehicles

Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire claims the avoidance of such payments is costing the British taxpayer circa £3million per annum in lost revenue

Freight People

New head to replace Koch at WSC

The association’s General Counsel John Butler will take over in July when current CEO retires

Steve Manser leaving Saudia Cargo

Set to join Qatar Airways Cargo as senior manager of cargo charter sales

Oliver Evans to step down from Swiss

Long-serving head of cargo and TIACA chairman to leave carrier in September

Peter Scholten to leave Saudia Cargo in January

Successor for the position of vice president commercial to be announced ‘in due course’

ACS appoints new president for North America

Richard Thompson responsible for operations in New York, California, Texas and Canada

Have Your Say

Maritime safety – two steps forward, but much still to be done

TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox assesses just how last month’s deliberations by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee will advance the cause of container and unit load safety in the future

Competition implications of 2M and mega-alliances

Higher vessel utilisation of ultra-large containerships will give participants a strong hand, but improving profitability ‘involves much more’, analysts argue

Driver shortages are no surprise

Robert Jervis, director of freight and logistics exhibition Multimodal, says the profession has lost much of the appeal it once had

Pack it in! We mean it.

TT Club’s risk management director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox, highlights the dangers of badly packed containers and other cargo transport units (CTUs) and welcomes the attention the subject is getting internationally

Drivers can face penalties for illegal immigrants

Concern continues as number of clandestines stowing away in vehicles increases, reports Rothera Dowson solicitors