Road Freight

TNT launches daily Istanbul road service

New links from Sofia, including to Pristina, expand overland connections in southeast Europe

Vancouver defends truck licence reforms

Disgruntled truckers protest over exclusion of 600 drivers from Canada’s largest port

Severe snow hits transport in US northeast

Ports closed, flights cancelled, with many roads also out of action

Eurotunnel freight delays continue for seventh day

Repairs following fire incident last Saturday taking longer than expected

Eurotunnel delays continue as company reports record 2014

Freight drivers on French side warned of 10-hour journey time

‘Operation Stack’ in place as Eurotunnel delays continue

Freight drivers warned of long delays at French and UK sides of Channel Tunnel

Eurotunnel still at 50% capacity

But Channel Tunnel operator expects to get second tunnel back fully operational imminently

Eurotunnel at 50% following lorry fire

Channel Tunnel operator hopes to get second tunnel back online tomorrow morning

French truck drivers begin industrial action

Disruptions expected to road traffic at 50 strategic points throughout France, including distribution hubs and major highways or toll gates

City Link administrators announce 2,356 job losses after last-minute bid fails

371 staff to be kept on temporarily until a backlog of undelivered Christmas orders is cleared

City Link staff and sub-contractors braced for redundancy notices

UK parcel delivery firm's depots to remain open until around 6 January to clear parcels

UK parcel delivery operator City Link goes into administration

Company collapse puts more than 2,700 staff at risk

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

Advice & Insight

Driving licence counterpart

Plans to no longer issue paper counterpart put on hold

EU ‘cannibalising’ itself with ECA

Low-sulphur rules have some unfortunate and ironic consequences for modal-shift initiatives

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

Freight People

Hansa Heavy Lift appoints new EMEA head

Addition of Maximilian Harmstorf marks end of HHL’s restructuring to a regional system

Thomas Kraus joins Geodis as group marketing director

Former CEO of TNT Express Germany charged with ‘developing a cohesive and differentiating marketing strategy’ for French group

Riaan Blom to head Africa sales for ISS

New Inchcape regional VP was formerly regional manager for Oil & Energy at DHL Global Forwarding

Anders Dommestrup named CEO of Victoria International Container Terminal

Prior to joining ICTSI, he was COO of Modern Terminals in Hong Kong

FTA appoints new CEO

Association promotes internal candidate David Wells to top job

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