Road Freight

IRU calls for French army to protect truck drivers at Calais

International Road Transport Union demands military escort of lorry convoys through port areas as costs to freight companies rise

Samsung trials ‘see-through’ truck

Tech firm claims lorry that allows following vehicles to view the road ahead could revolutionize road safety

FTA denies HGVs bring ‘bedlam’ to villages

Defence by Freight Transport Association follows call by UK’s Local Government Association to give councils more powers to tackle lorry drivers who breach weight and width restrictions

Stowaways ‘contaminating’ perishable freight

Some shippers and hauliers now avoiding Calais as rising migrant issues add to costs for UK fresh produce sector

Lorry stowaway incidents double in 2015

Interceptions of migrants hiding in trucks bound for the UK more than twice the level as last year

UK and Netherlands dominate EMEA cargo crime

But TAPA praises British and Dutch police for ‘proactive approach’ to improving supply chain resilience

No minimum wage for international transits, says EC

European Commission launches infringement procedure against Germany, arguing road haulage restrictions breach free movement of goods rules

UK road freight journey times getting worse, claims FTA

Freight Transport Association concerned over reliability of latest government data

Forwarders avoid Calais crossing as migrant threat grows

Eurotunnel urges customers to be patient as it attempts to tackle problems

Bidvest Logistics bids to prevent Hoddesdon strike

Drivers vote for industrial action, calling for pay parity with staff at other depots

Stowaways ‘threaten future of cross-channel freight’

BIFA says targeting of trucks by would-be illegal immigrants has reached unprecedented levels, putting the security of drivers, vehicles, and customers’ loads at risk

Hundreds of migrants attempt to board trucks near Channel Tunnel

Tailback of freight vehicles led to violent clashes between clandestines and police

€2.5m truck parking centre opens near Dunkirk

Facility aims to meet growing demand from haulage firms for secure facilities amid heightened risks of theft and illegal immigration

Self-driving shared vehicles ‘set to significantly reduce road congestion’

New OECD study indicates fleets of ‘TaxiBots’ and ‘AutoVots’ could take 9 out of 10 cars off city streets

Jan de Rijk wins three-year Virgin road feeder deal

Contract extends Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s European network to more than 50 airports

Advice & Insight

New laws see drug driver arrests

Drivers convicted of drug-driving will be banned for at least a year and can be fined up to £5,000, spend up to a year in prison and receive a criminal record

Abolition of paper driving licence counterpart from 8 June 2015

However it remains to be seen when the new system is rolled out how successful it proves to be

Crowded roads and empty promises

How can the incoming government support growth in the UK’s logistics sector?

Is your O-licence application taking too long to process?

With the recent Triennial Review of the Traffic Commissioners the question of how long it is taking the Office of the Traffic Commissioner to process O-licence applications has come to the forefront.

Ten tips for reducing your haulage spend

Often unsuspecting shippers have requirements they don’t realise add costs to carriers, says Freightex CEO Tim Phillips

Freight People

Management merry-go-round continues at DGF

DHL Global Forwarding’s former EMEA chief Thomas Nieszner returns, as Rajeev Singh-Molares moves on

IJS Global appoints new Emea ocean freight director in European expansion

Freight forwarder opens new branches in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg

Crane Worldwide hires new VP of global sales

Former Seko, EGL, and Ceva senior executive Terry Unrein ‘comes home’, bringing decades of experience to role

Swiss appoints new head of cargo

Current global sales manager Ashwin Bhat to succeed Oliver Evans from 1 October

Shippers’ champion Chris Welsh awarded MBE

Global Shippers’ Forum secretary general and FTA director of global and European policy is recognised for ‘services to shippers and the shipping industry’

Have Your Say

Russia: Clear understanding of freight insurance is vital

Panditrans’ Alexander Petrenko outlines the crucial differences between liability and cargo cover in this sometimes-confusing market

Nepal: Back on the road

After flying to Nepal several weeks ago to cover the immediate aftermath of the 25 April earthquake, Lloyd’s Loading journalist Mike King returned to the struggling Himalayan country again this month

An open letter from the World Food Programme

Agency seeks to encourage others to continue their efforts to support humanitarian actions as part of their daily work

Death, taxes and multi-country customs compliance…

Kewill’s Andreas Giger says appropriate planning and investments in the right technology and infrastructure will ensure smoother operations and lower risk

Don’t worry, it’s always this chaotic

Richard Meade, managing editor of Lloyd’s List, reports from the Nor-Shipping event in Oslo