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RHA speaks out against (A1)M overtaking bans

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has called on the Highways Agency to stop the implementation of two LGV overtaking bans on the A1(M) which are due to start on 28 March. Jack Semple, RHA head of policy, says: "The overtaking ban on the M42 was supposed to be a test - but no one has so far discussed the results of the trials. This is very unsatisfactory."

Reorganisation puts Nightfreight back in black

Nightfreight, which specialises in express delivery of large and awkwardly shaped consignments, has sharply improved its financial performance in its latest figures. The company operates a fleet of 1,000 vehicles out of more than 70 sites around the country and employs 2,400 people. It boosted its turnover by over £8m to nearly £132m in the financial year ending 30 November 2006.

170,000 fake cigarettes were 'for personal use'

A haulier has been warned he is facing a jail sentence for smuggling 170,000 counterfeit cigarettes into Britain. And Keith Nicholls - who claimed he intended smoking the cigarettes to feed his 100-a-day habit - was told in court that the fake tobacco contained dangerously high levels of poisons and toxic metals. Newcastle Crown Court heard how police discovered the smuggled cigarettes, 25kg of fake rolling tobacco and an imitation firearm when they visited Nicholls' home last September to investigate an assault allegation.

A day in the life of food hauliers

More than 7,500 CVs from 130 fleets have taken part in an intensive 24-hour survey into the efficiency of the food and drink distribution sector. Last week's survey, carried out by Scala Logistics Consulting for the Department for Transport, looked at fuel consumption, empty running and delays. The results will be available in the summer a similar survey will be carried out in 2009 for comparison. John Perry, MD of Scala, says the survey amounts to a day in the life of the UK's food and drink hauliers.

Rail freight boost on the Humber

A multi-million-pound project designed to shift hundreds of freight movements off the roads and onto rail near the Humber ports will boost the region's economic growth, according to Network Rail. The owner and operator of Britain's railway infrastructure says a partnership of organisations have been working together to improve rail freight access to Associated British Ports' (ABP) operations in Hull and Immingham. More than £23m will be spent improving infrastructure and opening up rail lines.

Mercedes-Benz Axor air kit 'cuts fuel use by 6%'

DaimlerChrysler UK has developed an air management kit which is said to provide a 6% reduction in fuel consumption when compared with a conventional aerodynamic package. It was developed in conjunction with Hatcher Components and Cranfield University, which used computational fluid dynamics and wind-tunnel testing to reduce the drag coefficient by around 15%. The kit is available for the low-roof Axor and will shortly be released for the high-roof model. It is to cost around £1,600.

EU aims to cut red tape - on paper, at least

The European Commission (EC) plans to end the requirement for transport companies to provide statistics on paper, as demanded by current EU regulations. As part the EU's 'Better Regulation' strategy designed to cut red tape, Brussels wants to scrap the need for endless pen pushing, pointing out that much of the information can be found elsewhere.

'Significant potential' for third-party logistics

The next five years are expected to be a boom period for third-party logistics providers (3PLs), as the outsourced logistics market in Western Europe grows by 33%. However, analysts at business information provider Analytiqa warn that opportunities for 3PLs must be earned as they will no longer be able to rely on greater outsourcing penetration and sustained margins.

RHA warning over fuel duty hike in Budget

Raising fuel taxes in the Budget would put even more pressure on the beleaguered UK haulage industry, says the Road Haulage Association (RHA). Jack Semple, the RHA’s director of policy, says that any rise in duty would damage an industry that “already pays the highest fuel tax in Europe” and he urged Gordon Brown to consider cutting duty rather than increasing it. Semple made his comments in the wake

United Pallet Network recruits Doblexpress

United Pallet Network has recruited Doblexpress, a South West logistics specialist. Doblexpress has joined UPN to support its business growth in the high-value delivery sector.