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Milestones for Haulage Exchange network

Haulage Exchange has reached the milestone of more than 1,000 live loads posted online. The freight exchange network now boasts up to 111 loads posted on the site. Three-quarters of the loads are being taken up by subscribers, while new subscribers are online every week, says the network. Armstrong Distribution Services, Haulage Exchange's 200th subscriber, has enjoyed a huge operational change to using more sub-contractors since signing up. Proprietor Paul Armstrong tells Motor Transport that his own fleet has dropped from 30 trucks to just 12.

DfT figures on foreign truck 'sideswipe' accidents

Foreign trucks were involved in 452 sideswiping incidents in Great Britain during 2005, all but 21 of which were due to changing lane to the right. In total, there were 898 left-to-right sideswipes, according to the DfT document 'Road Casualties in Great Britain: 2005'.

Mobile phone query over death crash driver

Sentencing of a German truck driver who caused the death of four people has been adjourned to allow police more time to investigate an allegation that he was using a mobile phone at the time of the accident. Andreas Klassen, 51, admitted four counts of dangerous driving when he appeared at Stafford Crown Court, but denied that a mobile phone was a factor in the incident. Sentencing was adjourned until 9 February to allow police to carry out an investigation into a mobile phone SIM card taken from Klassen, who was remanded in custody.

Denby Transport's pre-tax profit falls

Denby Transport joins the club of those feeling the pinch of rising fuel costs. The long-established firm is reported to be "trading satisfactorily in view of the escalating fuel prices," says its latest financial results. Pre-tax profit for the company has fallen by 3% in the year ended April 30, 2006, to £140,742, from £145,082 in 2005. But operating profit has risen by 4% to £201,144 in 2006 from £193,616 in 2005.

Kuehne + Nagel to expand European groupage

Kuehne + Nagel chief Peter Ulber says the firm is rapidly expanding its pan European groupage services. "Pall-Ex will be entrusted to distribute a significant part of our inbound volume through their network. Kuehne + Nagel has subleased some space from Pall-Ex to accommodate this growing business. K+N is not in negotiations to acquire a pallet network," he says.

Management restructure at Translift Bendi

Helen Bishop and Roy Childerstone have joined Translift Bendi after a managerial restructure. Bishop joins as marketing manager of the articulated forklift manufacturer after 18 years with forklift company Narrow Aisle. She takes over from Bendi managing director Simon Brown and his father Freddy, company chairman, who will focus on sales and new product development respectively. Childerstone joins Bendi as service manager and is responsible for after sales requirements.

Seafield woos casual workers

Seafield Logistics rolled out a "casual worker scheme" to all its sites last week. The number of casual employees on the distribution and contract packing company's books is now "in the dozens", managing director Mark Strong tells Motor Transport. He adds that casual workers have the same pay rates and are treated "exactly the same as full-time employees". The scheme has been launched on a site-by-site basis after successful trials at the company's Guyhirn site in Peterborough.

Russocki to head FTA strategic policy campaigns division

The FTA has appointed Roman Russocki as general manager for strategic policy campaigns. He will run the association's strategic transport campaigns including those about the environment, society and freight transport's role in the economy. Russocki previously worked as chief executive at educational charity Academy of Youth after executive roles at various trade associations.

Euro 3 Iveco Stralis chosen by Driveforce UK

Specialist car distributor Driveforce UK has added twelve new Euro 3 Iveco Stralis 430 transporters to its fleet based at Sharpness Dock on the Severn Estuary in Gloucestershire. Managing director Gary Chapman negotiated directly with Iveco at Watford and says the deal was clinched by "a good price".

Maritime profits grow by 31%

Maritime Transport is confident that business will grow in the next year. And the directors state in the company's latest financial results that they "are very satisfied with the performance of the business in 2005". They add that the company has successfully renewed contracts with all existing customers and added two clients. Pre-tax profit for the container haulage company has increased by 31% to £2.74m in the 13 months to December 31, 2005, up from £2.09m for the year ended November 23, 2004.