Industrial HGV Task Force stops more than 3,400 vehicles in its first year

London’s Industrial HGV Task Force has stopped more than 3,400 vehicles since it began operating a year ago, according to Transport for London (TfL).

Tackling non-compliant HGVs in mainly targeted stops, the unit issued 1,565 roadworthiness prohibitions to drivers, 887 fixed penalty notices and seized 41 vehicles during the period.

The task force is made up of a handful of officers from the Met Police, City of London Police and the DVSA. In April, TfL announced it would run indefinitely as part of its ongoing bid to improve cyclist safety in the capital.

Last week, TfL revealed its Safer Lorries Scheme had entered final consultation ahead of launch next year.

In February the task force successfully prosecuted a haulier after one of its drivers was found to be working without the required Driver CPC.

Duo of large contract wins boosts turnover and profit at Jack Richards & Son

Two business wins helped turnover and pre-tax profit at Norfolk haulier Jack Richards & Son leap last year.

MD Peter Brown told Commercial Motor that an increase in business and an improving economy helped turnover rise 13% from £29.7m to £33.8m in the year to 31 May 2014. Documents filed at Companies House also revealed an 18% increase in pre-tax profit to £814,620 (2012/13: £687,377).

“We had two big contract wins during the year that have helped us boost our business and we are seeing plenty of opportunities to expand,” said Brown.

The company has also seen growth through its membership of the Harlequin Logistics consortium, which Brown said is receiving lots of enquiries.

Volumes received through the Palletways network also received an autumn boost this year.

Brown said that the company invested heavily in Euro-5 Daf XF and CF trucks last year to avoid the introduction of Euro-6 in January, increasing its fleet to 225 tractor units and 400 trailers.