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DfT launches WTD review

The DfT launched its long-awaited working time review at the road haulage forum last week - and made clear this was the last opportunity to make changes. Work will focus on: The use and interpretation of the "periods of availability." The exemption for "occasional" mobile workers. Treatment of leave. compliance with, and enforcement of, the regulations. and the administrative burden placed on business by the regulations. Any proposals for change that result from the review will be put out for consultation. The revi

Intermodal consultants at Brussels

BMT Transport Solutions will develop a management framework for Europe's intermodal transport system.The subsidiary of BMT has been commissioned by the European Union for Freightwise, a research project leading to a virtual transport network and a stakeholder framework. Users can assess transport services by running operational and commercial information through Freightwise.Freightwise is being developed by a consortium of 55 partners in 14 countries on a budget of €13m, €7.9m of which comes from the EU.

MAN denies possible job losses

MAN says there will be no production job losses as a result of a takeover of Scania. Scania has said that MAN needs to axe 5,000 production jobs in Germany, regardless of any any merger.

Transrent re-opens five of its depots

Trailer rental company Transrent, currently in administration, has agreed to re-open five of its depots so finance companies can get at their trailers and put them to use. Transrent went into administration earlier this month owing some £65m to 30 finance companies and two private equity firms. Administrator Nick Edwards from Deloitte says: "Transrent has been trying to re-structure for the past 12 months.

'Hub port' project to launch in 2008

Boulogne Chamber of Commerce is geared to launch its "hub port" project after an agreement between Bateaux Grande Vitesse France and Chikara Shipping.Chikara plans to launch the first BGV series in September 2008, with an agreement for two BGV passenger and freight vessels, followed by a third freight only boat. The "motorways of the sea" routes will be between Boulogne-sur-Mer and the Sheerness, Drammen, Santander and Vigo ports. Negotiations are underway for a railfreight service between Boulogne-sur-Mer and northern Italy.

Operator ordered to pay following fatal crash

A Northern Irish haulage firm has been ordered to pay €250,000 compensation to the family of a television presenter killed in an accident six years ago. Woodside Haulage, of Ballyclare, County Antrim, owned the artic which was involved in a collision with the car in which Uaneen Fitzsimons was travelling.

Ford $12.7 Billion in the Hole

For a company to lose more in a year than the GDP of Jamaica is a rip-roaring achievement. A big hand, then to Ford, which has announced 2006 losses of $12.7 billion. Hello 2007, hello Chapter 7?There really is very little you can say about this, beyond wishing Ford employees well as they – one assumes – scan the sits vac column. Can you come back from a $12.7 billion loss? We think it is unlikely.Is there a potential buyer out there?

Lanxess picks Potter for distribution

Road and rail distribution firm The Potter Group has won a three-year distribution contract with international chemical and agricultural product manufacturer Lanxess. To manage its European distribution, Lanxess has set up a partnership with Belgium-based H Essers Group.Potter will manage the contract from its Droitwich site, where it will store 750 pallets of stock.

More timber will travel by rail in Scotland

A business consortium plans to build a giant rail loading facility in north-west Scotland which will remove an estimated 6,500 timber lorry movements a year from the region's roads.The site at Crianlarich will cost at least £1.7m to build, plus more than £500,000 for the dedicated rolling stock.

RHA condemns LEZ campaign

Road Haulage Association (RHA) chief executive Roger King (pictured) has spoken out against the proposed London low-emission zone (LEZ) and the marketing campaign that supports it. The RHA has criticised the lack of informed debate which denies the general public of the chance to make up their own minds about the impact the LEZ will have on their everyday lives. But it also says it is not too late for operators to challenge