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Sussex town considers anti-truck barriers

Town considers anti-truck barriers to protect streetsThe West Sussex town of Petworth is hoping to introduce barriers preventing vehicles wider than 2m entering its narrow streets.A signed route directs LGVs away from the town centre, but Tex Pemberton, the county councillor responsible for highways and transport in West Sussex, says drivers are ignoring them because sat-nav directs them through Petworth."This means lorries frequently get jammed in the lanes - and when I say jammed I mean they physically become stuck and cause damage to buildings."Pemberton says

A55 truckstop planned in wake of attack on driver

The owner of haulier JD Owen is to submit planning application for a truckstop on the A55 he believes the need for secure truck parking is greater than ever.Dai Owen, owner of Mold, Clwyd-based JD Owen, is preparing plans for a truckstop at A55/J31 for submission to Flintshire County Council.

Driver wins third claim against his employer

A Wolverhampton truck driver and health and safety representative who fractured his spine in an accident at work has been awarded more than £6,000 for spin-off claims - his third successful tribunal award in five years. Stephen Harvey has now been awarded a total of £9,947 since 2002, all against the national egg delivery firm Stonegate Farmers, which closed its depot at Seisdon, near Wolverhampton in December 2004. The company has since been merged with Deans Foods to form Noble Foods.

TNT promises there will be no UK redundancies

TNT has moved quickly to reassure employees that it has no plans for redundancies in the UK after revealing heavy cutbacks in the Netherlands. TNT Post in The Hague said last week that competition and declining volumes in the Dutch postal market mean it is forced to cut up to 7,000 jobs and freeze wages in an effort to lower costs. It says the measures will not affect operations in the UK. TNT Post employs 58,000 people in the Netherlands and processes 16,000 postal items each day, but it is losing mail to competitors and as a result of the switch to online services, in

Sneezing LGV driver cleared of death charge

A truck driver who said a sneeze distracted him just before a crash that killed three members of the same family has been fined £2,000 by Lincoln Crown Court.Neil Margerison, 23, from Clayton-le-Dale in Lancashire, was found guilty of careless driving but cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.Flight Lieutenant Neville Rees, his wife Karen and son Andrew, 11, were killed when their car was crushed between two trucks near their home at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire, on 5 January last year. Margerison was also disqualified from driving for three years.

Christian Salvesen finds Spain a tough environment

Christian Salvesen appears to be following in the footsteps of its rival Wincanton by encountering tough trading conditions in Spain, where volumes have been lower than expected. The high-profile European logistics provider is also turning the spotlight on its UK transport operations.

Truck crime cost is 'massive', says Truckpol

Violence "is certainly increasing in freight crimes," said field intelligence officer Andy Round of Truckpol.The rate of freight crime amounts to less 2% of all vehicle crime "but the cost is massive to the haulage industry", Round reminded conference delegates, quoting £105m, but saying that the true cost is "nearer to £150m at least".He quoted frightening statistics of around 280 incidents of freight crime a month, but added that the true figure is 40% more - with a 50% increase in truck hijackings in 2006 from 2005.R

Digital tachographs not easy to use, says Gregory

Digital tachographs have been a headache to implement, if the experiences of Gregory Distribution are anything to go by.Paul Willis, driver training manager, spoke of the hiccups his company found in getting to grips with digitachs. He highlighted the rounding up of driving minutes as a key problem, with Gregory losing up to 45 minutes a day on its palletised distribution network as a result of the digitach's specifications.

Say more: be seen to be green

The haulage industry needs to say more about what it is doing to clean up its vehicles, one speaker told the Motor Transport Fleet Management Conference.Simon Barnes, environmental affairs manager at the SMMT, warned delegates not to get "led into the perspective that road transport is the beast - there's a big beast out there called aviation." According to 2006 UK National Transport statistics, trucks provided 7.6b

Hyundai to Bring New Van to Europe

Europe looks to be getting a new Hyundai van.Take a look here for the details of the new H1 model - destined for both the EU and Asia. Given HMC's success in the US - driven primarily through offering an almost bomb proof warranty on its passenger car range - you'd be foolish not to take the Korean OEM very seriously indeed in the LCV sector.