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Northgate boosts turnover and profit

Interim results for the six months to October 2006 show that light CV hire company Northgate increased revenue by 48% to £262.1m and pre-tax profit by 34% to £37.8m.

Replacement SCR exhausts from AVT

Astra Vehicle Technologies is offering replacement Euro-4 and Euro-5 SCR silencer and exhaust systems for specialist vehicles which require the nearside chassis location to be clear.

Concern over Yearsley driver jobs as depot shuts

Yearsley Group admits the closure of the Birds Eye depot in Hull could lead to redundancies among its drivers – but says it will attempt to redeploy them. The frozen foods business, which was sold to venture capitalist Permira in September 2006, is to close its Hull plant this September with the loss of 600 jobs.

T&G and Amicus unions plan to merge

The Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) is set to merge with Amicus, the engineering and technical union. The leaders of both unions have agreed the merger in principle; now it must be ratified by a ballot of members. This should be complete by March - if it supports the merger the new union will come into being on 1 May with a combined membership of two million.

Turners builds up by acquiring CRW

Family-run haulage company Turners (Soham) has boosted its presence in the building materials industry with the purchase of bulk powder specialist CRW for a rumoured £7m. Turners’ MD, Paul Day, says the acquisition, which went through earlier this month, was a natural fit for its business; it already runs 400 tankers in this sector.

Restriction on workers from accession states

Truck drivers from Bulgaria and Romania will not routinely be given work permits for the UK. Romania and Bulgaria became members of the EU on 1 January, but the UK has decided that their citizens will not be allowed to work except in sectors that particularly need staff, such as agriculture and hospitality. A Home Office spokeswoman says: "Before Romania and Bulgaria joined there was no restriction on any EU citizens accessing our labour markets.

Moody drivers benefit from NVQ2

Drivers for Northumberland-based Moody Express have boosted their driving skills by taking Level 2 NVQs via roadskills development specialist Tyneside Training Services. Caroline Moody from Moody Express explains: "We train our drivers every year, though this time we opted for the NVQ course. "As well as completing practical tests, drivers also had to keep written portfolios.

Off-duty cop dies in parcel truck crash

Cumbria Police are conducting an investigation for the coroner into an accident in which an off-duty policeman was killed while driving a truck.PC Steven Robertson, who worked for Tayside Police, was on the M6 near Penrith when the accident happened.