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'Pay-per-day' back on agenda!

Pay-by-the-day for foreign trucks is back on the political agenda - official!After frequent dismissal of the idea by ministers as not worth the effort and five years after the inception of the doomed Lorry Road User Charging project, adoption of a "euro-vignette" - or something related - is being discussed in the highly secretive road haulage task group, a government spokesman confirms.Intriguingly, he says it is too early to say what the daily rate would be. Under the euro-vignette, a modest maximum charge is clearly stated.

Top five haulage stars named

The UK's most successful performers in the road haulage industry have been named by a research report into measures of company valuation.The top five performers, in random order, include bulk freight firm Fred Sherwood & Sons, Leeds-based GW Sissons & Sons and RDL Distribution, recently bought by Wincanton. G Sweeney and Maxi Group complete the list.Plimsoll Publishing's research showed these five achieved "outstanding financial performance", says analyst Clair Sherwood.

Police offer counselling but no action after pallet theft

A haulier asked police to investigate the theft of six pallets carrying books - and has been offered a "Victim Support Service" instead.Cheshire police told Royers, part of the GJ Cooper group, that "we will not be undertaking further investigation", just hours after taking a report of the crime.Notification to the company came in the form of an unsigned standard letter from Cheshire Constabulary's un-named "Demand Management Unit Manager".Graham Westcott, chairman of the GJ Cooper gro

RHA security programme to combat truck crime

The RHA says it will launch "a pioneering programme aimed at increasing the security of loads, vehicles, premises and staff during the movement, handling and storage of goods," at a security seminar next week.Truck crime remains a key issue for Britain's road freight industry despite strenuous efforts to deter criminals.

Global Pallet System - new network shows its hand

Prospective members of Global Pallet System will meet each other for the first time near the hub at Kidderminster on November 22.JGB Transport is the first to declare its intention to join the network, plans for which were exclusively revealed by Motor Transport (September 7).The Aberdeen-based UK-wide operator says the ability to offer a single-pallet rate will help make it Scotland's leading haulier, says Kevin Vaughan, a transport manager at the firm.Vaughan who has previous

DfT warns on failure to download data

Truck operators may soon face fines of up to £5,000 if they fail to download and store digital tachograph information under a new offence of not downloading data. Operators may also have to provide digital tachograph data within 24 hours of a serious incident if requested by an enforcement officer.

Boss fined £29,000 for safety breaches

The boss of a Cambridgeshire freight company has been fined a total £29,000 for serious breaches of health and safety regulations at his depot. Christopher Synowiec, who runs Cam European Freight Services of Bassingbourn, admitted breaching Health and Safety at Work regulations during a hearing before Cambridge magistrates. The court heard that environmental health inspectors from South Cambridgeshire District Council had visited the company's depot and found wrongly stacked stock and a lack of risk assessments.

Transrent collapse 'caused by low rates'

Former Transrent chief Tom Hart says the collapse of his trailer rental and financial services group was sparked by low rental rates "killing the industry" and a failure to secure new funding. Administrators from Deloitte, appointed on January 11 for the Transrent group of companies, revealed the Stafford-based firm owed around £65m - more than double the group's annual turnover figure - to 30 finance companies and two private equity firms.