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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

FTA slams latest M6 toll increase

The operator of the M6 Toll road has been accused of not wanting LGVs to use the road after ramping up the truck fee by 14%. The Freight Transport Association says the increase to £8 "confirms that Midland Expressway clearly does not want LGV traffic on its road". The FTA made the allegation following a meeting of the West Midlands Freight Council in Coventry last week.

Palletforce boosts profits

Palletforce, the UK's fourth-largest pallet network, continued to enjoy high margins last year, with a £1.5m pre-tax profit on a turnover of £5.8m. This was an increase in turnover of almost 16% on 2005's results, and a 22% boost in profits.

JMF buys up Boalloy Holdings

Boalloy Holdings, the Cheshire-based bodybuilder and trailer manufacturer, has been bought by Northern Irish steel fabrication specialist JMF for an undisclosed sum. Boalloy, which also owns M&G Trailers, will continue to operate from its Congleton base and be run by the current management team, headed by MD Jim Gibb. Gibb, with directors David Hancock and Russ Adams, led a secondary buyout of Boalloy Holdings in July 2005.

Peer questions 'death by careless driving' law

A Tory peer has warned that the new offence of causing death by careless driving could backfire by allowing more guilty drivers to walk free.Earl Attlee has told CM that under the new law, which is expected to come into force in autumn 2007, drivers who have made a single momentary error face a jail sentence and mandatory loss of licence. At present, the same behaviour might only carry a fine in the magistrate's court. He believes the threat of jail will make drivers contest the charge, where previously they would have accepted points and a fine.

Healthy figures for QTR despite bad debt

QTR Transport managed to increase its turnover and profit last year, despite writing off a bad debt of more than £50,000. The Reading-based company boosted its post-tax profit from £165,000 in 2004 to £191,000 in the financial year ending 31 December 2005. Turnover increased from £7.5m to £8.2m.MD Paul White says: "It's a difficult trading environment at the moment and fuel and wages are taking most people's profit, ours included.