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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.

Licence suspended after series of offences

A Wolverhampton haulier's licence has been suspended for a week and he has been told to sack his transport manager after admitting a series of vehicle offences. Terry Northwood of Featherstone, who runs Terry Northwood Transport, was brought before West Midlands Deputy Traffic Commissioner Tim Hayden after admitting more than a dozen offences of driving without sufficient rest, using tachograph charts for longer than allowed, failing to keep driving records and speeding. VOSA inspector Helen Key told the Deputy TC that the offences had been committed over a four-month period,

O-licence centralisation hits next phase

The transfer of goods operator licensing application processing from the South-Eastern and Metropolitan, West Midlands, Welsh and Eastern Traffic Areas to the central licensing unit is to take place this week. The address for the processing of operator licensing for all Traffic Areas is now: VOSA Licensing Application Services, Hillcrest House, 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds LS9 6NF

MAN withdraws hostile takeover bid for Scania

German truck giant MAN has ended a lengthy takeover battle with Swedish truck manufacturer Scania by withdrawing its €10.2bn (£6.7bn) takeover bid.MAN says that talks will be ongoing with Scania and its shareholders to try to exploit possible synergies between the companies.

MAN-Scania. No More. Official.

MAN is to ask Swedish regulators for permission to withdraw its takeover offer for Scania.The German OEM is quoted as saying that it is clear that the conditions of the offer will not be met by Jan 31st when the offer is due to close.It said that discussions between VW, Investor AB and MAN have shown that there is 'an industrial logic' behind a combination of MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Heavy Trucks.

EWS predicts boom in UK rail freight

Rail freight specialist EWS Network is predicting a sharp rise in the number of intermodal containers transported by rail. The creation of Yorkshire-based EWS Network, part of EWS Group, enables the logistics market to include rail as a significant part of its supply chain for the first time.