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RHA price movement survey shows nil cost rise

By Jack SempleFuel is the decisive element in the RHA's annual price movement survey - along with the chance of timing.The RHA survey reviews costs between October 1 2005 and September 30 2006.

TNT reports 'sale' interest

TNT reports "strong interest" from prospective buyers of TNT Freight Management, which it has put up for sale.The unit derives from TNT's acquisition of Wilson Logistics in 2004. At the time, the takeover was hailed as a major step forward for the TNT group.

Vans beat trucks at HNT

Avonmouth-based HNT, which runs a 26-strong van and truck fleet, is realising the benefits of running large vans over 7.5-tonners. MD Chris Potter tells Motor Transport that the company has recently trialled a 5.5-tonner Renault Mascott panel van, which he says proved to have significant benefits over its six MAN 8.150 7.5-tonners. He explains that not only did the van have a slight payload advantage, but its fuel economy was roughly 30% better too.

SJ Bargh in growing form

SJ Bargh has grown pre-tax profit by 26% but sees challenges ahead. The directors state in the company's latest abbreviated results that "the business environment in which we operate continues to be challenging". Managing director Stewart Cornthwaite tells Motor Transport that "fuel and labour" are the company's biggest costs and challenges. But pre-tax profit for the haulage contracting and warehousing company has risen to £2.06m in the year to April 30, 2006 from £1.63m in 2005.

Ramage Group takes two

Ramage Group has recruited two senior executives from Scottish rival Currie European. Allan Jamieson joins the board at Ramage as traffic operations director. He was at Currie for 14 years. Stephen Turner joins as group finance director to "oversee the financial control and rapid expansion" at Ramage. He was FD at Currie. Clipper Group has appointed David Hunt as operations director for DTS Clipper. Hunt joins the fashion and high value logistics arm of Clipper Group with more than 10 years' experience at director level in the third party logistics sector.

Devil in detail of new rules

A detailed change to drivers' hours regulations could hit much of the industry harder than the worst fears over working time, industry representatives said this week.An amendment to the drivers' hours regulations that comes into effect from April 11, 2007 will include driving at delivery points such as quarries, ports, large distribution centres and steel mills.The change is in the section stating that "journeys by road" will be treated as driving the words "or part journey" have been added.RHA 

'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.