Tag Archives: FTA

FTA calls for drivers to share experiences of rest facilities

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is calling for evidence from drivers about their experiences of rest facilities available across the country. The call comes ahead of new regulations coming in on 1 November, which will see drivers fined by the DVSA if they take their full weekly rest break in their cabs. The FTA is campaigning for urgent action to …

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FTA welcomes Teresa May’s call for post-Brexit transition period

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s recent call for a transition period post-Brexit to be a key priority for negotiations between Britain and the EU. The FTA has been lobbying for such a period since Article 50 was triggered, to enable the preparation of the necessary systems and processes to ensure that post-Brexit trade can …

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Winners of the FTA Drivers of the Year titles announced

The winners of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Driver of the Year titles have been announced. Thomas Kent achieved overall first place in the 44 tonne competition, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, while Reece Cornelius was named FTA Young Driver of the Year award in the same category. Both drive for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain, and demonstrated outstanding professionalism, knowledge and …

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Shortage of skilled drivers remains a concern for freight industry, survey says

A shortage of skilled drivers is still affecting the freight and logistics sector, with many struggling to recruit HGV drivers, a survey has found. The Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) July Quarterly Transport Activity Survey (QTAS), sponsored by Santander Corporate Banking, asked the opinions of 6,000 freight and logistics businesses in the FTA’s membership, and found that almost a third of …

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Platooning trial to begin in 2018, government announces

Trials of ‘platooning’ – where up to three HGVs travel in convoy, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle – will begin in the UK by the end of 2018, the government has announced. But concerns have been raised about the safety of such systems. While the lead vehicle has control over speed and braking, all lorries in …

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FTA calls on Government to keep promise to scrap Severn Bridge charges

The government should honour its pre-election promise and scrap all charges on the Severn Bridges, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said. The toll to cross the two bridges, which span the Severn estuary on the M4 and M48 motorways, into Wales is £20 for an HGV and £13.40 for a van. This, say the FTA, places a massive burden …

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FTA calls for trade and logistics to be priorities in Brexit negotiations

The government should priorities logistics and trade in the upcoming Brexit negotiations and look to ensure that freight can continue to move freely throughout Europe, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said. With the logistics industry contributing more than £121 billion to the economy and employing 2.54 million people in the UK, according to figures from the FTA, its importance …

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FTA calls on next government to help, not hinder the freight industry

The next government must support logistics businesses to enable them to reduce vehicle emissions and cope with the transition to Clean Air Zone regulations, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA). This support should include helping to develop the market in alternatively fueled vehicles, rather than just ramping up taxes on diesel owners, which would crush economic growth and drive …

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Trade associations call for better facilities for truck drivers

More action from the government is needed to address the poor state of many truckstops and a lack of facilities for drivers, leading trade associations have said. The issue of a lack of places that have showers – or even toilets in some cases – is one of the biggest concerns among drivers. Jim French, chair of the Road Transport …

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