Tag Archives: FTA

Severn Bridge tolls reduced

HGVs using the two Severn Bridges on the M4 and M48 no longer have to pay VAT on the toll, meaning they are charged £16.70 rather than £20. This move is part of a plan to eventually abolish tolls on the roads, although a date has not yet been set for that. From today (8 January), the responsibility for the …

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Freight Transport Association Driver of the Year 2017 named

Thomas Kent has been named as the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Driver of the Year 2017, seeing off competition from drivers across the country. Kent, who drives for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain in Derby, added his overall title to his FTA 44 tonne Driver of the Year accolade, which he won in September. Kent received the overall FTA Driver of …

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Don’t underestimate the problem of post-Brexit borders, warns FTA

The EU should not underestimate the challenge member states face when preparing their own borders for Brexit, along with the risk of long delays and disruption at European ferry ports, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned. FTA’s deputy chief executive, James Hookham, gave evidence to the European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism on 22 November as part of …

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Fuel duty freeze a missed opportunity, says FTA

While the Chancellor’s decision to freeze fuel duty is welcome, a cut in it would have done more to boost the economy, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The FTA believe that Chancellor Phillip Hammond could have gone further to help the logistics sector. The FTA had campaigned for a 3p cut in fuel duty, which it said would …

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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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