FTA Transport Manager

DfT holding back carbon benefit of longer semi trailers

DfT holding back carbon benefit of longer semi trailers, says FTA The government should make use of longer semi-trailers (LSTs) a permanent fixture on the UK’s roads following the successful outcome of its trial, according to FTA, the only business group representing all of the logistics sector. Released today (2 March 2020), the Department for Transport (DfT) funded study demonstrates that use of these vehicles continues to have a significant

post-brexit

UK economy cannot operate without vital logistics workers post-Brexit

Vital logistics workers must be excluded from the government’s restrictive post-Brexit immigration policy, according FTA, the only business group representing all of the logistics sector. Following the policy announcement today, FTA is calling for government to realise how reliant the industry is on EU workers; the sector is already suffering from a severe labour shortage and the loss of these workers could cause business to come grinding to a halt. 

Scotland Transport

More could be done to improve Scottish National Transport Strategy

Pressure from FTA has led to significant improvements to the Scottish National Transport Strategy Publication (NTS2), released 05 February 2020, with the document now recognising the importance of the logistics sector to achieving sustainable Scottish economic growth. However, the business organisation is concerned that plans to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel vans by 2032 are unrealistic without the right infrastructure in place. Mags Simpson, FTA’s Head

FTA Transport Manager

Coastlink conference 2020

Coastlink conference 2020 to discuss efficiency of interconnected short sea networks. Short sea shipping can provide an alternative, more sustainable solution to moving goods across Europe than a purely road-based approach, according to FTA, the business organisation representing the logistics industry. FTA is thrilled to be supporting the 2020 Coastlink Conference to help logistics leaders to identify new, innovative ways to use this mode of transport. To be held on

Low Emissions Zone

TFL funding scheme will ease financial burden on local buisnesses

FTA strongly welcomes Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to increase its financial support for businesses needing to replace their current vans and HGVs with newer, cleaner models in preparation for the tightening of the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards later this year. The business group believes this funding is vital for the Mayor of London to achieve his clean air ambition without placing a heavy financial burden on the shoulders

Talent in Logistics reveals line-up for Develop Conference

Talent in Logistics has released the agenda for its Develop Conference this month which is designed to support instructors, trainers, professional training providers and internal training teams who are responsible for developing people in logistics and transport operations. The conference takes place at Hotel Football in Manchester on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 and is set to fill a void by providing an outlet to collaborate, share expertise and work together

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Oxford Zero Emission Zone, a tax on vital commercial vehicles

Plans for a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in Oxford, published today (7 January 2020), are effectively a tax on trucks and vans in areas of the city, according to FTA. The business organisation, which speaks on behalf of the logistics sector, is calling for Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council to reconsider their strategy until zero-emission commercial vehicles become a viable alternative for local businesses. Rebecca Kite, Environment Policy

Reducing Logistics Emissions

FTA launches 2019 Logistics Emissions Review

FTA has launched its 2019 Logistics Emissions Review, which includes the latest results of the Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme (LERS), a voluntary group which seeks to improve the environmental performance of the logistics industry. During the past year, LERS members achieved an impressive 4% reduction in their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and decreased their average kg of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per vehicle km to 0.72, from 0.75 in 2017

FTA helps to demystify brake test reports

Commercial vehicle operators are struggling to decipher their brake test reports, according to FTA, the voice of the logistics sector. To help operators understand the complex documents, FTA has recently launched an online guide titled Brake test report. FTA’s Head of Engineering and Vehicle Standards Policy, Phil Lloyd stated: “Transport managers without an engineering background should understand that even though a report says ‘PASS’, there may still be issues that

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Future Government must help logistics go zero emission, says FTA

All political parties should pledge to support the logistics sector on its journey to complete zero emission, according to FTA, the voice of the UK logistics sector. Ahead of December’s General Election, the business organisation has launched its own election manifesto – Logistics for Britain – which details ten policy asks of the future government, including the development of alternatively-fuelled vehicles, construction of HS2, and igniting a mode shift from road to maritime and rail.  Heidi Skinner, FTA’s Policy & Public Affairs Manager, comments: “FTA and its members are determined to meet the government’s target of becoming