Author: Stanford Ellis

British lorry drivers are accused of having ‘blood on their hands’

Paul Loughlin, a road transport law specialist and solicitor at the national law firm, Stephensons, said: “The recent probe by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme has highlighted a problem that those in the transport industry were already aware of. “Historically the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have focussed their roadside enforcement practice on areas such as vehicle overloading, drivers’ hours infringements (driving for too long without a break) and the roadworthiness of the vehicle related to safety issues like balding tyres etc. “However, in June 2017, the DVSA reported that they would be including emissions checks on lorries during...

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6 March 2018, London: OnTruck, the on-demand logistics platform for short-haul road freight, is celebrating its 1,000th UK shipping consignment since expanding into the country in 2017. Founded in Madrid in 2016, OnTruck opened in London last September as its first international operation and is on track to expand and achieve full national coverage in 2018. Since OnTruck’s UK debut, the company has completed more than 80,000 loaded miles, shipping palletised goods for manufacturers, retailers and freight forwarders via a rapidly growing base of more than 200 carriers. The company’s cloud-based booking platform and mobile app connects shippers and...

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County Tyrone-based haulier, V Fraser & Sons Ltd, has taken delivery of one of only 50 special Volvo FH Ailsa Edition trucks made available as part of Volvo Trucks 50th Anniversary celebrations in the UK last year. The stunning Volvo FH16-750 6×2 tractor unit, supplied by Sales Executive Hugh Smyth at Dennison Commercials Limited, is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and is in a league of its own with many luxury additions. The iconic truck comes with custom interior, upholstered in black and gold leather finished to perfection with gold stitching and the 50th Anniversary ‘Ailsa...

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3M issues message to councils this Road Safety Week

With Road Safety Week focusing this year on encouraging drivers not to speed, 3M is reminding local authorities of how proper sign specification can help with this important task. Road safety charity Brake has been coordinating Road Safety Week, the UK’s largest road safety event, since 1997, each year with a different theme. This year’s event, which runs from 20 to 26 November, has been given the theme of ‘Speed Down Save Lives’. 3M said it completely supported this message, particularly as police recorded ‘exceeding the speed limit’ or ‘travelling too fast for conditions’ as a contributory factor in...

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Administrators appointed to Monarch Airlines Limited and Monarch Travel Group Limited

Blair Nimmo, Jim Tucker and Mike Pink from KPMG have this morning, Monday 2 October 2017, been appointed joint administrators to Monarch Airlines Limited. At the same time, Blair Nimmo, Jim Tucker and Steve Absolom from KPMG have been appointed joint administrators to Monarch Travel Group Limited. The Group’s engineering operation, Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited, is not in administration and continues to trade normally. As a result of the insolvency proceedings, Monarch Airlines is no longer able to fly as its Air Operating Certificate has been suspended. Consequently, all flights operated by Monarch Airlines from the UK, and all...

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