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image: UK ministers freight transport driver shortage apprenticeship levy road haulage operatorUK Freight Driver Shortage Attracts Apprenticeship Levy on Road Haulage Operators
Ministers Writes to Transport Managers with Details of Schemes

27 April 2017
UK – For many years now we, along with many other professionals from across the UK's supply chain, have been calling on the government to adequately address the chronic driver shortage blighting the country's road freight industry, as the combination of an ageing workforce and a lack of skilled drivers to replace those leaving the sector, threatens to get steadily worse over time. As a result, the Minister of State for Transport John Hayes, the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills Robert Halfon, and the Minister of State for Employment Damian Hinds, have signed a joint letter to Transport Managers highlighting the support available for recruiting the next generation of LGV drivers.
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image: FreightTalent in Logistics Awards Announces Sponsors
Event Recognising Members of the Industry

27 April 2017
UK – Only one day left to enter the 2017 Talent in Logistics awards, aimed at recognising and celebrating the skills and hard work of people from across the British logistics industry, from trainers and Learning & Development Managers, to Drivers and apprentices, and HR Managers to Logistics Managers. As the deadline looms, Talent in Logistics has announced more category sponsor.
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image: freight logisticsRussian Navy Intelligence Ship Sinks after Collision with Freight Vessel
All Crew Reported Safe

27 April 2017
BLACK SEA – A Russian Navy ship has sunk in the Black Sea after a collision with a freight vessel at around 11.45 local time, due to poor visibility. All the crew of the Russian ship are reported to have been rescued and to be safe.
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image: freightFreight Organisation and AA Continue Breakdown Agreement
New Five Year Cover Deal Signed

27 April 2017
UK – The AA has signed a five year contract extension with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to continue providing breakdown and recovery services to its 2,000 FTA Recovery members for their 86,000 mixed vehicle fleets. The fully comprehensive contract sees the AA provide services to cars, vans and HGVs.
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image: logisticsTrade Bodies Warn Against Modifications to Fork Lift Trucks
Users Face Danger if Using Unauthorised Changes

26 April 2017
UK – The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) have warned that unauthorised modifications to fork lift trucks can endanger staff and invalidate warranties. The services, widely advertised and offered by many companies, are far from risk-free with the two industry bodies saying that truck modifications that are not factory approved may affect capacity, stability or safety requirements. BITA Secretary-General James Clark explains:
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image: freight logisticsUK Rail Freight Operator Reaches Successful Agreement with Trade Union Partners
Cuts on the Cards for Work Force

26 April 2017
UK – DB Cargo UK, the largest rail freight operator in Britain, has reached successful agreements with the four trade unions representing a majority of its workforce, meaning it will launch its future business model on July 2, as planned. ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite have been in discussions since October 2016 with DB, when the company announced proposals to cut 893 jobs (almost a third of its workforce) in a restructure triggered by the rapid decline in the core market of coal.
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image: logisticsCargo Crime Project Launched to Help Freight Industry with Security Issues
Highlights Threats that Road Haulage Industry Need to Know

26 April 2017
UK – A collaborative project identifying the often misunderstood and taboo topic of cargo crime within the road transport sector has officially been launched at this years Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show, taking place this week. The Cargo and Road Transport (CART) Security Guide aims to raise awareness and offer guidance in a bid to fill the ever widening knowledge gap and provide a greater insight into the security risks posed to road haulage companies and potential solutions that can be adopted.
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IATA CEO Calls for Greater Safety Practices in Air Transport
Alexandre de Juniac Wants Better Standards

25 April 2017
WORLDWIDE – Speaking at the IATA Safety and Flight Operations Conference in Seoul, South Korea, the International Air Transport Associations (IATA) Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac urged aviation safety stakeholders to reinforce their commitment to a safety framework based on global standards, cooperation and dialogue, and effective use of data. Identifying air accident investigations as a key area where greater cooperation on global standards is needed, de Juniac said:
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image: freight Port of Calais Reports Record High in Freight Truck Traffic
Figures Up Substantially from Last Year

25 April 2017
FRANCE – UK – One of the busiest ports linking France and the UK has reported a large upswing in freight vehicles passing through on its cross Channel routes. A renewed upsurge in haulage traffic has been confirmed in the first three months of 2017 and allowed the Port of Calais to realise the best quarter in its history through an absolute record for the month of March and the passage of 181,005 cargo units which used the Calais port facilities. The number of heavy goods vessels crossing through the French port grew by 11.2% compared to the first trimester of 2016, with 507,850 heavy goods vessels passing through the port.
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image: German freight forwarding Dachser logistics partner Johnston Dublin German Family Freight Forwarding Concern Buys Up Irish Logistics Partner
Company Makes Dublin Based Operation a Subsidiary

25 April 2017
IRELAND – Independent German freight forwarding concern Dachser has become the majority shareholder of its partner in Ireland, Johnston Logistics Ltd, effectively making the Dublin headquartered company a subsidiary of the brand. Dachser states that the move will allow the company to expand and strengthen its distribution network in northwestern Europe, with Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics at Dachser saying:
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