Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Freight Group Publishes New Guide for European Road Haulage

FTA Releases 17th Annual Offering to Assist Transport Operators
Shipping News Feature

UK – EUROPE – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has published the 17th edition of its annual European Road Transport Guide for UK-based road haulage operators visiting countries in the EU and beyond. Formerly known as the International Road Transport Guide, it has been re-named in order to avoid confusion with some of FTA’s newer offerings which cover a larger geographical area than FTA’s mainly European road freight interests.

With its updated country sections the new guide uses regional profiles to equip transport managers with the information needed to avoid delays and deal effectively with roadside enforcement, often one of the terrors of overseas haulage. Amended information on public holidays, weekend lorry bans, toll prices and other essential facts for fleet operators in both the own account and hire and reward sectors are included and this year Liechtenstein and Monaco have been added to the list of countries covered.

There have been numerous other detailed changes throughout the guide, notably affecting the Netherlands, Estonia and Poland, with some of the information provided by FTA members. There is an update on the UK Border Agency’s haulier accreditation scheme and a section to assist operators in retrieving a vehicle if it is impounded by UKBA officials plus French contacts to assist with French exemption permits for banned truck movements. Also included is information on HM Revenue & Customs’ treatment of freight moving to the Channel Islands and indications of ferry transit times. Don Armour, FTA’s International Manager and editor of the guide, said:

“FTA members operating vehicles abroad often pass information on to us from their own first-hand experience. As with any reference work the details given may become out of date over time, so comments or amendments from those who are actually on the road play an important part in making sure that the guide is always as up-to-date and relevant as possible.”

Companies in international membership of FTA receive a free copy of the guide as part of their subscription package and they can buy further copies for £35 each, no VAT. The cost for non-international FTA members is £55 a copy and for non-members £75.00, with price reductions for multiple copies. Order HERE or call 08717 11 11 11, quoting code 4055.