Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Freight Transport Association Update

Annual Guide Released as Veteran Manager Retires
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced the 15th edition of their guide for international road transport operators is now available. The guide uses country profiles to equip transport managers with the information needed to avoid unanticipated delays and deal effectively with roadside enforcement. The new 2010 edition includes updated information on public holidays, weekend lorry bans and toll prices and other essential facts for truck fleet operators in both the own account and hire and reward sectors.

More countries than ever are included in this latest edition and ferry service information has been updated, along with advice on stowaways, cabotage requirements and attestation letters. FTA representatives are available this week at Multimodal 2010 at Birmingham’s NEC to discuss the guide or any other matters. Copies can be purchased on line from the FTA shop or ordered by phone by calling 08717 11 11 11, quoting code 4055.

“The new guide is more comprehensive than ever before and with no price increase this year, any operator involved in international road transport will find it fantastic value,” commented Don Armour, FTA’s International Manager and guide editor, explaining, “International road transport operators are often faced with a confusing array of local and national regulations that they do not encounter in the UK, including weekend bans, local weight restrictions and city centre bans linked to low emissions, along with different processes and penalties for dealing with tachograph and drivers’ hours infringements, roadworthiness issues and inappropriate loading of the vehicle.”

Also this week the retirement was announced of Joan Williams, Head of Road Freight and Enforcement Policy who will leave the FTA at the end of the month after almost thirty years service. Williams began her FTA career in 1982 as a tachograph inspector for what was then known as FTA’s Freightcheck service.

Her work ethic, a keen eye for detail and the ability to interpret and make sense of complicated legislation and regulation, meant it was not long before she became a key member of the policy team.

Tributes were paid by her colleagues including James Hookham, Managing Director of Policy and Communications, who said:

 “Joan is a true star and possesses a rare skill which allows her to see things most other people can’t; a forensic, laser-like ability to instantly spot the missed implication in a clause that would have others reaching for the legal dictionary … and the paracetamol.

“More than this, though, Joan has embodied those virtues that FTA holds most dear – her professionalism, enthusiasm, good humour and warmth will be greatly missed by both her colleagues at FTA and the members for whom she has provided invaluable advice and support along the way.”