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HGV gas attacks are a myth, says Royal College of Anaesthetists

Respiratory experts have cast doubt on claims that there have been a spate of gas attacks on HGV drivers in the UK, saying they are “a myth”. The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCA) told CM it stood by its statement released in 2014 that it is not possible to render...

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Dismay at plan to use HGV levy to speed move to Euro VI

The HGV Road User Levy for Euro VI vehicles will be cut to £900 from February 2019 from the current rate of £1,000. But the rate for Euro V vehicles will rise to £1,200, under plans unveiled by roads minister Jesse Norman. The government reckons that the cleanest...

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Increase competitive procurement, MoD told

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) needs a “clear strategy for increasing competition” in its procurement, according to MPs. In a report the Public Accounts Committee said around half of MoD contracts involved a competitive tender and it must increase this proportion if...

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DPD to offer self-employed drivers new ‘worker’ status

DPD is to create a new “worker” job category for delivery drivers as part of a strategic review following the death of one of its couriers earlier this year. It plans to introduce a DPD Driver Code later this year and introduce a self-employed worker contract that...

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Losses rise at Yodel

The operating loss at Yodel Delivery Network increased to £81.9 million in the year to 30th June 2017 from £49.4m the year before. Revenue was down from £422.7m to £409.8m. Arrow XL, Yodel’s sister company which focuses on 2-person home delivery, saw operating profit...

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RHA raises concerns of thieves ‘gassing’ truck drivers

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is concerned about reports that criminals are ‘gassing’ lorry drivers before stealing goods from their trucks. In one incident, according to the RHA, a haulier was parked overnight on an industrial estate in the West Midlands and...

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3PLs get together to test blockchain proof of concept

AB InBev, Accenture, APL and Kuehne + Nagel demonstrated how blockchain will create huge efficiencies for the logistics industry. A consortium comprising AB InBev, Accenture, APL, Kuehne + Nagel and a European customs organisation has successfully tested a blockchain...

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Brexit uncertainty hits supply chain contracts

Almost a quarter (22 per cent) of UK businesses with EU suppliers are having difficulty securing contracts which run after March 2019, according to a study by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply published just as the UK & EU agreed the terms of the Brexit...

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P&O opens warehouse at Liverpool Port

P&O Ferrymasters has opened a warehouse at Liverpool Port. The new facility will be for cross docking operations and to feed its connection with P&O Ferries’ Liverpool-Dublin sailings. “Following feedback from our customer base, we are introducing a cross-docking...

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