Tag Archives: FTA

FTA hits out at Hackney Council’s upcoming introduction of Ulta-Low Emission Vehicle zone

Hackney Council’s decision to introduce an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) zone from 3 September will have a detrimental effect on local businesses and the wider Hackney community due to its effective ban on HGVs, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned. Once introduced, two pedestrian and cycle zones in Hoxton and Shoreditch will only allow road access to vehicles emitting …

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Transport associations hit out at M6Toll charge hikes

Midland Expressway’s decision to increase charges on the M6Toll from the end of July has been criticised by leading transport associations. From 6am on 30 July, prices will rise by 20p-50p for HGVs, depending on the journey made, and by 10p-30p for light goods vehicles. Prices will remain the same for night time journeys for all light and heavy goods …

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Many hauliers set to be hit by 20% rise in HGV Road User Levy

About half of UK hauliers are facing a 20% increase in the HGV Road User Levy from February 2019 after the government revealed changes to the scheme. In February 2019, UK-registered Euro 5 trucks and earlier will be hit with the rise, but the levy for Euro 6 vehicles will reduce by 10%. The move is part of the government’s …

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Government commits extra £100 million to repair potholes

The government has committed an extra £100 million to repair local roads affected by potholes and storm damage, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced. This funding – which the government claims is enough to repair almost two million potholes and help protect roads from future severe weather – is in addition to the £75 million funding already given to councils …

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Severn Bridge tolls reduced

HGVs using the two Severn Bridges on the M4 and M48 no longer have to pay VAT on the toll, meaning they are charged £16.70 rather than £20. This move is part of a plan to eventually abolish tolls on the roads, although a date has not yet been set for that. From today (8 January), the responsibility for the …

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Freight Transport Association Driver of the Year 2017 named

Thomas Kent has been named as the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Driver of the Year 2017, seeing off competition from drivers across the country. Kent, who drives for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain in Derby, added his overall title to his FTA 44 tonne Driver of the Year accolade, which he won in September. Kent received the overall FTA Driver of …

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Don’t underestimate the problem of post-Brexit borders, warns FTA

The EU should not underestimate the challenge member states face when preparing their own borders for Brexit, along with the risk of long delays and disruption at European ferry ports, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned. FTA’s deputy chief executive, James Hookham, gave evidence to the European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism on 22 November as part of …

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Fuel duty freeze a missed opportunity, says FTA

While the Chancellor’s decision to freeze fuel duty is welcome, a cut in it would have done more to boost the economy, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The FTA believe that Chancellor Phillip Hammond could have gone further to help the logistics sector. The FTA had campaigned for a 3p cut in fuel duty, which it said would …

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FTA calls for drivers to share experiences of rest facilities

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is calling for evidence from drivers about their experiences of rest facilities available across the country. The call comes ahead of new regulations coming in on 1 November, which will see drivers fined by the DVSA if they take their full weekly rest break in their cabs. The FTA is campaigning for urgent action to …

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