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The high cost of fuel remains the biggest cause for concern amongst haulage operators, who are continuing to be squeezed by rising operating costs and pressure for earlier payment terms from suppliers, whilst facing downward pressure on haulage rates and lengthening payment terms from customers

Capital funding of £8 million will be made available by the government in 2012 to encourage the UK’s road freight industry to buy and use low emission medium and heavy goods vehicles

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the Chancellor’s decision to inject new money into the cash-starved transport infrastructure as part of measures to get the economy moving again

 

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A decision to hold toll charges at their current rate on the Dartford Crossing until after April 2012 has been welcomed

 

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is warning the Chancellor against pressing ahead with a 3 pence per litre fuel duty increase from 1 January next year. FTA's latest Quarterly Transport Activity Survey shows that operators are more downbeat about business activity and freight volumes than at any time for the past two years

 

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed changes in the law which will now enable people with insulin treated diabetes to apply for vocational licences to drive buses or lorries

 

The government must heed the advice of its own MPs and overhaul its fuel duty policy to avoid doing further damage to the industry and the economy, warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA)

 

By September 2014 all lorry drivers in Europe must have completed 35 hours of training in compliance with Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) requirements

 

Three out of four Kent-based transport operators have had to pass on increasing fuel costs to their customers, thereby stoking inflation. The Freight Transport Association asked its Kent-based members whether the rising cost of fuel over the last 12 months has influenced behaviour: over 70 per cent of respondents said they have increased their rates, with over one in five admitting to having reduced the number of drivers in their workforce

 

The Scottish Parliament has been urged to recognise the strategic economic benefits of investing in rail freight

 

A threat to the future growth of the UK’s rail freight market has been avoided following news that the EU’s Non-Road Mobile Machinery Directive will allow more flexibility to produce engines

 

Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in the UK moved more road freight during 2010 than they did the previous year

 

The Freight Transport Association has congratulated Justine Greening on becoming the new Secretary of State for Transport following the weekend’s ministerial reshuffle

 
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