Firms urged to compete for green vehicle funding

Roads Minister Jesse Norman is urging companies to compete for up to £15 million of funding to develop technology to reduce harmful road freight emissions. Projects could include making vehicles lighter or improving the efficiency of engines or batteries. The completion has been developed with Innovate UK. [+]

Europa puts its money where its mouth is

Europa Worldwide’ s Europa Road arm has launched a Money Back Express (MBX) service offering a full refund of freight charges if the groupage operator fails to deliver to the customer’s defined and agreed transit. Sales director Dionne Redpath, said it would demonstrate Europa’s confidence ... [+]

High life on the North Sea

P&O Ferries has launched a free Commercial Drivers Club on its overnight North Sea routes. Members using terminals at Hull, Zeebrugge or Europoort can enjoy a TV lounge, free refreshments and dedicated lavatory facilities. They are also allocated a cabin with bathroom on board solely ... [+]

FTA Ireland calls for Brexit support

  The Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI) called for Government support and assistance to help it stay viable after Brexit in its pre-Budget submission to the Minister for Finance, published on 8 September. FTAI general manager Aidan Flynnsaid that Budget 2018 would be a defining moment ... [+]

Surefreight opens Heysham site

Haulier Surefreight has opened a new £1.3 million depot at the port of Heysham in Lancashire, from where ferry operator Seatruck runs regular services to Ireland. Opening of the new depot was marked by a ceremony on 2 September and follows the opening of a new ... [+]

Iraq-Jordan border reopens

The Trebil land border between Iraq and Jordan has reopened, reports the International Road Transport Union (IRU). Closed in mid-2015 for security reasons, it is the closest border to Iraq’s Western and Central regions, says the IRU, which adds that Jordan is currently a member ... [+]

DHL online truck marketplace launches in UK

DHL’s digital freight platform, Saloodo!, is now available in the UK, following its launch in Germany, offering domestic and international transport services. DHL has also added extra services to the platform, including quotes and invoicing in national currencies and local taxation. As well as credit card, ... [+]

DHL to partner in truck platoon trials

The Transport Research Laboratory has been awarded a government contract to test truck platooning from next year, in partnership with DHL, Daf a technology firm Ricardo. The trials will use up to three lorries with only the lead vehicle being driven by a human driver, ... [+]

Transaid seeks artic for Uganda training

International development organisation Transaid has launched an appeal to find a second-hand tractor unit and trailer to support its new driver training project in Uganda. Transaid urgently requires an artic combination to train hundreds of new commercial vehicle drivers in the Mukono district, east of Kampala, ... [+]

Wincanton to open London Gateway container base

Largest UK logistics company Wincanton is to build a 2.5-acre container haulage base at DP World London Gateway. It will be operational from early 2018. The site will provide truck parking and office facilities housing an on-site operations team. Wincanton managing director for industrial and transport, Chris ... [+]