FTA calls for upgrade to west of England route

One month before the deadline for a ministerial decision on the Development Consent Order for the A303 improvement scheme, Freight Transport Association policy manager Chris Yarsley is urging the government to decide in favour. He said: “This initiative is vital to solving the reliability, congestion and safety issues along this corridor. The UK needs efficient and effective road transport networks to function properly, but the issues with the A303 have ... [+]

Foreign drivers dodge Dart tolls

The Freight Transport Association’s head of policy for London and the South East Natalie Chapman is calling for foreign drivers who don't pay the Dart Charge to be pursued as actively as those in the UK. Her comments came after a Freedom of Information request by BBC Radio Kent revealed ... [+]

FTA welcomes truck parking debate

The Freight Transport Association applauded the House of Commons debate on the lorry parking on 7 September. It particularly welcomed the recognition by Minister of State for Transport, John Hayes, of the lack of HGV parking facilities as “a national problem that requires the Government, local authorities and industry to work ... [+]

Report calls for better northern freight links

Transport for the North called for more freight network capacity to, from and within the North on railways and waterways, strategic freight interchanges and distribution centres and improved links for ports in a report published on 7 September. The Northern Freight and Logistics Report also called for pinch-points on the ... [+]

Brussels takes France to task over driver wage rules

The European Commission is to challenge France over its new minimum wage law for the transport sector following pressure from the Freight Transport Association (FTA). FTA had called for urgent postponement of the new employment legislation due to come into force on 1 July that would require all foreign drivers and ... [+]

Not the right time for free-for-all on Europe’s roads, says FTA

Now is not the right time to free up the cabotage trucking market in Europe, says the Freight Transport Association in response to recent moves by Brussels (see FBJ 3 2014, page 1). Commenting on the recent European Commission (EC) report on integrating the internal market for road transport, FTA points ... [+]

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