Logistics UK slams Kent truck parking ban

Logistics UK has written to DfT Under Secretary of State  Rachel Maclean strongly objecting to Kent County Council's ban on lorry parking in laybys for more than 45 minutes in several areas of the county, saying that it contravenes the rights of logistics workers. Policy manager for the south, Heidi Skinner said: “Lorry drivers were deemed ‘essential’ workers during the pandemic, but it seems that this has been forgotten in this ... [+]

Truckers must not carry the can for stowaways, says Logistics UK

Hauliers and drivers who are unwitting victims of people-smuggling gangs should not be penalised if all precautions have been taken to protect their vehicles, said Logistics UK in response to the government’s consultation, New Plan for Immigration, that closed on 6 May. Government plans would see changes to the penalties under the Clandestine Entrant ... [+]

Rail’s future must be electric, says Logistics UK

Logistics UK has urged government to begin a rolling programme of rail electrification, in a joint letter to the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, co-signed by more than 15 business, industry and campaign groups. It follows research by Railway Industry Association (RIA) into why decarbonisation of the rail sector is only possible with large-scale railway electrification; hydrogen and battery alternatives cannot be a complete replacement.    Multi ... [+]

Trade figures ‘encouraging’ says Logistics UK

Logistics UK said it was encouraged by the latest ONS figures published on 13 April, showing an improvement in trade between the UK and EU. General manager of public policy, Alex Veitch, said: “We expect this trend will continue as many of the factors which may have caused friction to ... [+]

Conference to scrutinise short-sea shipping

The Coastlink Live online conference will examine how short sea shipping can provide a sustainable alternative to moving goods to and from Europe on 22 April.  The free-to-attend conference, supported by Logistics UK, will take place between 10:00 – 11:00 BST and will focus on how the movement of freight is ... [+]

Updated: Experts warn of port chaos for weeks to come

Logistics UK is warning that the clearance of so many ships at one time following the Ever Given incident could cause congestion at ports along the supply chain, with a resultant slowdown in port productivity. General manager for Public Policy Alex Veitch, said that with more than 300 ships stuck ... [+]

Freight industry seeks rapid return of air capacity

Passenger flights and their bellyhold cargo capacity must be quickly restored once it is safe to do so, said Logistics UK at a webinar on 24 February. Attendees were told that air cargo has played a vital role in supporting the UK throughout the pandemic, but its long-term value to the economy is dependent on capacity recovery ... [+]

Fines for untested drivers alarm Logistics UK

Logistics UK says it is extremely concerned at plans to impose fines on truck drivers entering Kent without a negative Covid test. Policy director Elizabeth de Jong says that a recently laid statutory instrument would place unfair costs on individuals “working hard to keep the economy stocked with the goods ... [+]

New recruit for Logistics UK policy team

Logistics UK has appointed Ryan Barnett as its economics and research manager as part of its policy team. He has previously worked as an economic policy adviser and a campaign organiser. [+]

Kent chaos must not be repeated, says Logistics UK

Logistics UK has written to transport minister Lord Agnew calling for an urgent review of traffic management and welfare arrangements for HGV drivers in the wake of chaos when France closed its borders to traffic for two days over Christmas. It says that thousands of drivers were stranded without access to ... [+]

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