MBE for PD Ports’ Jim French

PD Ports’ director portcentric logistics Jim French has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to young people in the transport industry. Now semi-retired, for the last four years he has dedicated his time at PD Ports to the launch and continued successful operation of the Tees Valley Logistics Academy run with Stockton Riverside College and supported by national charity Career Ready and Think Logistics. He started ... [+]

Ports call for action on Thames crossing

A business coalition, including DP World London Gateway, Port of Tilbury, Port of Dover, Port of London Authority, Navigator Terminals, Eurotunnel, Claridon Group, the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association have written to the Chancellor calling for an urgent ministerial decision on the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) scheme. ... [+]

Fruitful first year for RHA-Transaid link-up

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has marked its first anniversary as a corporate member of Transaid by presenting the charity with a cheque for £5,354 at the Association’s annual members’ lunch. The donation, which was presented by Richard Burnett, the RHA’s CEO, was raised as a result of the company’s new ... [+]

UK truck levy discriminates, says Brussels

The European Commission is threatening to take Britain to the European Court of Justice over its HGV road user levy, which it says discriminates against foreign operators. Under the scheme, introduced two years ago, all lorries are charged up to £10 a day to use the roads but UK operators ... [+]

RHA welcomes migrants move

The Road Haulage Association has welcomed efforts by Xavier Bertrand, President of France’s Nord-Pas-de-Calais region to demolish part of the migrants ‘Jungle’ camp. Hundreds of migrants living in the southern part of the camp near the port of Calais have been ordered to leave. RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “We welcome ... [+]

RHA calls for urgent action in Calais

Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett has written to French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, insisting that he acts urgently on his recent commitment to maintain law and order in the Calais area. This follows the incident at the weekend in which migrants stormed on board a ferry, resulting in ... [+]

Truckers welcome Thames tunnel plan

Highways England has chosen a tunnel between Tilbury and Gravesend – Option 'C' - as its preferred option for a new Lower Thames Crossing. It would provide a link between many of the south-east's major ports and the rest of the country, including Dover and the Channel Tunnel and Tilbury/London ... [+]

RHA dismayed by Dunkirk migrant plan – further updated

The Road Haulage Association says it is dismayed at the news that a new migrant camp is to be built at Dunkirk ferry port, 30 miles from Calais. It would cause “yet more misery for the thousands of UK-bound hauliers who regularly use this alternative route to cross the Channel", ... [+]

Forth Bridge shutdown hits express deliveries – updated

Express carrier TNT says it is unable to guarantee the availability of timed premium services in parts of Scotland due to the closure of the Forth Road Bridge All traffic in and out of Fife and Tayside (DD and KY postcodes) is being diverted away from the bridge ona 60mile detour ... [+]

Transport chairman sees Calais ‘mayhem’ at first hand

Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Freight Transport, Rob Flello has seen for himself the mayhem at the Port of Calais. He said that despite the Eurotunnel terminal now becoming “a fortress”, access roads are like a war zone, “unsafe for motorists and professional drivers.” He promised to raise the ... [+]

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