Palletways, Europe s largest and fastest growing palletised freight network, has announced that it will be the first pallet network to achieve a high-profile Transport for London accreditation, which rubber stamps best practice in the industry. The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary…
Palletways, Europe s largest and fastest growing palletised freight network, has announced that it will be the first pallet network to achieve a high-profile Transport for London accreditation, which rubber stamps best practice in the industry.
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary certification scheme aimed at ensuring that fleet operators in London and throughout the UK, work to high standards that go beyond the minimum legal requirements, in areas such as health & safety and environmental impact.
Following rigorous assessment, Palletways met the accreditation s bronze level requirements across all its owned operation sites.
As part of its membership of FORS, Palletways now has access to a range of materials that will offer the network a competitive advantage, including information to further enhance its health & safety provisions and up-to-date technology & guidance to reduce the impact of freight transport on the UK environment.
The FORS accreditation was developed in conjunction with a number of stakeholders including the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), Department for Transport, Freight Transport Association, Health and Safety Executive, The Metropolitan Police, Road Haulage Association, Skills for Logistics and Vehicle Operator & Services Agency.
Peter Lascelles, Director of Owned Member Depots, commented: We are delighted to receive the FORS recognition. The accreditation sets us apart us apart from our competitors and confirms that we deliver an efficient, cost saving and forward thinking service.
He added: We will be making full use of the accreditation and access to materials to further enhance our CSR activities and will promote best practise ideas across our wider European network.
The Palletways Group is made up of over 300 depots and 13 hub operations, through which it provides collection and distribution services across 12 European countries, including the UK.
The company s distribution networks are made up of independent transport companies who share each other s resources to deliver small consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost effectively than ever before.
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LOS ANGELES (WWJ) As General Motors unveils a new compact pickup, Ford is using its appearance at the LA Auto Show to look further into the future.
The new Chevy Colorado plays in a segment that Ford vacated a few years ago, and is now owned by Toyota and Nissan. GM calls the Colorado a lifestyle vehicle aimed more at those who are interested in taking their bikes with them, or hauling gardening supplies.
The Colorado is going to be positioned more at an activity, accessory type buyer, who uses it more in maybe a lighter duty type way, said GM North America President Mark Reuss.
Reuss also feels it will help General Motors to have smaller trucks, as fuel economy standards become tougher.Full size pickups are also becoming more expensive. Chevrolet marketing chief Alan Batey said he believes that many people who might need the utility of a smaller truck, shunned larger vehicles because they were more than they wanted or needed.
With a full size pickup truck, they basically have a lot of space and capability they never use.
With the Ranger gone, and the Dakota on hiatus, this puts General Motors head to head with the imports.
We took the route that we really felt this was an opportunity, said Batey. We know some of our competitors are not going to go into this.
The Los Angeles Auto Show was a logical place to launch the Colorado, as California s best-selling truck is not the Ford F-150. It s the Toyota Tacoma.
There is a propensity here for a smaller truck, said Edmunds.com senior analyst Jessica Caldwell. People want a truck, but the larger ones are hard to drive around, and fit into parking spaces in an urban environment.
Ford meanwhile has a concept version of what the next generation Edge SUV will look like. The styling is more of an update from the current crossover vehicle.
Edge has a great balance between accommodating and dominating, said chief designer Kevin George.
The concept unveiled in Los Angeles Is a combination of design and new technology. That technology includes crash avoidance systems, plus an advanced system that will allow you to get out of the car, and have it park itself.
Ford Edge Concept (Jeff Gilbert photo)
Edge marketing chief Jacques Brent wouldn t give a timetable for deployment of the new technology. But, he said it s most likely sooner, rather than later.
We d like to think of being able to make the driver smarter, safer and more efficient, he said. These technologies are there to support the driver, and not necessarily take over the driving of the vehicle.
Ford plans to export the Edge to a number of markets globally, including China. The company s vice president of marketing, Jim Farley, says the global utility segment has risen 45 percent in the last six years.
The whole world is falling in love with the utility silhouette. It s prestigious.
Jeff Gilbert is covering the LA Auto Show. Follow him on Twitter @jefferygilbert. You can also check out facebook.com/carchronicles.
If you have cargo to be shipped to Jordan you ll need to make a few decisions about your shipment. The first decision is whether you wish for the goods to travel via air or sea freight. The first obvious difference between sea and air is the transit time. Shipping via sea freight to Jordan can take around 14 days (via the Suez Canal), whereas air freight to Jordan arrives within the same day.
The second main difference between sea and air shipping is the cost. Air freight comes at a premium, but if your shipment is urgent, you may choose to transport your goods in this way. Sea freight liners operate to Aqaba from Felixstowe in the UK, and air freight is generally to Amman from major UK airports.
It is wise to appoint a freight forwarder to handle your shipping to Jordan as they can arrange all aspects for you at your instruction. This is especially valuable to your business if you are unfamiliar with shipping. Without specific knowledge of shipping and also local restrictions in Jordan, mistakes can be rather costly.
Our export team handles shipping to Jordan regularly, and we have a partner office in Amman thanks to our founding membership of the global freight forwarding network Marco Polo Line (MPL). MPL is an exclusive network of small to medium sized independent freight forwarders, and all members are carefully vetted before being allowed into the group. So we can be safe in the knowledge that our worldwide partners operate how we do, with the customer at the forefront of what we do.
Our partner agent in Amman, Jordan, will be able to arrange clearance at the port, advise of any required documents, and arrange for a delivery to door (if required). This is rather special as there are not many UK based forwarders who will be able to handle your whole shipment with you from start to finish.
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Thomas Dempsey wrote in this week with a sort of farewell letter to the industry. We ve seen more than one of these of late. All the same, his thoughts on where the industry s gone over a career spanning decades I thought we could all benefit from. Here goes:
I am sorry to say I am very close to leaving an industry I have loved since the early 1970s. I have been a company driver, owner-operator and fleet owner, and now provide driver services for two companies in my area when they are in need of help. I started driving commercially in 1975 and was involved in trucking through friends since 1971. I ve been through the Knights of the Highway times (loved driving then), when we took care of each other and the public trusted us. I was around in the Outlaw Smokey and the Bandit times (did more damage than good for trucking), the clean up our image years (which we re still in) when all the special interest groups were bashing us, and today s over-regulation phase, in which our well-run government (sarcasm, yes) is doing everything it can to kill the very industry that keeps this country moving. By the way, I did all this while working full-time as a firefighter/paramedic for 30 years, retiring as Fire Chief. At 56 years old, I still have several good years left and had planned on continuing commercial driving as long as I could, and I enjoyed it.
Well, it only took the last two years of driving to get to the unenjoyable part.
I understand, but don t always agree, with why the hours of service are being continually debated. What I can t understand at all is why the trucking industry as a whole is putting up with all the crap coming out of Washington and many state and local governments. When is every segment (big carriers, leased owner-operators and independents) going to band together and say enough is enough!
Two small things that drive me crazy are lane restrictions and the no jake brake signs that are popping up everywhere. I understand lane restrictions in hilly or mountainous terrain. You may be able to go 55 up the hill passing another truck going up the hill at 40, but you shouldn t block the third lane when a car can maintain 70 in that lane. Those restrictions make sense, but on the Ohio Turnpike, for example, it is mostly flat and there is no good reason to restrict trucks from the third lane. This holds true for any area where truck speed can be maintained. I have been stuck behind two cars traveling side by side going well below the speed limit, and I had a clear third lane to safely pass but couldn t.
The jake brake regulations, of course, have come from the few in our industry that run with no or ineffective mufflers. You know the ones I mean. They love the noise they rattle windows, and they draw attention to themselves. I wish these towns would pass noise laws instead. That would cover all the annoying stuff: boom-boom stereos, loud jakes, loud motorcycles, cars, etc But no, they choose to focus on trucks, even when educated about what noise a jake makes on a truck with a stock muffler. My hometown is a perfect example. The council people came to me when they were considering a jake brake ordinance many years ago, and after educating them, and doing some research on their own, they passed a noise ordinance. Good, but then two years ago they changed it to a jake brake ordinance due to complaints by local residents about truck noise. The noise of course was still coming from the same straight-pipe trucks as before, who had multiple warnings. Individuals can request and get these signs put up in front of their homes if they want one, and there are many in our area. These brakes are an important safety tool and should not be subject to this individual use it somewhere else mentality. I know for a fact that most of the people passing these laws don t even know what an engine brake is or how it works or why it s needed.
There are a host of other laws, regulations, tolls, taxes, etc., that are killing us. I understand we must have some regulations, a tax structure and fees, but I know we are way past our fair share, and if we just keep taking it, it will never stop. I know it s not this simple, but we hold all or most of the cards. We could cripple this country with a shut down. I don t want that at all, but is that what it s going to take to get some of these blind, greedy politicians attention? It sure seems like using the diplomatic approach has just gotten us farther behind. A mix of both may be the only way toward a more stable industry, one that young people will want to enter, and current drivers will choose to stay with, and be proud to do. Thomas A. Dempsey
Thoughts? Safe hauling for those of you on the road this weekend
If you have cargo to send to Jeddah, whether it is a pallet of goods or a full 40 foot container, you will need to appoint a freight forwarder to handle the shipping for you. Before you reel back in your chair thinking this sounds expensive , it really doesn t have to be. By appointing a well-established and experienced freight forwarder, you could actually save money. Sounds unreal? Well, a good freight forwarder will shop around for the best price for their customers, and with their knowledge, mistakes (which are often costly) can be avoided.
Mercator Cargo has been running since 1991 under the Goehlert family, our founder is still a large part of the business today and the family make up over 50% of the workforce. We regularly arrange for cargo to be sent to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. We are familiar with which carriers offer which services to Jeddah and have built working relationships. Both of these elements allow us to get the best price and service for our clients.
Mercator Cargo is a founding member of the international freight forwarding network Marco Polo Line (MPL), and as such we have a partner office in Saudi Arabia. Having this personal contact in your cargo s destination means we can draw on the local knowledge of Saudi Arabia, for example customs and documentation requirements, and offer a to door service.
In terms of sea freight to send your cargo to Jeddah, there are regular sailings departing from Southampton and Tilbury in the UK. Some carriers offer an express sea freight service to Jeddah taking just 11 days, whereas using a regular service can take 19 days. If you want to compare the two services, just ask one of our export team to provide a price for both the express and regular sailings to Jeddah.
Air freight is also an option if your cargo is particularly lightweight or urgent. There are daily cargo flights to Jeddah from major UK airports and these take a matter of hours (but please factor in packing, handling, unloading and customs clearance times for your cargo ask our freight forwarding team for more details if you are unsure, we are here to help).
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Fusing David Lynch darkness with oddball musicianship, Pennsylvania front man Daughn Gibson is readying his debut date with Liverpool, Getintothis’ Liam Fay looks forward to his slice of pie.
Electronica, rockabilly and country is the intriguing amalgam that is brought to the fore by Daughn Gibson.
Gibson, whose moniker is a delightful portmanteau that is part Don Gibson part Stevie Ray Vaughn, is set to play East Village Arts Club on Sunday November 24 as part of his European tour in support of his recently released sophomore album, Me Moan.
There’s something vaguely Lynchian about the man. Devastatingly chiselled, ruggedly handsome and annoyingly tall. He’s spent time behind the counter of a sex-shop and behind the wheel of a truck.
He’s described his performances as a “package of odd, scary and funny”. Swaggering darkness, snarling rhythms and molasses like vocals. There’s even some room for bagpipes.
I doubt anyone could want for anything more.
Here’s a little taste of Gibson’s brand of apple pie, Kissin’ On The Blacktop. Oh, it tastes good, don’t it?
Further reading on Getintothis
- ^ Getintothis teams up with Merseyside music and business minds for Liverpool X (www.peterguy.merseyblogs.co.uk)
- ^ Getintothis reviews Villagers: East Village Arts Club, Liverpool (www.peterguy.merseyblogs.co.uk)
- ^ Alice Russell set to dust off new Kazimier show (www.peterguy.merseyblogs.co.uk)
The implied capacity of departing ships declined to the equivalent of 1.02 million barrels a day from 1.30 million barrels, according to signals gathered by IHS Maritime, a Coulsdon, England-based research company. The data may be incomplete because not all ship transmissions are captured.
U.S. and European sanctions are curbing Iran s oil exports in an effort to pressure the Middle East country s leaders to stop their nuclear program. Shipments dropped from more than 2 million barrels a day in 2011, before the latest rules took effect, according to figures from the website of the Joint Organizations Data Initiative.
The table below shows estimated vessel capacities in millions of barrels a day, based on signals from tankers that stopped at Iranian ports as well as movements near the nation s terminals by its own tankers and Asian ships that previously loaded Iranian cargoes since the European Union s embargo began in July 2012.
The tallies assume standard cargo sizes of 2 million barrels each for very large crude carriers, 1 million for Suezmax tankers and 650,000 for Aframaxes. Japanese VLCCs that also stopped at other terminals in the Persian Gulf were assumed to load 1 million barrels in Iran.
The table also shows estimates from the International Energy Agency, the Paris-based adviser to 28 industrialized countries. The IEA counts cargoes once they are received in importing countries, whereas the ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg tally exports when they leave Iran.
Month Ship-Tracking Estimate IEA Estimate
October 1.02 Not available
September 1.30 1.17
August 1.07 0.985
July 1.01 0.9
June 1.13 0.960
May 1.02 1.25
April 1.09 0.835
March 1.17 1.1
February 1.022 1.26
January 1.137 1.13
December 1.052 1.56
November 1.008 1.45
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A Massachusetts trucking company owner has agreed to plead guilty to attempting to bribe a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration investigator.
Irfan Dushku, owner of Korca Enterprises, Inc., is scheduled to enter his plea in Worcester s federal district court Nov. 21. According to his Sept. 9 plea agreement, the 43-year-old Worcester man paid a FMCSA safety investigator $1,000 hoping to prevent a negative compliance review last May.
The U.S. attorney for Massachusetts said the proprietor of the six-truck company was charged Sept. 26 in a one-count information with bribery of a public official. FMCSA records list the carrier as having operating authority, but notes a 53-percent vehicle out-of-service rate and 12 inspections during the past 24 months.
In exchange for the plea, the prosecutor agreed to recommend 12 months of probation, with the first six months in home confinement, 24 months of supervised release and a special assessment of $100. Jill Dunn
Three drivers declared imminent hazards to public safety
Three long-haul drivers licensed in the states of Michigan, Texas and Illinois, respectively have been ordered to cease interstate operations after investigations uncovered serious violations of federal safety regulations, FMCSA said. All three investigations proceeded from the drivers involvement in crashes, two of which resulted in at least one fatality and the third a serious injury to a police officer.
Related: Crackdown!, the final installment of the Crashes and Interventions portion of Overdrive s CSA s Data Trail series12
Michigan-licensed driver Tracy A. Ferrell, said FMCSA, was involved in a crash on U.S. Highway 23 in Pickaway County, Ohio, with a passenger vehicle. The driver of the passenger vehicle was killed, and subsequent investigation determined that Ferrell had repeatedly and excessively falsified his driver on-duty records throughout the five-week period prior to the crash.
Texas-licensed Scotty G. Arnst struck two pedestrians changing a flat tire on the roadway shoulder, said FMCSA, and both individuals were killed. Investigation by FMCSA determined Arnst failed to disclose to three separate employers during the previous nine-month period his involvement in five commercial motor vehicle crashes in addition to his prior terminations as a commercial vehicle operator for high-risk driving. They also found that Arnst had potentially disqualifying medical conditions he had repeatedly failed to disclose to employers or otherwise had submitted an outdated medical examiner certificate required by federal regulations.
Illinois-based Stewart G. Snedeker, FMCSA said, struck a tow truck and Tennessee Highway Patrol cruiser on I-75 in Campbell County, Tenn. The vehicles had been parked on the roadway shoulder with their emergency lights flashing. A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was seriously injured in the crash. Snedeker fled the scene and was later apprehended and charged with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment and other infractions. Investigation by FMCSA, the agency said, determined Snedeker had potentially disqualifying medical conditions and falsified his medical history to wrongfully obtain a medical examiner certificate.
Imminent hazard out-of-service orders, whether for carriers or drivers, are unique to each individual circumstance, noted FMCSA spokesman Duane Debruyne. All, however, will require specific remediation activities in order to regain authority to operate in interstate commerce.
- ^ Related: Crackdown!, the final installment of the Crashes and Interventions portion (www.overdriveonline.com)
- ^ CSA s Data Trail series (overdriveonline.com)
- ^ Related: FMCSA s enforcement authority growth spurt (www.overdriveonline.com)
Welcome to Imperial Commercials Ltd York, Auster Road, North York Trading Estate, Clifton, York. The long-established site is part of the country s leading independent distributor and dealer group for commercial vehicles, the company s dealer network has 28 sites. We should be the first on your list for York DAF Trucks and all makes parts and all makes servicing!
Imperial Commercials York also has franchise partnerships with Ford and Nissan LCV through sister branches.
The company provides a comprehensive range of services including sales of new DAF Trucks and used DAF Trucks, Ford & Nissan commercial vehicles, service and maintenance, bodybuilding and repairs, parts, workshop management and financial services. Imperial Commercials is a member of the Imperial Holdings Ltd Group of Companies employing over 36,000 people worldwide.
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Imperial Commercials is committed to supporting truck and van operators to the highest standards, maximising vehicle availability or uptime. We offer a wide range of product and service solutions to meet the varying needs of individual vehicle users. Our intention is to provide vehicle and after sales packages on an efficient, value for money basis recognising individual applications and needs. Many of our 28 locations are open for service for 24 hours, others for extended hours giving flexibility and optimising vehicle availability. Of around 960 employees approximately 415 are technician grades.
We have a demonstrable commitment to continuous technical training for both sales and technical colleagues including a substantial apprentice programme (currently over 60 apprentices in training). We also support our customers interests through industry associate memberships of SOE/IRTE, Freight Transport Association and Road Haulage Association.