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Transporting Goods By Lorry From the UK To Europe – And Vice Versa – Post Brexit

The UK has officially left the European Union and this means the haulage industry has seen some significant changes post Brexit.  Since the 29th March 2019 HGV drivers in the UK are required to carry additional documentation to drive in the European Union. The following guide sets out the driver and haulage operator requirements and…

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Lorry driver shortage means bottleneck of ships at major UK ports

The current shortage of UK lorry drivers is resulting in cargo ships being rerouted from UK ports as they cannot be off-loaded quickly enough, sometimes meaning that that cargo ships are in UK ports such as Felixstowe for as long as seven days waiting to be offloaded. Huge international shipping companies such as Maersk are…

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HGV driver shortage down 17% say ONS stats

ONS publish their latest statistics on the HGV driver shortage which shows a 17% plunge in HGV drivers The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published their latest findings on the shortage of UK HGV drivers on the 19th of October 2021. Whilst the headline figures show a total shortage of well over 100,000 HGV drivers…

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Self-Driving HGVs – Are They The Future?

The Road Haulage Association have been issuing warnings about a shortage of HGV drivers for some time.  As the HGV driver shortage seems likely to continue, the question arises – are self-driving HGV’s the future, and can they plug the gap?  When self-driving HGV trucks were first mentioned many years ago they seemed to be…

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Update on the National HGV Driver shortage and how leading retailers are tackling the problem head on.

  Last month in July 2021, Isis Insurance wrote about the Government initiatives to drastically reduce, or eradicate completely, the current shortage of HGV drivers in the UK. This has been an ongoing problem for many months now. The logistics industry, which retailers – especially grocers – rely on to transport goods to stores or…

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The impact of COVID-19 on the UK Haulage market

  The transport and logistics sector has been heavily impacted by COVID-19 over the last 13+ months, with 3 national lockdowns of differing length and intensity, with heavy restrictions in everyday life in between these lockdowns. Now that we are easing out of the 3rd (and hopefully final) lockdown, with “normality” returning on the 17th…

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Network Rail launch new “bridge height” awareness campaign aimed at HGV drivers

Network Rail launch new “bridge height” awareness campaign aimed at HGV drivers Recent statistics show that railway bridges are hit 5 times a day on average across the UK, with HGV’s the most common culprit. The average cost of a bridge repair is £13,000. The BBC website article also lists the top 10 bridges struck…

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UK Government are acting on readiness warnings on the Smart Freight System ahead of January 2021 Brexit Transition Deadline

UK Government are acting on readiness warnings on the Smart Freight System ahead of January 2021 Brexit Transition Deadline The Government has been warned in a letter sent to Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, signed by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and other stakeholders such as trade body Logistics UK. There are four border-focused IT…

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Department for Transport (DfT) – results from consultation about proposed amends to Driver CPC Directive

Department for Transport (DfT) – results from consultation about proposed amends to Driver CPC Directive Following on from Isis Insurance’s articles about relaxation of HGV driving hours during Covid-19 (relaxation of hours has now ended), we are now updating you on the results of a recent consultation from the DfT / DVSA about potential amends…

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HGV MOT Update

HGV MOT Update The 3-month MOT exemption which stated on the 20th March, due to Covid-19, is now over. From the 4th July, you can now book your lorry, bus or trailer in for a MOT. All previous vehicles that qualified for an MOT holiday must now have a vehicle test and certificate. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-lorries-buses-and-trailers

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