3rd August 2022

Haulage News 03/08/2022

Here are the biggest news stories in haulage this week

EU-bound hauliers hit with £300 fines in Dover gridlock

More than 100 fines in 48 hours were issued to HGV drivers attempting to jump the queues on the M20 amid traffic chaos at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. As the situation began to ease, Kent County Council continued to urge drivers to plan ahead and warned them their journeys could continue to be impacted by the lorry traffic management scheme, Operation Brock.

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Deadline looms for new customs system

Whilst the British International Freight Association (BIFA) is confident that its members have taken heed of its advice to prepare for the forthcoming changes to the UK’s customs entry processing systems, anecdotal evidence suggests that some of their customers may be less prepared.

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Updated route map for hauliers puts focus on safety and air quality

An updated lorry route plan for hauliers travelling through Suffolk has been produced and now includes air quality management areas and changes in road safety. New features include by-passes and link roads at Beccles, Eye and Haverhill to divert traffic away from town centres and the downgrading of routes at Leiston and Stowlangtoft. 

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The global lack of drivers leads to growing costs of transportation, says Girteka

The ongoing disruption in global supply chains, for which the consequences of the pandemic and unceasing geopolitical tensions are most widely to blame, brings out an old problem, which persisted in the ground transportation market for years. Yet, the consequences of such a problem were not obvious to everyone. At least, until now.

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Hauliers look to invest despite battling inflation and lack of available finance, Close Bros research shows

Eight out of ten hauliers are looking to invest in their businesses this year despite the lack of available finance and their concerns about the health of the economy, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Finance and Leasing. 

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