Logistics News - 20th of February

Logistics News - 20th of February

"The impact of climate change is being given priority in the next phase of investment for Scotland's railways. Bridges will also get more attention, according to Network Rail's UK-wide five year plan from 2019 to 2024. And there is to be a renewed push for freight traffic, since the closure of coal-burning power stations removed much heavy traffic from Scottish lines."

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"Chris Grayling delivered a metaphorical slap in the face this month to London Mayor Sadiq Khan when he refused to sanction Transport for London's (TfL) request to raise Penalty Charges Notices (PCN's) from current levels. The £130 charge was set to increase to £160 (or £65 to £80 for early payment). Road freight interests praised the move which the haulage sector viewed as no more than a revenue raising exercise."

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"For almost a decade we have been writing about the possibility of ensuring road haulage operators prevent their truck drivers from taking to the road whilst under the influence of alcohol. Despite a plethora of devices available to prevent a vehicle from starting the engine until the person in charge has performed a breath test enabling the ignition system to operate, very few freight companies have taken up the option without mandatory enforcement."

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