Logistics News - 21st of May

Logistics News - 21st of May

" The decision means insurers will not have to issue ‘Green Cards’ when motorists wish to drive in EU member states after Brexit.

UK drivers and hauliers will not have to apply or pay for ‘Green Card’ documentation from insurers when they travel in an EU member state after Brexit, the Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed in a letter to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the British Insurance Brokers Association (Biba)."

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"The Juncker Commission is undertaking the third and final set of actions to modernise Europe's transport system.

In his State of the Union address of September 2017, President Juncker set out a goal for the EU and its industries to become a world leader in innovation, digitisation and decarbonisation. Building on the previous 'Europe on the Move' of May and November 2017, the Juncker Commission is today putting forward a third and final set of measures to make this a reality in the mobility sector. The objective is to allow all Europeans to benefit from safer traffic, less polluting vehicles and more advanced technological solutions, while supporting the competitiveness of the EU industry."

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"EUROPE – Safety on the road must always be of paramount importance, both for the private motorist and the road haulage operator, and today the European Commission has launched a programme to address the 25,000 deaths that occur on EU roads annually. The avowed intent is to halve these casualties by 2030, whilst also cutting the number of serious injuries in road accidents. Measures include the first ever CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles, a strategic Action Plan for the development and manufacturing of batteries in Europe and a forward-looking strategy on connected and automated mobility."

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"Americans who booked European train tickets through Rail Europe North America (RENA) may be victims of a near-three month data breach of their e-commerce system. The leading worldwide distributor of European rail products, from rail passes to train tickets and reservations, they provide access to over 50 European train companies including SNCF, Eurostar, Thalys and many more. On April 30th, they issued a breach notification with the California Attorney General's Office stating that “On February 16, 2018, as a result of a query from one of our banks, we discovered that beginning on November 29, 2017, through February 16, 2018, unauthorized persons gained unauthorized access to our e-commerce websites’ IT platform.”

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"Millions of British drivers will be able to carry on using existing insurance policies in the EU after Brexit without the need for additional paperwork, the Government has confirmed.The Department for Transport said the UK intended to remain part of the "Green Card-free circulation area" which will also save the need for extra checks at borders.
Britain has asked the European Commission for an introductory date for the scheme. The department said in a statement: "We intend to remain part of the Green Card-free circulation area and meet requirements for third party motor insurance coverage."

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"UK – It appears that, following much debate, the government has decided the answer to potential congestion at the Channel Ports post Brexit is to turn the nearest motorway into a lorry park. Plans revealed today by Roads Minister, Jesse Norman mean that the infamous 'Operation Stack', a scheme which has already brought opprobrium down on the heads of ministers and is widely despised by the road haulage community, is being evolved to enable one entire carriageway of the M20 in Kent to be used to queue lorries whilst other traffic will travel in both directions between junctions 8 and 9 on the opposite carriageway."

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"This is a comprehensive study undertaken in 2017 of the capacity and utilisation rates of overnight lorry parking facilities in England. It includes analysis of the welfare standards of formal facilities and of the extent of overnight parking in informal locations."

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