Logistics News – June 24th

Logistics News – June 24th

All Aboard the UK’s First Hydrogen Train | IEEE Spectrum

The United Kingdom’s first hydrogen fuel cell train rolled down the tracks this week, marking a milestone in the global push for greener transportation. Passengers climbed aboard the HydroFlex prototype as it ambled through the English countryside—without emitting any of the pollution that follows diesel locomotives.

HydroFlex is a joint initiative of the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) and Porterbrook, the British railway company. The team demonstrated the four-car train at a rail testing center in Warwickshire, where rail aficionados gathered for an industry event. Researchers say they plan to test HydroFlex on the main U.K. railway network later this year, with funding from the Department of Transport.

Read more on IEEE Spectrum.

 

DVLA says no to 'Doctors On Wheels Medicals' 

DVLA is no longer accepting any medical reports on lorry drivers from the company Doctors on Wheels.

This follows an investigation by Trading Standards and the DVLA into claims that D4 medicals were not being completed properly and fit-to-drive notices were being submitted – when the drivers themselves were not healthy enough to pass DVLA scrutiny.

Those investigations are on-going and staff at Doctors on Wheels are being questioned.
In a statement DVLA said:  

“If any applications are received at DVLA on or after this date, they will not be accepted, and a new application will need to be submitted.  This only applies to applications received on or after 20 June 2019, and we expect these numbers to be very low.

We will prioritise any applications received by those who need to resubmit another D4 as a result of these investigations. Please note we cannot reimburse any fees paid for the D4 medical report to be completed.”

The RHA is urging members not to use Doctors on Wheels for D4 medical reports and fully supports the DVLA action.

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