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FTA part of HGV coalition asking Minister for fair treatment in Clean Air Zones

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has joined with three other trade associations to raise concerns about the way HGVs are treated in future ...more

Northern Ireland businesses to gain unique insight into vehicle enforcement from ROI's Road Safety Authority

Delegates attending the Freight Transport Association’s annual Transport Manager Northern Ireland Conference, sponsored by Iveco, will have a ...more

Bath Clean Air Zone will hit SMEs hardest, says FTA

The proposed Clean Air Zone for Bath could have a significant impact on the costs of local business in the area, according to the Freight ...more

Kane strengthens team at FTA

Jerry Kane has been appointed Commercial Director at the Freight Transport Association, the UK's leading association representing the interests ...more

FTA welcomes relaxation of driver licensing for alternatively-fuelled vans

The announcement that licence regulations are to be relaxed for drivers of some alternatively-fuelled vans has been warmly welcomed by the ...more

£220m upgrade is overdue, says Freight Transport Association

The Freight Transport Association, the leading body representing the logistics industry, has welcomed today’s appointment of a consortium to ...more

A year to give logistics the certainty it needs, says FTA

With a year until the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Freight Transport Association is urging the government to up the pace on the ...more

Chris Welsh MBE to retire from the Freight Transport Association

After 36 years’ dedicated service, Chris Welsh MBE will be retiring from the Freight Transport Association as its Director of Global and European ...more

HGV Road User Levy charges are unfair hit on small business, says FTA

The government’s amendments to the road user levy charges announced today (28 March 2018) are another step on the road to improving air quality ...more

Logistics industry still in the dark about employees' status, says FTA

Today’s (27 March 2018) release of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)’s interim report into the status of workers from the European Economic ...more

Lifting 300 miles of roadworks will help deliver Easter

The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is one of the UK’s first big travel times of the year, with holiday traffic added to the usual number of vehicles ...more

Freight operators should get what they pay for, says FTA

The announcement today (26 March 2018) of a government investment package of £100m to repair some of Britain’s most damaged roads has been met ...more

Heathrow plans needed to keep Britain trading, says FTA

With the British economy under more scrutiny than ever before thanks to the potential impact of Brexit, the Freight Transport Association (FTA), ...more

Lack of frictionless trade solution for Brexit will stifle economy on both sides, says FTA

While today’s adoption of the proposed Brexit transitional period by the EU27 leaders has been met with cautious optimism by business and ...more

Warwickshire teenager scoops top prize in freight industry competition

A teenager from Warwickshire has won the top prize in a national careers competition, hosted by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) on its ...more

Rail investment strategy needs to include freight support, says FTA

The Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP), announced this week by the Department for Transport (DfT) may, on paper, be a more sustainable and ...more

Determination to press ahead with Direct Vision Standard is flawed, says FTA

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan is misguided in his determination to press ahead with new design regulations for heavy goods vehicles operating in the ...more

Van Excellence celebrates success at Fleet News Awards

Partners and members of the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Van Excellence programme are celebrating after a night of success at the Fleet ...more

Scotland's rail investment strategy must clarify freight support, says FTA

Transport Scotland’s new Scottish rail investment strategy should be good news for freight, according to the country’s leading association ...more

Brexit transition "A welcome relief but still lots to agree" says FTA

The announcement of a Brexit transitional period ending in December 2020 will be a welcome relief for manufacturing and retail businesses ...more

Health and Safety Executive to take centre stage at FTA van events

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will provide the keynote speaker for this year’s Freight Transport Association (FTA) Van Excellence ...more

Spring Statement a good step forward, but questions remain about effects on van users, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed the government’s ambitions for infrastructure and transport, as expressed in this week’s ...more

FTA’s highly-anticipated transport manager conference returns to Belfast

Belfast will, once again, host the Freight Transport Association’s annual Transport Manager Northern Ireland Conference, sponsored by Iveco. ...more

Freight Transport Association launches ‘Leadership in Carbon Reduction’ Award

Some of the world’s most innovative logistics operators are being invited to compete for the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) ‘Leadership ...more

FTA recognises work of Menzies Distribution with Roadworthiness Award

Menzies Distribution has received a 2018 Roadworthiness Award from the Freight Transport Association. ...more

Members of FTA emissions scheme lead the fleet on clean air

Members of the Freight Transport Association's Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) have continued to cut vehicle emissions and fuel costs, ...more

Drivers urged to prepare now for snow, to avoid delays and disruption

With heavy snow forecast across the UK this week, drivers are being urged to prepare now to avoid delays and disruption to journeys over coming ...more

Lack of road maintenance spending could hit London's profitability, says FTA

Leaving London’s roads without repairs and maintenance for the next two years could have catastrophic effects on the ability of the capital’s ...more

Warning of 15-mile queues at Calais should be Brexit wake-up call

The Freight Transport Association says a warning of 15-mile queues at the Port of Calais, if border checks are introduced after Brexit, should be ...more

FTA Van Excellence events to focus on drivers’ health and wellbeing

Does your business use vans in its daily operation? ...more

London freight companies celebrate as Grayling blocks punitive PCN charges

London’s freight operators are celebrating, after it was confirmed the Transport Secretary has blocked plans for a dramatic increase in Red Route ...more

British industry needs positive movement to keep trading, says FTA

With less than 300 working days to go until the UK leaves the European Union, the Freight Transport Association is urging government to take ...more

HGV safety scheme keeping cleaner trucks off London's roads, says FTA

London’s Mayor is scuppering his own work to clean up the capital’s air, by trying to rush-through an ill-considered road safety scheme, says the ...more

Great Britain-Northern Ireland trade deserves better road support, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association, which represents logistics operators on both sides of the Irish Sea, is calling on the government to ...more

Calais blockade demonstrates threat to UK trade, says FTA

Yesterday’s (25 January) blockade of the Port of Calais by French fishermen showed how disruption to cross-Channel traffic after Brexit could ...more

FTA to represent logistics sector on Northern Ireland government forum

The Freight Transport Association is to represent the logistics sector on a major new business forum set up by the Northern Ireland ...more

Truck drivers need better facilities, not bigger fines, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association is warning that increased fines are not the solution to illegal truck parking in Kent. ...more

Freight industry welcomes the beginning of the end for the Severn bridge tolls

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the news that today (8 January 2018) sees the beginning of the end for crippling year on year toll ...more

Government delays threaten break in UK supply chain, says FTA

The UK’s logistics industry is demanding that the Government publishes the results of its Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)’s recommendations on ...more

Leading housing provider achieves Van Excellence

Leading south west housing provider DCH, has become the first social housing group in the region to achieve the Freight Transport Association’s ...more

FTA expands specialist expertise with training business acquisition

Reinforcing its position as the only organisation representing the entire logistics industry, the Freight Transport Association is delighted to ...more

‘Major Road’ investment programme must work for freight too, says FTA

Freight transport must be at the heart of a new investment programme for England’s major roads, according to the Freight Transport Association. ...more

Plans to increase Red Route penalties are punitive and pointless, warns FTA

The Freight Transport Association is warning that plans to increase penalty charges for all vehicles stopping illegally on London’s Red Routes, ...more

Britain needs second stage of Brexit talks to keep the nation trading, says FTA

The decision by the EU27 to move Brexit negotiations on to the second stage of discussions has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association ...more

Transport minister praises contribution of UK logistics industry

At a time when the economy is under pressure, the performance of the logistics industry is something to be celebrated, according to the Transport ...more

Lack of clarity on roads could slow trade, says FTA

Failure to keep key road users updated on plans for road improvements could seriously impede future trade, says the UK’s leading membership ...more

Time for trade to take centre stage, says FTA

The news that the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says “sufficient progress” has been made in the Brexit negotiations to move ...more

Cost of new CAZ could be significant for business, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association is urging West Yorkshire businesses to make their voices heard or risk incurring significant additional ...more

London’s Draft Plan is a positive step, but there are issues to be addressed

The new Draft London Plan is a positive step for the city’s logistics sector, but there are still issues which need to be addressed, advises the ...more

New Strategic Vision for Rail must protect freight, says FTA

The changes proposed in the Department for Transport’s Strategic Vision for Rail, must be done in a way that protects, and is seen to protect, ...more

Freight industry wants to keep Britain trading

Businesses urgently need more clarity about trade & transport arrangements post-Brexit and a well-planned and adequate transition period, if the ...more

Thomas drives all the way to top spot in FTA competition

Thomas Kent has been named as the UK’s top driver in logistics, after a nationwide competition organized by the Freight Transport Association ...more

Brexit borders are a European problem so don’t ignore the risks, warns FTA

The Freight Transport Association has warned the EU not to underestimate the massive challenge member states face when preparing their own ...more

FTA Fleet Engineer to test sector’s hot topics

Earned Recognition and truck MOT testing will be just two of the key items up for discussion at next week’s FTA Fleet Engineer conference. ...more

Fuel duty freeze is a missed opportunity, warns FTA

The Chancellor’s decision to freeze the rate of duty on fuel is welcomed by the logistics sector, which is already battling inflation at a five ...more

Insolvency figures underline need for fuel duty cut, says FTA

A dramatic increase in the number of road freight companies going bust highlights the urgent need for a cut in fuel duty to prevent further ...more

Home Affairs Select Committee findings support FTA position on Brexit

The Commons Home Affairs Select Committee on Brexit has reinforced the calls by the Freight Transport Association for information on future ...more

Transport Secretary praises FTA work to address skills shortage

The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has praised the work of the Freight Transport Association to attract the next generation of logistics ...more

Simplicity is key for the new Safety Permit Scheme for trucks in London says FTA

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the broader approach to improving safety on the capital’s roads beyond the Direct Vision Standard, ...more

Lack of Operation Stack solution would be major problem for UK logistics and Kent residents says FTA

FTA has reacted with disappointment to the announcement the Government has withdrawn its planning application for the Operation Stack lorry area ...more

HGV taxes alone pay for almost all the UK's road maintenance spending, says FTA

New independent research conducted by the Freight Transport Association and released today (15 November) has shown that HGVs pay enough tax alone ...more

FTA addresses sector skills shortage at UK's biggest careers event

How can businesses attract new talent into the freight and logistics sector? ...more

McGowan brings his cast of voices to the FTA Logistics Awards 2017

World-renowned stand-up comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan has been announced as the headline entertainment act at the first FTA ...more

Mayor's early clean air announcement challenges London's supply chain, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association has reacted with concern to last week’s announcement by the Mayor of London of the introduction of the ...more

FTA Transport Manager reaches a record high

The Freight Transport Association’s Transport Manager 2017 conferences have exceeded all previous attendance records, with more than 1,400 people ...more

FTA provides clear vision on London safety proposals

With safety of paramount importance to all of the capital’s road users, transport managers from businesses of all sizes will have the chance to ...more

FTA leads industry brief on customs for EU task force

The Freight Transport Association has reiterated the logistics industry’s calls for a transition period as Brexit proceeds, with the release ...more

FTA Logistics Awards 2017 shortlist announced

30 of the UK’s leading freight and logistics businesses are celebrating today after being shortlisted for the 2017 FTA Logistics Awards. ...more

European business needs a seamless customs transition to avoid a heavy blow from Brexit

Brexit Transitional Period must be agreed as soon as possible to protect EU and UK competitiveness and ensure a frictionless customs and trade ...more

Floating freight to greater profits: Freight by Water 2017

The UK has more than 4,000 miles of inland waterways, stretching from the North West through the manufacturing heartlands of the Midlands down to ...more

Rush to open Mersey Gateway Bridge has left businesses at sea, says FTA

Plans to open the Mersey Gateway Bridge with just two working days’ notice show a complete disregard for local businesses, says the Freight ...more

Platooning leads the line-up at FTA Fleet Engineer Conference 2017

The opportunities and challenges of truck platooning will be among the hot topics up for discussion at the Freight Transport Association Fleet ...more

FTA Transport Manager off to a flying start

The Freight Transport Association’s Transport Manager autumn conference series has got off to a flying start with four successful events having ...more

Time for a rest? FTA calls on drivers to share experiences

Following yesterday’s announcement (11 October 2017) in Westminster Hall that HGV drivers are to be fined by DVSA if they take their full weekly ...more

FTA issues checklist for no-deal Brexit to Keep Britain Trading

Prime Minister Theresa May and her government might think they are ready to walk out of the EU talks but the UK logistics sector is urging ...more

Supply chain warnings are sense not scaremongering, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association is today (9 October) urging British and EU negotiators who are meeting in Brussels to heed the warnings from ...more

Logistics given key role in shaping Welsh economy post Brexit

With the UK’s exit from the European Union now less than 18 months away, the role of an efficient logistics sector in delivering a healthy Welsh ...more

Let fireworks light up the sky, not the roads, urges FTA

Sparklers and Catherine wheels may provide “oohs” and “aahs” at Bonfire and other parties during the winter months, and can now be purchased in ...more

FTA renews call for London Freight Commissioner

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is renewing its call for a Freight Commissioner for London, to ensure the city can keep trading ...more

Set financial standing rates in pounds not euros after Brexit, says FTA

The logistics industry has been spared a further rise in the amount of financial standing required for operators to continue trading next January ...more

FTA to highlight benefits of rail freight in Scottish workshops

The benefits of using rail freight will be highlighted by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) at two rail freight commodity workshops being ...more

Finally the logistics message on Brexit is being heard, says FTA

As the latest round of Brexit negotiations enter their second day in Brussels today (26 September 2017), the Freight Transport Association (FTA) ...more

Longer semi-trailers work: time to make the flexibility permanent, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association says a report released today (21 September 2017) by the Department for Transport (DfT) shows that longer ...more

Use of technology will make our roads safer, says logistics industry

The Mayor of London’s announcement today (22 September 2017), of the latest version of his safety proposals for HGVs – the Direct Vision Standard ...more

Use 3p Fuel Duty Cut to Give Cost-Free Boost to Economy, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), one of the UK’s largest trade associations, is calling on the Chancellor Philip Hammond MP to revitalize ...more

Samworth Brothers Scoops Double Honours at FTA Driver of the Year 2017

Drivers from Samworth Brothers Supply Chain are holding a double celebration this week, after winning two major transport awards. ...more

Winner of FTA Driver of the Year 18 tonne competition announced

The winner of the Freight Transport Association Driver of the Year 18 tonne competition, sponsored by Bridgestone, has been announced. ...more

Winner of FTA Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2017 announced

The winner of the fourth annual FTA Van Excellence Driver of the Year competition, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, has been announced. ...more

FTA celebrates supply chain leadership and excellence with new awards

The Freight Transport Association has launched the FTA Logistics Awards to celebrate supply chain leadership and excellence, and recognise ...more

Finalists getting ready to compete for title of FTA Driver of the Year 2017

Final preparations are being made for the Freight Transport Association Driver of the Year 2017 competition, hosted at Mercedes-Benz’ Wentworth ...more

Christmas under threat from Home Office proposals to reduce EU workers in logistics sector

Proposals set out in a leaked Home Office document this week would end the free movement of labour immediately after Brexit and prevent all but ...more

Emissions only part of the Scottish air quality issue, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association has urged government to appreciate the steps which the sector has taken in improving vehicle emissions in the ...more

National strike a threat to supply chain continuity

The Freight Transport Association has today warned its members, and members of the public, to expect possible disruption to cross-Channel traffic ...more

DfT’s way forward for HGVs not rubbish, says FTA

The government’s announcement of a £20 million feasibility study into the options for creation of next generation HGV fuels from rubbish has been ...more

Calling all freight drivers! Vacancies still concern for freight industry

The freight and logistics sector is still suffering a shortage of skilled drivers, according to the Freight Transport Association's July ...more

Truck platooning: the next step for sustainable road transport, says FTA

Truck platooning could save cost, congestion and carbon says the Freight Transport Association, members of which operate more than 200,000 trucks ...more

Record entries for FTA Driver of the Year

Freight drivers know that their jobs are some of the most skilled, and complicated, in the UK. ...more

Imperative that logistics must be at the Brexit table, says FTA

The government’s paper on trade and customs arrangements post-Brexit, published today (15 August 2017) is a “step in the right direction”, ...more

Plan ahead to cope with urban charges and lorry bans across the UK

Cities across the UK will start levying prohibitively high charges on older HGVs and vans, for air quality reasons, between early 2019 and the ...more

Welsh ports key to Brexit success, says FTA

Welsh ports are key to the future success of Britain’s trading relationships post-Brexit, says the Freight Transport Association, which ...more

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What's The Blue Label All About?

You may have noticed the blue label sewn into each part of Cargo Stop’s Ratchet Straps? These labels must be present for the strap to conform with the UK and European standard. Ratchet Straps do not comply with EN12195-2:2001 without a visible intact data label securely sewn to all detachable sections. This secures all the critical identification in case of an incident. Furthermore all labels should have a stitched-in portion which is covered by webbing and can be exposed by unpicking the stitching in the event of an incident where the actual data label has become detached Find out more >

Carrying Out A Load Risk Assessment

It is vital for businesses to do all they can to ensure employees are safe in their workplaces.

As with all areas of the health and safety law the employer has a duty to carry out risk assessments of employees. In order to protect the company and the health and safety of employees it is a legal duty of vehicle operating businesses to carry out a thorough risk assessment of the potential dangers faced by employees who load vehicles on their behalf. Self Employed individuals are also required by law to assess the risk of their own work loading vehicles. Find out more >

Taking Care Of Ratchet Straps

Ratchet straps are one of the best ways to secure loads during transport. They’re relatively easy to use and care for, and as ratchet strap experts, at CargoStop we know how to best take are of your ratchet straps properly to extend their life for as long as possible. Find out more >

2 New Staff Members join the Winning Team

Exciting times at CargoStop, with 2 new members of staff joining this Summer. We would like to warmly welcome Wesley Carlyon and Nathan Turner to our busy growing CargoStop team! Both heading into the successful Sales team, Nathan will be heading up New Business and Wesley is working on Sales Executive – all the very best!

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CV Show Exhibition – April 2017

5th year running of visiting this great exhibition in Birmingham, it proved a huge success as always! Always great meeting current customers and new prospective customers – demonstrating our products, giving advice, solutions and showing off our range! See you there April 2017!

New Brochure Launch – April 2017

Packed full of new and innovative unique products, once again we launch another brochure – edition 12! Make sure you request your free copy – all priced and lots of excellent product images, customer testimonials, in-situ imagery – absolutely unmissable!

Crystal Strategy Mtg – December 2016

What a great way to end the year –a unique trip to the iconic Crystal in London to go over our success for the year and strategize a plan to ensure we launch into 2017 with the same energy, enthusiasm and success!

Trip to Suppliers (China) - Oct 2016

What a way to forge links and relationships with our excellent suppliers than to go and take a visit to where it all happens! We always like to ensure quality of product and conditions of manufacture is constantly up to a very high standard, as well as keeping up our great relationships with our partners.

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