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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

Uncertainty over Clean Air Zones could cripple local businesses

Clarity is urgently needed to identify which vehicles will be affected in each of the Clean Air Zones, the Freight Transport Association has said ...more

Entry deadline approaches in search for Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2017

With entries closing at the end of this week (28 July) in the search for the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence Driver of the Year ...more

Last call for entries to FTA Driver of the Year 2017 competition

Entries close this Friday (28 July) for the Freight Transport Association’s second annual Driver of the Year competition, sponsored by ...more

FTA pleased new aviation strategy consultation acknowledges importance of air freight

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) – the UK’s biggest transport trade body – says the Government’s newly-announced consultation on aviation ...more

Logistics industry must be involved in Brexit trade deal negotiations, says FTA

The country’s biggest transport trade body says it is crucial that Britain walks away from EU Brexit negotiations with a trade deal – and the ...more

Severn toll charges to end – a victory for FTA

Today’s Government announcement that toll charges on the Severn crossings will be scrapped at the end of next year has been hailed a victory for ...more

Fox’s call for a deal is welcome Brexit news, says FTA

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox’s acknowledgement that the country “does not want a no deal” situation from the Brexit negotiations has ...more

Freight must be part of Brexit conversations, says FTA

As the Prime Minister meets business leaders at Downing Street today to discuss the potential economic impact of Brexit, the country’s largest ...more

Fully updated truck drivers’ handbook now available from FTA

The increasing number of vehicles on the road and regulations that need to be observed make life more and more difficult for the professional ...more

Ask the traffic commissioners at FTA Transport Manager conferences

Senior Traffic Commissioner Richard Turfitt says the Freight Transport Association’s Transport Manager conferences sponsored by Iveco are an ...more

FTA says Brexit talks must make rapid progress to prevent disaster

As the second round of Brexit talks get underway today (17 July), the Freight Transport Association (FTA) – Britain’s biggest transport trade ...more

FTA members make strides in improving emissions performance

With emissions standards front and centre of the air quality debate, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has today (13 July 2017) shared the ...more

Customs Declaration Service not fit for Brexit purposes, says FTA

Responding to the publication of the National Audit Office (NAO)’s report on the progress of the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) programme, the ...more

FTA says report balances workers’ rights with need for flexibility, but falls short of defining self-employment

The UK’s biggest transport trade body, the Freight Transport Association (FTA), has welcomed the recommendations in Matthew Taylor’s report on ...more

Logistics sector can prove Barnier wrong, says FTA

As David Davis meets with leading British businesses today (Fri) to discuss the trading implications of Brexit, the country’s leading membership ...more

FTA says M6 toll announcement is good news for freight

This morning’s announcement by M6 toll operator Midland Expressway that goods vehicles are exempt from a planned price increase when using the ...more

FTA Transport Manager conferences celebrate success with bigger venues

The Freight Transport Association’s Transport Manager conference series sponsored by Iveco returns this September to new bigger venues following ...more

Transport strategy must deliver fully, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) – the country’s biggest transport trade body representing half the UK fleet - says the Government’s new ...more

Government must support freight sector to hit carbon reduction targets, says FTA

The Committee on Climate Change’s latest report to Parliament on progress towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions shows that there is ...more

Clean air targets require support for businesses not just buses, says FTA

The Mayor of London’s announcement of an £80m support package to retrofit the city’s buses to help them meet the costs of air quality compliance ...more

Logistics sector needs European workers to keep Britain trading, says FTA

Without workers from the European Union, the UK’s freight and logistics sector could grind to a halt, says the Freight Transport Association ...more

FTA delighted DUP deal seals investment for NI road improvements

Yesterday’s announcement of an extra £400m infrastructure funding for Northern Ireland as part of the Government’s deal with the Democratic ...more

Low tariffs post-Brexit - just FTA's cup of tea

The government’s commitment (announced on 26 June 2017) to securing existing duty free access to UK markets for 48 of the world’s developing ...more

FTA recognises work of Maritime Transport Ltd with Roadworthiness Award

The Freight Transport Association has presented Maritime Transport’s Bristol Depot with the FTA Roadworthiness Award for 2017 in recognition of ...more

FTA calls on Government to keep Severn toll promise

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is calling on the Government to guarantee its pre-election promise to remove all charges on the Severn ...more

Inspirational women recognised at 10th FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards

Twelve of the most inspirational female role models in the UK’s transport and logistics industry received prizes at the 2017 FTA everywoman in ...more

Queen’s Speech is a missed opportunity for reform, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says today’s Queen’s Speech is a missed opportunity to implement long-awaited reforms of the Operator ...more

FTA says new London road charging proposals present opportunities and challenges

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says new proposals announced today by the Mayor of London for road charging based on elements such as ...more

FTA says French government must act after driver dies in migrant roadblock

The Freight Transport Association is calling on the French government to take urgent action after a van driver was killed when migrants ...more

Could you be the FTA Driver of the Year?

With four million vans and more than 300,000 HGVs on Britain’s roads, freight drivers are definitely in demand in the UK. ...more

FTA says seamless trade and logistics must be priorities as Brexit talks begin

As Brexit negotiations get underway, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has repeated its calls for the Government to prioritise logistics ...more

FTA urges Customs rethink at Welsh Assembly

The Freight Transport Association has called for the Welsh Assembly to pressure the new national government to review its decision to leave the ...more

FTA urges customs rethink

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), which represents the UK’s freight and logistics industry, has called for the new government to review ...more

FTA experts deliver clarity on EU Mobility Package

Freight Transport Association experts have drawn up a comprehensive briefing paper to advise members on the main proposals of the European ...more

De Jong to drive FTA policy into post-Brexit world

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), the UK’s largest and most active membership association in the freight and logistics industry, has ...more

Hard-hitting FTA film focuses on van safety

A thought-provoking film featuring the death of a child in a van collision has been released by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) – the ...more

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sizzling news from CargoStop

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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what 's happening out there

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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