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www.truckandtrack.com Spring 2024 Truck and Track 3 IT’S SHOW TIME! by Barbara Ryan, Publishing Director, Truck and Track Was it really a year ago that a major focus for many companies and organisations was the CV Show? Well, the past 12 months seem to have flown by as we look forward to this year’s event. Once again taking place at the Birmingham NEC, the 2024 Commercial Vehicle Show will be welcoming exhibitors and visitors on 23rd-25th April. Heralded as ‘The beating heart of Britain’s green road transport industry’, this year’s event is set to uphold its continuing success. Now in its 23rd year, the organisers expect to welcome around 12,000 buyers and 200 exhibitors to the show. Visitors will have the opportunity to look ahead to a zero-emission future being delivered by the world’s largest brands and some of the most innovative components and solutions providers. In this issue, we have included an extensive feature on the United Pallet Network. Headed up by MD David Brown, the thriving company launched ‘SmartFREIGHT’ this year which the company believes is now the most extensive range of pallet size options available within the sector. Also, Farsley Transport, a founder member company of UPN, is the first company in Yorkshire to include an electric vehicle in its fleet – an articulated Volvo EV. Dangerous Goods is always a popular topic with Truck and Track readers and this month’s issue includes a comprehensive article from Ali Karim focusing on the safe carriage of flammable liquids. Also within the section, Richard Shreeve, Labeline’s Compliance Manager, discusses the enforcement of the Dangerous Goods Regulations with Nicola Jaynes, Principal Inspector at the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). We’re pleased to include details of a ‘million tonne’ milestone for HS2’s Quainton freight trains. Also within our Railfreight section, GB Railfreight has named a Class 66 locomotive ‘Ipswich Town’ during a ceremony at Ipswich Station. The company has also selected Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) to be its new charity partner after receiving 50 different nominations from its 1,400 train crew and staff. My team and I have worked hard to produce an informative and interesting issue - we hope you will enjoy the read. Barbara Ryan CONTENTS Page 4 BUSINESS NEWS 14 CULINA GROUP 18 DESCARTES 24 INTERMODAL TRANSPORT SOFTWARE 29 FUEL MANAGEMENT 34 PALLET NETWORKS 46 TRAILERS 52 SMMT 54 SAFETY & SECURITY 57 DANGEROUS GOODS 65 COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHOW 2024 71 LOGISTICS UK NEWS 73 MULTIMODAL 2024 74 RAILFREIGHT 76 PORTS 78 LOADING BAYS Truck and Track The Haulage & Logistics Buyers Magazine Truck and Track The Haulage & Logistics Buyers Magazine To advertise, contact Barbara Ryan, Publishing Director, Truck & Track Multi Media Limited, via email barbara.ryan@truckandtrack.com Editor: Peter Ager editor@truckandtrack.com 07774 169981 Designed and published by Truck & Track Multi Media Limited Creative Director: Marc Pittaway DISCLAIMER Every care has been taken during the production of this magazine with compiling advertisements, editorial and advertorial. However, Truck & Track Multi Media Limited cannot accept responsibility for material supplied by third parties and excludes all liability either relating to any products and services promoted in this publication or arising from any error, omission or inaccuracy. Nor is Truck & Track Multi Media Limited responsible for the content of external websites. Finally, the views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of its Publishers. Copyright © Truck & Track Multi Media Limited. All rights reserved. TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP allportsgroup.co.uk

Truck and Track Spring 2024 www.truckandtrack.com 4 BUSINESS NEWS Daimler Truck and Linde Engineering, two leading industrial companies, have reached an important infrastructure breakthrough on the path towards decarbonising transportation with hydrogen. Over the past few years, engineers from both companies have jointly developed sLH2, a new process for handling subcooled liquid hydrogen. When compared to gaseous hydrogen, this innovative approach allows for a higher storage density, a greater range, faster refuelling, lower costs and superior energy efficiency. Refuelling takes around 10 to 15 minutes for a 40 tonne heavy-duty truck, carrying 80 kg of liquid hydrogen for a range of 1,000 km and more. At the same time, the new sLH2 technology lowers the required investment for a hydrogen refuelling station by a factor of two to three, and operational costs are five to six times lower. Today, liquid hydrogen can be supplied reliably throughout Europe. Compared to regular liquid hydrogen (LH2) refuelling technology, the new process uses an innovative sLH2 pump to slightly increase the pressure of the liquid hydrogen. With this method, the hydrogen becomes subcooled liquid hydrogen (sLH2). Hydrogen in this state, facilitates a very robust fuelling process that also keeps energy losses during refuelling to a minimum. Furthermore, no data transmission between the refuelling station and vehicle is necessary, which further reduces the complexity of the solution. At the same time, refuelling capacity is increased to new levels. The pilot refuelling station has a capacity of 400 kg of liquid hydrogen per hour. In comparison to regular liquid or gaseous hydrogen refuelling concepts, sLH2 is considerably simpler while delivering increased performance. Aiming to establish a common refuelling standard for hydrogenpowered trucks, the technology is made openly available to all interested parties via an ISO standard. In the presence of Rhineland-Palatinate’s Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Petra Dick-Walther, and international media, Andreas Gorbach, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck, and Juergen Nowicki, CEO of Linde Engineering, recently inaugurated the first public sLH2 pilot station in Wörth am Rhein, refuelling a Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck prototype. Andreas Gorbach, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG, responsible for Truck Technology: “Zeroemission transport needs three factors: the right battery-electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, the required infrastructure network and cost parity for ZEVs compared to diesel trucks. In terms of vehicles, the transformation is in full swing. In terms of hydrogen infrastructure, we are reaching a major milestone today. With sLH2, hydrogen refuelling becomes as convenient as today’s refuelling with diesel. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to fuel our Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck for a range of more than 1,000 km. We now call on other OEMs and infrastructure companies to follow our approach and jointly make this technology an industry standard.” Juergen Nowicki, Executive Vice President Linde plc and CEO of Linde Engineering: “Subcooled liquid hydrogen considerably increases the efficiency of hydrogen refuelling systems. The required investment is reduced by a factor of two to three, and operational costs are five to six times lower. This, and further advantages, make sLH2 a practical, CO2-neutral alternative to diesel in the heavy-duty vehicle sector. The technology we have developed with Daimler Truck will help pave the way for the development of a robust refuelling network, which is essential to keep vehicles moving and supply chains intact.” Linde Engineering sLH2 refuelling station sets efficiency benchmark The new public sLH2 refuelling station in Wörth am Rhein, Germany, sets a benchmark in terms of energy efficiency and performance. With energy consumption of only 0.05 KWh/ kg, it requires approximately 30 times less energy compared Safe, Fast and Simple: Daimler Truck and Linde Set New Standard for Liquid Hydrogen Refuelling Technology TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP allportsgroup.co.uk

www.truckandtrack.com Spring 2024 Truck and Track 5 BUSINESS NEWS with conventional gaseous hydrogen refuelling. The refuelling station has a small footprint of just 50 sq metres (not including the dispenser) and allows for configurations where several dispensers for parallel refuelling of trucks are possible, as well as back-to-back refuelling. The liquid hydrogen storage tank has a capacity of four tonnes, sufficient for approximately 10 hours of non-stop refuelling. Meanwhile, the capacity of the sLH2 fuel station can be increased to over eight tonnes per day with refilling. A lower initial investment and operational costs for the sLH2 technology is expected to ultimately result in lower total cost of ownership. Aim: Setting the Industry standard for liquid hydrogen refuelling Daimler Truck and Linde Engineering aim to make sLH2 the leading hydrogen refuelling technology for heavy-duty trucks. As a result, both companies offer a high level of transparency and openness around the relevant interfaces of the jointly developed sLH2 technology. The technology has been standardised in an open ISO process and is available to all interested parties. Now Daimler Truck and Linde Engineering call upon other OEMs, infrastructure companies and associations to apply the new liquid hydrogen standard and thereby establish a global mass market for the process. Safe, fast and simple refuelling with hydrogen In contrast to current liquid hydrogen (LH2) refuelling, the sLH2 process is similar to the convenience of current diesel refuelling technology. Due to robust insulation, the refuelling hose and the design of the interfaces between the nozzle and fuel tank, the process is safe without the possibility of spillage. Therefore, the protective measures required for sLH2 refuelling are comparable to those required for diesel. During the refuelling process, cryogenic liquid hydrogen at minus 253°C can be filled into two connected 40 kg tanks mounted on either side of the truck chassis without the need for special safety gear. The sLH2 technology allows for high flow delivery of more than 400 kg of hydrogen per hour and filling 80 kg of liquid hydrogen can be completed in ten to fifteen minutes. Finally, the new process avoids what are known as boil-off effects and “return gas” (gas from the vehicle’s tank returning to the filling station) and therefore only one nozzle is needed to fill the tanks, making sLH2 technology easier to handle. The new refuelling station in Wörth will be provided with liquid hydrogen by Linde, which has the largest liquid hydrogen capacity and distribution system in the world. Liquid hydrogen enables a range of 1,000 km and more Daimler Truck prefers liquid hydrogen in the development of hydrogen-based drives. In this aggregate state, the energy carrier has a far higher energy density in relation to volume than gaseous hydrogen. As a result, the tanks of a fuel-cell truck using liquid hydrogen are more cost efficient compared to the carbon tanks used for gaseous hydrogen. And due to the lower pressure, they are also significantly lighter. The technology thus enables a higher payload and, at the same time, more hydrogen can be carried, which significantly increases the trucks’ range. This makes the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck, like conventional diesel trucks, suitable for flexible and demanding long-haul transport. This was demonstrated in September 2023, when a prototype of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck approved for public roads completed Daimler Truck’s #HydrogenRecordRun, covering 1,047 km of distance driven on one fill of 80 kg of liquid hydrogen. The company aims to introduce the series version of the fuel-cell truck in the second half of the decade. sLH2 to be implemented in Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck customer-trial fleet From mid-2024 onward, five companies are expected to take part in initial customer trials to gain first experience in CO2free long-distance transport with Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Trucks. The semi-trailer tractors will be deployed in different long-haul applications on specific routes within Germany, and they will be refuelled at the now open public sLH2 refuelling station in Wörth am Rhein and at a refuelling station in the Duisburg area. Daimler Truck and its partner companies are thus creating a lighthouse project with the aim to demonstrate that decarbonised transport with hydrogen-powered trucks is already possible today. However, for the transformation to succeed, it will be necessary in the coming years to ensure the buildup of an international refuelling infrastructure and a sufficient supply of green liquid hydrogen. The nomination committee in VBG Group AB proposes that Anders Birgersson to be elected as the new Chairman of the Board at the annual general meeting on May 2, 2024. VBG Group has been established on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm’s Mid Cap list for several years. VBG Group’s ownership structure, with a solid base of long-term and stable owners combined with a well-proven business model and stable finances, has led to a favorable earnings trend that creates value for both customers and shareholders. The Group has a clear strategy with the ambition to achieve continued sustainable and profitable growth. The current Chairman, Johnny Alvarsson, has successfully led the Board’s work during times of challenges and major changes for VBG Group, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on society and the world economy. Johnny has also contributed with great success by effectively leading the Board’s work and the maintenance of VBG Group AB, following the transformative acquisition of Mobile Thermal Solutions. With the intention of ensuring the continuity of corporate governance in good time, the nomination committee makes the assessment that it is now an appropriate time to propose a new Chairman of the Board in VBG Group AB. The nomination committee proposes the current Board member, Anders Birgersson, as the new Chairman of the Board. Anders has several years’ experience of Board work within companies in industry, technology trade, medical technology and the banking sector. Board assignments that include both listed and ownermanaged family companies as well as subsidiaries within nonlisted investment companies. Anders Birgersson held the position as President and CEO of VBG Group during the years 2001 – 2022, until January 1, 2023, when Anders Erkén took over as new President and CEO. The Nomination Committee’s complete proposal will be published at the latest in connection with the call to the 2024 Annual General Meeting. The selection committee consists of Göran Bengtsson, chairman of the Herman Krefting Foundation for Allergy and Asthma Research, Johan Lannebo, Lannebo Fonder, Richard Torgerson, Nordea Funds Ltd. and Johnny Alvarsson, current chairman of VBG Group. Johnny Alvarsson is co-opted in his capacity as chairman of the board. www.vbggroup.com The nomination committee proposes a new Chairman of the Board in VBG Group AB

Truck and Track Spring 2024 www.truckandtrack.com 6 BUSINESS NEWS Europa Road kicked off 2024 by boosting its service for customers looking to transit goods to and from Switzerland, a country showing significant growth in trade with the UK. In November 2023, the Department for Business and Trade reported a 40% increase in trade of goods between the UK and Switzerland in the four quarters to the end of Q2 2023, compared to the same period in 2022. During this timeframe the UK‘s goods trade specifically recorded a surplus of £13.9 billion with Switzerland, compared to £173 million in the four quarters to the end of Q2 2022. Europa Road is the European road freight division of Europa Worldwide Group and provides market leading road freight services, operating the UK’s largest European groupage in Dartford. Its network of 17 sales branches (across the UK and the Republic of Ireland) manage the shipments of goods into Dartford, from where freight connects daily with direct services to 36 continental hubs. From 1st January 2024, Europa Road made a change to its partnership arrangements in Switzerland, moving to leading Swiss Operator, Magsped. The new agreement supports Europa’s continued ambition to reduce export and import lead times for customers shipping to and from Switzerland, with the most exciting part of all — the launch of a market leading DAILY service in both directions from 1st March 2024. Magsped provides quality, fast transit times and has excellent network coverage across the country including Basel, Zürich, Lucerne, Bern, Lausanne, and Geneva. As part of continued investment in its services, Europa Road ships goods to and from the UK and Switzerland, with door-todoor collection and delivery within 48/72 hours, dependent on the location. Europa has invested in its operation to provide the best system available today for distributing goods between the UK and Europe via part load, full load or groupage. Europa’s purpose-built transit hub in Dartford provides more than 30 daily groupage services between the UK and the Continent. Known as the ‘1Hub,’ this £30m state-of-the-art groupage depot is located close to the Dartford Crossing. Today a record 40,000 consignments per month pass through the terminal seamlessly. Operations Director at Europa Worldwide Group, Dan Cook, said: “By working with Magsped we can provide an improved seamless service using our expert in-house customs clearance expertise. Magsped’s excellent network coverage across prime locations allows us to transport goods seamlessly. But most of all, the aligned ambitions of our two companies to invest in a true daily structured service is absolutely market leading and very exciting.” Beat Schweighauser, Managing Director at Magsped, commented: “We’re pleased to be supporting Europa’s customers with this new service – where we can work together to provide the highest level of distribution whilst ensuring short and reliable transit times. Importantly, we can guarantee a prompt delivery service to local UK customers.” Europa Worldwide Group, is an ambitious independent logistics operator with three divisions, Europa Road, Europa Warehouse and Europa Air & Sea. The company has been featured in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 for three years. Europa has invested £5 million in its innovative market-leading product, Europa Flow, providing a frictionless flow of goods between the EU and the UK post Brexit. The group employs over 1,400 people with 29 international sites in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Europe, Hong Kong, China and the UAE. Timely New Collaboration with Swiss Partner Dan Cook, Operations Director at Europa Worldwide Group The RHA has been recognised by Women in Transport for its equity in the workplace. Women in Transport released its Equity Index 2023 in March. The report looked at factors such as pay equality, career development and representative leadership and more. The index shows that despite efforts by organisations, much more can be done in the transport sector overall to improve gender equality. The RHA was presented with a certificate by Women in Transport alongside other industry leaders in equity. RHA HR Director, Laura Taylor, said, “We are thrilled to announce our recognition in the Women in Transport’s Equity Index Report, marking a significant step in the right direction towards achieving gender equity within the RHA. “While we acknowledge the journey ahead in embracing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in our industry is a long one, we are fortunate to collaborate with organisations like Women in Transport, and inspirational figures such as Jo Major to help us on our journey. “The foundation of progress lies in robust, actionable data, and for this, we thank Women in Transport and Sue Terpilowski for their hard work on the Equity Index Report. We strongly encourage all our members to explore this report and participate in the Index for 2024, as we collectively drive towards a more equitable future.” Women in Transport is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to maximise gender equality in transport. 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Truck and Track Spring 2024 www.truckandtrack.com 8 BUSINESS NEWS Wigan-based Dasco Construction has replaced its vans with five Fuso Canter trucks, designed to cope with the bigger jobs the company has taken on. The Canters, all 3.5-tonne 3C13 models with Comfort cab and 2,500 mm wheelbases – one of six lengths available – have been fitted with Scattolini aluminium tipping bodies at Fuso’s factory in Tramagal, Portugal. Power comes from well-proven, fuel-efficient 3.0-litre turbodiesel engines, each producing 96 kW (130 hp) and 350 Nm of torque. The compact exhaust system means the vehicles also meet the Euro-6 – Step E emission standard. The vehicles were supplied by the Bolton outlet of Dealer Ciceley Commercials. Much of Dasco’s workload involves carrying out planned and reactive maintenance for social housing providers across the North-West, and undertaking everything from groundworks to station facility construction for the Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade rail infrastructure project. Dasco Construction will celebrate its tenth anniversary in business this year. In that time its operation has grown rapidly, and the company now runs a fleet of more than 75 small tippers, vans and pickups. The company employs 80 people. David Rothwell, Chairman and founder, said: “Van conversions are all very well but as time has gone on, and the size of our jobs and the distances we travel has grown, it’s become clear that we need vehicles that are built to deal with a tougher working life. “The cab-over-engine design suits our requirements well too. It allows for a very tight turning circle, which is a big advantage on building sites and in busy town centres, and there’s easy access for any maintenance.” Dasco Construction upgrades fleet with Fuso Canter trucks Registration is now open for this summer’s unmissable Road Transport Expo 2024 (RTX) – the trade show extravaganza with a dedicated “all about the truck” focus . Taking place at NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire from 4th to 6th June, this free-to-attend event is ideal for anyone involved with the running of an HGV fleet or associated businesses. It provides the opportunity to meet more than 200 suppliers, including all major truck manufacturers, in one vast venue. You can check out the latest trailers, tyres, tippers, tankers, safety equipment, training providers, insurance experts, compliance fi rms, workshop kit manufacturers and much, much more. Or chat to newcomers and start-ups in the road transport sector over in our Innovation Zone. Or why not take a test drive in the latest trucks on the market? From Euro-6 diesel models through to battery-electric and biogas, there will be a wide range from the leading manufacturers to explore. You’ll also be able to attend informative sessions at the show’s Knowledge Zone covering key topics such as vehicle compliance, technology innovation and fleet decarbonisation. RTX is also a fabulous networking opportunity to catch up with industry peers or meet those allimportant new business contacts. There are plenty of informal catering options and meeting areas dotted around the site, including the brand-new ‘Inn on the Green’ and a delicious farm shop selling locally produced food. We’ll have plenty of exciting show announcements over the coming months, so make sure you register today for your free ticket and to keep in the loop for RTX news! Road Transport Expo is back this summer at NAEC Stoneleigh TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP allportsgroup.co.uk

www.truckandtrack.com Spring 2024 Truck and Track 9 BUSINESS NEWS Warburtons, Britain’s largest bakery brand, has chosen Tiger Trailers to provide 38 rigid box vans to join its nationwide fleet of vehicles delivering fresh bread to 18,500 stores across the country every day. Approaching Tiger in the winter of 2022, Warburtons needed the vehicles to be designed to meet its unique operational requirements. Set to join a highly active store delivery fleet, a bespoke, intelligent, and ergonomic design was required, with durability and accessibility as cornerstones of the build. With regular visits to Tiger’s factory and 3D-model review sessions during the initial design phase, Warburtons was impressed by Tiger Trailers’ thorough build quality, consistency, and attention to detail displayed in their vehicles, as well as an ultra-modern facility and assurance of on-time delivery. Steve Gray, Head of Transport at Warburtons, comments: “It has been reassuring to have been involved throughout the design and manufacturing process. We have taken delivery of 10 of the vans already and are very impressed with the final product. We are looking forward to a further 28 due joining our fleet in spring this year.” Built on 14-tonne DAF chassis from local firm Lancashire DAF, each rigid is fitted with Warburtons-specification racking along its sides, along with adjustable centre aisle load bars to suit the customer’s loading requirements. The rigids also boast crew doors on each side of the body’s rear to expedite the loading process, access to which is covered with a hinged alloy floor section, maximising load capacity. The Dhollandia tail lift aids drivers with large loads, and the two Labcraft B3 Banksman reversing lights help in low-light conditions. They are finished in Warburtons’ trademark orange, painted in house at Tiger. Tom Stott, Technical Sales Manager at Tiger Trailers, comments: “It’s been a pleasure to work closely with Steve and his team at Warburtons. At Tiger we are proud to offer competitive lead times, and guarantee a premium product without compromising on quality. To have done so for one of the UK’s most-recognisable brands is something to be celebrated, and we are hopeful to build on the relationship we have established with Steve and Warburtons in the future.” Ten of Warburtons’ new Tiger rigids, delivered in late 2023, can already be seen out on the roads, operating out of several of Warburtons’ 22 nationwide depots. Warburtons boosts fleet with 38 Tiger Trailers rigid DAF box van trucks TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP allportsgroup.co.uk

Truck and Track Spring 2024 www.truckandtrack.com 10 BUSINESS NEWS Totalkare is proud to announce the renewal of its sponsorship of the British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC) for a second consecutive year, underlining Totalkare’s position as the BTRC’s official workshop equipment partner. Totalkare offers a comprehensive range of products tailored to meet the diverse needs of the commercial vehicle and haulage sector. Its product portfolio includes both mobile and fixed vehicle lifts, inspection pits, brake testers, wheel alignment systems, tyre changers and more, catering to the complete spectrum of repair and maintenance requirements for busy workshops. With a nationwide network of 35 field service engineers, Totalkare delivers first-class aftersales support, ensuring customers receive prompt assistance and maintenance services wherever they are located. This commitment to customer satisfaction underscores Totalkare’s reputation as a trusted partner in the industry. “We are delighted to extend our partnership with the British Truck Racing Championship for another year,” said Steve Braund, Marketing Manager of Totalkare. “Last year was incredibly exciting, with unforgettable moments like Paul Rivett’s last-gasp win at Snetterton and Ryan Smith making his way through the field time and again to continue his domination of Division 1. We are eager to build on that excitement and contribute to another thrilling BTRC season.” Steve Thomas, spokesperson for BTRC, also expressed enthusiasm about Totalkare’s continued involvement: “Totalkare’s support has been instrumental as we continue elevating the British Truck Racing Championship to new heights. Their commitment to the sport and dedication to enhancing the overall experience for fans, teams and drivers is commendable. We look forward to another successful year of partnership and exciting races ahead.” The British Truck Racing Championship promises a spectacular lineup of race meetings in 2024, featuring adrenaline-fueled action at iconic circuits such as Brands Hatch, Pembrey, Thruxton, Donington, Snetterton, and concluding back at Brands Hatch. Each event offers fans and participants alike an electrifying experience, with high-speed battles and heartstopping moments guaranteed throughout the season. And new for 2024 is a trip to France where drivers will do battle at the world-famous circuit at Le Mans. Totalkare’s sponsorship renewal reaffirms its position as a prominent supporter of the British Truck Racing Championship, highlighting its ongoing dedication to championing innovation, performance and excellence within the heavy-duty vehicle industry. www.totalkare.co.uk Totalkare renews partnership with British Truck Racing Championship for 2024

www.truckandtrack.com Spring 2024 Truck and Track 11 BUSINESS NEWS New Direct Vision Standard rules will come into play later this year in London and we’re doing everything we can to help hauliers comply. Transport for London (TfL) is launching its ‘Progressive Safe System’ (PSS) for HGVs of more than 12 tonne gross weight operating in the capital from 28 October. This will apply to HGVs rated below three stars. Keeping people safe on our roads is absolutely our number one priority. But we’re concerned about the timescales TfL has imposed amid doubts that the required kit will be available, and the practical and affordability challenges firms face to fit it. The new rules are causing a lot of uncertainty for firms entering and operating in London and we’re campaigning hard to ensure our industry’s voices are heard. Supporting our industry through collaboration We’ve been working with fellow trade bodies to take wideranging industry views on the obstacles we need to tackle so that operators have the support they need to meet new safety criteria. Together with Logistics UK and the Association of International Courier & Express Services, we have been extensively lobbying TfL and London Councils. Hauliers affected by the upcoming changes consistently tell us that practical implementation of the new requirements from October are hugely challenging and, in many cases, not feasible. This ranges from whether there’s enough equipment available ahead of the deadline, to whether there are enough qualified technicians available to fit it. It’s worth reminding ourselves that there’s a widening shortage of heavy vehicle technicians available to service our commercial vehicle fleets across the country – something we’re working hard to tackle through lobbying government. These are points we’re raising in our regular conversations with TfL and the Mayor’s office, including Seb Dance, the Deputy Mayor of London for Transport. This all comes against the backdrop of affordability – especially for smaller businesses. The cost-of-living crisis is squeezing our industry and we’re seeing a huge number of hauliers going bust. More than 450 haulage firms went under last year – twice those in 2022 – amid rising operating costs (nearly 10%, excluding fuel) and significant falls in freight volumes (10%). We’ve warned that firms unable to comply in time might stop serving London at short notice which could lead to unforeseen problems in the capital’s supply chain and therefore its wider economy. Our asks of Transport for London We’re urging TfL to carefully listen to industry feedback, and we call on them to announce that existing vehicles would not have to be retrofitted with new kit – instead phasing in the criteria so that new trucks will be fitted with the equipment through natural fleet replacement cycles. We’re also calling on them to announce a reasonable extension to the grace period to allow kit manufacturers more time to supply the industry with what it needs to comply with PSS. Our conversations with TfL and London councils continue – and we will keep the industry updated with our progress. New rules for hauliers serving London from October How we’re lobbying for more support and what you can do by Richard Smith, RHA Managing Director We collectively convened a working group early last year after operators reported inconsistencies and challenges with abnormal loads enforcement. The group consists of the Heavy Transport Association, National Highways, Backhouse Jones Solicitors, National Caravan Council, Park Dean Resorts, Construction & Plant Association, National Farmers Union, Hiab, Ainscough Crane Hire, along with ourselves and other key operators within the industry. Hauliers have told us that inconsistency of enforcement increases bureaucracy and costs, and the knock-on effect can be felt in the wider economy, with projects getting delayed and potentially postponed. As a result, we have established strong relationships with the police, including senior officers from the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), along with a number of forces. We are all clear that safety is paramount on our roads, and our collective aim is to ensure that firms have the clarity and certainty they need to be able to move their customers’ goods efficiently and without additional bureaucracy. We recognise that the forces have a difficult job to do, and we know that abnormal loads are a complex field requiring specialist knowledge, experience, and consideration. Inconsistency can make it difficult for hauliers and their customers to find real-time, realistic solutions. The NPCC is working with the industry on a project to update the national guidance to reinforce their efforts to increase knowledge of the rules and improve cross-force consistency. We will continue to work together to share ideas, understand concerns and explore opportunities to benefit policing and operators. Working together with other stakeholders has given this campaign different perspectives, inputs and impetus than if any of us had tried to tackle this alone. It shows the value of collaboration and engagement as we strive to make sure operators have the confidence and clarity they need. Abnormal loads campaign – an update on our progress from Richard Smith, RHA Managing Director TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP allportsgroup.co.uk

Truck and Track Spring 2024 www.truckandtrack.com 12 BUSINESS NEWS Microlise Group, a leading global provider of technology solutions, has officially crowned the winners of its 2024 Driver of the Year (DOTY) awards. Earlier today at the Microlise Transport Con2ference, the Co-op’s Fraser Macalister was named as this year’s ‘Overall Driver of the Year’, having been selected from a wide and highquality pool of over 230,000 drivers. During an exclusive annual awards and black-tie VIP dinner on Monday 18th March, Fraser also won in the Group’s ‘Short Distance’ category, with Andrew Phillips from Tesco and Kevin Bullard from CCF Colchester/Travis Perkins coming a close second and third. The ‘Long Distance’ category was won by David Staley from BSS Group, while David Rideout from Gist raised this year’s ‘Medium Distance’ winner’s trophy. The ‘Driver Excellence’ Award – for the operator with the highest percentage of drivers in the ‘final 1000’ as identified in the overall Driver of the Year Process – was presented to Maritime Transport, with Menzies Distribution and last year’s winner Yodel coming a close second and third. Collecting the Award for going the ‘Extra Mile’ and delivering an outstanding level of service was John Lewis Partnership Driver Terence Childs, while EV Cargo’s Marlon Lessey walked away with this year’s ‘Compliance Award’. Meanwhile, in recognition of new talent, Stobart’s Kamil Krakowiak took the Young Driver Award and, for time served with outstanding loyalty and commitment, the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Hovis’ Driver, Philip Devonport. This year’s ‘Most Improved’ Award was proudly received by Jade Small from Waitrose and the ‘Driver Hero’ award – for remaining calm in an emergency while courageously helping others – was received by Gordon Adair, from Tennent Caledonian Brewers (C&C GRP). Commenting on the Driver of the Year Awards ceremony, Paul Jurevicius, Business Development Director, Microlise Group said, “This year’s judging was incredibly difficult, as the standard of candidates was extremely high across all disciplines, with so many worthy winners. It makes me proud to be part of an industry with so many professional, dedicated drivers, who constantly go the extra mile to help others.” Fellow judge, Andy Stewart, Editor of Truck & Driver added, “It’s fantastic to see such strong contenders in this year’s competition. Having so many deserving nominees across each of the categories made picking overall winners very difficult. So huge congratulations to the winning drivers, and also to everyone who was nominated – you’re all outstanding drivers and great ambassadors for the industry.” All 24 finalists received a Porsche track day at Silverstone, and winners were presented with commemorative trophies. Microlise Crowns 2024 Driver of the Year Winners The Group has welcomed nine new drivers into its Driver of the Year Hall of Fame The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK – CILT(UK) – has published a comprehensive manifesto request outlining policy priorities and recommendations for the future of the UK’s transport, logistics and supply chain sector ahead of the 2024 General Election. Created by experts from across the transport, logistics and supply chain sector, the manifesto request stresses the need for long-term funding commitments, local decision-making and policies to achieve net zero emissions across all transport modes. The document argues that limiting spending on transport would reduce productivity and tax revenues. It calls for stable, long-term funding settlements for rail infrastructure and services. The manifesto request also argues local authorities should be given more autonomy over local transport decisions, while still coordinating with national networks. Achieving net zero carbon emissions across aviation, shipping, rail and road is highlighted as an urgent priority. CILT(UK) recommends government support for industry-led initiatives to develop electric and alternative fuel vehicles, renewable energy charging infrastructure and incentives to shift freight from road to more carbon-efficient rail and maritime routes. CILT(UK) also emphasises the need to develop skills and training to support the transition to electric transport and new supply chain roles. Specific policy actions recommended for the next government’s first 18 months include: requiring local planners to enable sustainable transport options, exploring alternative road taxation models, providing funding to improve bus and coach networks, implementing rail ticketing reform, and supporting private sector investment in rail freight. “Transport, logistics and the supply chain is pivotal to so many issues voters care about — jobs, communities, climate change, air quality. That’s why transport policy deserves serious debate in the run-up to the election. We hope this document can help raise the level of discussion and help guide the next government in developing prudent, far-sighted policies that deliver a world-class 21st century transport system for the UK,” Daniel Parker-Klein, Director of Policy and Communications at CILT(UK) said. The full CILT(UK) pre-election manifesto request is available online. www.ciltuk.org.uk CILT(UK) calls for strategic investment in transport and logistics in pre-election manifesto request

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www.truckandtrack.com Spring 2024 Truck and Track 15 CULINA GROUP Now at Thirty – Culina Group is in the top three! CULINA LOGISTICS — As a cornerstone brand, Culina Logistics focuses on providing integrated supply chain solutions for food and drink products that require strict refrigerated temperatures. FOWLER WELCH — Specialising in Fresh Produce Logistics Solutions, Fowler Welch is a key player in the Chilled 3PL sector. Fowler Welch excels in providing time critical solutions for growers, retailers and manufacturers. CML — Integrated supply chain solutions are provided to discount retailers by CML for food and drink products that require strict refrigerated temperatures. MMi – MMi is a partnership within which Culina Group manages the distribution operation for Muller Milk & Ingredients. Chilled 3PL Solutions Now in its 30th year in business, the growth of the Culina Group of Companies is a fantastic logistics success story. Aside from the Royal Mail and global player DHL Supply Chain, Culina Group is now the biggest logistics company in the UK. Still a private company under the ultimate ownership of the Muller family, it’s a business that now turns over more than £2.2 billion per year, employs over 22,000 people, operates over 20 million square feet of warehousing and a fleet of over 5,000 vehicles and 9,000 trailers. Founded in 1994 by Group CEO Thomas Van Mourik, the group has seen huge expansion since its inception as a business originally established solely to provide UK wide distribution services for Muller Dairies. The Culina Group originated with a commitment to delivering efficient high quality logistics solutions focused on the food and drink sector in the United Kingdom, to meet the evolving needs of its clients. “Culina has seen substantial growth, expanding both services and geographical reach”, said Thomas Van Mourik, “With a focus on tailoring solutions to meet the specific needs of each client, irrespective of their size, Culina invests in technology to enhance visibility, accuracy and operational efficiency.” “Furthermore, we implement green initiatives, including energyefficient warehouses and eco-friendly transportation solutions, and maintain the highest standards through rigorous quality control measures.” The Culina Group is now neatly split into three business sectors, with associated business unit brands collectively forming each comprehensive and diversified portfolio of logistics services. From temperature-controlled solutions to ambient logistics and industrial support services, the Culina Group remains committed to delivering tailored and efficient logistics solutions across a broad spectrum of industries. Thomas Van Mourik

Truck and Track Spring 2024 www.truckandtrack.com 16 CULINA GROUP STOBART — A versatile operator within the Ambient 3PL sector, Stobart provides transport and logistics to well-known brands across core consumer and retail sectors. A broad spectrum of logistics services are provided from warehousing to distribution. GREAT BEAR — Well known for its expertise in ambient temperature logistics, Great Bear focuses on delivering innovative and scalable supply chain solutions. The highly-established brand serves a diverse range of FMCG clients with precision and reliability. WARRENS — Warrens specialises in providing Baked Goods transport and warehouse services tailored to the unique needs of clients. A commitment to flexibility and adaptability sets it apart. THE PALLET NETWORK (TPN) — A UK Pallet Network of 117 member hauliers. TPN provides cross dock services through a purpose design and built 600,000+ sq ft central facility at Swadlincote and a regional facility at Preston. TPN enables the efficient movement of ambient goods through a collaborative and interconnected network of logistics providers. STOBART EUROPE — With a focus on international logistics, Stobart Europe extends the Culina Group’s reach beyond the UK. Automotive and General Cargo Specialists, they provide Pan European and Cross Channel Services. This business provides comprehensive logistics solutions across European markets, leveraging strategic partnerships and a robust infrastructure. Sub division “Eventor” specialises in high-end comprehensive specialist tailored national and international logistics solutions to the Motorsport, Events and the Nuclear Sector. Ambient 3PL Solutions

www.truckandtrack.com Spring 2024 Truck and Track 17 CULINA GROUP iFORCE — Specialists in e-commerce logistics, providing end-to-end solutions for online retailers, iForce focuses on optimising the e-commerce supply chain, from order fulfilment to returns management with its own unique in-house technology structure. IPS — Solutions provided by IPS cover a range of industries, supporting clients in meeting their supply chain and fulfilment objectives. Services include — Co-Packing, Co-Filling, and CoManufacturing Solutions. Through 200 Packing Lines, 500 million Units and 100 million cases are produced yearly. THE LOGISTICS PEOPLE — Staffing solutions for the logistics sector, addressing workforce needs through recruitment and workforce management services. Logistics People specialises in the recruitment of drivers, warehousing, security and cleaning staff. CULINA ASSET MANAGEMENT — Management and optimisation of Culina Group assets. Culina Asset Management ensures efficient utilisation of resources to enhance overall operational performance. This involves procurement and disposal of all Group trucks, trailers and MHE, and management of over 15,000 Culina Group Assets. The Culina Group’s growth in the 3PL logistics industry reflects its commitment to excellence, innovation and client satisfaction. “Our Group commitment to technological advancement is highlighted by our investments in the development of artificial intelligence, data analytics and automation,” said Thomas. “These technologies are improving efficiency and accuracy across all our logistics operations. Quality assurance is a key focus for us as a business, with stringent standards and continuous improvement processes implemented throughout each supply chain. Client partnerships are cultivated and maintained through customised logistics solutions, fostering long term, indeed often very long term, relationships.” Culina Group is well positioned for sustained consistent growth over the next decade and beyond. culina.co.uk Logistics Sector Industrial Support Services INTERNATIONAL ROAD FERRY — Specialists in unaccompanied transport between Great Britain, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. International Road Ferry works with 140 subcontractors across the UK and internationally, and handle over 30,000 full loads per year.

Truck and Track Spring 2024 www.truckandtrack.com 18 DESCARTES™ Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that UK-headquartered PBO Logistics has significantly expanded its business with help from Descartes’ last mile delivery solution. The Descartes last mile delivery solution allowed PBO Logistics to plan and execute over five-fold the volume of monthly deliveries. “Prior to Descartes, our warehousing and road freight team would manage the storage and deliveries for around 11,000 boxes per month. Two planners used manual processes to plan routes and schedule deliveries,” said Matt Shields, Director, PBO Logistics. “In order to win a major new contract, we had to prove our team could scale operations to schedule and deliver on-time around 60,000 boxes monthly across the UK. Investing in Descartes’ solution was vital to achieving this goal without increasing headcount. Our fleet of 50 vehicles delivers high-value homeware goods daily, and we keep customers updated about the delivery status with customer notifications and electronic proof-of-delivery (ePOD).” Descartes’ cloud-based last mile delivery solution helps distribution-intensive companies improve operational efficiency and customer experience. It supports dynamic delivery requirements, including same-day delivery, by offering flexible, efficient and cost-effective time windows and delivery options. The Descartes solution improves route productivity by using advanced optimisation technology to reduce the distance driven per delivery, which maximises delivery capacity and reduces costs. With an integrated GPS-based mobile application, the solution coordinates drivers, dispatchers and call centres to ensure that routes are executed according to plan and exceptions are handled efficiently. ePOD captures delivery details and streamlines the delivery process, and self-service customer engagement allows customers to track their orders in real-time. The solution improves delivery sustainability through increased route productivity, which results in less CO2 per delivery and eliminates paper manifests and delivery documents. “It’s rewarding to see how PBO Logistics has dramatically improved productivity and grown its business through the use of our last mile delivery solution,” said Gary Taylor, VP Sales, EMEA at Descartes. “Our industry-leading last mile delivery solution helps B2C and B2B operations significantly improve their efficiency, effectiveness and customer experience.” routinguk.descartes.com PBO Logistics Expands Business Using Descartes’ Last Mile Delivery Solution Gary Taylor

www.truckandtrack.com Spring 2024 Truck and Track 19 DESCARTES™ Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that the UK’s leading kitchen retailer, Wren Kitchens, is using Descartes’ dynamic appointment scheduling, route planning and optimisation solution to improve surveyor productivity allowing them to complete 56% more customer appointments and significantly reduce its overall ‘cost per appointment’, which has saved the company £2million annually. The solution has dramatically improved the productivity of Wren’s surveyors, who typically visit a customer’s home to provide estimates for kitchen or bedroom renovation projects. “As the business expanded, we outgrew our legacy in-house system. We wanted a more robust tool with the ability to book appointments with 2-hour time slots and optimise who, where and when a surveyor visits to carry out customer estimates,” said Lee Holmes, Transport and Logistics Director at Wren Kitchens. “With Descartes, now when a customer books an appointment, the comprehensive solution works in the background to automatically optimise surveyor schedules and travel routes to appointments. This enables us to increase the number of appointments per day in an area, which not only lowers mileage and fuel consumption but also drives down the cost per appointment. Working with Descartes, we’ve saved 13% on annual fuel costs, which equates to approximately 354,000 fewer miles driven.” Descartes’ routing solution is part of its cloud-based last mile delivery solution suite, which helps distribution-intensive companies improve operational efficiency and customer experience. It supports dynamic delivery requirements, including same-day delivery, by offering flexible, efficient and costeffective time windows and delivery options. Using advanced optimisation technology, the solution reduces the distance driven per delivery to maximise delivery capacity and optimise the productivity of mobile resources. With an integrated GPSbased mobile application, the solution coordinates drivers, dispatchers and call centres to ensure routes are executed according to plan and exceptions are handled efficiently. Electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) captures delivery details and streamlines the delivery process, and self-service customer engagement allows customers to track orders in real-time. Additionally, the solution improves delivery sustainability through increased route productivity, which lowers CO2 emissions per delivery, drives fuel savings and eliminates paper manifests and documents. “We’re pleased that our routing solution is helping Wren achieve even higher standards of customer service excellence and exceptional productivity gains, which are driving compelling bottom line benefits,” said Gary Taylor, VP Sales, EMEA, Descartes, “For companies with service-driven vehicle fleets, like Wren, efficient routing is critical in overcoming the challenges associated with rising customer demands and labour shortages. Descartes’ route planning and execution solutions help companies of all sizes in diverse industries transform operational performance and heighten the customer experience.” About Wren Kitchens Wren is the UK’s number one affordable luxury kitchen retailer, also offering a wide range of affordable luxury fitted bedrooms. Employing more than 7,000 people, last year Wren delivered more than 130,000 kitchens to homes across the UK. From their 110 UK and 13 US family friendly, VR equipped showrooms, Wren is committed to providing affordable luxury, high-quality design solutions and market leading finance options to ensure their luxury kitchens and bedrooms are available to more people than ever before. With a strong focus on innovation, customer experience and affordability, Wren continues to elevate homes across the UK and the US. All Wren kitchens are designed and manufactured in their purpose built, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. Wren’s future is not just about commercial success, it’s also about being people and planet positive. Their drive to future proof the business for generations to follow, and lead the way to a healthier and more sustainable environment, is underpinned by an evolving programme of environmental initiatives throughout its value chain, that is on track to drive Wren to Net Zero by 2030. Descartes is the global leader in providing on-demand, softwareas-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, security and sustainability of logistics-intensive businesses. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, track and help improve the safety, performance and compliance of delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world’s largest, collaborative multimodal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at www.descartes.com Wren Kitchens Completes 56% More Customer Appointments and Saves £2 million Annually with Descartes Routing Solution

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