Truck and Track Summer 2024

The Haulage & Logistics Buyers Magazine TruckandTrack SUMMER 2024 0844 833 0300 The fastest growing palletised freight network in the UK A first class service backed up by our market leading IT systems o First class travel... about moving faster than your compet The cheetah accelerates from 0 to 60m Fastest growing UK palletis Focussed on service, quality Local service with a nationa The industries most advanc Widest range of pallet sizes To find out more about what UPN First class travel for pall | AUTOMATE YOUR CUSTOMS PROCESSING Our e-customs™solution help businesses make customs clearances easy, accessible, and efficient. Uniting the People & Technology That Move the World Summer 2024 Truck and Track 3 … AND ANOTHER SHOW! by Barbara Ryan, Publishing Director, Truck and Track Following on from our last issue in which we highlighted the Commercial Vehicle Show, we are now focusing on the upcoming Multimodal Show. Taking place at the Birmingham NEC on 11th-13th June, this year’s event is being promoted as the UK’s leading supply chain conference and logistics expo. Descartes reports on an extensive study which shows that delivery route optimisation and real-time shipment tracking are top technology choices to improve productivity. The study also revealed that working time flexibility and adopting the latest technologies are top strategies for attracting workers, while on-the-job training, education compensation and higher pay were the top strategies for retaining workers. Elsewhere in this issue, we have an impressive section looking at pallet networks including latest news from the Association of Pallet Networks and the Pall-Ex Group which provides news of success in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. This issue also includes a significant announcement from United Pallet Networks that all of the company’s palletised freight deliveries are now Carbon Neutral. We also shine the light on Intermodal Transport Software as Jim Slade, Project Director at Fargo Systems, offers invaluable insights into the evolution of telematics integration. Also, we have included an article with the news that PTV Logistics has launched the first brand-independent route planner for electric trucks and vans. Our regular feature on Dangerous Goods, written by Ali Karim, discusses the importance of the robust presentation and securing of palletised freight of Dangerous Goods in Multimodal Transportation. Continuing this theme, Richard Shreeve, Labeline International’s Compliance Manager, highlights the importance of understanding the meaning of hazard labels and placards. Established less than a year ago, BoxHaul explains the ethos of the UK’s first container haulage marketplace and how the company helps freight forwarders connect to an instant carrier network for container haulage. The business also covers the complete end-to-end process from quote to invoice and has signed up over 60 companies. Latest news from GB Railfreight includes the extension of its haulage contract with Network Rail. Also, we have included news that a Thales and Volker Rail Consortium is one of six named on Network Rail’s Train Control Systems Framework, aimed at transforming signalling across Britain. Ports also are featured strongly with the news that Associated British Ports (ABP) recently welcomed Queen Anne, the newest addition to Cunard’s prestigious fleet, to her home port of Southampton. Also, DP World has welcomed the arrival of eight fully electric straddle carriers for its soon-to-be-opened £350m new fourth berth at London Gateway. I hope you’ll enjoy reading this issue of Truck and Track and, if you’re planning to visit the Multimodal show, we’d be pleased to welcome you on stand 7087. Barbara Ryan CONTENTS Page 4 BUSINESS NEWS 18 WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT 20 DESCARTES 26 CONTAINER HAULAGE 28 INTERMODAL TRANSPORT SOFTWARE 33 MULTIMODAL 2024 37 FUEL MANAGEMENT 41 PALLET NETWORKS 48 TRAILERS 54 DANGEROUS GOODS 62 SAFETY & SECURITY 64 RAILFREIGHT 67 PORTS 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 Editor: Peter Ager 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. 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Truck and Track Summer 2024 4 BUSINESS NEWS 3R Solutions applauds Fruehauf for quick turnaround of new tippers West Lothian-based waste management and recycling specialist, 3R Solutions, has praised Fruehauf for delivering 14 sloper smoothsider tippers in a matter of weeks, helping the firm prepare for an important new contract. Having never previously dealt directly with Fruehauf, the 3R Solutions team was hugely impressed with the speedy turnaround of the order, which also included the application of the company’s livery at the manufacturer’s Grantham site. The 14 tippers represent new additions to its 100-plus mixed commercial vehicle fleet. 3R Solutions Owner, David Ireland, says: “We had just secured a new contract and I needed the tippers promptly. I contacted the team at Fruehauf and they really stepped up, providing us with these fantastic smoothsiders from their Ready to Go stock. The fact we were also able to have them expertly liveried in our company colours was a major bonus. It’s fair to say that Fruehauf really came up trumps for us.” The 14 tippers will be used for the transportation of anaerobic digestion feedstocks and are specified with an extra waterproof seal for a cleaner and easier tip. They join a fleet comprised of more than 20 tippers, 45 tractor units and 40 tankers, all providing solutions to waste management issues across a wide range of industries and applications UK-wide. Commenting on Fruehauf’s level of service, Ireland adds: “It’s been first class from start to finish. Nothing has been too much trouble. After we provided our requirements, they were quick to provide us with solutions and truly delivered on their promises. “The new smoothsider trailers are built to last and look great on the road, helping to promote the business and bolster our reputation.” Established in 2008, 3R Solutions provides a range of services throughout the UK, including liquid waste tankering, organic waste recycling, tank cleaning, farm services, anaerobic digestion support and waste management consultancy. Microlise Group, a leading global provider of innovative technology solutions, has today announced its alignment with the latest Transport for London (TfL) Direct Vision Standards (DVS) requirements, set to take effect on Monday 28th October 2024. The Group’s commitment to enhancing road safety and compliance is stronger than ever, with the new mandate – that requires vehicles weighing 12 tonnes and above, rated below three stars, to install or upgrade to meet the requirements of TfL’s Progressive Safe System – firmly in its sights. The Progressive Safe System, a system of updated safety features, is a massive leap forward in protecting vulnerable road users across Greater London, with an ambitious target to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on London’s transport network by 2041. And Microlise’s safety products are perfectly placed to support vehicles that fall outside of the new guidelines. Microlise’s ClearVision multi-camera DVS solution is an innovative solution that not only adheres to the current standards, but is designed to meet the upcoming stricter requirements. The Group’s technology includes advanced features such as AI-powered blind-spot and moving-off information systems, providing in-cab warnings that significantly enhance driver awareness and safety. Its blind-spot cameras also record, with footage downloaded into the Microlise system for detailed analysis. Currently used by a number of high-profile transport and logistics companies, the Group’s product offering is further complemented by its recent acquisition of the renowned road safety products Flare and Flare Aware. Granting operators a deeper understanding of mobility risks and safety concerns, this technology turns the spotlight on micromobility, highlighting dynamic hazards such as vulnerable road users in a truly unique way. Speaking on the new DVS regulations, Steve Watson, Microlise Group’s Director of Product, said: “For fleets currently using our solutions, we are offering timely upgrades to ensure compliance with the new specifications. And we encourage those yet to join the Microlise network to reach out and to learn how our products and services can transform both fleet safety and compliance.” For more information on the new TfL Direct Vision Standards regulations, visit delivering-safely/direct-vision-in-heavy-goods-vehicles. Microlise Group to support operators in face of new DVS Requirements The technology giant is poised to support operators impacted by the new Direct Vision Standards coming into play this October Summer 2024 Truck and Track 5 BUSINESS NEWS Collett Transport Delivers Tan House Footbridge with Seamless Delivery of Bridge Sections Working in partnership with SH Structures, Collett Transport, a leading provider of heavy transport solutions, successfully completed the delivery of the two wide bridge sections, each measuring 26 metres and 27 metres in length respectively and four metres in width, to complete the new Tan House footbridge project. The transportation of these vital sections was executed flawlessly, with Collett’s in-house pilot vehicle fleet escorting the convoy throughout the entire route. The first leg of the bridge sections journey commenced from SH Structures facility in Sherburn-in-Elmet, where both wide loads were carefully loaded onto three-axle triple extendable trailers equipped with rear steer capabilities and transported to Jack Tighe’s industrial coating facility in Doncaster. Before embarking on the second leg of the journey, Collett conducted comprehensive site visits to strategise the route, identifying various street furniture such as traffic lights and road signs that would require removal. Once loaded again at Jack Tighe’s, Collett set off to complete the second leg of the journey to Wokingham town centre. Given the challenging access through the town centre, it was imperative to schedule the delivery during daylight hours. Collett’s coordination with Balfour Beatty and Wokingham Borough Council facilitated a controlled road closure, guaranteeing the safety and efficiency of the transportation process. In addition to two large bridge sections, Collett delivered additional components such as the bridge support columns and bridge step units that were to be delivered in line with the site construction schedule. Andrew Kind, Sales & Estimating Manager from SH Structures stated: “Collett & Son worked closely with SH Structures as part of their supply chain to plan the delivery of the two parts of the bridge from our factory to the painters, plus to site. Their meticulous eye for detail started at the swept path analysis, movement orders and the coordination with our client and Network Rail. The deliveries arrived to site on time to enable the lifting of the structure onto the rail mounted bogies to work within the time constraints of the rail possession.” This accomplishment underscores Collett’s commitment to delivering exceptional heavy transport solutions while prioritising safety, efficiency and stakeholder collaboration. Fraikin has strengthened its relationship with Scottish butcher, fishmonger and foodservice supplier Campbells Prime Meat, supplying 70 new temperature-controlled vans to help the business transition back to contract hire. After originally delivering an initial 23 vans into the company’s fleet in 2023, Fraikin has subsequently replaced older assets Campbells Prime Meat had purchased outright from another provider. Having continued to build a strong understanding of the business, the latest order of new 3.5-tonne vans – supplied on a five-year, full-service contract hire deal – means Fraikin will soon be responsible for more than 90 per cent of the company’s delivery fleet. Christopher Campbell, Managing Director at Campbells Prime Meat, says: “After having to purchase the vehicles from our previous supplier, we were keen to make the move back to contract hire, and Fraikin worked tirelessly to make the process as seamless as possible. “The team immediately set to work on learning exactly how our fleet operates, pinpointing areas in which we could improve, such as recommending a move to a new van make and model. This proved so successful, we committed to this larger order. Since day one, their input has been invaluable.” The new agreement means that Campbells Prime Meat will once again enjoy the benefits associated with contract hire, including all scheduled vehicle maintenance and any repair work, as well as dedicated 24/7 support from the Fraikin team. The vehicles are also equipped with an array of connected technologies, designed to simplify fleet operation. This includes MYSMARTFLEET and FRAIKinVIEW, which combined offer realtime visibility and subsequent analysis on metrics including distance travelled, fuel efficiency and driver behaviour, as well as accurate predictive maintenance scheduling, plus breakdown and repair tracking and monitoring. John Cooper, Business Development Manager at Fraikin, says: “It has been a pleasure to work closely with the Directors at Campbells Prime Meat in order to transition its fleet into Fraikin’s care and we’re thrilled it has proven to be a huge success.” The new vans are expected to cover up to 55,000 miles a year, typically working six days a week on delivery routes across Scotland. Founded in 1972, Campbells Prime Meat is a family-run business which delivers its range of fresh meat and fish to more than 2,200 customers – including Michelin starred clientele – across Scotland from its headquarters near Linlithgow. Campbells Prime Meat seals deal with Fraikin for 70 new temperature-controlled vans TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP

Truck and Track Summer 2024 6 BUSINESS NEWS Inconsistent police restrictions on abnormal loads movements costs the economy an estimated £584 million per year A group of trade bodies, stakeholders and operators have released an impact assessment of inconsistent police enforcement of abnormal loads movements. The Abnormal Loads Group – spearheaded by the RHA and including Heavy Transport Association, British Holiday & Home Parks Association, National Caravan Council and Parkdean Resorts, commissioned independent research after hauliers reported overly restrictive and varying police enforcement across a number of forces. The Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) report articulates impacts on the industry, related sectors and the wider economy – and sets out recommendations to minimise them. These inconsistencies are having a severe knock-on impact on haulage businesses, and by extension the caravan, agricultural and construction industries they support along with any industry moving abnormal loads by increasing both the costs and bureaucracy involved. The report outlines the following major costs to the industry: Increased financial costs of notifications and staff time The intensified requirements for notifications to the authorities of forthcoming movements means an increased administrative burden on both road haulage firms as well as the authorities that process notifications. This is in the form of time costs as it takes more time to undertake these administrative tasks to process the notifications. An appraisal of costs over a 10-year period is £14 million and financial cost amounts to £48 million. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Impacts The enhanced application of regulations leads to drivers of abnormal loads avoiding driving through the affected regions. As a result of these extended journeys, there will be additional associated carbon dioxide emissions. These emissions are valued using the UK Government’s cost of carbon. Over a 10-year period, these impacts are appraised at being up to £420 million. Reduced haulage activity and wider impact on industry Heightened regulatory demands have led to reduced economic activity for the road haulage sector. The impact of this reduced economic output is estimated to be up to £171 million per annum. When looking at the appraisal of costs over a 10-year period this equates to £1.5 billion. Finally, delays in the transport of loads pose significant financial implications for industries reliant on timely deliveries including tourism, housing, manufacturing and construction. The direct impacts on other industries include delayed project deliveries, as hauliers are restricted in moving vital loads. The economic strain is substantial, with estimated annual impacts of up to £1.2 billion over a 10-year period. There are also increased costs to be passed on in terms of the road haulage fees that the wider industry pays as journey lengths are increased. This impact amounts to £2.4 billion over a 10-year period. The total costs in terms of economic output, measured as GVA, stands at up to £584 million per annum, underscoring the substantial economic consequences associated with heightened driver downtime. Key recommendations for police forces: ■ Set Clear Guidelines: The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) should establish clear and standardised APCO guidelines for Chief Constables regarding abnormal load and Special Types of General Order (STGO) movements. These guidelines should outline the proper procedures, notification requirements, escorting and enforcement actions, providing a consistent framework for law enforcement agencies nationwide. ■ Strive for consistency: Police forces should strive for consistency with their neighbouring forces where possible particularly in relation to peak hours. ■ Provide Training: Adequate training should be provided to police officers responsible for enforcing abnormal load regulations via the College of Policing. Given the complexity of these regulations, officers need comprehensive training to understand the nuances of abnormal load movements. Additionally, efforts should be made to raise awareness among operators about these regulations through educational campaigns and outreach programs. ■ Establish a Proactive Feedback Mechanism: Establish a mechanism for hauliers and operators to provide ongoing feedback on the impact of abnormal load restrictions and enforcement practices. This feedback should be used to continuously refine and improve the regulations, ensuring they strike the right balance between safety and practicality. Summer 2024 Truck and Track 7 BUSINESS NEWS Leading trailer and truck service provider, TIP Group, has completed its inaugural TIP Mechanic Academy (TMA), a first-of-its-kind trailer mechanic training programme, with 10 students achieving a ‘fast-track’ graduation to become a professional trailer mechanic. Launched in the autumn of 2023 in response to the growing UK-wide shortage of qualified trailer mechanics, the TMA has provided the students with comprehensive and trailer-dedicated mechanic training in just nine months and has also enabled them to gain independent, professional certification in doing so. Students that were enrolled on the programme came from across the UK to receive in-depth training on all aspects of trailer maintenance at TIP’s new, state-of-the-art and purpose-built training facility in Nuneaton. Over the course of the programme, students were taught both in a real workshop environment, a classroom and via online course material to benefit from a blended learning experience. The practical learning element was delivered with full access to tooling, equipment and to real trailers to work on, under the guidance of experienced TIP mechanics. The multi disciplined training programme was made up of 16 modules, covering key aspects of trailer maintenance such as axles, brakes, suspension, tyres, superstructure, electrics and the performing of safety inspections. The students underwent a mid-term assessment in December, before being independently assessed over two days at the end of March by undergoing written examinations and multiple practical-based tasks. The programme was developed by a newly created team at TIP, led by experienced fleet engineer Paul Bell, and Netherlandsbased training company INNOVAM who worked together to produce a syllabus that was dedicated to training mechanics so that they would be specifically skilled to work on today’s complex semi-trailers. The training period was nine months, as opposed to the industry norm of three to four years for heavy vehicle certification. Working with an independent training provider was considered fundamental to the programme and has enabled students to achieve, not only TIP’s level-3 mechanic accreditation, but the independent IBKI Trailer Mechanic qualification. The newly qualified mechanics will now support the maintenance and repair services that TIP provides from its UK network of workshops for its ‘managed’ fleet of around 40,000 trailers across the UK and Ireland, whilst continuing to be mentored by experienced TIP trailer mechanics. In addition to the upfront offer of a role as mechanic in a TIP workshop upon successful graduation, students were paid a competitive salary by TIP throughout the programme, in addition to other benefits, not least a comprehensive toolbox worth over £1,000. “We rely on mechanics to serve our customers and to keep our fleet, and theirs, on the road. They are the lifeblood of our industry and to have provided a new and unique pathway for next generation mechanic talent to enter the workforce is something that we are extremely excited about and very proud of,” commented Paul Bell, Global Mechanic Development Leader, TIP. “A combination of the excellent learning facilities that have been created, the trailer mechanic specific course content, the dedication of the TMA team and that of our training provider have all combined to facilitate the required training within a groundbreaking short period of time. However, it’s the hard work demonstrated by the programme’s students that has made this outcome possible most of all. We consider the first TMA very much a success and work has now begun on the recruitment drive for the next intake of students,” added Paul. The graduates all reported a very high level of satisfaction with the course, praising the syllabus, the learning environment and the team bonds that were created amongst the students over the course. Newly qualified trailer mechanic, Emma Moriarty, commented, “When I saw the TIP TMA being advertised, I knew I had to jump at the chance, and I’m so pleased that I did. The course was brilliant, the tutors were great, and made the learning experience enjoyable, and best of all, we have a career waiting for us at the end of it. If anyone is thinking about signing up for the TMA, my only advice would be to go for it!” TIP is also delivering its TMA programme in France, Germany, Denmark and Netherlands to facilitate a unified approach to attracting new mechanic talent throughout the TIP network. First TIP Mechanic Academy Students Graduate Emma Moriarty TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP

Truck and Track Summer 2024 8 BUSINESS NEWS Bretts Transport offers customers value for money with new Warehousing-as-a-Service storage solution Guyhirn-based Bretts Transport has introduced a dedicated warehousing offering for customers seeking a flexible, affordable, value-for-money service during times of prolonged economic turbulence and market volatility. The unpredictability of the markets in recent years – brought about by events such as Brexit, Covid, the lockdowns and the Ukraine war – has placed added pressure on businesses as they attempt to navigate their logistics operations through macroeconomic events and changing consumer habits. The resultant shortage in warehousing space and subsequent increase in warehousing costs have forced many companies to rethink their storage solutions as they strive to ensure their operations remain cost efficient and their businesses remain profitable. Warehousing-as-a-Service (WaaS) is an increasingly popular solution giving businesses an affordable service with more flexibility. With no upfront investment, WaaS is favoured particularly among businesses looking to outsource, cut costs and take advantage of an adaptable service from a provider whose expertise lies in their ability to pre-empt and quickly react to ever-changing demands. Simon Brett, Managing Director of Bretts Transport, said, “Warehousing-as-a-Service provides a number of key advantages for businesses keen to avoid the financial commitment of investing in a new warehouse – in some cases even building one from scratch – or entering into a long term lease especially with so much uncertainty on the ongoing picture of changing consumer needs and demands. “WaaS is a very flexible solution, giving businesses the opportunity to take advantage of short-term deals which are then able to be quickly and easily adapted in line with their needs to scale up or down as they react to their market.” The cost is inclusive of labour, equipment and advanced warehouse management systems. Simon added, “Because we own all our own warehouses we are under less pressure to react to market fluctuations which, in other circumstances, could result in surprise rental increases from customers who are already more financially stretched these days, when compared with the market turbulence of the past four years. “Warehousing-as-a-Service is an ideal solution for companies keen to outsource their storage needs, allowing them to focus more on their business and customers.” A fairly new kid on the block, Warehousing-as-a-Service is expected to continue growing more than 22% annually between now and 2032 as e-commerce continues to soar and new online retailers continue to emerge. The interior of Bretts warehouses Truckstop improvement funding open – RHA welcomes The Department for Transport has confirmed that truckstop operators in England will be able to bid for up to £315,000 each to improve facilities. The Department has also suggested said these new measures could create additional parking spaces for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). Commenting on this, RHA Managing Director, Richard Smith, said, “We recently welcomed the announcement of the Government’s grant scheme being awarded to projects which we hope will make a real difference to the experiences of drivers, and we welcome the announcement that the third round of applications for truck parking improvements is now open. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this funding will have on the quality and quantity of safe and secure truck parking spaces nationwide. “While the improving standards is important, it’s essential to address the shortage of decent facilities. That means we need to see more truck-stops being built soon, with stronger security and better facilities. This will help raise standards across the country. “To see this in action, we continue to urge Government, locally and nationally, to work collaboratively to simplify the planning process to assist applicants with developing new sites quickly. We welcome this progress. There’s much more to do but this is a step in the right direction.” TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP Summer 2024 Truck and Track 9 BUSINESS NEWS The company operates a fleet of more than 350 HGVs, comprising around 245 rigids and 110 tractor units, plus 240 trailers. It adopted TruTac’s TruAnalysis tachograph management and compliance reporting system in February 2023 and has used it to focus on, and dramatically reduce, speeding incidents. “Hovis has always had good compliance and we took the view that we want to be one of the best at it,” explains Logistics Director, Adam Bassant, “we included occasions of overspeed – when a driver goes over 56 mph – in our metrics on the software, and we’ve been heavily focused on reducing them. Last year, we reduced those incidents by 96%.” The company also developed its own speed awareness course to educate drivers and to follow up after incidents were initially identified by TruAnalysis. “We created a bespoke speed awareness course within Hovis – very similar to what the police use,” says Adam, “if there’s an overspeeding incident, then drivers will be required to do a half-hour online course, which educates them about the implications of speeding, the need to reduce it, and the reasons why it happens in the first place.” TruAnalysis is TruTac’s tachograph management system, which also includes a driver debriefing facility. It makes accurate compliance reporting quick and easy with fully automated email reports, configurable dashboards, and simple divisions management. Hovis began using TruAnalysis because its telematics was provided by TruTac’s parent firm, Microlise, and Adam was keen to bring both services under one roof. “We use Microlise for our telematics and I’m interested in the synergies and benefits we can get from having our tachograph compliance aligned with our driver behaviour metrics,” he explains, “Sales Director, Lee Oliver is a real advocate for change. He’s what I’d class as an operator – he understands how our drivers think and what they need – and I see great benefit in getting full visibility of driver behaviour from Microlise and compliance from TruTac.” While Hovis is not officially a member of the DVSA’s Earned Recognition scheme – which reduces the chances of an operator’s vehicles being stopped for roadside inspection if they share data and confirm to recognised standards – Adam uses TruTac’s DVSA-approved software as a benchmark for vehicle operation. Hovis reports 96% reduction in compliance incidents with TruTac software Leading national baker, Hovis, has used TruTac’s software to make its fleet among the most compliant in the business

Truck and Track Summer 2024 10 BUSINESS NEWS TruTac, part of the Microlise Group and provider of market-leading compliance solutions, demonstrated its innovative TruDocuments Premium and TruFleet solutions – including cost-saving enhancements – at this year’s CV Show. TruDocuments Premium, an online tool for document storage, search and management for all paperwork relating to drivers, vehicles, and compliance, creates a clear audit trail by highlighting when documents have been sent, opened, returned, and signed. TruFleet, intelligent fl eet management software, delivers seamless planning and co-ordination of all vehicle maintenance and compliance in real-time. It’s easy-to-use, providing live fleet maintenance management and reducing risk with all day-to-day vehicle and O’Licence information in one place. The compliance specialist demonstrated its complete portfolio of transport compliance solutions, including its innovate Vehicle Cost Management module, and enhancement of TruFleet. Providing clear visibility of up-to-date asset costs – and enabling fleet operators to more accurately track and control expenditure – this module delivers powerful insights into each vehicle’s ROI, and fully integrates with the Company’s reputable TruFleet Workshop platform. TruFleet Workshop already enables users to access a wide range of workshopfocused features, with the facility to create bespoke templates for all vehicle needs – including inspections, repairs, servicing, MOTs and any associated cost. TruTac has enhanced several areas of the platform, which includes detailed reporting and better visualisation of vehicle availability, meaning users can easily identify which vehicles are unavailable based on VOR status or scheduled maintenance. “The Vehicle Cost Management module allows Fleet Managers to analyse all associated vehicle costs, from tyres, fuel and labour to parts, toll charges and leasing fees,” says Lee Oliver, Compliance Sales Director at TruTac. “In addition, the ability to make cost comparisons between different vehicle marques brings a new level of measuring commercial efficiency and asset returns across the fleet.” Other upgrades include enhanced defect reporting, with better visuals and data on defects detected by drivers or workshops; and custom vehicle fields, enabling users to attach and store details specific to a certain vehicle or trailer.“ The templates are fully customisable, easily edited and can be used for trucks and trailers or any other fleet asset,” adds Lee. “Plus, for improving audit trail transparency, the system comes with full quality control sign off.” Visitors to TruTac’s stand also saw a comprehensive range of features which integrate with Microlise Group’s product portfolio, enabling operators to have simultaneous product access and smooth data integration. TruTac Showcases Game-Changing Solutions at CV Show 2024 The compliance expert demonstrated its TruDocuments Premium and TruFleet solutions, as well as unveiling brand-new cost-saving functionality Lee Oliver

TruTac is ER-accredited For peace of mind and complete compliance control of your fleet, call us today! 024 7669 0000 Complete Compliance Control Part of the Microlise group We are talking 30% Less Vehicle Downtime and Workshop Administration! TruFleet switches seamlessly between tachograph analysis, daily checks and maintenance calendars. We save all round and I have a 360-degree view of drivers and vehicles for planning, compliance and management. Like all TruTac compliance control software, it makes it hard to put a foot wrong. Shane Benton. Benton’s Haulage. THE QUEEN’S AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE: INNOVATION 2020

Truck and Track Summer 2024 12 BUSINESS NEWS Stobart Europe, part of Culina Group – the market-leading provider of shared-user FMCG logistics services – recently announced that it has taken over Suloja Autotransporte GmbH. The terms of the agreement, including consideration, have not been disclosed. Suloja Autotransporte GmbH is a mid-size player in Automotive Logistics in Germany and a profitable business with a 2023 turnover of 6,800,000 Million Euros, and excellent potential for further growth. With this important acquisition, Stobart Europe has further strengthened its position in the European Automotive Logistics Sector. Suloja Autotransporte GmbH will benefit from Group ownership which will provide investment and job retention whilst bringing an entrepreneurial spirit. “Suloja Autotransporte GmbH and Stobart Europe are complementary businesses,” said Raf Hustinx – Stobart Europe CEO, “Both businesses are strong organisations with wellearned reputations in the Automotive Logistics Sector. It’s an acquisition that will be beneficial for all staff and clients, and one that will strengthen the Stobart Europe position as a key player in European Automotive Logistics.” FromitsHeadOfficeinMonchengladbach,SulojaAutotransporte GmbH specialises in a range of diverse Automotive Logistics Solutions and has over 25 years of experience in this highly specialised sector. Suloja Autotransporte GmbH employs around 30 staff and operates a specialist fleet of 20 vehicles that, in 2023, transported over 35,000 vehicles across Germany. The primary aim for Stobart Europe is to expand its European automotive logistics business whilst ensuring that current and prospective customers continue to benefit from market-leading levels of service. Stobart Europe acquires Suloja Autotransporte GmbH Summer 2024 Truck and Track 13 BUSINESS NEWS The Logistics People is pleased to announce the appointment of new Managing Director, Sam Welton alongside plans to strengthen its sector position with the introduction of a series of innovation initiatives. Sam Welton has been working in the logistics sector for over 20 years. He joined Stobart in 2002, and moved to The Logistics People as Project Manager in 2020. Since that time, he has been working closely with founder Carl Stairs to elevate the business to its current level as a market leading provider of Logistics Recruitment Solutions. As the new Managing Director, Sam is committed to helping The Logistics People to drive the Logistics Sector forward into a resilient and thriving future. “I am excited to be leading The Logistics People into this next chapter, where our focus will be innovation, quality and sustainability,” said Sam. “The Logistics People has grown significantly since its acquisition by the Culina Group. It’s been an exciting few years. We successfully launched our Logistics Security business, providing security staff to the sector, we also transferred Culina Groups “Unity” recruitment arm into The Logistics People.” “At the same time, the sector has met significant challenges, from adapting to post-pandemic shifts in demand to addressing critical labour shortages. The logistics sector is the backbone of the economy, and our role in supporting this industry has never been more critical.” Logistics sector job opportunities have doubled since 2012, and the sector is on course to become Britain’s biggest employer over the next few years. Under Sam’s leadership, The Logistics People will be developing cutting edge solutions to meet the needs and challenges of the Logistics Sector. These will include – ■ Enhanced Recruitment Strategies: Utilising advanced analytics and AI-driven tools to match the right talent with the right opportunities, improving recruitment efficiency and outcomes. ■ Skills Development and Training: Offering comprehensive training programs to address skill gaps, ensuring that workers are equipped to meet the evolving needs of the logistics sector. ■ Flexible Work Solutions: Responding to the demand for more flexible working arrangements, The Logistics People is pioneering new models of employment that cater for the lifestyle of today’s workforce, while meeting the operational needs of businesses. ■ Strengthening Industry Partnerships: Collaborating closely with industry bodies, educational institutions and government agencies to advocate for policies that support the growth and sustainability of the logistics sector. “Logistics People, through its dedicated focus on the logistics sector, has been at the forefront of developing and implementing innovative recruitment strategies,” said Sam, “These strategies are designed not only to attract but also to retain the skilled workforce necessary for the industry’s success.” Established in 2014, The Logistics People is a team of dedicated and energetic recruitment specialists, passionate about delivering exceptional results. All its recruitment specialists are Logistics Sector experts, with years of experience helping them to successfully match the right jobseekers with hiring employers. The Logistics People announces new MD and plans to support Logistics Sector jobs growth Sam Welton New MD Logistics People RHA makes Sunday Times Best Places to Work list The RHA has been named as one of the Sunday Times Best Places to Work, making the prestigious list in the medium sized organisation category. The list, which recognises and celebrates the very best employers in the United Kingdom, is based on survey feedback from employees. The criteria are based on a number of key areas including workplace culture, leadership, employee engagement and wellbeing. The Best Places to Work list recognises companies that create a happier and fulfilling working environment for all, by fostering engagement from their teams and yielding great performance in return. Commenting on the RHA making the list, Laura Taylor (RHA HR Director), said, “We’re absolutely delighted to have been named on the Sunday Times Best Places to Work list for 2024. This is a huge achievement for team RHA, and it recognises our evolution as an organisation over the last few years. “Taking our place on this prestigious list is a significant moment. We are incredibly proud of all our colleagues, and we’re pleased to have been acknowledged in this way. I’d like to thank our dedicated employees for their continued hard work and the pride they take in their work every day. “We’d also like to thank our loyal members and stakeholders for their continued support.”

Truck and Track Summer 2024 14 BUSINESS NEWS Citing fuel efficiency, back-up and, above all else, reliability as key factors in their choice of Scania, third-generation familyrun Bacton Transport drives business growth with the addition of 11 trucks. With a clear vision for the future, the Suffolk haulier relies on their 70-strong mixed marque fleet to move customers’ freight every day; meaning uptime is crucial. That is why when looking for further trucks, returning to the Swedish marque was an easy decision. Supplied by James Crouch, Sales Manager at TruckEast Limited, the new Scanias have hit the ground running within Bacton’s busy operation and will be based at their head office in Woolpit. The full order consisted of five G 320 6x2 rigids with a curtainside body by Laurence David and a tuckaway tail-lift, alongside six R 460 6x2/2 with the latest Super powertrain. All trucks have been specified with a sleeper highline variant, opting for a more spacious working environment, and increasing comfort levels. “Driver comfort is important to us, some of them are out all week in their trucks, so we pay close attention to the trucks we choose. We know they are big fans of the Scania as they offer a great working environment and, over time, we’ve worked closely with TruckEast to adapt the spec of our vehicles, now having a truck that really suits our needs,” comments Director Edward Downie. Having operated Scania for over 30 years, the product has proven itself time and again for the Suffolk haulier. “Reliability is a big factor for haulage businesses, and the Scania proves it’s up to the job. What’s more, our trucks never spend long in the workshop,” states Edward. “But it’s not all about the product. We’ve built a great working relationship with TruckEast over the last 30 years. The team at our local branch is so flexible and the support is just what you want from a supplier,” he continues. Operating across the UK and to support the increase in construction work, the trucks will clock up to 140,000kms annually. Backed by a seven-year R & M, the trucks will be maintained by TruckEast Bury St Edmunds. “They’ve always supported us with our trucks, we feel looked after, and what’s more, the location couldn’t be more convenient – it’s ideal.” First established in 1932, Bacton Transport began its roots in haulage by supporting the family farm. Fast forward over 90 years, the firm now has two operating centres, Woolpit and Nottingham and has diversified into contract distribution: serving supermarkets, horticultural retailers and pallet networks. Scania continues to deliver the goods for Bacton Transport

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Truck and Track Summer 2024 16 BUSINESS NEWS Cannock-based refuse vehicle specialists, Creative Vehicle Wrapping Ltd (CVW), has given Sandwell Borough Council’s brand-new waste and recycling collections fleet a vinyl wrap makeover. The 22 vehicles, a combination of twin-pack and standard 26t RCVs, will replace existing vehicles as part of Serco’s groundbreaking 25-year contract to provide household food and garden waste collections, recycling and street cleansing services in the borough. Tony Marston, Senior Contract Manager, said, “With our new fleet, I was keen to move away from the traditional method of advertising service information. My objective was to find a way of promoting key messages in an impactful and fresh approach to drive behavioural change and vehicle wraps fitted the brief perfectly.” The entire fleet was wrapped at CVW’s extensive premises. Each vehicle features one of three eye-catching designs with messages to encourage residents to recycle, highlighting the provision of green waste and small electricals collections. Jonathan Thomas, Director at CVW, said, “Our team worked closely with Serco to ensure that their design concepts could be applied perfectly onto the vehicles. We also delivered each vehicle back to the council depot. We are thrilled that Serco and Sandwell Council are pleased with the vehicles and we hope they help to boost recycling rates in the Borough.” A Durham logistics firm is planning for growth after becoming the latest member of the Pallet-Track network. Family-run Logistics North East, based in Chester-Le-Street, has joined the Midlands-based pallet network as part of its growth strategy. The firm has also invested £700,000 in new vehicles including trailers, tractor units, rigid trucks and vans to support its forecasted growth with Pallet-Track. Logistics North East will cover the NE31 to NE36 and SR1 to SR6 postcodes on behalf of the pallet network and currently handles approximately 1,000 pallets per day. The company employs a team of 80 and is also a member of the Hazchem Network and APC parcel network. Lisa Johnson, office general manager at Logistics North East, said: “Our decision to join Pallet-Track was driven by our growth strategy, as we want to further enhance our nationwide coverage and the wide range of services we offer our customers. “We are keen to offer service excellence with our key partners and we are pleased that Pallet-Track can offer us this with enhanced IT offerings, including full traceability on pallets. “As a family-owned business, it is important to us that we provide a dedicated service for our customers and offer a full portfolio of logistics services, and our Pallet-Track membership will enable us to do this.” Stuart Godman, CEO at Pallet-Track, said: “The addition of Logistics North East to the Pallet-Track network will further enhance our coverage and growth in the region, while improving efficiency for our customers. “Logistics North East’s approach to service excellence perfectly aligns with our commitment to our customers, and their membership will strengthen our ever-growing network.” Logistics North East is the fifth new member to join Pallet-Track in 2024. The network, which launched in 2004 with 46 members and handled 852 pallets during its first night of operation, now moves over 3.9m pallets per year. Durham logistics firm joins Pallet-Track Logistics North East joins Pallet-Track Vinyl makeover for Sandwell’s new waste and recycling fleet Serco’s new fleet for Sandwell Council TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP Summer 2024 Truck and Track 17 BUSINESS NEWS Transport for the North (TfN) has been awarded a Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2024 Award. The Sunday Times Best Places to Work recognises and celebrates organisations with the highest employee engagement and wellbeing levels in the UK. It is based entirely on authentic employee feedback. The survey’s questions included topics ranging from Empowerment, Reward & Recognition, Job Satisfaction and Information Sharing to Wellbeing and Instilling Pride. Commenting on the announcement, Martin Tugwell, Chief Executive of Transport for the North, said, “We’re absolutely delighted to be named in The Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2024 - a recognition of TfN’s commitment to enabling our people to thrive professionally and personally. It’s wonderful to be included in this prestigious list, however the real success for us is the vote of confidence from our colleagues. “To be recognised by the Sunday Times as one of the best places to work in the whole country, based on responses from our own employees, is truly an honour and testament to the work TfN has put into focusing on the health, happiness and growth of every member of TeamTfN. We will use the outcomes of this year’s results to support colleagues in making this an even better place to work in the future.” Sunday Times names Transport for the North “one of the best places to work” The new 52-vehicle fleet will comprise 30x 26t Refuse Collection Vehicles provided by Dennis Eagle plus additional support fleet including sweepers, tippers and vans. SFS will have responsibility for the maintenance of the fleet, which will take place at the council’s new environmental operations hub at North Weald Airfield. Over 100 existing members of staff will be TUPE transferred across to EFDC to continue in their roles operating the vehicles. SFS will be recruiting additional staff to carry out fleet management and maintenance. No rubbish or waste will be brought or stored on the airfield. The depot will provide storage, maintenance and fuelling for the new fleet, which can run on diesel or a carbon neutral alternative Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). Cllr Ray Balcombe, Contracts, Service Delivery, and Improvement Portfolio Holder at EFDC, said, “I look forward to our new partnership with SFS and pleased with the progress of Terra Verde Services (TVS). “Waste collection is a vital service, and it’s clear that there have been challenges in the past, which have affected our residents. This partnership offers EFDC greater flexibility. Utilising the SFS fleet is not only more cost-effective but also allows us to adapt the vehicles according to the evolving needs of the service. The establishment of TVS gives control back to EFDC to ensure the highest quality service for our community.” To ensure a smooth roll out of the new service, SFS will be delivering vehicles from the beginning of October ahead of the November start date. Bob Sweetland, Managing Director, SFS said, “This is the first time we have worked with Epping Forest District Council and we are very pleased to be brought on board at the beginning of this exciting new era for the council’s waste and recycling service provision. We are confident that we are the right partner to keep the council’s fleet running smoothly and efficiently, and we look forward to helping the council deliver sustained improvements to the service.” SFS celebrated its 30-year anniversary in 2023 and has an extensive track record in delivering fleet and workshop management solutions to local authorities across the UK. The company runs a nationwide network of workshops and operates its own specialist vehicle hire division, CTS Hire, for the provision of short to medium term municipal vehicles. Epping Forest awards new fleet contract to SFS TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP