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Industry News from BIFA

  • Increase in penalty points for drivers using a mobile phone behind the wheel

    It had been proposed that there be a sliding scale of penalty points with motorists at the bottom and commercial drivers at the top end, however the new laws impose a strict six points on any person who infringes the law.

    Fixed penalties will increase to £200 in addition to the penalty points and if the matter proceeds to Court the fines can increase dramatically. The power to offer diversionary driver awareness courses has also been removed emphasising that this is not a slap on the wrist anymore and will always result in licence endorsement.

    As many drivers are aware, there is a limit to the number of penalty points permitted to be held on a driving licence. If you reach twelve or more, the driver will need to attend before a Magistrates’ Court with a starting point of six month totting up disqualification from driving.

    Professional drivers who rely upon their CPC qualification will also be called before a Traffic Commissioner under current guidance relating to driver conduct hearings. The Traffic Commissioner in turn has the power to suspend or revoke the licence for a fixed or indefinite period of time.

    As an operator, mobile phone use by drivers can have serious repercussions on the business and the Operator Licence. Drivers distracted by mobile phones are at an increased risk of accidents for which the business can be held accountable. Operators are urged to have strict policies in relation to mobile phone use to ensure that there is no temptation. It is advisable that this would go wider than hand held use, including hands free devices whilst on the road.

    Source: Lloyds Loading List

  • DP World Southampton invests

    The new machines are more fuel efficient and can perform twin lifts which will help improve the terminal’s operations and efficiency.

    The arrival of these machines means that the terminal operator can retire a further eight older, less fuel efficient straddle carriers.

    In the last three years, DP World Southampton has decommissioned a total of 36 straddle carriers as part of its fleet renewal programme.

    Nick Loader, Chief Executive Officer, DP World Southampton, said:

    “These machines are greener and more efficient and this is important because, like all responsible businesses, we are always looking to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint.”

    The straddle carriers are ‘three high’ machines and all will have twin lift capability, giving the terminal the advantage of having more machines that are able to undertake twin discharge from beneath the quay cranes.

    The straddle carriers arrived fully assembled on board the vessel MV Meri direct from the assembly plant in Gdynia, Poland.

    The new straddle carriers will undergo necessary performance testing and some additional installation work before they enter operational service.

  • Tilbury consults on expansion

    The Port of Tilbury has been expanding at a fast rate over the past two decade as businesses in the port look for more space and land; coupled with a significant increase in the goods and products coming through the port. The port estimates that this will increase further in the next 15 years which the proposed new port terminal would support.

    The proposed terminal at Tilbury2 will act as a satellite of the main port and it is proposed that it will comprise a roll on/roll off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers. Tilbury2 is also likely to include a facility for importing and processing bulk construction materials to support demands from the UK’s building sector. In the northern part of the site there is land available for the potential storage of a variety of goods, including cars.

    Commenting on the pre-planning consultation events, Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury, said:

    “We are one of the largest ports in the South East and have an ambitious plan in place to continue to grow and to bring economic benefit and jobs to the area. Our customers are looking for expansion opportunities in Tilbury and Tilbury 2 is a part of the port’s overall investment strategy.

    “The success of the port in recent years means that we now need more land close to the port to grow and our proposals for Tilbury2, on part of the site of the former Tilbury Power Station, will allow us to do this. We are an active partner in the community are we are holding a series of public consultation events in March and we hope that members of the community will come along and share their views with us there or through the online survey at www.tilbury2.co.uk.”

    The community consultation events will take place in March. This is the first stage of seeking views from the local communities and will be followed by statutory/formal consultation during the summer. The non-statutory/informal consultation period runs from 6 March until 21 April inclusive. More information can be found at www.tilbury2.co.uk

  • Rail freight volumes expand in key markets

    Consumer traffic¸ which has increased all year, grew over five per cent in quarter three compared to last year, setting a new record for the highest amount of freight moved per quarter since quarterly figures were issued in 1998/99.  Similar positive results for the construction sector which has also expanded all year grew by almost seven per cent in quarter three.

    Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, said:

    “The Government said in its Freight Carbon Review earlier this month that ‘shifting freight from road to rail can result in significant CHG emission savings as well as economic and safety co-benefits’.

    “So, this statement combined with these growth figures illustrate why it is vital that the Government continues to support the expansion of the Strategic Rail Freight Network, to cater for the suppressed demand for rail freight services in these sectors. Every extra rail freight slot (path) out of Felixstowe can be filled immediately.”

    Philippa added,

    “Furthermore, the Government must recognise the market distortion between HGVs and rail in the forthcoming ORR review, and give rail freight affordable charges. Rail freight should have a key role in overcoming the air pollution crisis.

    “Latest Government figures show that HGVs are responsible for 21 per cent of NOx emissions while accounting for five per cent of miles driven while rail produces up to 15 times less NOx emissions than HGVs.”

    Construction and consumer freight combined accounted for just over 60 per cent of total freight moved this quarter. Metals, International, oil and petroleum all grew while coal traffic decreased significantly. Overall, the figures show that the industry is adjusting to the steep decline in coal traffic.