Tougher penalties begin for drivers using mobile phones

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Penalty points and fines to double from Wednesday, meaning newly qualified drivers will lose their licence if caught.

Newly qualified drivers will lose their licence if caught using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel, under tougher penalties that come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on Wednesday.

Penalty points and fines for using a phone while driving will double, to six points and £200, in what the government said it hoped would act as a strong deterrent to what motoring organisations call an “epidemic” on the roads.

Drivers can have their licence revoked if they accrue six points within two years of passing their test. Those caught using their mobile twice, or who accrue 12 points on their licence, will face magistrates’ court, disqualification and fines of up to £1,000.

Twenty-two people were killed and 99 seriously injured in road accidents where drivers were using a mobile phone last year in Britain.

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said: “Our message is simple and clear: do not get distracted by your mobile phone while driving. It may seem innocent, but holding and using your phone at the wheel risks serious injury and even death to yourself and other road users.

“Doubling penalties will act as a strong deterrent to motorists tempted to pick up their phone while driving and will also mean repeat offenders could find themselves banned from our roads if they are caught twice.

“Everyone has a part to play in encouraging their family and friends not to use their phones while driving – it is as inexcusable as drink driving.”

Reaction times are twice as long for drivers who are texting compared with those who have been drinking, according to the Transport Research Laboratory.

Police forces across the country will be increasing patrols and cracking down on mobile use until 7 March. A coordinated national enforcement week in January saw about 3,600 drivers handed penalties.

A consultation last year on proposed tougher penalties for using a mobile while driving received almost unanimous support, the Department for Transport said. Chief constable Suzette Davenport, the head of roads policing on the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said: “These new penalties reflect the seriousness of the offence and will strengthen the deterrent against using a mobile phone at the wheel. We need people to understand that this is not a minor offence that they can get away with.”

The RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “The use of handheld mobile phones is at epidemic proportions and sadly the attitudes of many drivers have relaxed towards this illegal and dangerous activity. The new tougher penalties will therefore be welcomed by law-abiding motorists as a better deterrent.”

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Weekly Catchup 26th Feb 2017

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Below is a list of some of the locations we’ve collected from and delivered to, w/c 20th February 2017:

Liverpool to Manchester

Ormskirk to Manchester

Burscough to Crawley

Liverpool to Macclesfield

Liverpool to Armley

Liverpool to Sheffield

Burscough to Bradford

Manchester to Speke

Birkenhead to Salford

Prenton to Manchester

Whiston to Chester

Speke to Leeds

Manchester to Preston

We’ve moved a lot of medical supplies, equipment and samples this week. We’ve also moved aircraft parts, food products, production line equipment and stage props to name a few.

If we can be of any help in moving your goods next week, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

HGVs not to blame for pot-holes, says RHA

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The RHA has rejected Local Government Association (LGA) claims that pot-hole levels are “likely to surge” due to an increase in the number of HGVs. The LGA said that the “heavier the vehicle, the more pressure is likely to be exerted on road surfaces, causing them to crumble quicker and form potholes”.

Pothole_BigThe RHA said that the haulage industry has been made a scapegoat for years of under-investment in road maintenance. The FTA has also blamed lack of investment for potholes.

“Local authorities have failed to maintain their infrastructure,”said Richard Burnett, RHA chief executive. “Maintain roads properly and repair them after the installation of pipes and cables, and there will be little problem with pot-holes. Failure to do so will see problems multiply, along with the cost of repair and associated congestion. However, where additional wear and tear is as a result of overloaded vehicles, the RHA strongly supports effective enforcement.

“Our lorries now are no more damaging to our roads than they have been for many years, in fact quite the opposite. However, the damage to vehicle suspensions and tyres as a result of poorly maintained roads costs the haulage operator thousands of pounds each year”.

The FTA’s head of policy Christopher Snelling said: “Freight levels on our roads are still not back to the pre-recession totals of 2006. So the LGA’s assertion that HGVs are solely responsible for the increased number of potholes on Britain’s roads is incorrect.

“It also indicates a clear lack of understanding of the impact of freight vehicles. Larger lorries do not cause increased damage to the road surface – in fact, they have more axles which spread payloads more evenly. When combined with road-friendly twin tyres and road-friendly suspension, this reduces the impact of road usage by lorries. Moving to a greater number of smaller vehicles would not ease the problem, but would simply compound the impact on an already weakened infrastructure.”

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Updating our blog

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Blog Update

Blog Update

In all fairness, updating our blog has been pretty low on the agenda over the last few months. We could blame the lack of posting online content on the busy run up to Christmas, or on the lack of time we’ve had. Any excuse really! The fact is we haven’t posted anything for ages and we plan on changing that asap. We understand the importance of keeping the blog updated with fresh content, so over the coming months, we will be letting you know about our services, our news, the places we collect and deliver to and any other courier related business news.

Over the last couples of months, we’ve had a number of new additions to the business. We’ve given our company logo a refresh, taken on a new driver (Good Luck Tim) and we’re now looking forward to a (hopefully) busy 2017.

We’ve also added a new small van to the fleet. The Berlingo can carry the following:

courier small van

courier small van


  1. One standard or Euro pallet
  2. Up to 450kg in weight
  3. Goods measuring up to 1 metre high
  4. Goods measuring up to 1.5 metres long
  5. Goods measuring up to 1.4 metres wide
  6. The width between the wheel arches 1.25 metres
  7. Approximately 2.8 Cubic metres of cargo


As always, if we can be of any assistance to your company, wether it’s urgent documents or pallet loads of goods, give us a call on 0151 372 8221 for a competitive quote.

Iceland to trial 5.5-tonne electric truck in home delivery fleet

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Iceland is to trial a 5.5-tonne Paneltex electric truck on its home delivery fleet, thanks to a Government project.

Iceland will deploy a Paneltex all-electric truck on a 5.5t Isuzu chassis for the project. The vehicle will be fitted with Sunamp’s cold storage technology, making use of Route Monkey’s EV optimisation algorithms for journey planning. The fourth consortium member, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), is involved in dissemination of project results. It is targeting a significant improvement in the range, payload and performance of EVs used for chilled goods logistics.

The trial is part of a £38 million initiative funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

Andrew Bissell, CEO of Sunamp said: “The partnership’s combined technology has the potential to be a genuine game-changer. If it proves as successful as we expect, it will have far-reaching applications in refrigerated vehicles and beyond.”

Sunamp, the project’s lead partner, will effectively invert its heat batteries to create a new cold storage technology that can maintain the required ambient temperature in the vehicle’s cargo area. The Sunamp system has a better power to weight ratio and is more efficient than using Li-Ion batteries, helping to increase the vehicle’s payload capabilities by reducing the size of the traction battery pack.

This trial builds on Sunamp’s research and development, under previous Innovate UK funding of heat batteries, for heating and air conditioning in electric cars and buses, with benefits in extending the useful range of these EVs at low cost.

Route Monkey’s EVOS software optimises EV range by calculating factors such as route topography and scheduling deliveries of heavier loads at the beginning of the day. It will also plan the demo vehicle’s deliveries in accordance with Iceland’s two-hour customer time windows.

For this trial, Route Monkey’s dynamic optimisation of the demonstrator will include the capabilities to react to traffic congestion, factor in weather conditions, and – in case of emergency – schedule a top-up charge of the batteries and cold storage Heat Batteries at the nearest available charging point.

Trakm8’s telematics will provide real-time data including monitoring the ambient temperature and battery state of charge. Route Monkey’s heuristic algorithms are self-learning, meaning they will evolve and further improve their problem-solving abilities, as the trial progresses.

Colin Ferguson, CEO of Route Monkey, said: “Fundamentally, our goal is to make electric vans and trucks a far more attractive option for chilled goods home delivery fleets.”

The project is looking for more fleets to participate in the trials. Anyone interested should contact 01875 610001.

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We’re updating our website!

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Please bear with us whilst we  make some important changes to our website. We will hopefully have it up and running to full capacity soon. Thanks.



We’ve added a SWB to the fleet

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We’ve added a new van to the fleet – It is a Transit Custom and has the following dimensions.

Ford Transit Custom dimensions

Ford Transit Custom Dimensions

Van L1 H1 Van L1 H2 Van L2 H1 Van L2 H2 Van
Overall length 4972 4972 5339 5339
Overall width with mirrors 2272 2272 2272 2272
Overall width with folded back mirrors 2080 2080 2080 2080
Overall width without mirrors 1986 1986 1986 1986
Overall height 1922-2020 2280-2389 1923-2017 2284-2381
Wheelbase 2933 2933 3300 3300
Front of vehicle to front wheel centre 1011 1011 1011 1011
Rear of vehicle to rear wheel centre 1028 1028 1028 1028
Side door entry width 1030 1030 1030 1030
Side load door entry height 1324 1324 1324 1324
Rear door/tailgate entry width 1404 1404 1404 1404
Rear door/tailgate entry height 1347 1706 1347 1706
Maximum loadspace length at floor (with bulkhead) 2555 2555 2922 2922
Maximum loadspace length at 1.2 height (with bulkhead) 2443 2443 2810 2810
Maximum loadspace length (with load-through bulkhead) 3085 3085 3452 3452
Maximum loadspace length 1775 1775 1775 1775
Loadspace between wheel arches 1390 1390 1390 1390
Load floor to roof 1406 1778 1406 1778
Loading height 444-588 444-588 451-581 451-581
Maximum loadspace (with bulkhead) (cu.m) 6.0 7.2 6.8 8.3
Loadspace VDA (with bulkhead) (cu.m) 5.4 6.6 6.2 7.7
Short Wheel Base

Short Wheel Base

Short Wheel Base

Short Wheel Base

Same-day delivery wars hot up in the UK

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Same-day delivery wars hot up in the UK, but Amazon still sets the standards

With options ranging from one-hour to drone-based delivery, Amazon is keeping its first-mover advantage

For those of you who are inveterate planners, you have probably already hidden away your smugly-wrapped Christmas presents under the bed. But for everyone else, here’s some good news: Amazon has launched unlimited same-day delivery service for customers in Greater London, parts of Hertfordshire and Berkshire.

This may sound like a minor upgrade in delivery options, but it’s significant – Amazon’s same-day gambit has raised the bar for what we, as consumers, have come to expect of all businesses.

Our expectation of pressing a button to gratify an instant desire is a result of the burgeoning on-demand economy, which embraces everything from shopping to food, pet-care, transport and even laundry.

Step outside on a rainy Friday night and open up the Uber app – your taxi pulls up in front of you within five minutes.

Fancy a Chinese takeaway from that small family-owned place? Order it on Deliveroo while you’re still at work and a hot meal will be waiting at your door.

Shoreditch-based Bizzby can find you a plumber, gardener or locksmith within 60 minutes; Covent Garden startup Jinn’s couriers can drop off some emergency loo roll or a laptop charger in London or Newcastle, if you find yourself lacking.

Even in retail, Amazon isn’t the only player in the instant delivery game – itjoins high street retailer Argos, which launched its UK-wide same-day delivery service last month. There’s also eBay’s Shutl and fashion outlets such as Net-a-Porter, whose Premier service is only available in London, New York, Hong Kong, and Farfetch, which launched its same-day shipping option in London just this week.

Amazon’s same-day service, which applies to a limited pick of about 1m items, ranging from televisions to toys, is free to Prime members, who currently pay an annual £79 subscription fee for unlimited free shipping. Even if you haven’t signed up for the popular Prime service yet, you can get same-day delivery if you’re willing to pay £9.99 per order.

The e-tailer’s move follows the launch of its Prime Now app in June, which, even more ambitiously, offers Prime shoppers deliveries within the hour for £6.99. This service includes frozen foods and snacks, such as Chicago Town pizzas, Birds Eye fish fingers and Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream, edging towards the territory of UK grocers.

The delivery wars in the UK are intensifying by all accounts – Argos has leveraged its network of stores around the country to offer UK-wide deliveries, 7 days a week and has even flung a direct challenge at Amazon by offering the service for free in the run-up to Black Friday, the huge discount shopping day two weeks today.

UK startup Shutl, bought by eBay in 2013, is a logistics company that partners with local retailers to offer deliveries not just on the same day, but within 90 minutes. They have previously worked with Argos, and currently partner with British retailers like Hotel Chocolat, Maplin, Schuh, Coast, Karen Millen and Warehouse. Of course, this only works if one of these shops is nearby to you, because Shutl is powered by localised couriers.

Further afield, global minicab-app Uber has recently rolled out UberRush, a same-day delivery service for small merchants in three US cities including Chicago, New York and San Francisco, leveraging its cavernous network of on-demand drivers.

A study by L2 with retail consultancy Rich Relevance showed that widespread networks of couriers, like Uber drivers, have made it more economically realistic for retailers to offer same-day delivery.

Amazon’s strategy piggybacks on this – it has aggressively widened its web of global warehouses and fulfilment centres, so it can offer rush deliveries to fee-paying customers throughout the world.

In recent years, it has ramped up its network within the UK, with nine fulfilment facilities, and £1bn invested in UK operations, at last count. Distribution centres are the limiting factor for many other retailers, including Net-a-Porter, for instance.

Compared to national high-street competitors like Argos, Amazon’s advantage is sheer variety of choice – as it increases the range of items available on the same day, Argos’ catalogue just won’t be able to keep up.

And Amazon is not limiting itself to same-day deliveries by road; it wants to speed up the process by taking to the skies. In March, UK Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said he had met with the US-based e-commerce company about potentially test flying a “Prime Air” service, which would use small aerial drones to get deliveries to customers within 30 minutes.

“One day Prime Air deliveries will be as common as seeing a mail truck,” the company’s chief executive, Jeff Bezos, told my colleague James Quinn in August.

Analysts and journalists alike have speculated that the Amazon’s Prime service is too good to last – signs of cracks, they say, are that the e-commerce giant has had to move up its order cut-off time, and put up the price of annual Prime membership in order to cover increased costs of shipping.

Amazon’s growth-first, profit-later strategy seems to be working: this quarter, the company made a $79m (£51m) net profit, compared to a $437m loss in the same period in 2014, as revenues increased by 23pc to $25.4bn.

And even if Amazon starts off by losing money on its pioneering delivery services, here’s its big idea: it can gain a first-mover advantage over online and offline competitors, while also creating a whole new segment in home delivery speeds. If you can get your freshly-prepared dinner in 30 minutes, why should you wait any longer for a dress or a television that is sitting on a shelf, at a warehouse near you?

As the new speedy services slowly become habitual, just like free shipping worldwide has become ingrained in our online shopping expectations, we will come to expect it from all retailers. And as before, it’s because Amazon has already set the bar high.

story courtesy of The Telegraph

Dog transport begins between Netherlands and U.S.

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She may not be as pioneering as Laika, the Soviet space dog from the 1950s, but Tiffany, a young Dutch Smoushond, has made a name for herself as the first animal that American Airlines Cargo has shipped as live cargo from the Netherlands to the United States.

Animal forwarding company Animals to Fly gave Tiffany the VIP treatment with a direct trans-Atlantic ride in a kennel carrier, inside a comfortable 757 belly hold, to Philadelphia, where her new owners were waiting. Being not only a very rare breed but also a puppy, Tiffany required extra care, so AA Cargo’s GSA, FlyUs, arranged to have two animal wranglers, Patrick Smidt and Benny Bekker, to accompany her on her journey.

According to Animals to Fly, the adventurous Tiffany arrived unscathed in Philadelphia after a nine-hour door-to-door delivery.

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Southampton based logistics firm joins European giant

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A Southampton based logistics firm has become the latest company to join Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing palletised freight network.

Joining Palletways, Acclaim Logistics, based on Calmore Industrial Estate in Totton, will handle single pallet loads to large scale consignments and will cover the SO postcodes in Southampton and the PO postcodes on the Isle of Wight.

Mark Robinson, Principal at Acclaim Logistics, said: “We are delighted to be a fully-fledged Palletways member and are excited with the opportunities that being part of Europe’s largest palletised freight network affords.”

Luis Zubialde, managing director for Palletways (UK) Ltd, added: “I am pleased to welcome Acclaim Logistics to the network. Demand for palletised freight services has risen rapidly over recent months as the global economy continues its recovery and I look forward to utilising Acclaim’s experience to grow our business even further across Southampton and the Isle of Wight.”

Acclaim Logistics is one of over 100 members in the Palletways UK network – Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network. The company’s distribution networks are made up of independent transport companies who share each other’s resources to deliver consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost effectively than ever before.

story courtesy of CILT