Over the past few months the spotlight has increasingly been placed on the ever growing van sector, and not without good reason. There are more vans than ever on our roads, with safety issues taking a front seat.
Recently, the Freight Transport Association released a
thought-provoking film featuring the death of a child in a van collision when the driver is distracted by talking on his mobile phone, resulting in catastrophic consequences for the driver, his operations manager and his company owner. It makes for sobering reading.
The use of mobile phones by truck drivers has also been in the news. As we also report in this issue, Hireco, which has more than 5,000 trucks and trailers on the road across the UK, has made a significant investment to install a ‘hands free’ kit into each of the units it sells or rents.
Politics, too, has been dominating the news in recent weeks following the results of the General Election and the opening of negotiations over Brexit, both of which have an impact on our industry. There have been calls for the new government to focus its efforts on supporting the logistics sector to ensure that business can continue to trade efficiently with its EU customers and suppliers, and even more so in the wake of the publication of a package of legislative proposals on road transport by the European Commission which has been received with mixed feelings.
In the meantime, life goes on, and there have been plenty of positive developments across most sectors of the industry in recent weeks, as you will read in this issue.
We’ve been taking a closer look at DAF’s new CF and XF trucks, and we’ve also been test driving Isuzu’s new generation D-Max. And on the shipping front, we report on another record breaking year for Belfast Harbour.
Our recent Export & Freight Masters Golf Day at the Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh was a phenomenal success and we’d like to thank all those who made it so. If you weren’t there, you can find out what you missed in our comprehensive pictorial round-up.
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