Export & Freight Jan-Feb 23

Welcome to what is our first issue of 2023, and we trust you survived the festive season and are well rested to tackle the challenges ahead. There’s no doubt, many of us are glad to see the back of 2022. As a New Year unfolds before us, thoughts within the logistics sector will be focusing on our politicians who we trust will finally find a resolution to the issues surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol.

Another issue concerns changes to the rules governing the use of tachographs. The Drivers’ Hours, Tachographs, International Road Haulage and Licensing of Operators (Amendment) Regulations 2022, which came into force on 24 December 2022, makes changes affecting the types of tachographs which must be fitted to goods vehicles, and to the rules governing some types of international road haulage. You can read more on these changes in this issue.

As the drive towards decarbonisation moves up another gear, we also hear from DPD Ireland which is in the process of switching all its domestic line haul routes to 100% HVO in a bid to slash its emissions by 87% as part of an ambitious drive to decarbonise its Irish fleet by 2030.

Staying with the same topic, we report on Mercedes Benz Trucks UK’s commitment to the decarbonisation of its entire product range which has just earned them a prestigious industry accolade– for the second year running – the HGV Manufacturer of the Year trophy at the recent GreenFleet Awards 2022. And it is also congratulations to McCulla Ireland named as Logistic UK’s Decarbonisation Champion of the Year; the company uses food waste to produce renewable electricity for its cold stores and bio-methane gas for its trucks, which produce 93% fewer carbon emissions than their diesel counterparts.

Meanwhile, we welcome a new regular contributor to Export & Freight, no stranger to most of us. Logistics UK has appointed Nichola Mallon as Head of Trade and Devolved Policy. With over 14 years of experience working within local government, the devolved Assembly and government in Northern Ireland, Ms. Mallon brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team. You can read her first column for us in this issue.

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