Fuel Duty Black Hole

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By Stuart Payne

Fuel, and Vehicle Excise duty raises around £38 billion per annum for the exchequer.  By 2029/30, according to the OBR (Office for Budget Responsibility), revenues from these taxes will be some 0.9% (of national income) lower than today.  This would equate to a £13 billion shortfall, which would represent a 3½p increase to the basic […]

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Improving your lot

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By Stuart Payne

Picture this for a new low in logistics:  Fleet too large, no return traffic back to base, un-manageable drivers, erratic service and poor route planning offering well paid drivers a very comfortable existence, and extensive knowledge of the UK’s roadside cafeterias.  The scenario is all too common; however the reasons for an organisations’ challenges are […]

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Swimming in the Right Direction

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By Stuart Payne

There are, give or take 394,932 Kms of roads in the UK and 40 million registered vehicles of all types.  The average length of a vehicle is 4.9m.  It follows, therefore, that if every car was out on the road at the same time almost exactly half of the road real estate would be full […]

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CO2 Self-Governance?

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The Department for Transport (DFT) last week reaffirmed the government approach to reducing carbon footprint in road haulage; self-governance.  The rationale in a concise report (by DFT standards at least) is essentially that the Freight Transport Association’s Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) illustrates effective self-governance in the absence of any real evidence of lack of […]

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A Problem Solved…

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By Stuart Payne

An essential skill for any logistician is an ability to recognise, and then resolve challenges in supply chains.  The key to good logistics management is an ability to carry out this troubleshooting process continually, so that when something changes, the haulier reacts before there is a negative impact on service, cost, or both. Say you […]

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Road to Recovery

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By Stuart Payne

The Department for Transport (DFT) released their periodic road traffic estimates for Q4 2012 yesterday.  Although clearly not revelatory the statistics over time do highlight some interesting road network trends.  The graph below, from the release shows the volume of traffic on our roads by vehicle type against the average from 1993.  The fall in the […]

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50mph CONSULTATION

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The Courier A9 article As the DFT consultation on the speed limit increase continues, the debate and pressure on the UK government from Scotland in particular has been consistently covered in local and national media. The article linked above discusses the situation on the A9 from Perth to Inverness, which has a particularly high accident […]

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FUEL MATTERS

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By Stuart Payne

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) published an update on their fuel duty question and answer session on the 4th January.  It contains a good table, highlighting fuel duty levels in the UK against other EU member states.  The gap has shortened in the past few years but the knock on of the comparative duty levels […]

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An Art and a Science

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By Stuart Payne

In our summer newsletter there is an excellent article on the thorny issue of potential driver shortages in the industry. You cannot make an omelette without cracking eggs after-all. To complete the circle of an effective distribution operation of course, once you have a fleet of vehicles, you need drivers and management.

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