Thursday, 26 July 2018

M6 CLOSURE - PLEASE SHARE* The M6 is closed in both directions between Junctions 32 and 33

M6 CLOSURE - PLEASE SHARE The M6 is closed in both directions between Junctions 32 and 33 (as of 8.10 am on Thursday, 26 July).  This is due to an HGV colliding with a bridge.  The bridge has now been deemed unsafe and assessment work is continuing so the closure is likely to be in place for some time.  Northbound traffic will be taken off at Junction 32 and Southbound at Junction 33.  As a result, the A6 and surrounding routes are likely to be heavily congested so please consider whether you can delay your journey or avoid the area completely.  

LOAD THEFT: Brunel Rd Wakefield Ind Est J41 M1

Load theft overnight on the 25/7/18. 

After running out of driving time the driver woke up to three pallets of energy drinks stolen overnight parked up on Brunel Road, Wakefield Industrial Estate Junction 41 off the M1.

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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Haulage and Trailers Act bolsters EU exit preparations

New powers provide reassurance for hauliers to continue planning for a smooth EU exit. 

New legislation on cross-border haulage has (19 July 2018) been given Royal Assent marking a significant step in the government’s preparations for exiting the European Union.

The Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act will ensure that the UK has the powers it needs to support British hauliers to continue operating internationally after exiting the EU.

As our recent White Paper set out, the government’s overall aim in its negotiations with the EU is to retain reciprocal access for road hauliers.

However, it is possible that the future exit deal could require a form of permitting system and the government needs to have legal frameworks in place to introduce a new administrative structure. This act provides the government with this flexibility.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

Royal Assent of the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act is a significant step in our preparations for exiting the European Union.
The haulage industry is at the heart of our trading relationship with the EU and we are confident that we will reach an agreement to maintain the current liberal access that is beneficial to both sides.
But these powers give us the flexibility to have systems in place if a permit system is required and provides reassurance for hauliers to continue planning for a smooth EU exit.

The act comes as part of wider government preparations to ensure the UK can deliver a smooth and orderly EU exit.

The key elements of the act include:

  • establishment of a framework for the regulation and enforcement of existing permit arrangements with non-EU countries which may be used, if necessary, to manage permits arrangement with EU, ensuring hauliers can obtain the necessary paperwork to provide services after the UK leaves the EU
  • the establishment of a trailer registration scheme allowing UK trailers users to meet the registration standards outlined in the 1968 Vienna Convention - this will ensure UK operators driving on the continent can comply with the requirements of those EU countries which require the registration of all trailers travelling on their roads

The DVSA is making progress in creating a permit administration scheme and the DVLA on establishing a trailer registration scheme. It is intended that both will be open for applications later this year.

The department has also begun working with stakeholders to produce a trailer safety report. This follows extensive debate around trailer safety during Parliamentary consideration of the act. The report, scheduled to be published by July 2019, will consider whether mandatory registration and periodic roadworthiness testing should be extended to additional trailer categories.

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Owens Group acquire BTS Haulage Ltd

Owens Group are pleased to announce the acquisition of Manchester based BTS Haulage Ltd. The deal effective from Tuesday 17 July, will see BTS Haulage continue to operate as a standalone brand within the Llanelli-headquartered Owens Group. In a statement Owens said the purchase of the Carrington-located haulier would complement the company's strategic objective to increase its presence and activities in its key geographical markets. 
BTS Haulage was set up in 1957 by Neil Gilson and Neil's son, Crispin joined the business in 1980 and became MD in 1990. It provides transport services to customers throughout the UK, with a focus on deliveries out of and into the North West of England. Crispin Gilson will continue to manage the BTS business. 

The enlarged group will operate a fleet of more than 550 vehicles with an annual turnover of approximately £90m. In its most recently published accounts for the year to 30 June 2017, Owens Group (listed as Owens Road Services at Companies House) had an annual turnover of £56m. BTS Haulage in the year to 31 December 2016 was profitable and had annual turnover of £7.6m. 

Huw Owen, MD of Owens, said: 
"I am delighted to welcome Crispin, Neil and all of their colleagues at BTS into the group. I have always been impressed with the reputation that BTS have in the market for customer service and with the quality of their staff and vehicles. Neil and Crispin have nurtured and developed their business over the last 60 years based on the same family business values and principles as we have always had within Owens, focusing on excellent customer service. I am looking forward to working with Crispin to continue to develop the BTS business." 

Crispin Gilson, MD of BTS, said: 
"Having developed the BTS business and brand over a number of years, my father and myself are extremely proud of what we have created. We believe that the time is now right for the business to move to its next stage of development and that being part of the Owens group will facilitate our future growth." 

We look forward to this exciting and prosperous future together - Owens Group continue to strive for excellence and growth even in times of adverse economic conditions. Our brand is already well recognised in the South of the country. Increasing our Northbound base can only enhance what we have been working on for the last 40 years.