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Cut fuel duty in the Budget and give the road transport sector a much needed boost, representatives demand

[1]News[2][3]Cut fuel duty in the Budget and give the road transport sector a much needed boost, representatives demandchancellor Philip Hammond

A near doubling of freight firms filing for insolvency in the second quarter of this year has prompted the FTA to call on chancellor Philip Hammond to cut fuel duty in this week’s Budget to prevent further freight company failures.

Figures from the government’s Insolvency Service reveal that the number of freight and removal firms filing for insolvency between April and July was up 78% compared to the same period last year, reaching its highest level in five years.

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Local authority transport planners take to the road to improve services

Local authority transport planners take to the road to improve services

Local Authorities from across the UK converged on Birmingham in November to learn about ways to improve transport services. Local Authorities from across the UK converged on Birmingham in November to learn about ways to improve transport services. School and special educational needs Transport Planners from Councils as far afield as Somerset, Buckinghamshire and Sheffield met at Birmingham University as part of an event hosted by transport planning software company QRoutes.

The event brought together users of the QRoutes software, which is increasingly being used by local authorities to automate the complex tasks of planning transport using in-house fleets and contracted taxi services. With budget cut backs and increasing demands for services, attendees shared knowledge and experience and learnt about new software features designed to improve route planning and optimisation.


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Part of the day involved an interactive session with each council charting out the structure of their transport operations and a group discussion on the big issues affecting the management of school and special educational needs transport. Most agreed that the greatest challenges involved juggling demands from parents, schools and local politicians against the limitations of time and resources.

“It was a really useful day” commented David Jones of Buckinghamshire County Council. “It’s not often we get out to meet other transport planners and we were able to learn from each other as well as getting some useful advice and information from the QRoutes team.”

“Managing transport services for special educational needs and disabilities is a lot more complicated than other types of transport because of the specific needs of the passengers,” explained Jeff Duffell, Business Development Director, QRoutes. “With a host of varying requirements and a mixed fleet, there is the added complication from the reliance on contracted taxi services.

Our aim is to make the job easier by automating the planning process as much as possible so managers and staff can spend more time dealing with service delivery.”

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Coal India may double supplies of coal for nearby consumers via road transport

Moneycontrol News Coal India is planning to double supplies to power generators within a radius of 60 km of its mines by increasing the transportation of coal via road to meet the shortages at plants, reported Economic Times[2]. [1] Coal India is planning to increase the number of trucks used to transport coal every day to 13,500 from 7,700 trucks to supply coal to the consumers, a senior Coal India executive told the paper.

Adding that the initiative — allowing power companies near coal pits to take coal directly from the mines despite exhausting one’s yearly quota — is a part of Coal India’s ease of doing business plan that has been received well.

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“The offer has caught on well with a large number of power companies that are already lifting coal through roadways on trucks.

We are now targeting sending almost double the quantity we have been sending through roadways,” the executive said. The company has listed 20 mines for which consumers, as well as power companies within a 60-km radius, can take as much coal as they want. The move will also increase the capacity of railways to carry coal to plants beyond 60 km, who are facing a shortage of coal following a sudden spurt in demand for thermal power.

Several factors like a reduction in power supplies had led to the sudden increase in demand for thermal power. “According to preliminary estimates, 35 rakes are expected to be freed up daily if Coal India manages to send coal on 13,500 trucks. These could then be utilised to feed coal to plants that are further away,” the executive said.

Earlier this month, Coal India had indicated that it would liquidate its 33 million tonnes of stocks lying in the pits to meet the increased demand for power. Anticipating that the increased demand will continue, the state-owned mining company also plans to boost its production, however, transportation of coal to power generating plants remains the biggest problem. “Increasing coal production and despatch would not be a problem, but the real issue is to mobilise the coal available at mine heads to thermal power plants,” the executive said.

Coal India is targeting to load 266 rakes a day compared to 250 rakes a day, which it managed to load last week.

It was the highest level in November.

In the medium term, Coal India intends to load 300 rakes a day through Indian Railways.

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