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Qatar-UK air freight & cargo opportunities

WALES is continuing to reach out and build a new ‘air bridge’ for freight between the UK and Qatar via its service from Cardiff Airport, which launched on May 1. Within weeks of the launch of Qatar Airways (QA) service between Cardiff and Doha, CEO of Cardiff Airport Deb Barber and Finance Director Huw Lewis are visiting Doha to discuss developing Air freight and cargo opportunities for the Gulf region, from Cardiff Airport, to serve Wales and the south west of England. CEO of Cardiff Airport Deb Barber said,”We are delighted to be travelling back to Doha, this time from Cardiff Airport which is a tremendous step forward for travellers and businesses across the region.

There are great business opportunities to further develop links between the UK and Qatar and we are very pleased to be progressing conversations where the airport can play a key role.

We will continue to work closely with all parties, including the Welsh government who last week sent a trade mission to Qatar to further strengthen the links between our two nations.” (TNN)

High Fines, Potholes and Pollution Make Road Haulage Drivers and Freight Operators Lives a Misery

UK Association Speaks Out on the Issues Concerning Trucking Companies UK – ITALY – The Road Haulage Association (RHA[1]) has been particularly active of late, advising members of some particularly important changes which will affect road freight operations both at home and abroad. Potholes and pollution are high on the domestic agenda whilst we start with a serious warning for those operators plying their trade on the continent.

As from the beginning of this month the Italian authorities are enforcing the rule that drivers cannot take their 45-hour rest breaks within their cabs. Traditionally of course intercontinental drivers have habitually slept in the cab, both overnight and when stranded far from home, usually over a weekend waiting to reload on a Monday.

Such practices are exactly what the modern lorry cab is designed for, but now penalties ranging between EUR422 and EUR1,800 are being imposed if a roadside check reveals the practice. There is also the possibility that similar enforcement will occur in Spain from July 1. The RHA says it will keep members informed.

Meanwhile back in the UK pollution and potholes top the agenda. With less money available to local authorities the situation has been worsened by a prolonged spell of changeable weather and now the AA, which operates a #FlagitFunditFillit[2] campaign says the cost to motorists, haulage companies and insurers tops GBP1 million a month as more vehicles suffer damage, mainly due to tyre, steering and suspension problems. Once again the RHA has raised the matter with government, pointing out that the results were quite predictable given the current level of neglect.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett observed: “The Government and local authorities must do more to bring the network up to standard. Currently, many roads are full of cracks waiting to turn into dangerous potholes that can cause collisions.

Local roads where hauliers make their last-mile deliveries are often in an even worse state and the damage to HGVs, in particular to their suspension systems, can be considerable. More potholes means more breakdowns, more roadworks and more delays. And delays to a ‘just in time’ economy are disastrous for business.”

On the matter of pollution, particularly in urban areas, the RHA has now released its 2018 Nitrous Oxide (NOx) emission assessment[3] which it says is to ‘clarify how lorries impact our air quality and to correct some of the myths that are feeding the drive to charge all non-Euro 6 lorries for entering our cities.’ The RHA sees the rush to change standards as targeting the road freight and transport industry generally as unfair, pointing out that in 2015 only 7.6% of the UK’s NOx was emitted by trucks and buses. Additionally lorry NOx emissions have dropped in the region of 43% in the past 5 years and predictions are this will grow to 70% by 2021.

The problem of course is that, whilst authorities across Europe wish to see only Euro VI vehicles on the roads, 2021 will still see a massive 37% of trucks in the UK below this standard, 28% being Euro V, and therefore comparatively recent additions to most fleets. There are no retrofit options for pre Euro lorries and the taxes proposed cannot be avoided as the fleet of Euro VI vehicles will not be big enough to meet freight demand in Clean Air Zone cities, some as soon as the end of next year. The RHA has published a paper called ‘Intelligent Phasing[4]‘ listing the difficulties and cost of replacing a fleet of UK wide vehicles, estimating the cost at around GBP12,500 million to replace the 180,000+ pre Euro VI lorries still in service in 2021 with new Clean Air Zone compliant Euro VI lorries.

The RHA considers government and local Clean Air Zone and Road Levy ‘pay to pollute’ policies wrong-headed and says it has based all its statistics on the administration’s own figures.

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References

  1. ^ RHA (www.rha.uk.net)
  2. ^ #FlagitFunditFillit (twitter.com)
  3. ^ 2018 Nitrous Oxide (NOx) emission assessment (www.rha.uk.net)
  4. ^ Intelligent Phasing (www.rha.uk.net)

Tesla with Autopilot slams into truck stopped at red light

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SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (AP) – A Tesla sedan with a semi-autonomous Autopilot feature has rear-ended a fire department truck at 60 mph (97 kph) apparently without braking before impact, but police say it’s unknown if the Autopilot feature was engaged. The cause of the Friday evening crash, involving a Tesla Model S and a fire department mechanic truck stopped at a red light, was under investigation, said police in South Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The crash, in which the Tesla driver was injured, comes as federal safety agencies investigate the performance of Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system.

In this Friday, May 11, 2018, photo released by the South Jordan Police Department shows a traffic collision involving a Tesla Model S sedan with a Fire Department mechanic truck stopped at a red light in South Jordan, Utah. Witnesses indicated the Tesla Model S did not brake prior to impact.

Police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said the car’s air bags were activated and that the Tesla’s 28-year-old driver suffered a broken right ankle, while the driver of the mechanic truck didn’t require treatment. Police in a Salt Lake City suburb say it’s not immediately known whether a Tesla Model S sedan’s semi-autonomous Autopilot driving system was in use when it rear-ended a truck apparently without braking before impact at approximately 60 mph. (South Jordan Police Department via AP)

The Tesla’s air bags were activated in the crash, South Jordan police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said Saturday. The Tesla’s driver suffered a broken right ankle, and the driver of the Unified Fire Authority mechanic truck didn’t require treatment, Winkler said.

There was no indication the Tesla’s driver was under the influence of any substance, and information on what the driver may have told investigators about the circumstances of the crash likely wouldn’t be available before Monday, Winkler said by telephone. There was light rain falling and roads were wet when the crash occurred, police said in a statement. “Witnesses indicated the Tesla Model S did not brake prior to impact,” the statement said.

Tesla’s Autopilot system uses cameras, radar and computers to keep speed, change lanes and automatically stop vehicles. The company, which is based in Palo Alto, California, and has a huge battery factory in the Reno, Nevada, area, tells drivers the system requires them to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel so they can take control to avoid accidents. Police said they had been in contact with the National Transportation Safety Board about the crash.

NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said he didn’t know whether the agency would get involved with the crash. Tesla did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Associated Press. The NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are investigating at least two other crashes involving Tesla vehicles.

In March, a Tesla Model X SUV crashed on a California highway, killing the driver, and investigators are looking into the performance of the semi-autonomous driving system in that crash.

Tesla with Autopilot slams into truck stopped at red light

In this Friday, May 11, 2018, photo released by the South Jordan Police Department shows a traffic collision involving a Tesla Model S sedan with a Fire Department mechanic truck stopped at a red light in South Jordan, Utah.

Witnesses indicated the Tesla Model S did not brake prior to impact. Police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said the car’s air bags were activated and that the Tesla’s 28-year-old driver suffered a broken right ankle, while the driver of the mechanic truck didn’t require treatment.

Police in a Salt Lake City suburb say it’s not immediately known whether a Tesla Model S sedan’s semi-autonomous Autopilot driving system was in use when it rear-ended a truck apparently without braking before impact at approximately 60 mph. (South Jordan Police Department via AP)

Tesla with Autopilot slams into truck stopped at red light

In this Friday, May 11, 2018, photo released by the South Jordan Police Department shows a traffic collision involving a Tesla Model S sedan with a Fire Department mechanic truck stopped at a red light in South Jordan, Utah.

Witnesses indicated the Tesla Model S did not brake prior to impact. Police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said the car’s air bags were activated and that the Tesla’s 28-year-old driver suffered a broken right ankle, while the driver of the mechanic truck didn’t require treatment.

Police in a Salt Lake City suburb say it’s not immediately known whether a Tesla Model S sedan’s semi-autonomous Autopilot driving system was in use when it rear-ended a truck apparently without braking before impact at approximately 60 mph. (South Jordan Police Department via AP)

Tesla with Autopilot slams into truck stopped at red light

In this Friday, May 11, 2018, photo released by the South Jordan Police Department shows a traffic collision involving a Tesla Model S sedan with a Fire Department mechanic truck stopped at a red light in South Jordan, Utah.

Witnesses indicated the Tesla Model S did not brake prior to impact. Police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said the car’s air bags were activated and that the Tesla’s 28-year-old driver suffered a broken right ankle, while the driver of the mechanic truck didn’t require treatment.

Police in a Salt Lake City suburb say it’s not immediately known whether a Tesla Model S sedan’s semi-autonomous Autopilot driving system was in use when it rear-ended a truck apparently without braking before impact at approximately 60 mph. (South Jordan Police Department via AP)

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References

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