Amazon Flex puts delivery partners in the driver’s seat

 Amazon Australia has announced the launch of Amazon Flex in Sydney and Melbourne, an innovative delivery service that offers individuals the opportunity to be their own boss and earn extra money in their free time delivering Amazon packages to customers.

Amazon Flex will also enable Amazon to expand its delivery network, ramp up at peak times and ultimately speed up deliveries for customers, while providing a unique opportunity for individuals to further their earning potential whilst fitting in with their lifestyle.

Interested delivery partners in Sydney and Melbourne with their own vehicle can sign-up, choose delivery blocks that fit their schedule, and deliver packages – all using the Amazon Flex app. They simply download the app (from the IOS or Android app store), sign up and complete the background verification process and they are then ready to accept delivery blocks. Delivery blocks are an estimated four hours, during which delivery partners collect their packages from pick up points in Sydney and Melbourne and deliver them to customers. Amazon Flex offers delivery partners transparency around their earnings. Delivery partners will know the estimated duration and minimum payment for each block in advance, and will receive payments weekly by direct deposit. read more

Hermes invests in more CNG vehicles

Cartwright Fleet Services (CFS) is continuing to support Hermes to reduce its carbon footprint with the delivery of a second significant order of natural-gas-powered vehicles.

The addition of 48 Iveco tractors means that Hermes is now running one of the largest fleets of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles in the UK.

The order comes following a successful trial of 30 CNG tractors that Cartwright Fleet Services supplied to Hermes last year as part of a larger order for 244 specialist delivery vans and 70 tractors on contract hire with ongoing maintenance for five years. read more

New EU rules to provide better rest conditions for drivers

A deal between Parliament and Finnish Presidency negotiators on reforming the road transport sector was approved by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday.

The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods carried out by non-resident hauliers on a temporary basis in a host member state) aim to put an end to distortion of competition in the road transport sector and provide better rest conditions for drivers.

Fairer competition and fighting illegal practices
The agreement keeps the existing limits to cabotage (three operations within seven days), but in order to tackle fraud, vehicle tachographs will be used to register border-crossings. read more

PCC praises success of Commercial Vehicle Unit in tackling dangerous road users

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has hailed the early success of Warwickshire Police’s Commercial Vehicle Unit (CVU), which has detected 136 driver offences in a five day period on the county’s motorway network.

Set up with funding from the Commissioner at the beginning of this month, the unit works with partners such as Highways England, the Health and Safety Executive and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to help improve public safety by targeting commercial vehicles and hauliers that could pose serious danger to other road users in Warwickshire through education and enforcement. read more

SEKO and AGWorld help customers to develop new trade relationships

SEKO Logistics and Air & Ground World Transport (AGWorld) have signed a strategic partnership to create new cross-border growth opportunities for shippers doing business between Asia and the United States as global trade disputes accelerate demand for broader geographic supply chain solutions.

Working together, SEKO and AGWorld will offer clients a unique platform of services to develop new trade relationships, leveraging AGWorld’s network of offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Shenzhen, Guangzhou Manila and Ho Chi Minh City among other locations and SEKO Logistics’ more than 120 branches in 40 countries. read more

Port of Felixstowe upgrades Ro/Ro facilities

In her first port visit of 2020, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP has inspected the site of work to upgrade Roll-on/Roll-off facilities at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe.

The works will allow the port to accommodate larger Ro/Ro vessels and improve the efficiency of vessel operations.

Commenting during the Minister’s visit to the port, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director of Hutchison Ports, said:

“Roll-on/Roll-off is an important component of the port’s business. With three sailings per day to Vlaardingen in Rotterdam we provide a vital connection to North Europe for UK importers and exporters. The port is already Brexit-ready and the improvements that we are starting today, coupled with additional trailer parking that has already been completed, will enhance capacity, capability and performance for Ro/Ro traffic at Felixstowe. read more

New HGV vision standards coming to London

From 26 October 2020, the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) scheme will require HGVs over 12 tonnes entering or operating in London to have a safety permit.

The DVS scheme is being introduced by Transport for London (TfL). It will require all HGVs over 12 tonnes to get a safety permit to enter or operate in Greater London.

Using a star system, DVS will rate HGVs from zero (lowest) to five (highest) stars, based on how much a driver can see directly through their HGV cab windows.

To qualify for a permit, HGVs will be required to meet a minimum one-star rating or fit ‘safe system’ measures. A ‘safe system’ improves a vehicle’s overall safety through measures such as sensors, camera systems and visual warnings. read more

Objective complete for PETRONAS Team De Rooy IVECO in Dakar Rally’s debut in the Middle East

After 12 days of competition, 5,000 timed kilometres of racing and more than 50 hours on full throttle, Team De Rooy IVECO has completed the Dakar Rally 2020.

This year the team raced without Gerard de Rooy in the line-up due to a back injury – although the Dutchman stayed in Saudi Arabia for the length of the rally to help guide the crews.

“The performance of the team was good,” said team manager Gerard de Rooy. “The only thing that changed from the previous years is that the drivers had a little less experience, but all of them were able to solve difficulties in the right way. The idea is not to make any changes, but to train and polish some details.” read more

Vietnamese people smuggler wanted in France arrested in Sussex

A man who was part of a Vietnamese organised crime group responsible for smuggling migrants from Vietnam to the UK has been arrested in East Sussex by the National Crime Agency.

Khanh Chan, 39, also known by the name of Khanh Ngoc Nguyen, was part of an international network French prosecutors say was actively smuggling people between 2015 and 2017.

The migrants would be transported through France, where they would be moved by lorry through the Channel ports into the UK, or on to other countries in Europe. read more

Devil is in the detail on Brexit, says FTA

FTA, the only business group that represents all of the logistics industry, is calling on the government to answer critical questions about our future trading arrangements with the EU after the Brexit transition period. This follows comments at the weekend from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, suggesting a hardening in the government’s approach to Brexit, and that industry has had more than enough time to prepare.

Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy at FTA comments: “Whilst the logistics industry welcomes the clarity in direction that the new government brings, it is not helpful to tell businesses they have already had three years to prepare. The most important question is: prepare for what exactly? There are a number of critical questions about the way goods will move across borders between the UK and the EU, and importantly the different arrangements that will need to be put in place between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is just not possible for logistics businesses to prepare adequately without these critical operational details.” read more