ByThe Transport Intel Insider

Seasons Greetings from PTF Ltd.

With the Christmas and New Year holiday period fast approaching, the team at PTF Ltd., would like to thank you for your business, support and commitment this year.

2020 has been a difficult year with everyone touched in some form by the Covid19 pandemic and the difficult restrictions that have needed to be endured.

Reluctantly, after considering feedback from customers alongside government recommendations, Team PTF have decided to suspend our pre- Christmas visits to customers bearing gifts in exchange for helping those less fortunate.

So, in keeping with the season and knowing Charities have struggled as well in 2020, please know that instead we will (collectively) make a larger contribution to our chosen 2020 charity partner, The NI Children’s Hospice.

Looking ahead to 2021, the only thing we know for sure is the uncertainty will continue – rest assured that one thing you can be confident in is that the Same Day Experts at PTF Ltd will be there for you.

PTF Ltd would like to wish all of our customers, suppliers, employees and their respective families a Safe and Merry Christmas and a Safe, Happy and Prosperous New Year

ByThe Transport Intel Insider

PTF Lockdown Heroes – Part 1

The Wedlocked Lockdown Heroes

Behind every successful business you will find a number of unsung heroes and here at Paul Thompson Freight (PTF), we have many examples to share with you.
In this post, Team PTF would like to recognise and applaud the Husband and Wife combo of Maxine & Christy Cushnahan.  
2020 is a year drivers suddenly found themselves catapulted over many professions into “key worker” status, keeping the supply chains of UK Plc moving during lockdown and more importantly, ensuring the fast-evolving critical medical processes for the general public functioned as intended.
It is in this regard the Cushnahan Duo stepped away from their comfort zone of established roles in the Engineering and Childcare sectors and stepped up to the plate with the Sameday Experts.   
All at Team PTF “tip our respective hats” in admiration and gratitude. We really appreciate the flexibility, professionalism, energy and positive attitude that they bring to our team.
Kudos! More than Team PTF are in your debt – thank you both. 

ByThe Transport Intel Insider

Stay Alert &/or Stay at Home

PTF Pharma Antrim Hospital
PTF on an Urgent Pharma Delivery to Antrim Area Hospital

While some clarity is needed regarding the National situation on COVID19, Team PTF can send you a clear position of our policy during this period: –

PTF Service Levels
It is critical to the country that the UK & Ireland plc supply chain must keep moving during the lockdown or any subsequent reversal. Be assured the key workers at Team PTF remain at your service during this challenging time. The exceptional service levels and support that you expect from the Sameday experts remain in place.

PTF Delivery Protocol
The safety of PTF Customers, their clients and PTF staff are paramount. PTF will ensure deliveries are made in line with social distancing recommendations. Contactless Proof of Deliveries and drivers washing/sanitising their hands after every delivery.
Signatures are presently replaced with the driver requesting the recipient’s name which is then recorded when possible.

Vehicle & Service Range

The full range of PTF vehicles and services remain available.

Visit our Website and Facebook page to explore some of our Specialist Services options along with the latest industry news.

ByThe Transport Intel Insider

The logistics agenda UK PLC must agree with EU : –

Elizabeth de Jong, FTA’s Policy Director, explains we all need to be wary of failure by the UK government to prioritise the key areas “Keeping the UK and the EU Trading”:-

  1. Engage with logistics from the start – UK PLC is reliant upon a highly complex, interconnected supply chain, and if the needs of those responsible for moving goods and services to support the country’s economy are not prioritised, the effects could be devastating for the supply of vital products to shops, schools, hospitals and manufacturing.
  2. Minimise Friction red tape and costs from the start – “It costs more than £1 a minute to operate an HGV – so lengthy delays at the border could add significant costs to the price of goods, driving up prices and fuelling inflation.”
  3. Mitigate the risk of disruption at the Borders – The need for physical checks should be reduced and any which are required should be take place away from the border. 
  4. Provide training and support capacity building – “There is a substantial customs agent shortage and member states and the UK government need to urgently address this by giving support, guidance and funding have time to test and feedback on proposals, and then time to install and train staff.”
  5. Maintain transport connectivity by road, rail, sea and air – “Trade facilitation measures are needed to reduce the impact of additional border requirements and red tape and help reduce the threat of delays and added costs.”  
  6. Preserve essential staff mobility – The ability of UK workers to cross borders easily must be protected – goods cannot move without a human interaction, leaving vehicles stranded at borders if extensive immigration checks are carried out.

Read more at :-

ByThe Transport Intel Insider

Join The Same Day Courier Experts!

Paul Thompson Freight (PTF) Ltd are expanding and on the look out for new talent to join our professional team of Same Day Courier experts.

Established in 1982, PTF have a large fleet based in Lisburn travelling all over Ireland and the UK Mainland on a variety of specialist courier movements.

We are looking for Lifestyle, Casual and Permanent drivers with at least one year’s commercial driving experience. Alongside joining a winning team, PTF offer an attractive salary in a fast growing company. Simply click and complete the form below and PTF will be in touch: –

PTF – The cream of the couriers!
ByThe Transport Intel Insider

FTA Van Operational Briefing – May 2020

FTA’s Van Operational Briefings is THE event for the van industry!  With an unrivalled line-up of speakers, giving companies the opportunity to discuss the role of enforcement and compliance within your operation.

With an unrivalled line-up of speakers, the briefings give companies the opportunity to discuss the role of enforcement and compliance within your operation.

Sessions include:

Vehicle terrorism threat and safety advice
National Counter Terrorism Police will present an update on the threat assessment for the UK of Vehicle as a Weapon attacks, work that has taken place in the past two years and introduce guidance to operators of vehicles on safe practices.

Where are we on electrification?
Following recent government announcements about ending sales of petrol, diesel or hybrid cars and vans in the UK from 2035, instead of 2040 as originally planned, should operators be looking more closely at electric vehicles?

Van Security
Recent statistics about van thefts confirm operators experience that instances of this crime is rising. Vans are the workhorse of the logistics industry and an essential asset for logistics operations, so what can you do?

Clean Air Agenda
A number of cities in the UK are breaching legal air quality targets and have been directed by government to develop air quality plans which may include Clean Air Zones or Low Emission Zones. This is a constantly changing picture, so this session will bring delegates up to date with the latest information about proposals which will impact on their van fleets.

Compliance myths busted
Covering topical issues raised in queries to the MAC together with some myth busting on how drivers hours and tachographs affect van operations now and in the future.

Briefings at Dunblane, Milton Keynes & Derby!

Book now to:

  • Gain peace of mind over matters affecting your operation.
  • Network with peers.
  • Attain expert knowledge to improve your operation’s compliance and efficiency.


ByThe Transport Intel Insider

Industry Results Round Up February 2020: –

Industry Results Round Up February 2020: –

In a fast changing year, the positives outweigh the negatives in in the early part of 2020. A study completed by the Hitachi Bank suggests the year will be a good one for SME within the industry.

Going Well: –

  • Cheshire-based Boughey Distribution is to open a new 237,734 sq ft warehouse at Crewe Commercial Park which will create around 100 new jobs for the local area
  • Boughey Distribution bounced back into the black last year, converting a £754,000 pre-tax loss into a profit of £310,000.
  • Walker Logistics, experienced a 38% year-on-year increase in the number of orders at its Berkshire hub in Berkshire during the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • C Butt Logistics has remained in profit for the second year running after turning its back on the retail logistics sector.
  • Fergytrux, the Cramlington-based holding company of Fergusons Transport, increased turnover by 2.2% last year, thanks to performance improvements and Brexit stockpiling.
  • North Wales-based logistics company Delivery Solutions (Delsol) has reported a year of sustained growth. The company added 30 staff to its now 170-strong workforce during 2019 – its 20th anniversary – which coincided with a 20% increase in revenues.
  • The Pallet Network (TPN) saw the number of member companies achieving elite performance levels grow by 300% during 2019.

Facing Challenges: –

  • Fagan & Whalley pocketed a £521,000 profit last year, but it was a significant reduction compared to the previous year’s £1.3m.
  • Premier Logistics (UK) made a £2m loss in the months following its company voluntary agreement (CVA), according to its most recent financial results.
  • Online grocer Ocado is continuing to suffer from the fire which destroyed its Andover depot last year, reporting a pre-tax loss of £214.5m for 2019.
  • Marks and Spencer is to close two major distribution centres in Derbyshire and Sheffield, putting 662 jobs at risk.

In Administration: –

  • Carters Haulage in Hertfordshire has entered administration and ceased trading.
  • A pre-packaged sale of Staffordshire haulier Pro Freight Solutions took place following the high-profile collapse into administration of its customer, The Book People.

Acquisitions/Partnerships: –

  • The Pallet Network (TPN) has announced the addition of Bristol-based Toogood International Transport to its line-up. 
  • EV Cargo Logistics has acquired ‘specific assets and operations’ of NFT Distribution.
  • The sale of NFT Distribution Operations to EV Cargo Logistics does not include the firm’s Tilbury refrigerated distribution centre, it has emerged.
  • Widnes-based Suttons Tankers is on the look-out for further acquisitions as it gears up its growth plans, according to MD Michael Cundy.
  • The new owner of Clugston Distribution Services is linked to Malta-based HLD Group which bought AM Widdowson and Sons in 2015 and Crewe-based Davis Haulage in 2016.
  • Pall-Ex has purchased the pallet distribution business of Surrey-based member Cranleigh Freight Services.

Miscellaneous: –

  • Hermes is set to build a £60m automated parcel distribution centre in Barnsley as its parcel volumes continue to rise.
  • NHS logistics (NHL) lorry drivers have called off a dispute with their employer Unipart after it offered an improved pay deal.
  • Strike action could be on the cards among Biffa drivers on the Wirral after negotiations over pay reached a stalemate.
ByThe Transport Intel Insider

IR35 Summed Up in less than 250 Words

The clock is counting down as the HMRC closes the net on the many thousands of self-employed workers facing higher tax bills after April 6th.

IR35 has been around since 1999, but changes in legistlation closes the tax loopholes of individuals, their clients and umbrella companies if implicated.

In that guise, individuals could decide whether they fell under IR35. In 2017, public companies had to decide,  come April 6th, it is the time for private contractors/umbrella companies to decide.

Changes are expected to bring in £3.1 billion of additional tax revenues over the next 4 years alone.

The transport sector expect agency labour payroll costs to rise by 25% and temporary drivers costs will increase to clients by 20%.

Businesses that meet at least two of the following criteria are unaffected by the changes: –

  • Turnover of less than £10.2m a year
  • Balance sheet assets of less than £51m.
  • Companies with fewer than 50 employees

For contractors doing work with these smaller companies, the rules remain the same – it is up to the individual to decide whether they fall under IR35.

Sole Traders are unaffected by the upcoming changes as sole traders are exempt from IR35 legislation.

“However, if your working hours are decided by someone else and you can be told what tasks you’re working on, where you’ll be working, and how you should work, then you may well fall under the ‘disguised employee’ banner, and therefore could be seen as being inside IR35.”

ByThe Transport Intel Insider

Garlic Bread? It’s the future!

For some it was fireworks and auld lang syne for celebration, for others, a dawn of uncertainty tinged with sadness.

Paul Thompson Freight Ltd Expert Same Day Deivery
The author does not represent the views of PTF Ltd.

TransportIntel considered Muesli or Porridge as he listened with interest to the Brexit experts on 5Live Wedensday (29th Jan) morning.

They were quick to point out “absolutely nothing changes this year….other than the UK could extend the transition period up to June”.

The first concerned caller was going to Tenerife in March and wanted to know what do they do now?  

“absolutely nothing changes this year….other than the UK could extend the transition period up to June”.

Caller 2 was more concerned about the impact of her annual trip to Turkey by car….

“absolutely nothing changes this year….other than the UK could extend the transition period up to June”.

Breakfast host Rachel was quick to point out that important points were worth repeating.

Caller 3 was going to Bruges in February, only a few weeks away and close to the very heart of EU’s HQ, what preparations should he now make when taking a risky trip so close to the scene of the crime?  

“absolutely nothing changes this year….other than the UK could extend the transition period up to June”.

TransportIntel consigned the Muesli to the bin – thinking porridge may be bland, but you know where you are with those trusty oats.

Just like we know what we are doing with Brexit.

Learn what a No Deal could mean to your business

Register for a UK or EU EORI number

Agree Incoterms with your customers

Know how to describe and classify your goods how to complete commercial invoices and apply for licences and certificates if needed

Submit your commercial invoice electronically

Understand customs & clearance requirements

Importers should consider setting up a Deferment Account

ByThe Transport Intel Insider

The Acceleration of Green Initiatives in the Industry.

The dog “eating the homework again” excuse was wearing thin with Greta’s teacher.

Davos Summit took place this week with Global leaders of influence all present along with Greta Thunberg skipping school again.

With recent Global phenomenon in Australia, New Zealand and Italy has even the most hardened Global Warming deniers having to take stock and start listening to Greta & Sir David Attenborough.

There is clear momentum in the industry, with the below aspects all being reported by Government, Regions, operators, retailers and manufacturers alike in the last few weeks.

The problem being everyone is blazing their own trail. With varying degrees of investment and motivation.

Are we all pulling in the same direction?

What could be achieved if our thinking was joined up?

Government: –

The UK government has vowed to accelerate its climate action for transport sector by drafting new plans to end emissions from trains, planes and cars to become the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050.

Industry Associations: –

Only the RHA is calling on the government to set out a national road map to decarbonise freight over the next 25 years which respects vehicle life cycles and supports business investment.

Logistics operators are among the first to identify the benefits of switching to electric vehicles (EVs), according to FTA, with nine out of ten operators who are already using EVs planning to expand their fleets within the next three years. However, according to a new report from FTA, released today (15 January 2020), further expansion will require the government to urgently address the limitations which prevent wider adoption across the UK’s fleet.

On the 30th December 2019, FTAlaunched its 2019 Logistics Emissions Review, which includes the latest results of the Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme (LERS), a voluntary group which seeks to improve the environmental performance of the logistics industry. During the past year, LERS members achieved an impressive 4% reduction in their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and decreased their average kg of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per vehicle km to 0.72, from 0.75 in 2017 and 2016.

Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.   

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has claimed hydrogen is the best alternative fuel option for HGV operators looking to cut carbon emissions and will play a major role in the future of heavy haulage.

Regional Actions: –

A £2 congestion charge for drivers is being proposed in Cardiff as part of a £2bn, 10-year transport plan.

Cardiff council plans to charge non-residents in a bid to hit green targets and cut congestion as research said air quality is among the UK’s worst.

The UK could soon see a revolution in electric vehicle charging after the Transport Secretary announced that £3.4 million will be invested in trials for wireless charging of electric taxis in Nottingham.

Ahead of the launch of a Clean Air Zone in York city centre later this month, City of York Council has awarded more than £1.6 million in funding to five bus companies to help them to make their vehicles more environmentally-friendly.

Scotland’s infrastructure secretary has insisted that upgrading the A9 road is not incompatible with climate targets.
Michael Matheson said the £3bn project was vital to the economies of the areas it serves.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has hailed the Port of Blyth as one of the leading lights in the British maritime industry’s push for a greener, cleaner future.

Private cars will be banned from taking “through trips” across Birmingham city centre under plans to cut pollution.Vehicles will be able to drive into the city, but would have to go back out to the ring road to access other areas

In response to the decision made by Bath & North East Somerset Council today (17 January 2020) to introduce a £9 daily fee for high-emission vans and £100 for HGVs and buses, Chris Yarsley, Policy Manager for the South West at FTA, the only business group that represents all of logistics, comments:

Retailers, Manufacturers and Operators: –

DAF Tr Half of operators (49.6%) believe they will slash the CO2 emissions of their fleets by at least 15% by 2025, according to new research by conducted by MotorTransport and Fraikin.
While nearly one-fifth (17.4%) believe they will be able to exceed the 15% voluntary CO2 reduction target set to industry by the government in its Road to Zero strategy.
ucks has revealed it is considering selling its CF Electric into new European territories. The fully-electric 4×2 tractor, developed for distribution in urban areas with single or double-axle trailers, uses a lithium-ion battery pack with a total capacity of 170 kilowatt-hours. It has a range of approximately 100 kilometres.

Justin Laney (pictured), general manager of central transport for John Lewis, believes the Siemens eHighway system is the most viable long-term solution for delivering electric power to HGVs.

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have announced a “strategic investment” of €100m (£85m) in a new partnership with Arrival, a UK-based electric vehicle startup.

Motor Transport has launched a new category for the 34th Motor Transport Awards – Clean Fleet Van Operator of the Year.

Menzies Distribution has launched the first three electric vehicles into its Scottish delivery fleet as part of wider plans to roll out an electric fleet across its national network.

Microlise Fleet Telematics has been deployed by Kent-based FM Conway to support fuel economy and real-time planning for ‘next load’ across its fleet of over 220 vehicles.

DPD say 10% of its fleet (550 vehicles) will be electric by 2021.
Kuehne + Nagel has joined the Development and Climate Alliance, a group launched in Germany in 2018 to promote development and environmental protection.
The global logistics player said it joined the alliance as part of its Net Zero Carbon programme, which intends to fully compensate CO2 emissions it can’t avoid.

Nicholls Transport has opened a refuelling station for pumping liquified gas (LNG) from its Kent base. It will be used to support an initial order for 10 IVECO Stralis NP 460 6×2 tractor units from local dealer Haynes Trucks.

Sources and credits to CILT, Gov. UK, Motor Transport, BBC, The Guardian, RHA and FTA