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Undercover lorry to target "fatal four" motoring offences

For the last three weeks, officers have been patrolling the roads in a lorry to target what they call the “fatal four” motoring offences: using a mobile, drink or drug driving, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.

The unmarked HGV gives cops a better vantage point to see motorists texting at the wheel or watching movies on their mobiles. Equipped with flashing lights, the white lorry has been instrumental in catching out other dangerous drivers as part of Operation Allied Wolf, code-name of a road policing operation across Devon and Cornwall.


“With Bluetooth in cars people aren’t using mobile phones up to their ear as much as they used to, but we know that people use it to stream videos and check social media activity and to even update social media while they’re driving.

The elevated view you get from the cab of the truck is really, really important to be able to detect offences, to be able to see a mobile phone in a drivers lap. It’s another tactic. It’s something else we’re prepared to use. We’re prepared to innovate to keep people safe.”

– PC Ian Griffiths. Devon  Cornwall Police


Chief Inspector Leisk said: “Operation Allied Wolf has proved itself to be a very effective tool for improving road safety and also for providing an excellent opportunity to educate road users about unacceptable driving behaviours. We urge the public to play their part in keeping our roads safe by driving within the speed limit, always ensuring they are fit to drive, wearing seat belts and not being distracted when driving.”

Using a hand-held mobile while driving has been illegal for a decade and is subject to three penalty points and a £100 fine, rising to a possible £1,000 on conviction in court. But Government figures show the number of accidents in which mobile phones and texting have been contributory factors has soared by 21% in only three years.

Drivers must understand that if their judgement is impaired because of these factors, then being “under the limit” will not prevent them from being arrested and possibly prosecuted.

Apart from the fatal-four offences mentioned the undercover lorry has even caught a fellow lorry driver cooking a meal on a hob in his cab.

Sources: Plymouth Herald, Daily Mail UK



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Last Royal Mail posting dates before Christmas 2016

Last Royal Mail posting dates before Christmas 2016

If you are sending Christmas cards and gifts to your loved ones using the services of Royal Mail you need to make sure you post them on time. For all your other bigger deliveries you have us, we do our best to deliver in a safe and timely manner even in December.

Postal services Royal Mail has issued its recommended postage times for both UK and international deliveries. If you want to make sure your items are delivered by December 25, these are the dates you need to keep in mind:

Recommended posting for the UK

DatesUK Services
Tuesday 20 December2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Wednesday 21 December1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Thursday 22 DecemberRoyal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®
Friday 23 DecemberSpecial Delivery Saturday Guaranteed




Recommended posting for international destinations

DatesInternational Economy (formerly known as Surface Mail)
Wednesday 28 SeptemberAll non-European destinations (except Middle East,
South Africa, Far East,the USA and Canada)
Thursday 29 SeptemberMiddle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
Thursday 13 OctoberSouth Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA and Canada
Thursday 3 NovemberEastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta and Iceland
Thursday 17 NovemberWestern Europe


DatesInternational Standard (formerly Airmail) and all International Tracking and Signature Services (formerly Airsure® and International Signed For®)
Saturday 3 DecemberCyprus, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia), Turkey, Malta
Thursday 8 DecemberCaribbean, Central & South America
Saturday 10 DecemberGreece, Australia, New Zealand
Wednesday 14 DecemberCzech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Thursday 15 DecemberCanada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Friday 16 DecemberAustria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Saturday 17 DecemberBelgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg


DatesContract Surface Air Lift
Friday 11 NovemberSouth America, Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Far East, New Zealand, Australia
Friday 18 NovemberUSA, Canada, Middle East



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Road freight on the threshold of ‘systemic change’

A new report by market research company Transport Intelligence has said that the European road freight industry is “on the threshold of a period of systemic change which will transform operating models and disrupt markets.”

The report said that there are several alternative fuels currently being developed which, although cannot compete with fossil fuels, will have “the potential to transform the industry.” According to the research, manufacturers are spending “huge sums” in battery technology, and it appears “inevitable” that the largest trucks will be able to use this kind of power in the next five years.

However, the report said that despite the UK experiencing growth, the road freight market still remains “muted”. Estimates show that the European road freight market grew by 2.5%  (in nominal terms) last year, which is less than 2014 at 2.8 per cent.


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Eurotunnel sets new freight record

Groupe Eurotunnel has set a new record for freight traffic.

The group said Le Shuttle Freight carried 1,483,741 trucks between 1 January and 25 November the same number as in the whole of 2015, which was itself a record-breaking year.

In the first ten months of 2016, Le Shuttle Freight grew by more than 12%, largely outperforming the market, which only increased by 5%.

Eurotunnel commercial director Jo Willacy said: “Our business creates extraordinary value for our customers who are themselves confident in their outlook for 2017. The investment programme we have pursued will ensure that we are able to continue this growth through the coming years.”

Source: Published in

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