Croydon haulier expands fleet with £1.5 million investment

A Croydon logistics firm is driving into a new era after investing £1.5 million in 10 new vehicles. ELB Partners, which is based on Beddington Farm Rd, has increased its fleet to more than 70 after purchasing eight new rigid trucks, two new articulated units and three new trailers. The 53-year-old firm has invested heavily in the installation of additional safety equipment in the new vehicles, including the very latest AI cameras and telematics technology from VisionTrack. The use of AI video telematics will enable ELB Partners and its drivers to reduce risks, such as fatigue, tailgating...

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Pallet-Track strikes gold with member retention

Pallet-Track is celebrating nearly 40 per cent of its members hitting their 15-year milestone with the network. A total of 37 of the 92-strong network have reached 15 years with Pallet-Track, with an additional 51 per cent reaching 12 years’ service and 55 per cent reaching 10. Since starting operations in 2004, Pallet-Track has contributed to significant levels of growth for independent haulage companies, including Hull-based Harrison Solway Logistics Limited. Supporting independent hauliers Lee Solway, director at Harrison Solway said: “We are an inaugural member of Pallet-Track...

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Pallet-Track celebrates 30 million milestone with latest consignment

The Wolverhampton-based pallet network has moved 30 million consignments, without losing a single pallet in the hub. Pallet-Track has just handled the milestone consignment at its central hub on Millfields Road, after moving 56 million individual pallets during its 19 years of operation. The consignment, which was sent to Hull-based plumbers’ merchants James Hargreaves and contained bathroom supplies, was collected by Action Express in Northampton and transported to the network’s central hub, before being delivered to its final destination by Harrison Solway Logistics. The central...

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Pallet-Track’s annual golf day is a hole in one

Over 50 golfers teed off for a great cause and raised £6,360 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity at Pallet-Track’s annual golf day. The 17th staging of the event took place at Morley Hayes Golf Club in Derbyshire and featured 52 golfers from 14 teams, made up of colleagues from Pallet-Track’s headquarters, network members and partner organisations. Taking home the trophy on the day were Team MKT from Lancashire’s Matthew Kibble Transport, while Aztek Hackers, made up of members of Aztek Logistics Ltd and Action Express, were runners up. As with all Pallet-Track’s...

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Mobile PPL announces carbon neutral certification and outlines bold vision for a greener future

Multi award-winning transport and logistics operator Mobile People Powered Logistics has announced that it has been certified as a Carbon Neutral Business under the UN’s internationally recognised calculation ISO 14064. This makes it, the directors believe, the only independent operator in the UK currently, and the first independent haulier and palletised delivery business in England and Wales, to achieve this goal. The business, headquartered in Birmingham and with a distribution and logistics centre in Aylesbury, focusses on high-quality supply chain solutions for palletised freight...

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RHA welcomes Department for Transport’s announcement on longer semi-trailers

The RHA has welcomed the announcement that longer lorries will be allowed on Britain’s roads. Lorry trailers up to 15.65m long will be permitted to be used from 31 May under legislation being laid in Parliament today (Wednesday 10 May). This follows an 11-year trial of longer semi-trailers (LSTs). The RHA said: “We welcome these new laws to permit longer semi-trailers. We’ve supported these trials and this change will increase productivity, reduce HGV journeys by carrying the same volume of freight in fewer lorries – and reduce mileage, congestion and carbon emissions. We look forward...

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ELB Lorrys

ELB invites potential truckers to get in the driving seat

ELB Partners in Croydon is on the hunt for its next HGV recruit after launching its 2023 driver training scheme. It is currently accepting applications for its HGV scheme, which will see the successful applicant train to become a fully qualified professional driver over the course of the year, starting with van driving and working their way up to their Class 1 licence. The haulier said it was committed to training and fully funding the next generation of lorry drivers to overcome local driver shortages and had teamed up with EP Training Services to achieve this. It has already trained...

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TEG Road Transport Price Index shows haulage prices picking up pace

Haulage prices have risen by 3.6% in the past month, resulting in an all-time high price-per-mile in April. Despite double-digit inflation, interest rates are expected to increase for the 12th consecutive month. In April, the combined price-per-mile for haulage and courier vehicles soared 2.7% to reach its highest-ever level for the month. The significant increase was driven by a robust growth in haulage rates, signaling the start of the typical spring price upswing. Haulage prices are down by 2% compared to last year’s level, while courier prices increased by 3.6%. Despite this...

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Aztek’s empire still strong after 20 years

Aztek Logistics has praised its staff and the loyalty of its customers as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. Founded in 2003 by white goods and TV installer Stuart Charter in Letchworth Garden City, the haulier has grown over the years into a £12m turnover business with six warehouses and 40 HGVs. Its first success came from the support of the Prince’s Trust, which helped Charter get his first vehicle on the road – a 7.5-tonne lorry – after he produced a long-term business plan for the charity. He said: “I started as one man with van and a dream. That one van became two vans...

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