January 2016

O-licence victory for vehicle recovery industry shows benefit of sector "speaking with one voice", says Rob

MINISTERS’ decision to exempt the vehicle recovery industry from the operator licensing regime shows what can be achieved when the sector “speaks with one voice”, says Rob.

The Labour spoke after the Department for Transport (DfT) indicated it was content to let the industry regulate itself rather than forcing it to comply with statutory requirements.

They will never be forgotten: Rob pays tribute to Holocaust victims and survivors

ROB has honoured victims and survivors of the Nazi genocide by signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment (pictured above).

He said: “I added my name to honour the millions of people killed in the Holocaust and the countless others who fell victim to the Nazis’ evil regime.

“It is essential every victim of the Holocaust, and all those murdered in genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, are never forgotten.”

Government plans to spend up to £250 million on a lorry park to cut congestion are a "poor use of public funds" - Rob

GOVERNMENT plans to spend up to £250 million on a lorry park to ease congestion caused by disruption to cross-Channel traffic are “a poor use of public funds”, Rob fears.

The Stoke-on-Trent South Labour MP, a member of the Commons’ Transport Committee, spoke after it announced an inquiry into the measures currently taken and facilities used whenever vehicle flows in Kent are interrupted.

'The Government must urge the United Nations to recognise terror group Daesh's (IS) crimes in Syria and Iraq as genocide'

ROB has called on the Government to urge the United Nations to recognise terror group Daesh’s (IS) murderous crimes in Syria and Iraq as genocide.

He made the demand on Tuesday (26 Jan), the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, by tabling a motion which has already attracted cross-party support.

Rob: Ditch the dinghies and rescue flood-hit Brits with trucks that can drive through water

ROB has condemned the Government for making our brave soldiers and firefighters use paddle-powered inflatables which can save only one or two flood victims at a time.

He insists dozens more could be helped if ministers would only call in vehicles capable of carrying four tonnes in two metres of water.

Rob and freight sector chiefs urge hauliers to take 'golden opportunity' to shape their industry

ROB has joined forces with the two leading freight sector trade organisations to urge hauliers to take up ‘a golden opportunity’ to help lawmakers shape the future of their industry.

Ahead of an oral evidence session with the Commons’ Transport Committee on Monday (Jan 18), at which both the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) will be witnesses, these prominent voices in the freight sector are encouraging haulage firms, transport managers and drivers to give written evidence to the Committee’s inquiry into skills and workforce planning in the road haulage sector.

Drivers are being "ripped off" by "scandalously" high fuel prices - despite a massive fall in the global price of oil, says Rob

DRIVERS are being “ripped off” by “scandalously” high fuel prices – despite a massive fall in the price of oil, says Rob.

He spoke after data published by campaign group FairFuelUK showed retailers raking in bumper profits against the backdrop of a near-25 per cent slump in the global price of oil in 2015.

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