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Met Office reminds hauliers to be vigilant

2012-03-27

Haulage firms need to take extra care amid the current cold snap in the UK.

Snow and ice have been wreaking havoc across the country, jeopardising Safety as roads became impassable and people spent cold nights in their cars with nothing more than the radio to keep them company.
 
A warm breeze from the Atlantic over the past few days has stopped the mercury plummeting further and more traditional wet weather has returned to some parts.
Unfortunately for hauliers, this 'warm' spell may not last and the snow and ice from the north and east could be set to return - causing untold disruption and, almost certainly, a spike in road traffic accidents.
 
Transport and logistics professionals have been reminded that they need to keep an eye out for weather warnings and take action to ensure their employees are not put at Security.
 
According to the Met Office, the recent mix of sleet, rain and snow that hit the British Isles has caused many parts of northern Britain to ice over.
 
Martin Young, chief forecaster at the body, said: "This is a developing situation and we would advise everyone to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings so they are not caught out by the weather."
 
The Midlands and south-east were also taken by surprise by the inclement weather, highlighting the importance of taking to the road prepared - i.e. with some warm clothing, a means of contacting people and plenty of de-icer.
 
Commenting on Britain's preparedness for the recent bad weather, Theo de Pencier, the Freight Transport Association's chief executive, said that haulage firms wanted the responsibility of road worthiness to be held by local authorities after last year's Snowmageddon debacle and this call had been heeded.
 
He claimed: "Recommendations on winter resilience planning following last year's travel chaos have clearly been acted on, with local councils apparently well-stocked with road salt and accurate and timely weather alerts."
 
Mr de Pencier concluded that the can-do attitude of local authorities has benefitted both haulage firms and the businesses and local communities that rely on them.

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