Winter weather warning for operators

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Operators are being warned to ensure they are prepared for freezing conditions, as the first big freeze of the year settles on the UK.

The Freight Transport Association is advising anyone who needs to keep their vehicles on the road to make sure they are prepared for freezing conditions.

And emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical said companies needed ensure they had robust supply chain contingency plans in place.

“Experience shows that when extreme weather affects any part of the supply chain, the resulting disruption can create serious production delays,” said managing director, Brad Brennan.

The FTAs traffic service is providing amber and red alerts for winter weather, and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. T

The FTA website contains advice for both managers and drivers on dealing with poor weather conditions.

Brennan warned companies to stay alert to sudden changes in weather patterns. “It’s important for supply chain managers to monitor weather forecasts at each supplier’s location as well as their own,” he advised.

“While the weather may be fine in southern Europe, snow in Poland – or any other region – could easily prevent normal deliveries. Many suppliers are highly professional in doing this themselves, but it is quite surprising how many don’t start to plan until the snow is falling.”

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