New rules and regulations which have come out for the general public now mean that when it comes to breakdown services, recovery vehicles will now be able to alert the public to their duties by being able to use red flashing lights as a form of warning.
For most people, the 20mph limit was put into place as a way to protect people from the risk of harm. However, one of the most pressing questions for most people is whether or not it’s actually helped to deal with the problems caused by speeding.
Winter is here, and that means a lot of people will catch a cold. Winter diseases are everywhere, but there is usually some kind of medicine you can take to feel better. However, did you know that a lot of these medicines - designed to help you - might put you at risk of a drug conviction on the roads?
Recent findings from SNAP, the digital marketplace for the haulage industry, indicate a critical situation emerging in response to escalating online delivery demands and a dearth of new entrants to the profession. A tipping point has been reached, characterised by an insufficient number of qualified drivers to meet the current needs of the haulage sector.
One of the most recent successes seen by the DVLA was their creation and implementation of the Driver and Vehicles account - a portal where key information can be accessed. However, a recent announcement by the DVLA has pointed out that the new service being launched will enable drivers to view both their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence and Tachograph information using new tools.
The analysis of government data by the RAC reveals a concerning trend in road treatment and resurfacing in England, hitting its lowest level in the past five years. According to the figures for the financial year 2021/2022, only 1,123 miles of various road types underwent resurfacing or life-extending treatment, marking a significant 29% reduction (465 miles) compared to 2017/2018. The use of surface dressing, a technique aimed at prolonging road life, also experienced a decline of 34%, with 3,551 miles treated compared to 5,345 miles five years ago.
In the initial days of a trial period, new and innovative speed cameras in the UK have proven to be a game-changer, catching thousands of drivers in the act. These cutting-edge cameras, designed to detect speeding violations from both directions, are now being considered for a potential nationwide rollout. Their distinctive design distinguishes them from traditional yellow box cameras, as they discreetly perch atop tall poles, painted in a vibrant yellow hue to enhance visibility.
In 2022, a van driver was caught on CCTV driving with both hands off the wheel on the M62 and holding a mug of tea in his hands. As you might be able to guess, this is an offence, and he received three penalty points on his license and was fined £100. Now that the case has been finalised, it can be shared as a warning to anyone else thinking about committing the same crime.
Inverness has just been crowned. The UK's kindest town, in a vote carried out by HGV drivers and hauliers, the first prize was a cash donation of £10,000. The Road Haulage Association came up with the idea and first launched the ballot way back in April 2023. It was designed to help HGV drivers raise awareness about the quality of facilities on offer to them as they carry out invaluable transport work across the nation.
MERCEDES-BENZ VANS ANNOUNCES UK PRICING AND SPECIFICATION FOR THE NEW ECITAN
The most highly-equipped vehicle in the small van segment, with technology and specifications designed to enhance range efficiency, reduce downtime and maximise safety.
Recent studies which have been conducted by the Department of Transport have revealed that in 2022, up to 50% of all drivers admitted to violating the 30mph speed limit.
The UK government has recently faced a battery of requests and demands from businesses and industry leaders alike to support sustainable alternatives to conventional diesel fuel. As the world continues to tackle the ever-growing climate change problem with renewed urgency, governments
across the world are facing more pressure to help develop alternative forms of fuel and energy, and the diesel industry is the latest area to be scrutinised by businesses and environmental organisations.
The 2022 National Freight and Cargo Crime Analysis Report was designed to track and measure incoming levels of crime against HGV drivers and vehicles. The latest report indicates that there were 5086 reports of crime, and the estimated industry costs were £68.6m just in lost stock and thefts. The estimated retail value will be much higher.
The two main groups representing hauliers in the UK, the RHA and Logistics UK, have both expressed their concerns that Transport for London has ignored their warnings regarding the new Direct Vision Standard, or DVS.
Leinfelden-Echterdingen/Andalusia, southern Spain – Mercedes-Benz Trucks has successfully completed summer testing of the battery-electric eActros 600 for long-distance haulage. For around five weeks, test engineers put the electric truck through its paces at high temperatures of up to 44 degrees Celsius in Andalusia in southern Spain.
UK Roads a Disaster Compared to Those Abroad
Potholes have become something of a joke in the UK, but research has shown that we should be ashamed of the state of our nation's roads. UK drivers who have driven in other European countries say that the road conditions in the UK are appalling by comparison.
New 2023 Rule for Pavement Parking in Scotland Sees £150 Fine
Some drivers may park on the pavement because it seems convenient, but it has always been an offence. However, it has not been policed well, despite the fact it can cause a lot of disruption for wheelchair users, pushchairs, and pedestrians. Now drivers in Scotland are seeing the rules tightened, and under a new law, they will receive a fine of up to £150 if they are caught parking across pavements and curbs.
New Online Account for Motorists Launched by DVLA
DVLA has launched a new service that is currently in a test phase. They are asking motorists to sign up for a new online database that allows an individual to look at their vehicles and driving license details on one screen.
Just Moved House? DLVA Has Important and Urgent Advice for You
If you have recently moved house, the DVLA has issued some important advice about updating your details. Unfortunately, it is a job that often gets missed in the hustle and bustle of moving. However, it’s important that when you move, you update your address with the DVLA. If your move is a temporary one and you are still contactable at your permanent address, you do not have to make the change. But if you are permanently changing your address, the following information must be taken into consideration.
Important Information for Companies Moving Goods to Northern Ireland
If your business transports goods to Northern Ireland, you need to be aware of some significant changes that came into force on 31st July 2023.
In 2022, 245,043 drivers went to court because they had been accused of speeding offences. That is almost a quarter of 1 million people and is by far the highest number in one year since records began. This horrifying fact has been released by the AA, which carried out an analysis of the 2022 Criminal Justice Statistics.
DVLA are warning people not to fall foul of excess charges when they need to renew their driving licence. One of the quickest and easiest ways to renew your driving license is to do so online. There are lots of third-party sites offering to help, but this is not a good way to go. So, if your licence is due for renewal soon, it’s worth reading this advice and learning how safely renew without being charged extortionate amounts of money.
Overall, the EU’s Greener Transport Package has been welcomed by hauliers. However, there are some minor concerns surrounding the deadlines that have been proposed, as well as the infrastructure for alternative fuels.
The government has recently confirmed that the HGV C+E apprenticeship funding band has been increased from £7000-£8000. This is welcome news for the RHA, who have been campaigning for many months. This came in part because of the operating cost increase for trucks that came in at around 20%. Other industry partners have been supporting the request for increased funding, and now they have been successful.
Introduction of Safety Rules in the Capital for HGVs in 2024
From October 2024, any HGV vehicles that are over 12 tonnes will be subject to new rules. Transport for London has announced the new safety systems that will become legal in Greater London. It requires the vehicles to be at least three-star rated or be fitted with new safety systems.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks reaches for the stars with exceptional Actros L Edition 3
UK truck drivers can dream of taking ‘3 steps to heaven’, thanks to the arrival of the latest stunning special edition from Mercedes-Benz.
Every year, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) carries out an MOT compliance survey, and they have just published the results for 2021 to 2022. The data shows that in 10.1% of vehicles that were deemed to pass, the MOT should actually have failed it.
Drivers who are suspected of causing an accident because they are overtired and lacking sleep, could now be subject to a new blood test that will be used as evidence to prosecute. Currently, Australia is trialing the blood test, and it is likely that it will be bought into the UK as it is looking successful.
UK drivers should be aware that from June 1, changes are being made to current driving laws. It’s important that you familiarise yourself with them and any that may directly affect you in order to avoid any penalties. Not knowing the law is not a defence accepted by the police, so the onus is on you to ensure you fully understand all driving laws.
Following a national parking survey, Logistics UK has spoken out in defense of HGV drivers, demanding that they have access to better facilities when it comes to hygiene and resting during long haul drives.
South Wales builders’ merchant Undy Building & Timber Supplies looked no further than another Mercedes-Benz Atego from Euro Commercials, when it needed a new delivery truck – thanks to the proven performance of its long-running predecessor.
The new truck has replaced a previous Atego supplied by the same Dealer a full 20 years ago. Still going strong with a little over 250,000 km on the clock, it was snapped up by a buyer in Cardiff.
The government is pulling the plug on the development of new smart motorways across the United Kingdom due to significant concerns over both cost and safety. Currently, we have 14 smart motorway projects in the UK, 11 have already been put on hold, and there were about to begin construction. However, these will all be revoked because of financial concerns and the fact that there is no public trust. There are current smart motorways, and many people feel that these should also be scrapped and reinstated as standard motorways.
Many people do not realise that you can actually be fined for getting out of the way of an emergency vehicle. Rest assured, getting out of the way is exactly the right thing to do, but where you stop can get you in trouble. Experts are now campaigning to end this policy and asking the government to get rid of this potentially ridiculous system.
Motoring experts have carried out new research in Scotland and have been able to identify the ten areas deemed the most dangerous places to drive. These areas have the highest rates of serious injuries and deaths per 100,000 people.
Moving ever closer to its goal of attaining the status of the most sustainable logistics business here in the UK, DP World has successfully trialled some impressive solar energy units to power the London gateway hub. They have such an impact that it also helps the UK net zero target.
Logistics UK has said that in order for fleets in the commercial sector to meet the 2050 net zero target, more government help is going to be needed in order to successfully decarbonise operations.
From the 31st of May, longer haulage vehicles will be allowed on British roads, thanks to a change in legislation made by the government on Wednesday, the 10th of May.
The latest research from IAM RoadSmart, which is a road safety charity, has shown the full impact of drug driving on A&E services across the country. With the NHS already suffering from chronic underfunding and a lack of resources, new figures do little but present a sobering account of how drug-driving accidents can be a major issue.
New research suggests that roughly ⅔ of all drivers in the UK are avoiding updating their prescription for glasses, and this has led to an increase in the number of accidents on the roads. In response, police have begun conducting eye tests on drivers - with those who fail or have poor vision as a factor in their accidents facing a £1000 fine and three points on their driving licence.
Motorists across the UK have been warned that the government will be testing a new emergency alert system via mobile phones on April 23rd. Experts predict that without prior warning, the alert could startle motorists on the roads and potentially cause chaos.
Recent government plans to change the length of time between a vehicle being registered and requiring an MOT has created some controversy, with Logistics UK urging the UK government to maintain the current rules and regulations.
They feel that a one-year increase would not be suitable for a lot of high-mileage vehicles. They also feel that vans would be unfairly impacted, as they are technically classed in the same way as cars regarding regulations.
Motorists, who don’t understand how the Highway Code works may be unknowingly landing themselves with heavy financial punishments, and recent studies have suggested that most people don’t fully understand the Highway Code and all the rules laid out within it.
The number of people who have admitted to speeding on rural roads has sharply increased in the last year, with more than 50% of people admitting to going above the 60mph limit. Furthermore, the increased speeding has seen a rise in the number of deaths which occur, as the number is higher than on any other road type.
Local authorities across the UK are being urged to check that their new electric charge points are suitable for use with electric vans, as the Government has recently announced a fresh battery of funding for councils.
With greater efficiency, range and load capacity, the new eSprinter will underline the Mercedes-Benz future claim to "Lead in Electric Drive" in around 60 markets.
Volkswagen commercial vehicles recently carried out a study about the use of mobile phones while driving, and an alarming 9 out of 10 van drivers confess that they do use their mobile behind the wheel. This comes less than 12 months after laws surrounding mobile phones and cars were made tougher.
In an exclusive interview with roadway magazine, the Roads Minister, Richard Holden MP, has spoken about his disgust at the state of UK truck stops and how drivers are treated at the facilities. It has not been that long since the Department for Transport announced a match funding scheme designed to ensure that operators of truck stops and service stations could quickly remedy the problems seen at facilities by van drivers. The match funding for each operator can be up to £315,000 and is part of a 32.5 million fund that the government has put aside. One of the key hopes is that there will be fast upgrades to shower and toilet facilities as well as other amenities.
Drivers who are coughing and sneezing, inadvertently create an accident risk. Extra care should be taken when driving your vehicle if you are not feeling very well because getting into an accident, could see you receiving a fine. It seems many drivers do not feel that there is any need for concern if they have a headache, cold or cough when they get behind the wheel. However, it has been shown that this can significantly impact your concentration and driving ability.
Freedom of Information requests have become the new way of finding out pertinent information from police forces about driving habits in the UK. A recent data haul which took into account speeding tickets issued between January 2021 and 2023, has revealed that West Yorkshire is Britain's speeding hotspot.
The delay on the EU Entry/Exit System has been hailed as good news for coach and haulier companies as it gives them time to prepare properly for the changes. Initially had been due to come into force in May 2023, but it has now been pushed back until the end of the year.
With the Spring 2023 budget looming, Logistics UK has raised concerns to the government and provided recommendations to ensure fuel duty cuts are maintained. This comes on the back of the publication from the Office of Budgetary Responsibility that was released with the autumn statement. The report on Fiscal Responsibility suggested that there could be a 23% increase in fuel duty in spring 2023.
Independent specialist regulators, the Traffic Commissioners of Great Britain, have launched a consultation regarding possible changes in how the law is applied, specifically when it comes to commercial fleet regulation. They have responsibility for regulating and licensing any operators of commercial vehicles, and they regulate the professional code of conduct for drivers of trucks, coaches and buses.
The anticipated expansion of the ULEZ in London has been confirmed as taking place on the 29th of August, 2023. According to the office of the mayor, the expansion should reduce NOx emissions in outer London created by vans and cars by 10%. PM emissions are set to be cut by 16% across the boroughs because of the expansion.
The Goodyear Sustainable Reality Survey was sent out to over 1400 fleet operators across 31 countries in Europe, with 90 in the UK and Ireland. It was designed to get a feel for how fleet operators are making inroads into sustainability, including their methods, strategies and targets. The results have now been released, and the findings showed that 64% have stated that fuel-efficient tyres are key to the sustainability solution.
Freedom of Information requests has revealed the hotspots for truck theft in the United Kingdom. Although not all forces who were issued with the request responded, those that did show that Sussex is the worst area, with 87 truck and van thefts taking place since 2020. The second highest policing area was Hertfordshire Constabulary, which saw 67 in the same period.
A catalytic converter is a vital part of your exhaust system that helps to ensure your car or van is not producing harmful emissions. The reason they are so popular with thieves is that they contain precious metals. In particular catalytic converters can contain palladium, platinum, and rhodium, and the street value of all of these precious metals has risen dramatically over the last few years.
Freight Train Operators See Improved Efficiency
It’s good news in the freight industry right now, as freight train operators can now successfully pull more wagons per train, which helps to improve both efficiency and their environmental impact.
1 in 3 Roads Across England Need Repairs
Recent data released by the Department of transport shows that nearly 1/3 of all B and C roads located in England are in need of repair and maintenance. The information comes after an analysis by the AA, and showcases exactly how poorly some of the roads are being kept.
HGV Drivers Get Match Funding Grant Scheme
HGV drivers will now receive a brand-new match funding grant scheme, introduced by the government to help improve the facilities that drivers have while out delivering cargo across the country.
National Highways Launches Online Community For Professional Drivers
As part of an ongoing commitment to deliver high-quality customer service for the freight industry, National Highways has recently created and launched an online community where professional drivers can interact.
Carmarthenshire haulier M&M Greene has marked its 40th anniversary by commissioning a very special Mercedes-Benz flagship.
Euro Commercials was proposing to use the Actros L for demonstration purposes… until it took the highly-specified tractor unit to the Convoy Cymru truck show, which was held in May at the Pembrey Circuit, near Llanelli. So impressed were M&M Greene Managing Director Mike Greene and his brother Mark, also a Director, when they saw the vehicle on the Dealer’s stand, that they agreed there and then to buy it.
Trader Support Service Extended to 2023
Anybody moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be pleased to know that a business support scheme called the Trader Support Scheme will continue to run for a longer period, extended currently until December 2023.
Car Miles Fall, Van and Truck Traffic Rises
Car traffic has increased by 32.9%, recently, reaching 2375 billion vehicle miles year on year. However, according to new information released by the Department of Transport, car traffic is currently down to pre-pandemic levels.
A New Survey Finds That Nearly 50% of People Favour Road Pricing
The Campaign for Better Transport has recently conducted a survey and reported on the findings showing that around 49% of people would support a pay-as-you-drive scheme to replace vehicle excise and fuel duty. Conversely, only 18% were opposed to the idea, with the remaining percentage of respondents having no strong opinion one way or the other.
More Than 1 in 3 Truck Parks Don’t Have Showers or Security
A recent survey was conducted by the Department of Transport recently, which looked at truck parking facilities in 2022. Obviously, the information contained within this report is highly interesting, but one fact stood out among the rest. The quality and quantity of HGV parks and parking facilities across England is not up to scratch in many ways.
The provision of the van, and the extension of this generous support, has made the world of difference to lots of the Ty Hafan families and the partnership renewal means that Ty Hafan will continue to keep the van and continue to raise money.
It has enabled the team to take Ty Hafan 'lifeline' services out and about across the catchment area, taking specialist support such as complementary therapy, play, music therapy and family support into the local communities where families live.
These community-based Stay and Play Hubs have opened up new opportunities for families to meet each other and engage in well-being support that otherwise would not be available.
It seems Glasgow is the worst area for pothole damage claims in the whole of the UK, but with the 3678 claims made over three years, just 3% received any compensation for the damage to the car caused by potholes.
The risk of aquaplaning is so severe that drivers are warned that taking to the roads during a heavy downpour could see them slapped with a £5000 fine. The risk of losing control of your car is significantly higher and will put other road users in the path of danger.
The government has been shaking up the driving license rules, including what size vehicle someone can drive with a car driving test. One of the ideas put forward is that we should allow people to get behind the wheel and drive a truck that weighs up to 7.5 tons with just car driving experience. So what do industry experts think of this proposal?
In 2021 the government introduced changes that simplified the HGV license process in an attempt to assuage the HGV driver shortage. Figures released in August 2020 show that 74% more driving tests for lorries have been carried out between January and March this year when compared to the numbers seen before the pandemic started. For the period of January to March 2020, 15,194 HGV driving tests took place the figure for the same period this year is 26,391.
With an ongoing shortage of HGV drivers in the UK, the government is keen to ensure the UK supply chain continues to thrive and therefore is asking for views on how to bring more people to logistics as a career path.
Duty of care for corporate fleet managers should be a fundamental point of knowledge to ensure company-owned or leased vehicles are correctly given to employees with health and safety and other policies in place. However, a worrying 33% of fleet managers have confirmed that they know little about their responsibilities.
Thanks to the innovative third generation OM 471 engine, Actros and Arocs offer drivers an unprecedented driving experience – and everyone benefits.
When a veteran officially exits the armed forces, it can be difficult to secure employment within civilian settings. It’s a pretty well-known challenge the veterans face, and for the longest time, there hasn’t been much done about it.
For a long time, anyone trying to apply for a vehicle operator license had to do so via a paper application process. However, this is now 2022, and this is no longer the case, which is why from August, the paper application process has been filtered out in favour of a new online process.
It seems like the government is always working to try and better the way that the freight sector functions. That’s why when they created the Future of Freight plan, it was considered to be a pretty impressive gesture.
Stuttgart – The battery-electric eActros LongHaul long-distance truck will be Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ trade show highlight at this year’s IAA Transportation in September in Hanover. The manufacturer announced the 40-tonne truck in 2020 and presents the “concept prototype” exactly two years later for the first time.
“Bombproof” build quality and customer-focused aftersales back-up led Newport-based Modplan back to its local Dealer for the latest 7.5-tonne additions to its all-Mercedes-Benz fleet.
One of the critical issues for ensuring that electric vehicles dominate our roads before the 2030 deadline when the government intends to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars is expanding the charging infrastructure. 3ti believe they have the solution in the form of a pop-up solar-powered electric vehicle charging hub that can be up and running within 24 hours.
If you are a driver, you need to be aware that on the 1st of June, the highway code received its annual update, which means there are now new rules to be observed or fines will be issued. It is up to you to make sure you familiarise yourself with all the changes, as the defence of not knowing is unacceptable, and the fine will stand. The main changes include the council having increased powers, information surrounding clean air zone having changed, and electric vehicles being charged at home, so let’s take a look.
Launched as the ‘commercialising connected and automated mobility competition’, the government has launched this initiative, which will help generate funds for the development of autonomous commercial vehicles. The types of cars that fall into this category include delivery vans, shuttles, and self-driving buses. The grants will be on offer to aid self-driving vehicle manufacturers in beginning construction in 2025.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks continues to drive electrification forward – eActros LongHaul to hit the road in 2022. Trials of the eActros LongHaul on public roads begin this year, with the battery-powered truck scheduled to enter series production in 2024
In a recent RAC poll, an astonishing 44% of drivers say they have been kept waiting for more than 15 seconds by drivers who have failed to notice a traffic light has gone green – that’s often long enough for lights to change to red again.
Currently, those convicted of drug-driving are handed a driving ban, prison sentence or fine by the courts, but aren’t required to complete rehabilitation courses before resuming driving – unlike drink-drivers.
This week we were invited to South Wales Police Academy and got to meet the gorgeous Carter and Winnie! They are South Wales Police Wellbeing Dogs and are responsible for provide a calming presence and have helped officers deal with traumatic and stressful circumstances and de-brief processes.
According to Alan McKinnon, Professor of Logistics at Kuehne Logistics University, logistics and global trade networks could be moving to a new economic order.
UK fleets operating light goods vehicles internationally, including to the Republic of Ireland, will fall under operator licensing rules for the first time from May 21.
While the RHA (Road Haulage Association) welcomed the Chancellor's 5 pence per litre cut in fuel duty in his Spring Statement, it was disappointed he didn’t go further and offer an essential user rebate for hauliers and coach operators.
HGV operators get green light to use aerodynamic features and longer cabs
New truck cab designs that help to reduce fuel consumption have been approved for use on UK roads. HGV operators can now use aerodynamic features and longer cabs to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
St John Ambulance receives Van Excellence award
St John Ambulance, the national health and first aid charity with around 580 vehicles in its fleet, has been awarded Van Excellence certification by one of the UK’s biggest business groups.
Ukraine crisis: An increase in oil prices is inevitable
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has warned that members have been impacted immediately by the increase in fuel prices following the attack by Russia on Ukraine.
Already at record highs, the price of fuel at the pumps is expected to increase rapidly. Oil prices have surged, with Brent breaching more than $100 a barrel for the first time since 2014.
Sleeper cab allowance: HMRC to review the rate
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has announced that the overnight allowance scheme for drivers will continue beyond 6 April 2022. The news comes after extensive lobbying by RHA for an early commitment to the current rate.
‘‘Big incentives' for zero-emissions trucks in Europe
In a new EU ruling, hauliers operating zero-emissions trucks – battery electric or hydrogen – must be given discounts of at least 50% on distance-based road tolls. Member states have until May 2023 to introduce the discount.
Highway Code updates: The rules every driver needs to know
Motoring and cycling organisations have warned that many drivers are still unaware of the “fundamental” changes to the Highway Code which were introduced at the end of January.
The Highway Code updates were designed to create a new culture of sharing on our roads. However, a lack of awareness on the changes could cause rear end collisions, according to AA President Edmund King.
Electrical wholesaler LH Evans has marked its Diamond Anniversary year by commissioning its first battery-powered van, a Mercedes-Benz eSprinter supplied by Dealer Euro Commercials.
The Cardiff-based operator’s new vehicle is now undertaking deliveries around the Welsh capital, where its electric driveline is ideally suited to the typical pattern of short distances with frequent stopping and starting.
2022: the year of sustainability?
Customers’ green questions are influencing SME business owners’ New Year’s resolutions.
As the calendar resets and the SME business owners look out over a new 12 months, it would appear that small businesses are heading into 2022 with a positive outlook and plenty of green ambition.
Gower Brewery raises a festive toast to its new FUSO Canter
So reliable was Gower Brewery’s first FUSO Canter that when it was finally due for replacement Director Chris Mabbett had no hesitation in returning to South Wales Dealer Euro Commercials for another.
Investment boost for electric charging infrastructure
UK electric vehicle drivers who regularly drive in Europe will be relieved to know that rollout of charging points across Europe is picking up pace.
The Mercedes-Benz Vans team was this week celebrating a sensational start to November after winning a third, prestigious industry accolade in less than 48 hours! Hot on the heels of its success in landing trophies at the What Car? Van and Commercial Vehicle of the Year Awards 2022 for the battery-powered eSprinter and its revamped Approved Used programme, the manufacturer struck gold again at Tuesday night’s (2 November) annual FN50 dinner staged by Fleet News for the ‘biggest hitters’ from the leasing and contract hire industry. Mercedes-Benz Vans Sales Director Andrew Lawson stepped up at London’s Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel to accept the Sprinter’s FN50 ‘Most Reliable Van’ award. It was the seventh year running that the mighty Mercedes-Benz has won this highly coveted prize.
Why the HGV driver shortage won’t be solved by winter
Retailers are warning that Christmas goods and toys might not make it to the shelves unless more is done to solve the HGV driver shortage.
Direct Vision Standard (DVS) London: The top cause for revocations
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has warned that the top cause for revocations since the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) came into effect in March is lack of signage on third-party and rented trailers.
Greener, longer goods vehicles could be rolled out in 2022
Longer lorries could be rolled out to cut emissions on Britain’s roads as early as next year. The Government announcement follows a nine-year trial of longer-semi trailers (LSTs) which can be up to 15.65 metres in length.
Timescale for ban on polluting lorries announced
New diesel and petrol lorries will be banned in Britain by 2040, under the Government’s recently published ‘greenprint’. The plan aims to decarbonise all types of transport by 2050.
Children’s hospice hits the road to deliver vital support, in Euro Commercials’ eye-catching Mercedes-Benz Vito
One of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities is taking a key service out into the community – thanks to the generosity of its local Mercedes-Benz Vans Dealer.
‘Trucker Jenko’ leads the Mercedes-Benz line for Ferryman with stunning Actros Edition 1
Ferryman’s awesome Mercedes-Benz Actros Edition 1 flagship is guaranteed the exposure it deserves – as ‘Trucker Jenko’ its driver Martyn Jenkins is a YouTube vlogger with more than 1.8 million video views, and he can’t stop talking about his exclusive new tractor unit.
One step closer to 'self-driving' vehicles on UK roads by the end of the year
Motorists could see self-driving vehicles on British roads for the first time later this year, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.
Highways England tests new 'anti-ageing cream for roads'
England’s motorways and major A-roads are currently expected to be resurfaced every 10-12 years due to cracks caused by weather and heavy traffic, but it is hoped a new asphalt mix will extend this lifespan.
Hauliers welcome the end of the Kent Access Permit and Operation Brock
Traffic management measures in Kent have been lifted as trade returns to normal levels, meaning less paperwork for hauliers.
Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group fully committed to hydrogen-based fuel-cells – launch of new joint venture cellcentric
Today, two leaders of the commercial vehicle industry – Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group – officially outlined their pioneering roadmap for the new fuel-cell joint venture cellcentric, as part of an industry-first commitment to accelerate the use of hydrogen-based fuel cells for long-haul trucks and beyond.
T4 Logistics homes in on another four reliable, driver-friendly Mercedes-Benz Actros
A brief experience with trucks by another manufacturer was all it took to convince T4 Logistics that its interests are best-served by the three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz.
£32 million funding for next generation trucks
A new centre of technology for electric HGV powertrain is being established in Wales. The Government has injected almost £32 million of funding into developing electric propulsion systems for heavy goods vehicles. The project in Cwmbran, Wales, will develop lightweight electric powertrain for commercial vehicles.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has once again retained the Large Van of the Year honour at the Great British Fleet Awards.
John Kendall, Van Fleet World Editor and one of the judges for the Great British Fleet Awards, said: “The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter remains a firm favourite with fleet buyers thanks to its available combination of three roof heights and four lengths as well as conversions, chassis cab and crew cab options.”
Cardiff Council drives safety with new Mercedes-Benz Econic impact protection vehicles
The safety of motorists and members of their own highways team was uppermost in the minds of Cardiff Council procurement chiefs when they ordered two new Mercedes-Benz trucks to help traffic flow smoothly in and around the city.
Speed limits through motorway roadworks increased to 60mph
An increase on speed limits for sections of motorway roadworks will cut journey times and help drivers feel less stressed, according to research. Highways England announced that the typical 50mph speed limit will increase by 10mph where safe to do so after a series of successful trials.
Speed cameras located in “good hunting grounds”
Long suspected by drivers, speed cameras are being used by some police forces to make money rather than enforce the law, according to a shocking new report from a police watchdog.
Safety call for final checks during staycation season
Most items dropped on motorways are building or construction materials. Highways England have said that more than 46,000 items were found on the nation’s motorways and major A roads over just 10 months, with traffic officers having dealt with everything from a washing machine, sofa and king size mattress to a double-glazed door, garden sheds and a ship’s mast.
HGV tyres over 10 years old to be banned
Tyres aged 10 years and older will be banned from HGVs under new rules to improve road safety. The ban extends to buses and coaches too and is the result of research, commissioned by the DfT in 2019, which indicates that ageing tyres suffer corrosion that could cause them to fail.
HGV Levy Suspension
The Government has announced that collection of the HGV Road User Levy will be suspended for 12 months from 1 August 2020.
Tesco & Mercedes-Benz Team Up for Driver Assessments
Mercedes-Benz Vans is working with Tesco.com to enable the online grocer to evaluate the driving skills of thousands of new drivers recruited to meet the retailer’s record-breaking demand for home deliveries.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Celebrates 25 Years
Mercedes-Benz Vans is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Sprinter. We shine a spotlight on the Sprinter's position over the decades and demonstrate how the vehicle has always managed to perfectly combine its historical tradition with modern innovation.
Urgent Please for Safer Parking Spaces
FTA, one of the UK’s biggest business groups, is urging the government to follow through on its promise made two years ago to provide safe parking spaces for HGV drivers. Two years after the government pledge, FTA’s members report that provision has not improved, and many are forced to take their rest breaks in unsafe locations without access to sanitation facilities.
Nominations for Truck & Driver Awards
It’s time to get nominations in for Truck & Driver Magazine Awards. There are five awards up for grabs: Young Driver of the Year, Hero of Haulage, Champion of Drivers, Truck of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.
Increase in Drug Driving
The number of motorists found guilty of drug-driving increased by a fifth year-on-year in 2019, new official figures reveal.
Euro Commercials backs NHS Wales Fleets Battling Pandemic
NHS Wales Health Courier Services (HCS) recognised early on that its own fleet was likely to be stretched by the additional workload and that it would need additional vehicles. It was grateful, therefore, when Euro Commercials responded by providing three of its demonstrators on an indefinite loan basis.