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New ultra-fast charging hubs to roll out across the UK

Chargemaster (bp pulse), one of the largest electric vehicle charging companies in the UK, has announced expansion plans for its ultra-fast charging infrastructure across the UK, in partnership with The Electric Vehicle Network (EVN).

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£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.

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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.”

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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.

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Criminal record checks every 6 months for taxi and private hire drivers

10/08/20

New standards have been introduced to improve consistency in the licensing system for taxi and private hire drivers to reduce the risk of harm posed to children and vulnerable passengers. Criminal record checks for drivers every 6 months form a key part of the standards, as does implementing safeguarding training to help drivers identify and respond to passengers that may be being abused or exploited.


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Car Drivers Squeezed Out of Urban Residential Areas in the ‘Golden Age of Cycling’

10/08/20

Urban car drivers are seeing a sharp rise in road closures, with the introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, as local councils rush to spend some of the Government’s £2billion funding allocated to boosting cycling and walking.


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US “hormone fed vehicles” should not be included in post-Brexit trade deal

10/08/20

UK pedestrians must not become the “chlorinated chickens” in automotive free trade deals say The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).

Safety experts are urging the UK government to exclude American cars from any post-Brexit trade deal. They say imported vehicles should meet British safety standards for accidents with pedestrians, cyclists and children.


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Speed limits through motorway roadworks increased to 60mph

10/08/20

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.


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Speed cameras located in “good hunting grounds”

10/08/20

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.


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Safety call for final checks during staycation season

10/08/20

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.


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M20 from London to Dover is voted England's worst motorway

10/08/20

The roadwork-riddled M20 has been crowned England’s worst motorway according to a survey. A poll of 8,000 motorists revealed the London to Dover route is the least popular major road in the country, with 37% unsatisfied with their last trip.

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Highway Code review for vulnerable road users

10/08/20

A new consultation is underway to propose amending The Highway Code to protect vulnerable road users.

The consultation ends in October 2020 and is likely to result in three new laws. A new "Hierarchy of Road Users" concept will mean that those road users who can do the greatest harm will have the biggest responsibility to reduce road danger.


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HGV tyres over 10 years old to be banned

10/08/20

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.


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HGV drivers urged to report businesses which deny access to toilet facilities

10/08/20

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) are calling on HGV drivers who have been denied access to toilet and hand washing facilities to bring complaints to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Businesses which make or receive deliveries, should ensure that drivers have easy and safe access to toilets and hand washing facilities including hot water and soap. Drivers have a right to access toilets when working—denying someone access to facilities is against the law.


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DVSA announces future roadworthiness testing plans

10/08/20

DVSA has announced how the roadworthiness testing of lorries and trailers will be managed in the coming months – previously announced roadworthiness test date extensions until August will continue.


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Government urged to “get the job done” on post-Brexit border arrangements

10/08/20

While the UK has announced that it will not be introducing complete customs checks on goods arriving from the EU, Michel Barnier, EU Brexit negotiator has confirmed that from 1 January 2021, every UK product imported into the EU will face checks, regardless of whether or not a trade deal is reached. Logistics UK, previously known at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) say that while they welcome the statement from Michael Gove MP on July 13 clarifying post-Brexit border arrangements, they urge the government to get the job done now.


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HGV Levy Suspension

06/07/20

The Government has announced that collection of the HGV Road User Levy will be suspended for 12 months from 1 August 2020.

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Update on HGV Direct Vision Standard

06/07/20

With less than 4 months before legislation comes into effect for The Direct Vision Standard, which requires all HGVs over 12 tonnes GVW to hold a valid permit to operate in or enter the Greater London area, fleet managers are reporting that they are unprepared.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Van Drivers

06/07/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a significant increase in working hours for van drivers. On average, drivers report they are working almost 20 hours more per month. Despite the added pressure, most drivers say that they feel appreciated by colleagues, employers and the public.

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Change to HGV Driver Training

03/07/20

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced an update to its HGV driver training programme. Questions have been added in the theory test to cover the correct use of Class VI mirrors and the DVSA recommend that Safe Urban Driving and Vulnerable Road User Awareness courses be undertaken by all drivers as part of their CPC training.

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Formula 1 Returns

03/07/20

Fans of Formula 1 have had a very long wait for the 2020 season to get started. Following an aborted start in Australia back in March, Formula 1 finally returns with the Austrian Grand Prix.

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Driving Lessons, Theory Tests & Driving Tests Restart

03/07/20

Following suspension of tests and lessons during the Covid-19 crisis, driving lessons and theory tests restart in England on 4 July, and car driving tests restart from 22 July. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) announced that learners can resume private practice too—on the condition that it is with someone you live with or is in your support bubble.

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Drivers Hours and "Tax on Deliveries"

03/07/20

The temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours rules, introduced at the start of the Covid-19 crisis, ended on 14 June and relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules ended on May 31.

The change in drivers’ hours rules came as the Freight Transport Association (FTA) denounced the sudden introduction of temporary increased operating hours of the London Congestion Charge.

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Tesco & Mercedes-Benz Team Up for Driver Assessments

03/07/20

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.

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Celebrates 25 Years

03/07/20

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.

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We're Open!

23/06/20

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.

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Urgent Please for Safer Parking Spaces

04/06/2020​

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.

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Nominations for Truck & Driver Awards

04/06/2020

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.

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Increase in Drug Driving

04/06/2020

The number of motorists found guilty of drug-driving increased by a fifth year-on-year in 2019, new official figures reveal.

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Costs of Fuel at 4 Year Low

04/06/2020

Fuel prices have reached a four-year low caused by the coronavirus outbreak. A litre of unleaded petrol is down from 127p in January to 107p at the end of May, according to UK government figures.

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Dual Carriageway Upgrade

04/06/2020

Following a consultation in summer 2019, Highways England have announced the preferred route for dualling the remaining single carriageway sections of the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner.

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Euro Commercials backs NHS Wales Fleets Battling Pandemic

28/04/2020

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.

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Too many vans have no alarm fitted

20/02/2020

Four-in-ten new vans on sale today do not come with an alarm as standard, an investigation by What Car? Vans has concluded.

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Cardiff's Workshop Extends its Opening Hours

17/02/2020

Our Cardiff workshops opening hours have changed as of 03/02/2020. We are now also open Friday night resulting in the workshop being operational for 144hrs per week.

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Sprinter retains Large Van of the Year title

17/02/2020

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has retained the Large Van of the Year honour at the Great British Fleet Awards.

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Pro-Connect services added to Sprinter, Vito & eVito models

17/02/2020

Mercedes-Benz Vans has enhanced the capabilities of its class-leading connectivity system, Mercedes PRO connect, with the addition of two new services – Remote Access and Digital Drivers’ Log.

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Two more FUSO Canters for NTM's high-payload RCVs

07/02/2020

NTM builds and maintains a comprehensive range of high-quality equipment for waste and recycling applications at the factory in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, to which it moved in 2015.

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