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  • Truckers threaten to make UK-wide blockades on roads if Brexit is delayed
    18 March 2019
    Truckers threaten to make UK-wide blockades on roads if Brexit is delayed

    Many of the lorry drivers across the UK are banding together, threatening that if Brexit is delayed by any means following the 29th of March (the day the country is set to leave the EU), they will cause road-blocks in protest to the Government’s management of the process of the UK leaving the European Union.

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  • HGV driver shortage tackled with training programme by Jack Richards & Sons
    14 March 2019
    HGV driver shortage tackled with training programme by Jack Richards & Sons

    Partnering with a training provider, Jack Richards has set out on a mission to tackle the HGV driver shortage the UK is currently facing. They hope that the new project will bring the appeal to HGV training for those in the area who may not as of yet considered it as a career path.

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  • Birmingham Clean Air Zone plans put into action
    14 March 2019
    Birmingham Clean Air Zone plans put into action

    Local councils in Birmingham proposed a plan to the Government for a Clean Air Zone throughout the city of Birmingham, this is one of many recent proposals approved by the government to reduce pollution levels across the country in an effort to meet the national standard set by the Supreme Court.

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  • Older tyres set to be banned
    08 March 2019
    Older tyres set to be banned

    Government officials are taking action and looking into plans to have older tyres banned from trucks along with buses, coaches and minibus vehicles. It was announced by the Department for Transport last week that they would begin consultation on legislation, planning to make a vehicle running on any tyre over 10 years old an offence.

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  • HGVs in West Midlands being pulled over for investigation by Highways England
    06 March 2019
    HGVs in West Midlands being pulled over for investigation by Highways England

    With a new arrangement, the DVSA and Highways England are co-operating in an effort to work towards handling offences by truckers as well as van and bus drivers.  With the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and other databases in real time. They hope the plans will improve safety for road users and be a beneficial use of public funds.

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  • £100 a day to travel through Greater Manchester
    27 February 2019
    £100 a day to travel through Greater Manchester

    Greater Manchester councils are considering charges for high-polluting HGVs, public transport and taxis – which could be in effect within a few years. Owners of commercial vehicles that go over the emission thresholds could face charges on a daily basis, with region leaders hoping to slash levels of nitrogen dioxide in the area.

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  • HGV driver blocks fire station to get Fish and Chips
    21 February 2019
    HGV driver blocks fire station to get Fish and Chips

    Lincolnshire drivers have been warned multiple times to consider where they park more often as the local firefighters have been unable to drive in/out of the station many times due to those who decide to park in the way of the entrance.

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  • Drivers could unknowingly be charged more for Dartford Crossing
    18 February 2019
    Drivers could unknowingly be charged more for Dartford Crossing

    Some drivers have paid more than required for the dart charge by mistake as they have used a different site to process the charge, the site can cost up to three times more than the official dart charge service.

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  • Solar-powered vehicles to debut in Europe
    18 February 2019
    Solar-powered vehicles to debut in Europe

    A new solar powered vehicle is being prepared for release in Europe, providing a truly unique design that many manufactures could take note of and learn from when designing future eco-friendly vehicles.

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  • Alterations to HGV levy now in place
    05 February 2019
    Alterations to HGV levy now in place

    Changes to the HGV Road User Levy came into effect on Feb 1st giving lower polluting lorries discounted rates in an effort to convince more drivers to use more environment friendly vehicles as the government puts various plans in action as part of their aim to prevent further air pollution across the nation. 

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  • Survey by RHA shows lorry operating costs at critical level
    04 February 2019
    Survey by RHA shows lorry operating costs at critical level

    With the help of chartered accountants Menzies LLP, the RHA have published documents detailing the current state of the haulage industry. The Association’s annual Pay Report released for the sixth time in January, revealing 79.1% of members who took part in the survey stated they had received pay increases in 2018 which averaged to 2.75% as a median, on a national scale. This means the national average pay increase gained a boost and reached 3.33%.

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  • No plans to stop Dartford Crossing charges
    24 January 2019
    No plans to stop Dartford Crossing charges

    The Government has gone on record stating that there are currently no plans to end charges for the Dartford Crossing following public outcry and a petition to make the crossing free of charge as originally promised gained over 27,000 signatures from road users.

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  • Truckers could face fines when resting overnight on small roads
    23 January 2019
    Truckers could face fines when resting overnight on small roads

    Truckers could face bans when parking vehicles up on small roads near industrial estates, if counsellor’s actions are taken further.

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  • Haulage industry claims ULEZ will have little impact, TfL responds
    18 January 2019
    Haulage industry claims ULEZ will have little impact, TfL responds

    TFL have responded to claims from members of the haulage industry who have stated that their soon to be planned and implemented Ultra Low Emission Zone will have a very minimal impact on the air quality across the city and will only cause more issues for drivers who wish to travel through London without having any benefit on the city’s air quality.

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  • RHA respond to Port of Calais Chief’s statement
    14 January 2019
    RHA respond to Port of Calais Chief’s statement

    The RHA have criticised the Port of Calais Chief following his statement last week that Brexit will not have an effect on the port or the movement of goods across the channel.

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  • “Brexit will not cause port delays” claims Port of Calais Chief
    11 January 2019
    “Brexit will not cause port delays” claims Port of Calais Chief

    The chief of the Port of Calais has thrown in his hat into the ring in regards to Brexit, following the Government’s recent prediction that Brexit will cause severe delays across the Channel on a daily basis and going so far as to hire out a fleet of lorries to simulate how this will look following March 29th.

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  • Calling all Ladies!  Driver Development Programme launched by Mobile Mini
    09 January 2019
    Calling all Ladies! Driver Development Programme launched by Mobile Mini

    A firm offering secure storage containers have pushed for more diversity in their job roles, hiring a female lorry driver who is now one of 3,000 in the country. Mobile Mini, operating in over 15 branches around the UK as well as headquarters in Stockton, have also launched a Driver Development Programme.

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  • Lorry drivers voted the safest on UK roads
    04 January 2019
    Lorry drivers voted the safest on UK roads

    A survey recorded by Gloucester-based WMB Logistics, which asked over 2,200 drivers which vehicle drivers are the safest to come across and which are the most dangerous or likely to cause an accident. The results were surprising!

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  • Truck drivers to trial fatigue-monitoring cap
    03 January 2019
    Truck drivers to trial fatigue-monitoring cap

    Keep it under your hat!
    A new cap  is being tested by the Queensland Trucking Association who believe the technology will prove beneficial to drivers and firms alike in an effort to prevent incidents due to tiredness or fatigue. The technology is also being trialled by the Port of Brisbane.

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  • Young people can save the UK from HGV driver shortage!
    19 December 2018
    Young people can save the UK from HGV driver shortage!

    There are currently over 40,000 vacancies for lorry drivers across the country according to research provided by the FTA and RHA. This figure is said to be increasing as many drivers retire, but with a future generation that currently has no interest in filling their shoes.
     

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  • Lorries tip over on-board P&O Ferry at Cairnryan Port
    18 December 2018
    Lorries tip over on-board P&O Ferry at Cairnryan Port

    At Cairnryan Port in Scotland this morning an incident was reported on a P&O ferry as some of the lorries on-board the deck started to tip over. This happened around 7:30 AM. The emergency services rushed the scene, with multiple ambulances on the ground and in the air and the fire department. Some on-board the ferry were able to catch footage of when the incident took place.

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  • Secretary of State for Transport hosts meeting with industry leaders
    14 December 2018
    Secretary of State for Transport hosts meeting with industry leaders

    MP Chris Grayling (Secretary of State for Transport) hosted a meeting with influencers in the transport industry to discuss how they will benefit from the government’s set plans for Brexit and the EU withdrawal agreement. During the meeting discussions took place describing how the country’s biggest firms will benefit from the agreement and what it will mean for businesses as well as their customers and partners.

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  • Wal-Mart plans grocery deliveries with self-driving vehicles
    28 November 2018
    Wal-Mart plans grocery deliveries with self-driving vehicles

    Ford and Walmart have partnered up in an effort to explore the possibilities at hand with the use of autonomous vehicles and the technology they have. They are hoping to provide an industry-leading example of the kind of benefits firms could see from autonomous technology.

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  • Sleep suit by Ford demonstrates driving dangers
    27 November 2018
    Sleep suit by Ford demonstrates driving dangers

    Many accidents on a yearly basis are caused by drowsiness, after a long day drivers can find themselves exhausted beyond belief but still have to drive for work purposes. Ford have commissioned the use of a “sleep suit” which shows the effects of driving with a lack of rest and the implications it can have behind the wheel.

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  • Firm’s O-licence in jeopardy after tacho interrupter devices discovered
    23 November 2018
    Firm’s O-licence in jeopardy after tacho interrupter devices discovered

    It was recently found that a haulier who purchased some Blue Stream Scania trucks had tachograph interrupter devices in place in one of the vehicles. This has lead to the operator having their o-licence curtailed while it had been accepted by the Traffic Commissioner that during their time in the vehicle the devices hadn’t been used to interrupt the vehicle’s tachograph.

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