Dougie Rankine

Editor of Truck & Driver magazine. Previously worked a lorry driver, and free-lance commercial vehicle journalist. Owns a Foden Alpha, and too many old Vauxhall cars.

Scottish Clean Air Roadshow rolls into Glasgow on Tuesday 26th March

  Freight operators delivering into Scotland are invited to attend a free half-day workshop to learn how plans for Low Emission Zones (LEZs) in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee will affect them. Scotland’s four biggest cities have all been tasked with introducing LEZs by 2020, with further cities expected to come on-board by 2023. This free roadshow will invite policy-makers …

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Who remembers the DAF CF ATE? BigLorryBlog does! But are any still around?

  Towards the end of Euro 5, DAF launched a special ATE (Advanced Transport Efficiency) range, which was designed with maximum fuel economy in mind. The trucks implemented a lot of technology which DAF would go on to develop for their subsequent Euro 6 and Euro 6c ranges. For a driver, the headlines weren’t much to get excited about. You …

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Tasty new low-calorie cooked breakfast from Chippenham Pitstop!

Those fine folks at the Chippenham Pitstop got in touch this morning to tell us about their new kitchen extension, and some new menu options. The innovative, award-winning truckstop has previously installed an outside gym, round trip walking route and even a set of scales. Completion of a major £250,000 kitchen extension at the Chippenham Pit Stop for truckers will …

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Iveco’s 3430 mile Brazilian Christmas adventure

News from Turin today with a press release from those kinds chaps at Iveco who have helped to bring a special Christmas to more than 2,000 children in a small and remote town in Northern Brazil. Here’s the story and there’s a link to a Youtube video as well.     Christmas for the children of Palestina do Pará, a …

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Fully-electric DAF CF goes to work for Dutch supermarket

Here’s the first electric DAF CF to hit the road. With 100km range, 30 minute quick charge and 90 minute full-charge time the truck is the perfect solution for zero-emission delivery into cities, especially those with Ultra-low emission zones. The horsepower is a modest 280bhp, but that doesn’t tell the whole story as there’s 2000nm of torque available from standstill.

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650hp Volvo FH16…. road sweeper?! Yep!

  Devon-based Brooking Hire operates a fleet of 14 truck-mounted vacuum sweepers – all of which are based on Volvo chassis – but their recently-delivered new Volvo FH16-based flagship, supplied by Justin Fisher, Sales Director at Stuarts Truck and Bus, is one of the highest-specification sweeper vehicles in Europe.       One of the most unusual vehicles of the …

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We spend a week tramping in Volvo’s new FH 540 tag

In the December issue of Truck & Driver, on sale now, new Editor Dougie Rankine spends a week on the road in Volvo’s latest rear-steer tag-axle tractor unit. With a fully-loaded Globetrotter XL cab and 540hp on tap, it’s safe to say he was incredibly impressed with the outfit. BUT NOT THE MANY, MANY ROAD CLOSURES…. Dear Highways England, if …

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