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From the latest truck launches from the likes of Scania, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and DAF, to heart-warming stories  that show why driving a truck for a living is the best job in the world, has it all. We also bring you the latest changes to the rules and regulations that affect you on (and off) the road – and, of course, all the latest developments from the best truck festival in Britain – Convoy in the Park.

In-cab rest break crackdown could unfairly criminalise drivers, warns RHA

New rules on where drivers can take their full weekly rest breaks in their cabs, which come in on 1 November, could unfairly criminalise them, according to the Road Haulage Association. From 1 November, drivers must take their full weekly rest breaks in cabs in formal rest areas – such as service areas and truckstops. Those who take their weekly …

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Bulgarian driver wins International Optifuel Challenge

A Bulgarian driver has seen off the challenge of drivers from 28 other countries to win the Renault Trucks International Optifuel Challenge. Plamen Ivanov, a driver and manager of the Bulgarian company Sunny Co, took the title, with Romanian Adrian Ţintea second and Jochen Becker from Luxembourg taking third place. Britain’s representative at the final, which was held in Toledo …

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MP urges progress to build huge truck park off M20

A Kent-based MP has urged the government to reach a settlement with residents and businesses near to the site of a planned lorry park off the M20 before it goes to a judicial review to ensure that building of it can get underway. Speaking in Parliament yesterday [October 25] Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe MP, called on the …

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A75 HGV safety scheme scoops top industry award

A scheme that uses smart road signs with the aim of reducing the disproportionate number of HGV accidents on the A75 through Dumfries and Galloway has scooped the Road Safety Scheme of the Year award at the Highways Awards. Scotland TranServ, alongside Transport Scotland, Clearview Intelligence and Coeval lifted the prize at the Lancaster Hotel in London for their Vehicle …

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Drivers of older trucks hit with £10 T-Charge in London

Drivers of trucks that do not comply with the Euro IV exhaust standard must pay an additional £10 – on top of the regular £200 to enter London’s Low Emission Zone – to enter certain parts of London from today. The T-Charge applies to all vehicles that do not conform to Euro IV standards – most vehicles produced before 2006 …

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Plans for life sentences for killer drivers announced

People who cause death by dangerous driving and drivers who kill while under the influence of drink or drugs could face life sentences under new plans unveiled by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The MoJ announced that drivers who cause death by speeding, racing, or using a mobile phone could face sentences equivalent to manslaughter, with maximum penalties raised from …

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Road Haulage Association warns of border and customs chaos post-Brexit

The government must engage urgently with the haulage industry to avoid border and customs chaos after Brexit, according to the Road Haulage Association (RHA). Speaking at a panel discussion titled ‘Brexit – Ready on Day One” at the House of Commons and hosted by MP for Dover, Charlie Elphicke, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said that the industry hasn’t had …

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Five-figure donation enables Transaid to expand road safety projects

International development organisation Transaid has received its biggest single donation in more than a decade from Volvo Trucks – £67,080 – that will help it to expand its current and future road safety projects in Africa. The donation came following an auction at Volvo UK’s 50th anniversary gala dinner which saw a top-of-the-range limited edition Ailsa gold FH16-750 auctioned for …

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