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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.

Scania launches new 7-litre engine

Scania has launched its new DC07 6.7 litre engine, which is intended primarily for urban operations. The DC07 is available in three power outputs – 220, 250 and 280 horsepower – and gives high fuel efficiency, excellent driveability, low weight and low noise, according to the manufacturer. Scania also say that when it is specified in conjunction with Scania Opticruise, …

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Scania launch new L-series low entry cab

Scania has launched the L-series, a new low-entry cab series designed for urban environment applications such as local distribution, waste and construction. The launch of the L-series completes Scania’s model line up, which has seen the launch of the S-series as well as revised R-series, P-series, G-series and new XT in the past 18 months. The L-series cabs – which …

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Kingsmill bakery drivers call off threatened strike action after pay deal agreed

Drivers at the Kingsmill bakery in West Bromwich have called off their threatened strike action after voting overwhelmingly to accept a revised pay offer. Trade union Unite, said that about 130 drivers, maintenance staff and security personnel at the Birmingham Road site had agreed a new pay package. Unite lead officer for the food sector Joe Clarke said: “As part …

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Provisional 2018 British Truck Racing Championship schedule released

The provisional calendar for the 2018 British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC) has been released, with 8 rounds scheduled again. In addition to the 8 rounds, there will also be a passenger driving event at Lydden Hill, which was successful in 2017. After a season of fierce competition, MAN driver Ryan Smith retained his Division 1 Championship title in 2017, while …

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New junction on M20 near Ashford in Kent to be built

A new junction is to be built on the M20 near Ashford in Kent after the £104 million project was granted development consent. The new junction 10a will serve communities and businesses around Ashford and is designed to relieve pressure on the existing junction 10. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the decision in a letter to the Planning Inspectorate on …

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Freight Transport Association Driver of the Year 2017 named

Thomas Kent has been named as the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Driver of the Year 2017, seeing off competition from drivers across the country. Kent, who drives for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain in Derby, added his overall title to his FTA 44 tonne Driver of the Year accolade, which he won in September. Kent received the overall FTA Driver of …

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Driver who overturned truck on M11 while 4 times over alcohol limit jailed

A driver who overturned his truck while four times over the legal alcohol limit has been jailed for 16 weeks. Latvian Maris Voitkevics overturned his fully-laden HGV on the morning of 25 November on the M11 between junction 8 for Stansted Airport and junction 9 near Newmarket. This incident caused the M11 to be closed for about 17 hours. Officers from …

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Call for drivers to slow down and make space when passing breakdowns

Drivers should reduce their speed and increase the gap between their vehicle and any people on the hard shoulder or emergency refuge area on a smart motorway, the RAC has said. The RAC is launching a campaign to draw attention to the risk of breaking down on a motorway in response to a serious incident that occurred on 23 November on …

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Don’t underestimate the problem of post-Brexit borders, warns FTA

The EU should not underestimate the challenge member states face when preparing their own borders for Brexit, along with the risk of long delays and disruption at European ferry ports, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned. FTA’s deputy chief executive, James Hookham, gave evidence to the European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism on 22 November as part of …

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