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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.

Volvo unveils driverless, cabless tractor unit

Volvo Trucks previewed a zero emission, driverless, cabless tractor unit, at its Innovation Summit in Berlin on Wednesday, 13 September. Known as Vera (the Swedish word for faith), the fully electric truck is designed to carry out repetitive, short distance journeys, such as shunting trailers at ports, terminals or large distribution centres. It will be driven autonomously be operators in …

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DVSA begins nationwide crackdown on truck emission cheats

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) enforcement staff are now routinely checking trucks they stop at the roadside across Great Britain for emissions cheat devices. The national rollout of checks, which began on 1 September, follows a successful year-long pilot. During the pilot, DVSA enforcement staff caught 449 emission cheats at five sites across the country. Cheat devices, such as …

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Mercedes-Benz unveils new Actros

Mercedes-Benz has launched its new flagship Actros in Berlin with Active Drive Assist, which can brake, accelerate and steer independently at all speed ranges for the first time in a series-produced truck. Active Drive Assist builds upon adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function and the lane-keeping assistant from Mercedes-Benz. While responsibility for monitoring the traffic situation remains with the driver, …

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New truck park opens at DP World London Gateway

A new truck park with space for 170 vehicles has been opened at DP World London Gateway Port and Logistics Park in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. The park, operated by fleet vehicle management company Hireco, is located on a larger truck park plot adjacent to the port’s main gate, and off the main artery road of the Logistics Park. Currently, only parking …

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Hauliers warned not to leave driver CPC until the last minute

Hauliers and drivers have been warned not to leave their driver CPC training until the last minute, as the deadline for the second phase is now just a year away. HGV drivers are legally required to complete 35 hours training over a five-year period to remain legally compliant. Failure to do so will result in the loss of their Driver …

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Plan for new fuel bunker at ‘fechan Truckstop

A new HGV refuelling bunker facility is to be developed at the ‘fechan Truckstop in Scotland. The ‘fechan Truckstop, owned by Eardley International, is located at Junction 19 of the M74 in Ecclefechan, Lockerbie, and has recently been expanded to provide more overnight parking options for customers. Independent fuel distributor Certas Energy hopes to open the site in the next …

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Daf searches for oldest operational truck

Daf has begun a search to find the oldest of its trucks that is still working day-to-day. Daf regularly receives images from operators and drivers around the world, proudly showing trucks that left the production line many decades ago, and are still in daily use. This has triggered Daf Trucks’ interest – what is the oldest Daf truck still in …

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Worcestershire haulage firm prosecuted after driver death

A Worcestershire-based haulage firm has received a heavy fine following a fatal incident in which a driver was crushed by a reversing vehicle. Worcester Crown Court heard how, on 11 December 2013, a Tooles Transport Limited employee, 60-year-old Kevin Scott, was assisting a colleague to reverse a vehicle when he became trapped between the reversing vehicle and his own causing …

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FTA hits out at Hackney Council’s upcoming introduction of Ulta-Low Emission Vehicle zone

Hackney Council’s decision to introduce an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) zone from 3 September will have a detrimental effect on local businesses and the wider Hackney community due to its effective ban on HGVs, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned. Once introduced, two pedestrian and cycle zones in Hoxton and Shoreditch will only allow road access to vehicles emitting …

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