Dan Parton

Dan Parton is editor of Truck & Driver.

Tradeteam drivers balloted over strike action about health and safety issues

More than 100 drivers and drivers’ mates who work for Tradeteam Ltd, which is owned by DHL, are being balloted about strike action over health and safety fears. The crux of the dispute is that extra investment is needed in more drivers and equipment to stop the bosses ‘pushing the envelope’ on contracted hours and the appropriate machinery to make …

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British Truck Racing Championship – Smith takes title in style

For the final event of the 2017 BTRA British Truck Racing Championship the trucks descended on Brands Hatch in Kent, where there were plenty of fireworks on – and off – the track. It didn’t take Ryan Smith long to destroy the opposition in the final event of the season. The reigning champion arrived at Brands Hatch with one hand …

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Truck-loving siblings have new trucks named after them

A truck-loving brother and sister from Northamptonshire have had their dreams realized when supermarket chain Nisa named two of its new trucks after them. Archie Tofte, 10, and seven-year-old sister Darcy, from Roade, have loved trucks as long as they can remember – most of their family are involved in the haulage industry. Their dad, Tim, is a transport manager …

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Kent HGV parking trial could pose danger to drivers, RHA warns

Parking trials in Ashford in Kent, which see truck drivers facing the threat of being clamped if they park in certain places, could result in tired lorry drivers being forced to continue their journeys unsafely, according to the Road Haulage Association (RHA). Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council’s new policy to clamp down on illegally parked HGVs came into …

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First phase of M1 smart motorway upgrade now open in the Midlands

The first phase of an upgrade to the M1 between junction 16 (Northampton) and junction 17 (M45), which aims to tackle congestion and improve journey times, is now open. There are now four running lanes instead of three, increasing capacity on the motorway by a third, and technology will help to keep traffic flowing more smoothly. This is part of …

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Svempa teams up with fashion designer to create new custom jacket for Scania

Legendary truck customizer Svempa Bergendahl recently teamed up with fellow Swede, fashion designer Bea Szenfeld, to create a one-off jacket made of fan belts to celebrate truck drivers. Svempa and Bea shared their passion for innovation and custom-made design, resulting in the co-creation of The Griffin Jacket. Inspired by Scania’s Griffin symbol and created from 200 metres of reinforced fan …

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Scania extends gas engine range

Scania has introduced a new 13-litre gas-powered engine, which can be specified for a range of G- and R-series trucks. The new engine is rated at 410 horsepower, and joins Scania’s existing 280 and 340 horsepower nine-litre dedicated gas units. “With 2,000Nm torque from 1,100rpm through to 1,400rpm, the new 13-litre gas engine delivers similar performance to comparable diesel engines,” …

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