Dan Parton

Dan Parton is editor of Truck & Driver.

A21 upgrade between Tonbridge and Pembury in Kent now open

The upgrade of the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury in Kent – which involves a new dual carriageway – has been officially opened. The upgrade, on the road connecting Hastings and London, also includes two new junctions as well as better, safer access to the A21 for the homes and businesses along it and dedicated new facilities for pedestrians, equestrians …

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Big Lorry Blog – Heavy Equipment Model Show coming in October

The annual Heavy Equipment Model Show will be held at Turf Moor, home of Burnley Football Club, on Sunday, 22 October. The show isn’t just a celebration of heavy haulage, plant and crane models though – every year, a larger and larger contingent of full-sized vehicles are displayed next to the venue. This will be second show to be held …

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Former haulier Bill Bowker dies aged 81

William Henry Bowker MBE (Bill), who ran Lancashire-based transport operator W H Bowker Ltd for many years, has died aged 81 following a short illness. The business was founded in Blackburn by Bill’s father in 1919, on his return from the First World War and started by making deliveries in East Lancashire and the docks in Liverpool on behalf of …

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New HGV refuelling site opens at The Hollies Truckstop in Cannock

A new HGV refuelling site has been opened at The Hollies Truckstop in Cannock. The site, located on the A5 Watling Street, 1 mile from M6 junction 12, provides diesel, gas oil and AdBlue® for truckstop users and accepts a variety of fuel cards including Key Fuels and UK Fuels. High speed pumps that pump 120 litres of fuel per …

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Big brother is watching you

Facebook is fast becoming the CB of the 21st century, with drivers keeping their peers up-to-date on their whereabouts, traffic, weather conditions – and, of course, what they had for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But how many are unwittingly letting people know too much? I have it on good authority that in France, the ministry uses Facebook to gather information …

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Driver fined for illegally tipping load

A tipper driver will have to pay £965 in fines and costs for being caught driving a truck loaded with rubble without being registered as a waste carrier by the Environment Agency. Patrick Egan, from Grays in Essex, was convicted in his absence by Basildon magistrates of driving the truck without being registered as a waste carrier nor being employed …

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Career progression ‘overlooked’ in Driver CPC training, says RTITB

Career progression for LGV drivers is frequently overlooked in Driver CPC Periodic Training, meaning businesses and drivers are losing out, according to driver CPC consortium the RTITB. “Many businesses are missing the opportunities of Driver CPC Periodic Training,” said Laura Nelson, managing director of RTITB. “It doesn’t have to just be about maintaining a driver’s qualification or compliance. Planned and …

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Moving a steel giant in Sweden

This impressive bit of moving took place in Gothenburg harbour in Sweden recently – the gigantic steel structure measured 24m long and 34m wide and weighed about 95 tonnes. Swedish company Tabergs Åkeri AB, specialists in heavy and special transportation, took on the challenge and attached their 10 CombiMAX axle lines with Add-On-beam extension to their Volvo FH16 750. A …

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Picture Post: W&M Thompson Scania R520 by Elton Cook

Picture Post: W&M Thompson Scania R520, driven by Stew Seddon, spotted at Lymm Truckstop by Elton Cook. If you want to send a picture into Picture Post – which is in the print edition of Truck & Driver, on the website and on Instagram – please email it to dan.parton@roadtransport.com, including any information you may have on the picture – …

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Picture Post: Billy Miller Daf XF leaving Stronelairg Wind Farm by Colin Finlay

Picture Post: Elgin-based Billy Miller Contractor and Plant Hire’s Daf XF with D6 on board leaving Stronelairg Wind Farm near Fort Augustus. Pictured by Colin Finlay. Picture Post appears in the print edition of Truck & Driver, as well as on the website and on Instagram. If you have a picture you would like to submit, please send it to dan.parton@roadtransport.com, along …

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