Dan Parton

Dan Parton is editor of Truck & Driver.

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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Call for training to stop LGV drivers using mobile phones at the wheel

Businesses should provide training that highlights the dangers of using a mobile phone while at the wheel in order to change drivers’ behaviour, a consortium has said. While most people are aware of the danger of using a mobile phone while driving, a survey by road safety charity Brake revealed that 55% of drivers admit to talking on the phone …

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Picture Post – Geoff Dodds Transport Scania R480 by Sean Cook

Picture Post: Thirsk-based Geoff Dodds Transport Scania R480 hauling farming machinery through Pickering, snapped by Sean Cook. Picture Post can be seen in the print version of Truck & Driver magazine, on the website and our Instagram page. Pictures printed in the magazine receive a £10 high street voucher, and the picture of the month receives a model truck. If …

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