Dan Parton

Dan Parton is editor of Truck & Driver.

New Daf CF and XF named joint International Truck of the Year winners

The new Daf CF and XF ranges have been named joint international Truck of the Year 2018 at the Solutrans exhibition in France. The CF and XF came out top in voting by road transport journalists from 23 European countries with 104 votes. The Iveco Stralis NP 460 came second with 96 votes, with the Scania XT polling 59 votes …

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Big Lorry Blog: How going to the toilet could save your life

Using eye-level adverts in toilets to grab truck drivers’ attention has long been a tactic used by marketing people to try and sell you something, but now the Chippenham Pit Stop is using them for a different reason – to try and save lives. At the Pit Stop, which is just off junction of the M4 in Wiltshire, the space …

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Fuel duty freeze a missed opportunity, says FTA

While the Chancellor’s decision to freeze fuel duty is welcome, a cut in it would have done more to boost the economy, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The FTA believe that Chancellor Phillip Hammond could have gone further to help the logistics sector. The FTA had campaigned for a 3p cut in fuel duty, which it said would …

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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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