Dan Parton

Dan Parton is editor of Truck & Driver.

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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Big Lorry Blog: Check your nuts!

Wheel nuts, that is. While checks are part and parcel of the driver’s life, the wheel nuts can easily be overlooked – but shouldn’t be. A reminder of how important this is comes from Mike Ponsonby. He recounts a tale from July 2010, when, stopped at the traffic lights on the slip road off the M5 Junction 1 for West …

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HerGV competition winner announced

The winner of the HerGV campaign to encourage more women to join the haulage industry has been announced. Emma Walker from Stockton-on-Tees took the title, and will receive a prize package worth up to £3,000, including HGV training from Pertemps Driver Training, and guidance from some of the most influential women within the HGV industry. P D Portcentrics Logistics, based …

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Drivers win right to use employers’ toilets when making deliveries

Commercial drivers now have the right to use employers’ toilets while conducting deliveries, following a long-running campaign. From this week employers in control of non-domestic premises are obliged to allow people who are not their employees but use their premises to access toilets and washing facilities. The change in the regulations is a result of a campaign by trade union …

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