Dan Parton

Dan Parton is editor of Truck & Driver.

Model retailers Search Impex coming to Convoy in the Park

Fans of model trucks will have the opportunity to pick some up at Convoy in the Park on 21-22 July, as independent model vehicle supplier Search Impex will be exhibiting. Search Impex – currently celebrating its 25th anniversary –is the main UK commissioning agent for die cast model manufacturer, WSI Models. The company has extensive experience of supplying 1:50 scale …

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Logistics industry being hung out to dry by government over Brexit, says FTA

Confidence in the government’s ability to deliver a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU that will maintain ‘frictionless’ trade is fast collapsing, according to the Freight Transport Association. The FTA’s comments come with just three weeks to go until key talks on Brexit in Brussels. James Hookham, the FTA’s deputy chief executive said the lack of progress on the industry’s …

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Haulier fined after truck hits power lines

Construction haulier Mick George Ltd has been fined more than £565,000 after a tipper driven by one of its employees came into contact with overhead power lines during the construction of a waste transfer station. Northampton Crown Court heard that on 9 March 2016 a driver employed by Mick George was emptying a load of soil from his tipper at …

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SNAP Account exhibiting at Convoy in the Park

Cashless payments provider SNAP Account will be among the exhibitors at Convoy in the Park at Donington Park on 21-22 July, the company has announced. SNAP Account has more than 65,000 customers in the haulage industry. By using drivers’ licence plate numbers, services like parking, washing and even the Dartford Toll, can all be billed to the customers’ accounts, without …

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RHA gives cautious welcome to new government Clean Air Strategy

The Road Haulage Association has given a cautious welcome to the government’s new Clean Air Strategy, which targets various sources of pollution, but there remain concerns over the future direction of policy for the haulage industry. The Clean Air Strategy, launched by environment secretary Michael Gove, sets out a range of proposals to cut air pollution in the UK by …

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New Operation Stack plans announced by government

New plans for ‘Operation Stack’ have been unveiled by the government, ahead of a public consultation on a permanent solution. The plans, unveiled by Roads Minister Jesse Norman, will allow traffic to travel in both directions between junctions 8 and 9 of the M20 while trucks are being queued for the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. That means drivers can …

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Stand-up comedy coming to Convoy in the park

There is more to Convoy in the Park than just the roar of a V8 and the smell of T-Cut: visitors attending the two-day festival of trucks and drivers at Donington Park on 21 July will be able to laugh the night away with a bursting line-up of comedy in the Big Top tent. In conjunction with charity Stand Up …

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Thousands more truck parking spaces to address shortages, government survey finds

A government survey has found that the number of trucks parking overnight across England is increasing, but that parking provision is not keeping up with that demand and thousands more spaces are needed to address the shortages that mean drivers have to park in laybys or industrial estates. In the month-long survey, prepared for the Department for Transport and Highways …

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Daf to build first all-electric CFs for urban operation

Truck manufacturer Daf is to release a CF tractor unit into operation with a number of customers in mainland Europe later this year. In this development, Daf is partnering with Dutch technology company VDL Groep, which is known for its work on electric buses. The CF Electric is a 4×2 tractor unit developed for up to 40 ton distribution applications …

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Roll up, roll up for Convoy in the Park!

Anyone who has dreamed of learning how to juggle, unicycle or walk on stilts should head to the circus tent at Convoy in the Park on Saturday 21 July where they can learn circus skills with Shooting Stars Circus. There will be 10 circus skills teachers on hand thanks to Shooting Stars – the UKs largest circus skills workshop – …

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