Truck driving

Something to shout about

Change drivers’ working conditions and then recruitment will become easier, says T&D’s editor-in-chief, Will Shiers. I’m getting bored with people saying that in order to attract fresh blood into this industry, all we need to do is shout about how fantastic it is. Well I’ve got news for you – it isn’t! At least not at the coal face anyway. …

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The trucking family

The honouring by the Polish Ambassador, on behalf of Poland, of British driver Dave Duncan for his fund-raising efforts for the family of murdered Polish trucker Lukasz Urban’s was a superb gesture. It did – I hope – remind the pubic that virtually all truckers are good people, and deserve more recognition for all the hard work they do. They …

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Trucking all over the world…

January 1981 was a key date for me, as an 11 year old, that is when I bought my first copy of TRUCK magazine to fuel my new-found interest in HGVs. It had the brand new Scania GPR series on the cover, which had just been launched – the old 82, 112 and 142 series – now classics in their …

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Biglorryblog: Driving the new Scania and more

Biglorryblog is off to Sweden for a few days to  take a close look at the new Scania.  While we are gone here is BLBs old mate Will Shiers, Editor in chief at Commercial Motor, with his view of Scanias new offering. Just click on the video below to watch  

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Biglorryblog: Its big! BLB drives the Range T Maxispace

When the Range T was introduced in 2013 its looks raised some eyebrows. As did the revelation that there would be no right hand drive flagship to replace the Magnum. now 3 years on  the look has grown on people, but  still the top of the range flat floor model, The T High Maxispace, is only available to our left hand …

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Biglorryblog: GBA new Actros sets stunning MPG

A Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor unit belonging to Preston-based GBA Services has recorded a stunning fuel consumption figure of 17.1 mpg over a 100-mile run through Austria. The six-month-old truck was hauling a cargo of bulky but light pharmaceuticals in a 13.6-metre refrigerated trailer to a customer in Vienna, working at a gross combination weight of approximately 20 tonnes. Plated for …

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Biglorryblog: The Range T is heading for the F1 paddocks this season

Re-entering the competition in 2016, with its own Formula 1 team, Renault Sport is continuing its long-term partnership with Renault Trucks. At the European Grand Prix events, Renault Trucks Range T vehicles, voted ‘International Truck of the Year 2015’ and equipped with the Euro-6 DTI 13 litre 520 hp engines, will provide the team’s logistics. The Range T520s will be …

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Challenging times for the T&D editor

I’m still pretty new to this truck driving malarkey, so when MAN offered me a ride and drive with one of its driver trainers and TGX 26.480, I jumped at the chance. Given the choice of doing the drive from Manchester or Swindon, being an ex-Northern(ish) lad, I plumped for the former, and May 3 was set. The only issue …

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A special birthday Volvo surprise for one driver Biglorryblog reports

Friday 25th March was a momentous occasion for Moira, Co. Armagh-based haulier, Bradford Transport, as it was the day that they purchased their first ever brand new truck in over 30 years of operation. The stunning Volvo FH540 XL Globetrotter was supplied by Dennison Commercials Ltd, and all paintwork was carried out by Dennison Bodyshop.  The truck was purchased as …

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Driving with an 18-speed Spicer Pro-Shift box..another great ‘How to’ helpful hint from Biglorryblog!

Congratulations to BLB regular Keone Kele for being the first out of the traps with an unusual manual truck gearshift pattern story for Biglorryblog—and it’s of a Spicer. “Here’s the guide for driving an 18-Speed shift pattern Spicer PRO-SHIFT Hopefully this isn’t much of a confusion as I was trying to figure out how to do the pattern myself. Enjoy! Aloha from Maui Keone.” And click through …

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