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BARC takes over role as promoter and administer of British Truck Racing Championship

The British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) has taken over the role of promoters and administrators of the British Truck Racing Association Championship (BTRC). The BTRC was promoted by TruckSport for the past two seasons, but the championship was unable to agree terms after extensive negotiations, therefore BARC decided to bring the task of pushing the BTRC forward in-house. Drew Furlong, …

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One in 12 trucks caught using emission cheat devices in DVSA clampdown

One in 12 trucks checked in a DVSA clampdown last year were found to be using emission cheat devices. The DVSA carried out roadside checks of 3,735 trucks at five locations across Great Britain between August and the end of November 2017 and found 293 trucks with a cheat device fitted. Of the 1,784 vehicles registered from mainland Britain that …

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Major upgrade planned for M3 junction 9 at Winchester

Junction 9 of the M3, where it meets the A34 near Winchester could be redesigned to create dedicated free flow lanes that will allow drivers travelling between the M3 and A34 to avoid using the junction roundabout, if plans are accepted. Under the plans, the roundabout itself would be redesigned into a new ‘dumbbell’ layout, which would increase capacity, improve …

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Truck drivers still being attacked on daily basis in Calais, say RHA

Truck drivers are still facing attacks on a daily basis in Calais, despite the closure of the ‘Jungle’ camp in October 2016, the chief executive of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has said. There are reportedly five or six attacks per day on HGV by people traffickers trying to get others into the UK, although the true number could be …

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Severn Bridge tolls reduced

HGVs using the two Severn Bridges on the M4 and M48 no longer have to pay VAT on the toll, meaning they are charged £16.70 rather than £20. This move is part of a plan to eventually abolish tolls on the roads, although a date has not yet been set for that. From today (8 January), the responsibility for the …

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Truck drivers advised to share emotional problems rather than bottling them up

Truck drivers experiencing personal problems are being advised to talk about their feelings to a friend, loved one or health professional rather than brooding on them while behind the wheel. Customers at the Chippenham Pit Stop, just off junction 17 of the M4 in Wiltshire, can pick up information leaflets on mental health that explain more about what people can …

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Motward’s latest Volvo FH16-750 a tribute to much-loved boss

Pallet distributor and wood waste recycler Motward’s latest purchase, a Volvo FH16-750 tractor unit, has become a lasting tribute to the company’s late managing director, Jason Tolhurst. The FH16-750 Globetrotter XL was originally ordered by Motward, which is based in Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire as part of its celebration of 40 years in business. However, shortly after the unit was ordered, …

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Concern over effect new Met Police policy on investigating some low-level crime could have on truck drivers and hauliers

A new policy where the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) do not investigate some crimes could have an adverse effect on hauliers and truck drivers who operate in London, according to the Road Haulage Association (RHA). It has been reported in the media that the MPS has introduced a new crime assessment policy where ‘lower-level, higher volume’ crimes such as vandalism, …

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