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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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RHA and FTA welcome government plan to invest in A roads

Trade organisations the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and Freight Transport Association (FTA) have both welcomed the government’s announcement of plans to invest £100 million to upgrade 5000 miles of A roads. The government has released its consultation on the Major Roads Network (MRN), which proposes that 5000 miles of A roads are brought into scope for new funding from the …

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New research programme aims to improve fitness of truck drivers

A new study is aiming to help truck drivers to improve their health by encouraging higher levels of physical activity and a healthier diet that fits in with their work schedule. It is well known that driving trucks has a number of health risks associated with their job, including long and variable working hours and extended periods of sitting. Tight …

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Truck driver given suspended sentence for M20 bridge crash

A truck driver who crashed into a bridge on the M20, causing it to collapse has been given a suspended jail sentence. The incident happened in September 2016 when a digger on the back of Alan Austen’s HGV struck a footbridge, which then collapsed. The crash injured a motorcyclist and caused more than £1 million worth of damage. Austen, 64, …

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Recruitment agencies warn of driver shortage

The vast majority of specialist recruitment agencies are experiencing a shortage of drivers, with 54% admitting there is a chance some deliveries won’t arrive in time for Christmas because of this, a survey has found. The survey of 57 recruitment agencies, by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), found that 98% of specialist recruiters are struggling to find enough drivers. …

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Severn Bridge charges to be reduced in January

Charges for trucks crossing over the Severn Bridge will be reduced in January, as the management of it transfers back to government ownership. Currently, Category 3 – which covers goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes – pay £20 daily to cross the Bridge, but from 8 January it will be £16.70, as prices will no longer be subject to VAT. From …

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Scania launches new 7-litre engine

Scania has launched its new DC07 6.7 litre engine, which is intended primarily for urban operations. The DC07 is available in three power outputs – 220, 250 and 280 horsepower – and gives high fuel efficiency, excellent driveability, low weight and low noise, according to the manufacturer. Scania also say that when it is specified in conjunction with Scania Opticruise, …

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Scania launch new L-series low entry cab

Scania has launched the L-series, a new low-entry cab series designed for urban environment applications such as local distribution, waste and construction. The launch of the L-series completes Scania’s model line up, which has seen the launch of the S-series as well as revised R-series, P-series, G-series and new XT in the past 18 months. The L-series cabs – which …

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Kingsmill bakery drivers call off threatened strike action after pay deal agreed

Drivers at the Kingsmill bakery in West Bromwich have called off their threatened strike action after voting overwhelmingly to accept a revised pay offer. Trade union Unite, said that about 130 drivers, maintenance staff and security personnel at the Birmingham Road site had agreed a new pay package. Unite lead officer for the food sector Joe Clarke said: “As part …

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Provisional 2018 British Truck Racing Championship schedule released

The provisional calendar for the 2018 British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC) has been released, with 8 rounds scheduled again. In addition to the 8 rounds, there will also be a passenger driving event at Lydden Hill, which was successful in 2017. After a season of fierce competition, MAN driver Ryan Smith retained his Division 1 Championship title in 2017, while …

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