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New junction on M20 near Ashford in Kent to be built

A new junction is to be built on the M20 near Ashford in Kent after the £104 million project was granted development consent. The new junction 10a will serve communities and businesses around Ashford and is designed to relieve pressure on the existing junction 10. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the decision in a letter to the Planning Inspectorate on …

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Freight Transport Association Driver of the Year 2017 named

Thomas Kent has been named as the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Driver of the Year 2017, seeing off competition from drivers across the country. Kent, who drives for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain in Derby, added his overall title to his FTA 44 tonne Driver of the Year accolade, which he won in September. Kent received the overall FTA Driver of …

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Driver who overturned truck on M11 while 4 times over alcohol limit jailed

A driver who overturned his truck while four times over the legal alcohol limit has been jailed for 16 weeks. Latvian Maris Voitkevics overturned his fully-laden HGV on the morning of 25 November on the M11 between junction 8 for Stansted Airport and junction 9 near Newmarket. This incident caused the M11 to be closed for about 17 hours. Officers from …

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Call for drivers to slow down and make space when passing breakdowns

Drivers should reduce their speed and increase the gap between their vehicle and any people on the hard shoulder or emergency refuge area on a smart motorway, the RAC has said. The RAC is launching a campaign to draw attention to the risk of breaking down on a motorway in response to a serious incident that occurred on 23 November on …

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Don’t underestimate the problem of post-Brexit borders, warns FTA

The EU should not underestimate the challenge member states face when preparing their own borders for Brexit, along with the risk of long delays and disruption at European ferry ports, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned. FTA’s deputy chief executive, James Hookham, gave evidence to the European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism on 22 November as part of …

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Call for training to stop LGV drivers using mobile phones at the wheel

Businesses should provide training that highlights the dangers of using a mobile phone while at the wheel in order to change drivers’ behaviour, a consortium has said. While most people are aware of the danger of using a mobile phone while driving, a survey by road safety charity Brake revealed that 55% of drivers admit to talking on the phone …

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New Daf CF and XF named joint International Truck of the Year winners

The new Daf CF and XF ranges have been named joint international Truck of the Year 2018 at the Solutrans exhibition in France. The CF and XF came out top in voting by road transport journalists from 23 European countries with 104 votes. The Iveco Stralis NP 460 came second with 96 votes, with the Scania XT polling 59 votes …

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Fuel duty freeze a missed opportunity, says FTA

While the Chancellor’s decision to freeze fuel duty is welcome, a cut in it would have done more to boost the economy, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The FTA believe that Chancellor Phillip Hammond could have gone further to help the logistics sector. The FTA had campaigned for a 3p cut in fuel duty, which it said would …

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