Truck & Driver news

Winners of the FTA Drivers of the Year titles announced

The winners of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Driver of the Year titles have been announced. Thomas Kent achieved overall first place in the 44 tonne competition, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, while Reece Cornelius was named FTA Young Driver of the Year award in the same category. Both drive for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain, and demonstrated outstanding professionalism, knowledge and …

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British Truck Racing Championship Round 6 review – Advantage Smith

Championship leader takes three podiums at a stormy Snetterton to strengthen his position as his rivals slip up. Ryan Smith extended his lead at the top of the BTRA British Truck Racing Championship standings to 43 points – collecting one win and two third places at the wet and disrupted Snetterton event (September 9/10). But while Smith was piling up …

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Fuso eCanter launched in New York

Daimler Trucks has launched the Fuso eCanter – the first series-produced all-electric light duty truck – in New York. The first deliveries of the eCanter will be made to customers in the US, Europe and Japan. Within two years, it is planned that 500 units will be delivered. Larger scale production is intended to start in 2019. The FUSO eCanter …

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Trucking tribute to shopper’s late father

A Norfolk shopper has paid tribute to her late father by naming a Nisa truck after him as part of Nisa Retail’s 40th birthday celebrations. Alice Lightning entered the competition to win the chance to give a truck a name after seeing it on the Nisa Locally website back in May. As winner, she got to watch as her father’s name, Peter …

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HMRC make concessions on overnight allowances for drivers

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued new guidance on overnight allowances for drivers, which include changes designed to make it easier for drivers to produce evidence of their expenses. This move comes after sustained pressure from and months of negotiations with the Road Haulage Association (RHA) after its members complained that the new rules, introduced in April this year, …

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Scania launches flagship XT truck range

Scania has launched its new XT truck range, designed for heavy duty applications, which will be available across the range of S-, R-, G- and P-series cabs. Eight key construction industry applications are targeted by this new range: tipper, mixer, hooklift , skiploader , concrete pump, mobile crane, flatbed with crane and heavy haulage. This launch is Scania’s latest step …

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Scania launches next generation of P-series trucks

Scania has continued the redesign of its basic cabs with the introduction of the P-series, which incorporates a larger surface area of glass, slimmer A-pillars, and a lowered and reshaped dashboard in order to provide better visibility. Six P-series cabs are being introduced now; one short cab (CP14L), two day-cabs (CP17L and CP17N) and three sleeper options (CP20L, CP20N and …

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Scania completes G-series line-up

Scania has completed its G-series line-up with the launch of three new variants, to go with the three that were previously announced in May. Initially, the only variants available were three heights of the 2,000mm internal length sleeper cab. But now Scania has added a short, low day cab, and an extended day cab in low and normal heights. The …

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British Commercial Vehicle Museum secures future with £1.8 million lottery grant

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum has received a £1.836 million grant from the National Lottery that will secure its long-term future and enable it to be refurbished. The grant, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will fund the ‘Up another gear for the British Commercial Vehicle Museum’ project. Its aim is to attract more visitors from wider audiences and enable …

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Shortage of skilled drivers remains a concern for freight industry, survey says

A shortage of skilled drivers is still affecting the freight and logistics sector, with many struggling to recruit HGV drivers, a survey has found. The Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) July Quarterly Transport Activity Survey (QTAS), sponsored by Santander Corporate Banking, asked the opinions of 6,000 freight and logistics businesses in the FTA’s membership, and found that almost a third of …

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