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From the latest truck launches from the likes of Scania, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and DAF, to heart-warming stories  that show why driving a truck for a living is the best job in the world, Truckanddriver.co.uk has it all. We also bring you the latest changes to the rules and regulations that affect you on (and off) the road – and, of course, all the latest developments from the best truck festival in Britain – Convoy in the Park.

Clean Air Zone Roadshow coming to Leeds

T&D sister title Motor Transport is holding a half-day Clean Air Zone (CAZ) Roadshow for HGV operators in Leeds on 3 July. This free-to-attend event will give operators the chance to engage with senior staff at Leeds City Council about the proposals for a charging CAZ within the outer ring road. The Leeds proposal is looking at charging non Euro-6 …

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Councils call for powers to fine truck drivers who ignore weight restrictions

Council leaders have called for tough new powers to issue fines to HGV drivers that ignore weight restrictions on roads. Trucks of a certain weight, height and width are banned from many minor roads. However, the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, has claimed that rural communities across the country have been “blighted” by …

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Logistics industry being hung out to dry by government over Brexit, says FTA

Confidence in the government’s ability to deliver a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU that will maintain ‘frictionless’ trade is fast collapsing, according to the Freight Transport Association. The FTA’s comments come with just three weeks to go until key talks on Brexit in Brussels. James Hookham, the FTA’s deputy chief executive said the lack of progress on the industry’s …

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Haulier fined after truck hits power lines

Construction haulier Mick George Ltd has been fined more than £565,000 after a tipper driven by one of its employees came into contact with overhead power lines during the construction of a waste transfer station. Northampton Crown Court heard that on 9 March 2016 a driver employed by Mick George was emptying a load of soil from his tipper at …

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RHA gives cautious welcome to new government Clean Air Strategy

The Road Haulage Association has given a cautious welcome to the government’s new Clean Air Strategy, which targets various sources of pollution, but there remain concerns over the future direction of policy for the haulage industry. The Clean Air Strategy, launched by environment secretary Michael Gove, sets out a range of proposals to cut air pollution in the UK by …

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New Operation Stack plans announced by government

New plans for ‘Operation Stack’ have been unveiled by the government, ahead of a public consultation on a permanent solution. The plans, unveiled by Roads Minister Jesse Norman, will allow traffic to travel in both directions between junctions 8 and 9 of the M20 while trucks are being queued for the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. That means drivers can …

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Thousands more truck parking spaces to address shortages, government survey finds

A government survey has found that the number of trucks parking overnight across England is increasing, but that parking provision is not keeping up with that demand and thousands more spaces are needed to address the shortages that mean drivers have to park in laybys or industrial estates. In the month-long survey, prepared for the Department for Transport and Highways …

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Daf to build first all-electric CFs for urban operation

Truck manufacturer Daf is to release a CF tractor unit into operation with a number of customers in mainland Europe later this year. In this development, Daf is partnering with Dutch technology company VDL Groep, which is known for its work on electric buses. The CF Electric is a 4×2 tractor unit developed for up to 40 ton distribution applications …

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Truckstop warns drivers of risk of suffering a stroke

Truck drivers stopping at the Chippenham Pit Stop are being warned of the risk of suffering a stroke, and given tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle to reduce that risk. A poster and leaflet campaign is ongoing throughout May at the Chippenham Pit Stop just off Junction 17 of the M5 in Wiltshire, to coincide with National Stroke …

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